When it comes to buying a dog bed, you may have noticed several of them described specifically as orthopedic dog beds. But unless you have had a need for human orthopedic mattresses or beds yourself, you may not have appreciated anything about these beds other than the price difference. “An orthopedic dog bed? What is that?”
Orthopedic dog beds do serve a specific purpose, and here are six factors that directly influence whether you should purchase one for your canine companion.
- has dog elbow or dog hip dysplasia.
- has canine arthritis.
- has joint problems.
- is overweight.
- is one of the large dog breeds.
- is old.
You probably will want to get your dog an orthopedic bed as soon if any of the first three conditions are met.
The latter three identify dogs most at risk of developing the first three conditions. You may wish to buy one of these beds as a preventative measure, in the hopes that maybe it might prevent or delay the onset of such conditions.
Why buy an orthopedic dog bed?
Orthopedic dog beds remove pressure points on the dog’s joints through their firm filling, relieving your dog’s pain and allowing for a more comfortable night’s sleep.
Normal beds are not designed to achieve this purpose, therefore your dog will likely have pressure points around his joints which worsen and exaggerate the pain.
There are many different types of orthopedic dog bed filler. Which one is best for the job. Well we simply need to look to what the most popular choice of human orthopedic mattresses are made from to answer that. They are made from material commonly referred to as memory foam or visco elastic foam. Let’s look at the topic title – Memory Foam – The Best Orthopedic Dog Bed Liner.
We can also learn from human orthopedic mattresses why one of the orthopedic dog bed fillers is not used in human orthopedic mattresses (but is used for mattress toppers or pads). That filler is called Egg Crate Foam. It’s not used in human orthopedic mattresses because it is thin and collapsible therefore it is unsuitable to carry the weight of a human body all by itself.
Doesn’t it make sense then that if you have a large or heavy dog, egg crate is probably not a filler type that you wish to select for your dog’s new bed?
What makes memory foam dog beds better?
Memory foam is great for handling weight. It is durable. It also has a unique ability to mold itself around the contours of the dog’s body while it sleeps. It will also return to its original shape again when not in use.
These features help give the dog bed a longer life span. They also reduce the pain from the dog’s joint complaints, and mean that over the long term you are likely to recoup the initial extra cost of this bed over one made of cheaper material that soon collapses and is rendered useless or even harmful.
A memory foam dog bed is a great investment for your canine’s new bed, not just in terms of your dog’s health, but also – at least in the long run, for your pocket.