07th November

Best Orthopaedic Dog Beds

Have you ever slept on an uncomfortable mattress? Did you wake up the next day feeling sore and stiff? Or did you not manage to sleep at all? Well, just like you and me, dogs can feel uncomfortable when their bed doesn’t suit them.

As the owner, it’s your responsibility to make sure your dog is comfortable and well looked after, and that includes making sure they have a proper bed. This is particularly important if you have a senior dog or a breed that is prone to joint problems. For four-legged friends like this, an orthopaedic dog bed could just be the right solution. Let’s take a look at what an orthopaedic dog bed is and why it could be the way to go for your companion.

What’s an orthopaedic dog bed?

There isn’t a standard definition for an orthopaedic dog bed. But generally speaking, an orthopaedic dog bed will do all of the following:

  • Eliminate all painful pressure points a dog may have
  • Provide uniform support to ensure correct spinal alignment
  • Keep its original shape after use
  • Have sufficient height to allow ease of access and egress without putting too much strain on the dog’s joints

What’s an orthopaedic bed made of?

Dog beds that are considered as orthopaedic dog beds are filled with solid, deep memory foam. This is designed to mould to your dog’s unique body shape as it heats up. This provides even support for your dog and helps to alleviate joint discomfort.

Although orthopaedic beds with a memory foam filling can be more expensive than other dog beds, this a superior filling that can make all the difference to your dog.

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Why would an orthopaedic bed be needed?

Just like humans, dogs are more prone to arthritis and other issues as they get older. Some breeds are also more prone to joint issues than others. Because this type of bed provides superb support, orthopaedic dog beds can also be a great choice for large dogs.

  • Arthritis (mild, severe or in between).
  • Any other joint or problems
  • Hip dysplasia 
  • Muscle loss due to old age
  • Bone injuries (such as fractures)
  • Soft tissue injuries (such as tendon or ligament damage)

How do orthopaedic beds help dogs?

Basically, the orthopaedic bed provides better levels of support for your dog’s body than other types of bed. If your dog is older, or experiencing stiffness, joint or muscular pain, giving them an orthopaedic dog bed can really help ease the pressure on their joints. This will make them feel make more comfortable when they sit or lie down.

Because the memory foam filling moulds to the shape of their body, is designed to relieve the painful pressure points, allow blood flow to key joints while they sleep, and improve their overall quality of life.

Are they suitable for every dog?

Orthopaedic dog beds are great for medical cases, but they’re also ideal for dogs that are older, larger, overweight or are restless sleepers. They can help dogs who don’t ever seem to get comfortable. Just like us humans, our dogs can wake up feeling stiff, and memory foam beds can help prevent this no matter what their age or health.

What else do I need to know?

Make sure you choose a dog bed with quality foam. This is very important because the higher the density, the better the support it will offer. You also need to consider the depth – if it isn’t deep enough for your dog, the benefits of the memory foam will be lost.

The depth required depends on the quality of the foam, as well as the weight of your dog and how much orthopaedic support they need. As a general rule, you’ll need at least 5cm of memory foam (or Visco 40 to 60). If your dog weighs over 12kg, they’ll need more than this, and you may also need to add a foam base to ensure their full weight is supported.


By Raised By Humans