Joanna Phillips. Dog Beds. January 25th , 2018.
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.
A typical form factor for these beds is the donut style. They dont resemble donuts all that much, as the bottom is actually solid and cushiony. They do have a ringed edge, also cushiony, and this edge is what gives this style of designer dog beds its name. The ring part of the bed makes for an excellent headrest for your pet. Some dog beds carry the anthropomorphizing trend indicated by the prevalence of doggie sweaters and other designer doggie clothes to extremes. Designers create designer dog beds that resemble human furniture, like little sofas or lounge chairs.
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.
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.
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