Wendy Levine. Dog Beds. January 19th , 2018.
Heated orthopedic dog beds are great for older dogs or dogs with Arthritis or Hip Dysplasia providing warmth in the colder months, the orthopedic dog beds are made from memory foam and the warmth from a heated dog bed can loosen the muscles and make them more comfortable. You can also get heated mats for outside use, pillow beds with an internal heater and oval beds for smaller breeds. There is also the thermowave microwavable dog bed warmer that is placed in the microwave and then into your dogs bed and will stay warm up to twelve hours.
Human electric blankets exceed the levels of what is considered safe for your dog. As with any electrical product, you need to be safety conscious by being on the look out for frayed wires and keep them away from pooled water. If your dog likes to chew, you can purchase a cord protector to prevent damage to the cord. Most dogs will do fine without a heated bed, but there are many who would benefit, so assess your dogs bedding and health issues and see if a heated bed would better suit the needs of your dog.
You need to check how comfortable the heated dog bed is, the last thing your dog wants is to be able to feel the heating materials through the mattress. The mattress stills needs to be of a hardy material with a good, solid foam memory foam is the best. You will need to look out for the cord, look for a steelwrapped cord or simply cover it with some hose or conduit just in case your dog is a chewer. Look out for a heated dog bed with a removable cover for ease of washing, preferably it will be machine washable.
Another type of bed that little dogs seem to like, are ones shaped like caves. These are quite novel beds which are similar in appearance to a den. Remember dogs originally were raised in dens that resemble caves you may have seen some abandoned animal dens, often built on the side of a hill. Do you see the connection here? Also, the hood on these cavetype beds can be pulled down over the pet for an even greater feeling of security. Likewise, its easy to image in the past, that the mother of a pack would guard her cave by pulling some brush across the entrance.
Beds in this category often have posh names or are made with unique materials and definitely have designer styling. If you have a pooch that leans toward a stylish bed, you may also be the type of owner that likes your pets furnishings to fit in with your taste. Finding dog beds for small dogs that not only let your pet sleep like a baby, but also compliment your pets personality plus your homes color scheme and decor, can be a fun challenge especially if you dont want to have to hide his bed when companys coming. Happily, these days it can be a win, win situation with the many choices available.
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