Your dog is in need of a of bed, but knowing which bed to choose is important. Instinctually you may be inclined to give your dog a high-quality bed with memory foam. However, this may not be the best bed for your dog. Depending on the breed, size, and age of your dog, they might need a bed that can accommodate their specific needs. Here are some reasons why you might want to get a memory foam bed versus another type of bed for your dog.
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If your dog is a large breed, she might need a memory foam bed. The larger the dog, the more body they have to move, which can be quite exhausting. Getting them a memory foam bed allows big dogs the support their big dog bodies need after a day of walking and running and generally getting around. With larger dogs, the foam may flatten over time, so be sure to give them a new bed when you notice this happen; otherwise they will hit the floor and we can all agree that is not terribly comfortable to sleep on. You can also choose a crib mattress with spring coils to avoid a sagging dog bed if your big dog needs more support.
Older dogs tend to have more joint problems or bad hips over time. This is especially prevalent in big dogs, but it can also appear in smaller older dogs. Having a soft memory foam mat-style bed for your dog can help them ease their aching bones. Orthopedic memory foam that is thick and provides a lot of pushback to hold your dog's frame is best for this. It's smart to get a waterproof orthopedic bed for older dogs since as dogs get older they are prone to bladder issues, and a waterproof bed is easier to keep clean.
Arthritis is normally found in older dogs, but can appear in younger dogs that are are a breed prone to health issues like Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers or German Shepherd (in addition to other genetic issues that contribute to joint pains like hip dysplasia). It can also be found frequently in large dogs of any breed, since their size puts pressure on their joints.
If you dog has arthritis, it is best to help alleviate their pain as much as possible by making sure they are maintaining a healthy weight, taking joint supplements, and have comfortable places to rest. You should get a firm orthopedic memory foam bed for your arthritic dog. This will help alleviate the pain that comes with arthritis or other health issues that effect your dog's physical capabilities.
Just be aware that memory foam beds tend to hold scent and need to be cleaned regularly, or they can collect a lot of fur and dirt. If you dog is not large, doesn't have joint issues and is young, it might be best to research other bed options. Getting a memory foam bed for a dog that doesn't have one of the three factors listed above can in fact irritate your dog more than help them. There are plenty of different styles of beds that help with very furry dogs, dogs that like to bury themselves in a bed or dogs that like to have raised beds. You have a lot to choose from! Just because memory foam sounds like a treat for us humans, it might not be the best for your specific pup. So take your time in considering and researching what bed is best for your pooch. They'll be grateful you did!
Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.