For most of us, a trip to the pet store for a new bed for our dog is just a quick stop after work or on our lunch break with little thought given beforehand as to what kind of bed our dog might need. Many times, the dog’s size is the only thing that we as consumers take into consideration before making our purchase. This should not be the case however, as the right bed can have tremendous benefits for your canine friend.
After some research for my own dog’s bed, I found some interesting facts that made me look at the entire process through new eyes. Dog beds have come a long way since I owned my first dog; he just had an oversized pillow, which honestly did not even look very comfortable. Today if you search the internet, you can find hundreds of different kinds of beds, ranging anywhere in price from $15 to $1000. With so many choices, it makes researching your purchase that much more crucial if you want your dog to be happy and comfortable when they sleep.
For me, the choice was obvious; I went out and bought an orthopedic memory foam dog bed for my German Shepherd. Being only three, she doesn’t need all of its benefits at the moment, but as a larger breed, she will almost certainly benefit from them later on.
The reason I chose the bed I did can be summed up as follows:
Memory Foam Offers Great Support
Just like in a human’s memory foam mattress, memory foam in a dogs bed offers a lot more support for the entire body, with fewer pressure points. As someone who used to own a terrible mattress back in college, and who owns a memory foam mattress now, I can tell you that removing those pressure points from the equation makes your nights a lot more comfortable; and it will do the same for your dog.
Ailing Dogs Will Not Feel As Much Pain
As a dog lover, I would much rather have myself be in pain than feel helpless to do anything while my dog is hurting and will do anything to make her feel better.
Not long ago, our dog actually broke her front leg when she ran in front of our son while he was riding his bike in our back yard, we rushed her to the vet, and to my surprise, when I pushed the question of what else we could do to make her comfortable, he actually recommended the type of bed that we already owned. He said that without the pressure points of a normal dog bed, and where her break was, that the memory foam would make it a lot easier for her to find a position to sleep in without much pain. This seems to be backed up by a lot of websites that I found, and it really seemed to make a difference for our dog.
Oh, and both my son and dog are fine now. My son knows to be more careful when riding near the dog, and she made a full recovery a few weeks later.
Orthopedic Beds For Dogs Can Help With Arthritis
As most of us know, larger dogs tend to end up having joint problems eventually. While there is nothing we can do to prevent dog arthritis completely in our canine companions, we can help to prolong the onset of the disease by making purchase of the right bed.
Dogs that sleep on orthopedic beds show signs of arthritis much later than those dogs sleeping on other types of beds. This again goes back to the amount of support that these types of beds give. With less pressure on the animal’s joints when it sleeps, the damage done throughout the day from walking, running, or jumping, can be somewhat offset during their naps and at night. My vet also mentioned that these beds can actually help dogs that already have arthritis in much the same way, and can possibly reverse some of the effects as well.
With what I now know about dog beds, I don’t think I will ever purchase anything other than an orthopedic one. The benefits, at least in my mind, long outweigh the heavier price tag that comes along with buying one. If I can help our dog to live more comfortably for longer, and have more energy to play along with my family and I (as long as we keep her out from under the bicycles) than I think I’ve done us all a great favor.