Does Your Dog Need A Dog Bed?

Does Your Dog Need A Dog Bed?

Dog beds can be basic, extravagant, costly, handcrafted and everything in the middle.

How would you pick the best dog bed for your dog when there is so much variety available? Does your dog even need a dog bed? Would it be a good idea for you to spend a great deal of cash when your pooch is similarly as glad lying with you in your human bed or on the sofa?

Even if your dog is allowed to sleep with you in your human bed, every dog should have a bed of their own or two or three or four, actually.

There are plenty of benefits to having dog beds. They can be used for napping during the day and sleeping in at night. Unlike the floor, a bed will keep your dog warm, support arthritic joints, and prevent calluses, and unlike a couch or human bed, dog beds are spaces that dog can have all to him or her self.

And if you’re allergic to your dogs, then it’s best if they sleep somewhere other than your bed. Dog beds can also be taken with you when you travel so that your dog feels comfortable and is able to sleep somewhere familiar. They will be able to rest easier and feel less anxiety. There are dog travel beds.

Dog beds are also usually easy to wash, which makes life easier if your dog has accidents, gets infested with fleas or mites or just rolls in something stinky.

A dog bed shouldn’t be used as a place for punishment or confinement. It’s a place of security that belongs only to that one dog, and they should always feel safe in it.

A dog bed is a place where a dog should be able to go and relax without feeling trapped or anxious.

All dogs could benefit from having a place where they can feel calm and de-stress during the day or night.

What Kinds Of Dog Beds Are There?

Dog beds can be as basic as your old pillows or as extravagant as an iron casing with ribbons overhanging. It all depends on your taste, budget and style. Observe how your dog likes to sleep and choose a bed shaped to suit their preferred sleeping style.

Basic Styles of Dog Beds

  • Flat pads or mats are inexpensive and fit in crates.
  • Nesting/snuggle beds are similar to beanbag chairs, and often preferred by smaller dogs who love to curl up.
  • Cuddler/nest beds come in the “traditional” oval bowl shape.
  • Bolsters have one long side with a built-in pillow and are often preferred by large dogs.
  • Doughnut-shaped beds are circular bolsters with a removable centre pillow.
  • Waterproof beds are good for outdoor use or incontinent pets.
  • Homemade beds can be inexpensive and easy to customize. There are plenty of tutorials on how to make your own dog bed that you can find on YouTube or by searching online. Just make sure you’re using safe materials and that it will hold up, especially if your dog likes to chew.

For Seniors or Dogs With Medical Needs

Older dogs with stiff joints may require the support of an orthopaedic mattress such as a memory foam mattress.

  • Orthopedic beds support old joints or very large dogs; they usually have medical-grade foam and/or box-spring construction.
  • Heated beds maintain body warmth. This can be beneficial for dogs that get cold easily or for dogs with arthritis that is worsened by the cold.
  • Travel beds are portable, so your dog can have the security of the same bed every night while on the road. For dogs who suffer from anxiety in new places, this can help them relax and get some sleep.
  • Cot-style beds keep your dog off the ground and comfortably support joints by distributing the dog’s weight evenly. They are also usually fairly easy to transport.

What Is The Best Dog Bed For Your Dog?

There are so many dog beds on the market. How do you pick the best one? There are many factors to take into consideration, including size, cost, comfort, your dog’s medical needs, convenience, and so much more.

You should do your research and consult your veterinarian about your dog’s needs before you make a decision. Here are several factors to consider when choosing the best dog bed:

  • A good fit. Beyond finding something within your budget, make sure your dog fits in the bed; heads and limbs shouldn’t have to be hanging off the edge.
  • Easy washability. Dogs eat treats, vomit, pass gas, pooh, scratch fleas and wipe ointment-filled eyes and ears on their beds. Some dogs urinate on them. It is useful to have the ability to throw the dog bed into the washing machine is a big help. Dogs with allergies will also benefit from having their bed washed frequently.
  • Safety. Place the bed away from high-traffic areas so no one trips on it or on the dog. If the dog chews it, then get rid of it–swallowing stuffing can lead to emergency surgery. Remove any buttons or ribbons the dog could chew.
  • Stuffing that works for you and your dog. Young, warm, healthy dogs can usually get by with inexpensive foam filling, but your older or arthritic dog will probably prefer more comfort and support. While some orthopaedic beds use foam, it’s thicker and of higher quality, so it doesn’t squash flat. Snuggle beds and some outdoor beds have Styrofoam beads. Thick, flexible gel has recently become more common as a bed filling; it’s more comfortable than foam and distributes weight more evenly, making it excellent for geriatric dogs–but expensive. And some beds contain cedar chips to keep them smelling fresher than your dog.
  • The environment. Some of us are concerned about using materials that won’t harm the earth when we decide to replace, get rid of or recycle a dog bed. You can check out eco-friendly dog beds if that is something that factors into your decision.
  • Absorbent pads for dogs who wet the bed. Sick, incontinent, or geriatric dogs can benefit from washable or disposable absorbent pads (technically, you’re the one benefitting because you won’t have to wash the bed). Note: These flat pads won’t fit well in a nesting bed.

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