Canine Orthopedic Dog Beds
Dog beds come in many shapes and sizes. From crates to tiny log-style beds, they can fit into the homes of all dogs, big or small. You can find them online or in pet stores, but it is my firm belief that you should make your dog’s bed yourself. It is one of the easiest, most inexpensive dog care projects you can undertake.
Dog beds can be fancy or simple, inexpensive or handmade, and somewhere in between. Even if your dog’s mattress is allowed to stay in the bedroom with you, every dog deserves a bed of some sort, possibly two or three or even four or more. There are several types of dog beds that fall into these categories, including the conventional wood dog beds, the plastic, cloth, or canvas, the standard dog beds, and the pet beds.
Wood dog beds are by far the most comfortable for your dog. They provide warmth and comfort, which many dogs require on cold winter nights. My Golden Retriever sometimes whines for her bed at night! She has a „cradle“ made of soft kennel slings that wrap around her entire back. This is very comfortable, unlike her previous cage that hurt her back badly.
Plastic dog beds are lightweight and durable. Like a traditional wood bed, they allow for the dogs‘ natural posture to be supported while sleeping. This is very important to dogs who like to jump and who can get injured if their legs get stuck between a part of the bed frame or the sides. They are also easy to clean. I take ours out of the closet after we get out of the dog house and wash them thoroughly in the washing machine. Then they’re usually just put in the dryer for a quick wash.
Most senior dogs don’t have orthopedic problems, but they do tend to help quite a bit when they are startled. If you own an older Golden Retriever and are worried about her getting „sneezed“, you should buy her some orthopedic beds. These support her back and neck and give her the extra padding she needs against her snappiness.
If you have very active dogs, the best dog beds are probably the ones with removable insoles that have extra support for her hind quarters. These can either be machine washable or hand washable, depending on your preferences. I prefer machine washable because it means that I can just throw them in the washing machine instead of having to make several trips to the Laundromat. It’s much more convenient and I think it saves me money! (If you have sensitive skin, you may want to consider a fabric dog bed that has been machine washable; just check the label first).
Another thing that makes dog beds the best dog beds for our older dogs are those that we can clean up fairly easily. Some breeds of dog have feet that are very dirty and hard to get to. For these types of dogs, there are orthopedic dog beds available that have an extra sturdy support layer for extra comfort. If you pick up a good bed that is made of durable material, this shouldn’t be too difficult to accomplish. The last thing you want is to have to wash the bed just to give your pup a good fit.
Before you buy any dog beds, make sure you look at several options. You should try to get at least 2 picture credits for each bed you choose. This way you can compare all the different beds on one page and read all the information, including price, so you don’t forget important features that you need. This is a great way to make a smart buying decision.