Therapeutic Dog Beds: 4 Types to Help Your Dog

 

 

When your dog has arthritis, has an injury or has had surgery, one thing that may help give him comfort is a therapeutic dog bed. This type of dog bed is specifically made to alleviate some of the pain and discomfort that dogs in these situations have to deal with. Buying the right bed for your dog is the key to helping your dog rest and heal comfortably.

Memory Foam Dog Beds

The most common type of therapeutic dog beds are those containing a foam material. One type of foam dog bed is the type of foam is usually called memory foam because it is designed to conform to the shape of the dog as it lays on it. This unique quality of memory foam eliminates pressure on certain areas of the dog’s body, like the hips, shoulders or other joints, and to reduce the pain that pressure on the areas normally causes. Make sure to get a memory foam bed that is thick enough though, because otherwise the dog will still make contact with the floor which will defeat its purpose. We have found a great memory foam bed that is thick and also has a durable, waterproof cover.

If your dogs prefer to have a bed with a side on it, then here is a great bolster memory foam bed.

 

 

Convoluted Foam Dog Beds

Another popular type of foam dog bed is made from convoluted foam. This type of foam is commonly called “egg crate” foam because of its unique shape that is similar to an egg crate. Because of its shape, the peaks are said to absorb pressure and provide weight distribution for arthritic or geriatric dogs. Also, dogs that are immobile due to injury or surgery recovery may benefit from this type of bed because the convoluted foam is said to provide more air circulation to prevent sores on pressure points of the body.

Heated Dog Beds

Another type of therapeutic dog bed is a heated bed. Just as in humans, heat provides relief from sore, tired muscles as well as pain from arthritic joints. We have found one of these heated dog beds that has pretty good reviews from the users.

Cooling Dog Beds

If you have an older dog that lives in a hot climate, then your dog might benefit from a cooling bed. I have used these cooling beds myself with my dogs and they work great. There are different kinds of cooling beds, but the one that I have used is filled with water and dissipates the dog’s body heat through the water. It doesn’t require any electricity to run, so it is not an electrical hazard. The only problems that we have had is the seams seem to start to leak after using for a year or so. So we make sure to monitor the seams for leaks to make sure the floor isn’t getting soaked underneath without us knowing about it. The manufacturer has a great warranty so be sure to save your receipt and contact them if you find your bed starts to leak. Also, if you buy the large size, it is quite heavy after it is filled, so be sure to have it in place before filling.

 

 

As shown, there are a variety of therapeutic dog beds available. Depending on your dog’s specific needs, you should be able to find one that will help your dog and give him or her a comfortable night’s rest. There’s nothing more that we want as dog lover’s than to see our beloved dogs resting comfortably.

Which type of therapeutic dog beds have you used and what are your thoughts?

 

 

 

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Outdoor Dog Beds: 5 Popular Types

Most dog owners care a lot about their dogs and want them to be as comfortable as possible. When dogs are kept outside, or just enjoy spending time outside throughout the day, having a nice, comfy spot for them to lie on is important to these dog owners. Since the environmental conditions differ for dog beds that will be in the outdoors elements versus those that will be indoors, you must choose dogs beds that are specifically made for outdoors instead of those that are made for indoor conditions. There are many different types of outdoor dog beds to choose from. These dog beds can have many different features.

Indoor Outdoor Dog Beds

Indoor Outdoor Dog Bed

Indoor Outdoor Dog Bed – Click to view details

If you are looking for versatility with the use of your dog bed, then you may choose to buy an indoor outdoor dog bed. The features of this type of dog bed are that they are usually made from a heavier fabric and this fabric is also water resistant. This allows the bed to be used in outdoor situations where the bed may be subject to wetness from rain. The heavy fabric will also hold up better to the harsher elements of the outdoors.

 

 

Outdoor Raised Dog Beds

Outdoor Raised Dog Beds

Outdoor Raised Dog Bed – Click to view details

If you have an older dog and/or one that has arthritis or just had surgery, then an outdoor raised dog bed might be the best choice for your dog. Outdoor elevated dog beds have a sturdy frame with a fabric laying surface that stretches for comfort. This type of outdoor dog bed resembles a cot. This style is beneficial because it keeps the dog off the cold, hard floor or ground and helps to prevent pain from strain on bones or joints and other pressure points.

 

Heated Outdoor Dog Beds

Heated Outdoor Dog Beds

Heated Outdoor Dog Bed – Click to view details and reviews

Dogs that have to stay outside during the cold winter months will need a dog bed that provides some heat. Heated outdoor dog beds are generally plastic mats that the dog can lay on. Some of them have a plush cover for added comfort. For safety, they typically have a thermostat so the temperature will stay at a set temperature and won’t get too high or too low. The electrical cords are an area of concern, so many of the outdoor heated dog beds have a steel wrapped cord so the dog can’t chew on it and cause a fire or harm to himself. However, they are not chew-proof, so they need to be monitored carefully.

 

Outdoor Waterproof Dog Beds

Outdoor Waterproof Dog Beds

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It is difficult to find outdoor waterproof dog beds because most of them are really just water-resistant. Some of the elevated dog beds that are made of a nylon material are waterproof. However, if you are looking for a plush dog bed that is also waterproof, you may have to settle on one that is water-resistant.

Outdoor Waterproof Dog Beds with Waterproof Bottom and Sides

Outdoor Waterproof Dog Bed with Waterproof Nylon Bottom and Sides – Click to view details

 

There are a few dog beds that have waterproof nylon sides and bottom and a plush top cushion which might be ideal for some outdoor dogs as it provides waterproof and durability on the bottom, but still offers warm, comfortable fabric on the top.

