Orthopedic Dog Bed – Why Buy One?
An orthopedic dog bed is sought out by canine owners for the sad but simple fact that dogs, like humans can also develop muscular skeletal conditions such as canine arthritis, especially the larger breeds and those in their advanced years of life.
Your Canine Friend Can’t Tell You He/She Needs An Orthopaedic Dog Bed
Unfortunately, while we can make ourselves as comfortable as we can if we develop these conditions, canines don’t have the luxury of being able to do this for themselves. A caring owner therefore has to be able to recognise that their pet is no longer as agile and active as he / she usually is, and then if necessary do all they can to help their canine companion.
Getting an orthopedic canine bed is one of the first things to consider when your pet develops these conditions. You may have heard of or seen egg crate foam beds, or memory foam dog beds before, but never understood what the differences were in names. There is a difference, quite an important one that affects price and quality. This is also discussed in this site.
Orthopedic beds for dogs (or memory foam dog beds) can come in many different sizes and styles. An orthopedic dog bed is designed to provide support and comfort to canine’s that are suffering from arthritis, hip dysplasia, or similar joint problems, or for older pets that are likely to develop it.
In order to provide comfort and support to your canine’s joints they use a special kind of lining, often described as being of medical grade to reflect its suitability for canine’s with joint problems. The most popular lining of choice for those looking for the highest quality beds on the market is called memory foam. Hence orthopedic beds for dogs are sometimes referred to as memory foam dog beds, although this is a misnomer as the former can refer to other types of filler too.
There are two main criteria that you’ll need to consider when looking at orthopedic beds for dogs:
- Sleeping style of your pet – most dogs have a predominant sleeping style of curling up or stretching out. Beds are designed to accommodate these two styles of sleeping. For the canine that may do both, you can get a special design of canine bed, sometimes called a designer or luxury orthopedic dog bed that is in the style of a human sofa – canine sized, and of course described as orthopedic rather than it simply being a large canine bed with standard filler! A sofa orthopedic canine bed should accommodate your pet when he / she likes to stretch out, and it also provides supportive bolstered sides to accommodate him / her when he / she feels like curling up against a supportive cushion.
- Size of your pet – the bed should be large enough to accommodate the full size of your canine and provide ample room so he / she has room to adjust him / herself without feeling cramped and restricted.
Once you have taken these two factors into account, you can then begin to narrow down your choice of bed.
Has Your Canine Developed a Muscular Skeletal Condition? A Quality Orthopaedic Dog Bed Can Offer Better Comfort and Support
If your pet seems to be walking slower than usual and doesn’t seem to want to play or run like it used to, this could be a sign of your canine friend having developed some kind of muscular skeletal condition; for example arthritis or dog hip dysplasia. You may want to take your pet to the vet to get him / her examined.
If the vet does diagnose a muscular skeletal condition, then you may wish to buy an orthopedic dog bed for your pet. You may like to do this regardless of any visit to the vet as a precautionary measure if your canine companion is one of the larger canine breeds (these are more at risk, even at a young age) or if your pet is getting old. An orthopedic canine bed will provide significant comfort and support your pet’s spine, back, and muscles to give it a restful night’s sleep, and minimize its pain.
There are a range of orthopedic dog beds available, from convoluted or egg crate foam canine beds on the cheaper end to memory foam canine beds on the premium end. To find a bed, click the relevant link below for your locale:
If you’re not sure what style or size of orthopedic dog bed to get your pet, you may first want to read the articles on What Dog Bed Type To Buy or What Dog Bed Size To Buy before selecting the style of pet bed you require from the sidebar.
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