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.