Orthopedic dog beds are the perfect option for older dogs with hip, joint, bone and mobility issues, as well as dog breeds that are susceptible to these issues as they age. Orthopedic dog beds feature super soft, pressure-reliving padded materials that are specialized for dogs with these issues. Many utilize a thick piece of memory foam to help relieve pressure. The memory foam dog beds are made of a very soft material that forms around your dog's body contour, while still providing enough support. You'll find a range of fabrics used on orthopedic beds as well. Everything from faux leather to fleece dog beds, and even polyester orthopedic dog beds. Some orthopedic dog beds are flat while others are made with bolsters—raised sides that add a dimension of comfort and security to your pup's nap time. Flat orthopedic dog beds like the FurHaven NAP Ultra Plush Deluxe Orthopedic Dog Bed make great dog crate mats for pups with joint and mobility issues. And the beds with bolsters make for great standalone sleeping places. If your dog is very small or shows extreme pain when moving, look for a low-profile orthopedic dog bed. The slim bed will be easier—and safer—for your dog to get into and out of. If your dog is able to move without too much discomfort, a thicker bed will provide your dog better support and a higher level of comfort. If your dog is older and suffers from incontinence issues, look for water-resistant orthopedic dog beds to prevent the padding portion of the bed from getting destroyed, and for easier cleanup. With so many options, the hardest part of choosing an orthopedic dog bed will be deciding which one to get. If an orthopedic bed is not right for your pup you could consider a heated dog bed or choose from some of Chewy's elevated dog beds which may be a better fit for your four legged friend. Find these dog blankets, dog beds and more at Chewy's online pet store where you find the best dog supplies.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Orthopedic Dog Beds
What makes a dog bed orthopedic?
Extra support is what makes a dog bed orthopedic. Although materials and construction vary widely, it is usually a layer of memory foam that provides this extra support. Memory foam helps distribute weight evenly and relieve pressure on joints and muscles.
Do dogs need orthopedic beds?
Some dogs need orthopedic beds to relieve joint and muscle pain due to arthritis or injury. Orthopedic beds relieve pressure on the joints and muscles by distributing weight evenly for good support. Even dogs who don’t need orthopedic beds for a malady can benefit from the supportive comfort of an orthopedic bed. Providing a supportive place to rest can help your best friend feel better and potentially help prevent degeneration and injuries down the line.
What are the best orthopedic dog beds?
The best orthopedic dog beds provide cushioning and support that relieves pressure on the joints and muscles. Many are made with memory foam to evenly distribute weight and eliminate pressure points. Look for models that have machine washable covers, bolsters if your pup likes edge support and cooling orthopedic foam if your buddy runs hot.
How do you clean orthopedic dog beds?
Clean orthopedic dog beds according to their product care instructions. Many orthopedic beds come with removable covers you can throw directly into the washing machine. Others may require spot cleaning on some or all of their surfaces. Orthopedic beds often have a memory foam core that should not be washed. These beds will usually feature a washable cover for easy care and good hygiene.