Bertha Hansen. Dog Beds. January 24th , 2018.
Not all dogs are allowed in the house, even in winter, so a heated bed for kennels, garages or the porch can be a necessity in some climates. A heated bed can take some of the sting out of being in the dog house. Prolonged exposure to cold can lead to a variety of problems for your pet such as: cracked paws, infections, dehydration and in extreme cases even hypothermia. If your dog is shivering and cold this can weaken his immune system. If health issues werent enough, your dog will be just plain miserable.
There are some breeds that are susceptible to these problems and you may wish to purchase an orthopedic dog bed to give your dog comfort before its too late. Orthopedic dog beds support the dogs joints and help alleviate the pain of Hip Dysplasia and Arthritis. There are a few different types of orthopedic dog beds, different fillings are used. Memory foam is made from durable, elastic foam and has the ability to form to the shape of the dog and mold itself to the dogs contours, then it restores to its original shape.
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.
Cost is another thing to think about when searching for a dog bed. One of the custom dog beds on the market can get up into the high dollar amount and cost way more than you care to spend. The great thing is that there are many wonderful and affordable dog bed on the market. What is the benefit to a dog bed? Well dog beds can help cushion the bones and the joints of you favorite dog. Older dogs, overweight dogs and dogs that have bone or joint issues benefit drastically from a good dog bed. Believe it or not there are orthopedic dog beds out there and that may be the best one for your dog.
Once again memory foam beds are the best option, they have a higher price tag but last a lot longer than the cheaper dog beds and they are great for relieving aches and pains. Different material designs are also available so you should be able to find one that fits in with your decor so they can look like part of the furniture rather than a sloppy old mattress or sofa. Covers can also be taken off for ease of washing. Specialised dog beds are also needed for small dogs. Dachshunds and other breeds with long backs are frequently troubled by back problems, usually caused by jumping therefore a dog bed all of their own, close to the floor is essential.
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