Would Your Dog Benefit From An Orthopedic Dog Bed

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Would Your Dog Benefit From An Orthopedic Dog Bed

by Valerie Goettsch

Just like with us humans and the type of beds we prefer, what makes a comfortable bed for your dog can depend on his age, health, and personality. Dog beds provide warmth, comfort and a safe haven for your pet. If you have an older dog, especially one with arthritis or hip dysplasia, you may want to consider getting him an orthopedic dog bed.

What Are Orthopedic Dog Beds
Orthopedic dog beds are built to protect and provide added comfort for aged dogs, those with arthritic joints, and dogs that are overweight. They provide maximum support and are typically constructed with medical-grade orthopedic egg crate foam cores and sometimes box-springs. There are even gel-foam beds that conform to your dog?s shape.

Typically a foam orthopedic dog bed or pad will have a foam core of at least four inches to as much as seven inches to help reduce stress on pressure points like hips. Depending on your dog?s age and health he may like or need a bed on the thicker end of the range. A good quality bed will have high density ?memory foam? that bounces back to shape as soon as your dog leaves it.

If you have an older dog, it is especially important that he has a comfortable bed. It is not good for dogs in general, especially older ones and larger ones, to lie on hard surfaces because they can develop calluses or sores in bony areas such as the elbow. If your dog has arthritis, it is even more important to protect and cushion his bones and joints and help insulate him from the floor.

Styles of Orthopedic Dog Beds
You can find orthopedic dog beds in a variety of styles from traditional dog beds to nests with orthopedic foam bases and polyfil pillow toppers, bolster beds with firm orthopedic foam mattresses, and mats with orthopedic foam cores. The key point is that the bed offers extra comfort and support to your pet.

How to Measure Your Dog for a Bed
Most dog bed manufacturers recommend that you measure your dog lying down from nose to his hind end (in other words the area that is covered when your dog is lying down) and add 12 inches. This will ensure that he has room to move and get comfortable.

Whether you choose a traditional, bolster or nest style, an orthopedic dog bed will offer your pet extra cushioning for sore joints. Your dog will be more comfortable and will likely get better rest, something we can all appreciate.

Valerie Goettsch is webmaster of http://www.my-favorite-dog.com featuring articles and information on orthopedic dog beds, dog health issues, training, and more.

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