Time to Buy Your Dog a New Bed? Here Are the Best Options
In order to be healthy and live happily, pooches need high-quality dog food, clean drinking water, regular physical activity, comfortable space where they can rest, and, of course, affection. When it comes to creating a little sanctuary for your furry family member, choosing a bed is an immensely important piece of the puzzle, regardless of where your canine companion sleeps. Read on to find out what some of the most popular outdoor and indoor dog beds are.
Raised Dog Beds
Raised dog beds are without a doubt among the greatest options for outdoor use. Despite what some people think, elevated dog beds aren’t suitable only for elderly, sick, and injured dogs. These outdoor dog beds are great for practically every pooch. This is so because quality trampoline dog beds offer many benefits, including the following.
- Comfortable temperature. A raised dog bed lifts your pooch off the ground, helping them stay at a pleasant temperature. Since air can circulate freely underneath an elevated bed, your furry one can stay cool on hot and humid summer days. In winter, on the other hand, a raised bed will get your dog off a cold floor.
- Hygiene. With the help of a raised bed, you can keep your canine friend out of mud, wet grass, or moist patios. In addition to this, many trampoline dog beds are made of strong and durable materials that are extremely easy to clean. All one needs to do to keep such a dog bed in perfect condition is simply wipe it down or hose it off. This is precisely why elevated dog beds are ideal for humans and canines with allergies. Extra benefit: the air circulation associated with these dog beds prevents odour and any other unpleasant smells from developing.
- Comfy and easy to get in. A trampoline dog bed provides firm and even support. Plus, dogs can easily hop on and off such a bed. All of this makes raised beds a nice solution for senior pooches and dogs suffering from joint conditions such as arthritis. (However, orthopedic beds are the better option here.)
- Toughness and durability. Since most elevated beds for dogs have a solid metal body frame, they are much sturdier than foam-based ones and tend to last longer. Furthermore, many raised beds come with a rubber grip on the legs, making them anti-slip.
- Debris-free. This is a lot of dog parents’ favourite benefit (chuckles). Thanks to the fact that elevated beds for dogs have no stuffing at all, pooches can’t tear them to shreds. This will not only save you time and money but also protect your canine companion’s health. Believe it or not, numerous dogs have needed emergency veterinary care after ingesting the fluff or foam inside their foam-based beds.
- Portable. Most raised dog beds are lightweight and can be assembled and disassembled with ease. Plus, they can easily survive the scorching heat of the sun and endure water damage. You know what this means, don’t you? It means you and your furry one can finally go camping and fully enjoy it!
- Other advantages of elevated beds for dogs: the shed hair falls through the fabric; they usually cost less than foam-based dog beds; if the upper fabric gets damaged, you can easily replace it because most raised dog bed manufacturers and/or sellers offer replacement parts.
Yes, raised beds for dogs are an amazing option, but they aren’t flawless. Keep in mind that these dog beds are inferior to orthopedic ones when it comes to choosing a bed for a suffering pooch. Plus, most of them aren’t very stylish and come in flatpack form.
Orthopedic Dog Beds
Typically used indoors, orthopedic dog beds are really hot right now. More and more dog parents opt for them mainly because they’re beneficial to the health of their canine companions. Here are some of the most significant benefits orthopedic beds for dogs offer:
- Joint health promotion. According to a large number of veterinarians, dog parents should be proactive while their pooches are young if they want to prevent common joint problems. In this case, providing your furry pal with a quality orthopedic bed with good support is the smartest decision you can make.
- Pain relief. Elderly dogs and large dog breeds are prone to arthritis, hip dysplasia, bone injuries, soft tissue injuries, and muscle loss. This is exactly when orthopedic dog beds can come to the rescue. By distributing the canine’s weight and supporting their spine, muscles, and joints while they rest, orthopedic beds can help relieve pressure on the joints. In addition to this, these beds can encourage healing (which makes them perfect after-surgery beds), reduce stiffness, and reduce the possibility of your furry family member developing bedsores from prolonged periods of resting.
- Sleep in comfort. As you may already know, many orthopedic beds for dogs are made with memory foam, which reacts and moulds to the contours of the canine’s body. Since adult dogs sleep from 12 to 14 hours each day, investing in an orthopedic bed for your pooch is a smart choice. However, puppies can benefit greatly from them as well.
- Get your furry one off the couch/bed. Dogs love snoozing in their humans’ beds for one simple reason: they’re oh so comfy! So, if you want to get your pup off your furniture and keep your couch/bed hair-free, you should definitely consider buying them an orthopedic bed. They’ll thank you with the sweetest wet kisses!
If you decide on this option, you might want to consider looking for the following features: waterproof materials (particularly helpful for old and incontinent dogs); removable covers (having a removable cover makes keeping the bed clean easy); thick solid memory foam (for better body support); non-skid bottom (to keep the bed from slipping from underneath your injured or senior dog); machine washable and dust-mite resistant.
Aside from the above-mentioned types of dog beds, cave beds, nesting beds, heated beds, and cooling beds deserve some spotlight as well. Cave-style beds are a great solution for shy pups who might feel safer in a quieter area. They’re also a wonderful option for dogs with less fur who need a warm place to rest in. Nesting beds have a raised area on the sides so the pooch can cuddle in the lower area inside. This makes them similar to donut beds. However, nesting beds can come in different shapes. Some of these dog beds are made with an orthopedic foam base, making them a nice choice for elderly pooches and dogs with physical issues.
Heated beds, as the name suggests, provide extra heat. Senior dogs, as well as dogs with medical and physical conditions, can benefit greatly from such beds. But heated beds can be used by young and healthy pooches as well, especially during the cold months of the year when a small temperature increase can help them feel much more comfortable. Cooling beds, on the other hand, are ideal for dogs living in hot climates and pups with a joint injury or ailment in which cooling the affected area is more than welcome.