 

 

Outdoor Dog Beds for Large Dogs

Outdoor Dog Beds for Large Dogs

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Many of the outdoor dog beds already shown in this article are also available in large size. Outdoor dog beds for large dogs feature durable fabric and water-resistant covers that can usually be removed for easy cleaning.

Finally, when shopping for outdoor dog beds, there are many different types to choose from. You’ll have to choose which type of dog bed meets the requirements of what you’re looking for. From waterproof or heated to indoor/outdoor or raised, you are sure to find the right dog bed for your dog.

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Plastic Dog Beds: Why Dog Owners Love Them

Plastic Dog Beds

Plastic Dog Beds

Choosing a perfect bed for your dog can take some time. Finding the right dog bed often depends on different factors such as the dog’s size, age, sleeping environment and how destructive the dog tends to be. Frequently, the dog owner will go through several beds by trial and error before finally finding the best bed for their dog. In the end, many dog owners find that plastic dog beds are the perfect choice for their dog.

Hard plastic dog beds sometimes do not look too appealing to dog owners because they don’t appear to be as comfortable as the pillow-type dog bed. This is probably one of the reasons why dog owners don’t seem to choose a plastic dog bed as their first choice. However, after experiencing problems with a regular dog bed, they may decide to try a plastic bed for their dog and they end up loving it. There are many reasons why dog owners love these beds.

First of all, plastic dog beds are easy to keep clean. The bed is typically an oval shape with high sides and rubber feet on the bottom for stability and protection of the floor. There is also the option to purchase a liner designed specifically for this type of dog bed that is made of material to make the bed more comfortable for your dog. However, some people just place a pillow or blanket in the bed to save the extra money. This allows for easy cleaning because the liner or blanket can be easily removed and washed while the bed itself can be wiped down with a wet cloth or hosed-off outside if it gets really soiled.

The next reason why people love this type of dog bed is the durability. People that have dogs that love to chew and destroy fabric or wicker dog beds find that these plastic dog beds are the perfect solution. Dogs, especially puppies and large dogs, love to chew. The plastic that these beds are made from is thick and durable. They may still chew the plastic, but it will usually still last a long time Plastic dog beds for large dogs and those small dogs that love to chew are a perfect alternative to coming home to find a wicker or pillow-type dog bed shredded all over the floor for you to clean up.

Another reason why people love these dog beds is the price. The most popular brand of this type of dog bed is Perla. Perla plastic dog beds currently range in price from $15 for the small size to $30 for the large size. These prices are good for any dog bed, but even more-so for a plastic dog bed considering the high praise for the durability from other dog owners.

Finally, when shopping for your dog’s next bed, you should consider buying a plastic dog bed. Their durability, ease of cleaning, and price provide a good solution to many dog bedding problems.

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Kong Dog Bed – A Couple of Complaints

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“Mesa” with her Kong brand chew toy

One of the things we love to do as dog owners is to spoil our dogs. We love to buy them the best dog food, treats and accessories to show them a little appreciation for the unconditional love they give to us each day. For those dog owners who have dogs that love to chew, trying to find a good, durable dog bed is hard to do. One well known brand, Kong, makes a dog bed that is supposed to be chew-resistant, but there are some that have found some short-falls with it.

Kong has become well-known for its line of durable dog toys made even for the toughest chewing dogs. Dogs that often destroy toys in minutes have usually met their match when they are given a Kong toy. So when the Kong brand comes out with a dog bed, the reputation of the brand means that this dog bed will be great quality and perfect for those dogs that love to chew. However, after reading several reviews, there seems to be quite a few unsatisfied customers (to be fair, a few were satisfied, but they were the minority).

The Kong dog bed is described as a chew-resistant dog bed made of durable, nylon material. The outer cover is removable so it is easy to clean. Note that that the manufacturer describes it as “chew resistant” and not “chew-proof”. Although nothing is chew-proof, it is hard to say something is chew-resistant and not have a lot of people interpret it a different way.

The main complaint with the Kong chew resistant dog bed is with the zipper. The zipper is usually one of the first things that dogs chew on on dog beds. They know that once they get the zipper apart, the insides and all the fluff is theirs to create the biggest mess possible! The zipper is described by a reviewer as having small teeth, so it does not seem like a well-designed aspect of the bed. The zipper on the dog bed should be one of the things that is focused on for any future improvements to the bed design.

The other complaints with the Kong dog beds are just with the durability. The majority of the reviewers state that the dog bed didn’t even last a day let alone a few months. Some of the dogs would chew off the tag or handle first then move to the seams or zipper. Some of them would chew holes right through the outer material first not even going for the ‘weaker’ areas like the zipper.

The complaints with the Kong dog bed seemed to result from both big dogs and small dogs so they were not limited to the size or breed of dog. On a positive note, it seems that the store and manufacturer were given good reviews on the ease of getting a refund for the dog bed when problems arose. That is great to hear because these dogs beds cost a lot of money and when expectations aren’t met, who wants to deal with arguing with the store or manufacturer (or both) when trying to get your money back.

In conclusion, the Kong dog bed seems to be a disappointment to many of those who bought the bed with high expectations. Before making your purchase, do some more research and read more Kong dog bed reviews so you can draw your own conclusions.

 

Buy Kong Dog Beds on Amazon. There are many different varieties available and they have updated & improved their designs and features!

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