The 6 Best Beds For Senior Dogs

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A sleepy dog can lie just about anywhere, but when our best friends get up there in age, their needs often change along with their bodies. Common ailments that older dogs face include arthritis, hip dysplasia, and incontinence, among others, but with the right bed and washable bed cover, your senior dog can enjoy her golden years in comfort. When searching for the best bed for your senior pet, look for orthopedic options designed with joint support in mind, and fashioned with removable, washable covers for easy cleaning.

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PupRug Polar Bear Faux Fur Hide Memory Foam Bed

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Things to consider when buying a bed for senior dogs

With these considerations in mind, we've selected the best dog beds for senior or aging dogs:

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Size​: Dog bed brands don't always report sizes consistently, so in order to find the right size for your dog, look for the recommended weight the bed can support, as well as the bed's dimensions instead of going off the advertised size alone.

Material​: Look for high-quality materials that will support your aging dog's joints, such as memory foam. Outer materials that are liquid or stain-resistant may also come in handy as your dog may lose some of their bladder control as they get on in years. Bed covers or materials that are machine-washable are ideal. Also look for features such as a no-slip bottom.

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Warmth​: Senior dogs are not able to keep as warm as younger dogs without some help, so look for beds with contours or materials that will keep your dog warm throughout the night. Beds that elevate your dog off the floor can help them stay warm even if they aren't as plush as some other beds.

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Style​: The two main bed styles to look for are flat beds and bolster beds (or nest beds). Flat beds allow your dog to stretch and spread out, while bolster beds are designed with higher walls that are perfect for snuggling up inside. Observe your dog's sleeping habits to determine if they like to spread out or curl up more.

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1. K&H Ortho Thermo Bed Heated Pet Bed

$57.99 at PetSmart

Maybe your furry friend has lost a little fur in recent months, or perhaps the aches that come with arthritis has your pet feeling a bit stiff — or maybe you have a companion who simply enjoys the finer things in life. Whatever the case may be, a heated dog bed can provide warmth, comfort, and relief to any dog, especially canines of a certain age. Available in three sizes, this heated, orthopedic bed by K&H uses a removable heather that warms to your dog's natural body temperature of 102℉ when she's laying on it. The sherpa microfiber cover is easily removable for regular washing, and covers two layers of soft, orthopedic foam for a comfortable sleep that's simple, yet stylish.

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K&H Ortho Thermo Bed Heated Pet Bed

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2. Serta Quilted Orthopedic Dog Beds

$62.24 at Chewy

Ever thought you and your dog would be sleeping on the same brand bed? Long-running mattress company Serta offers a plush, quilted dog bed that's ideal for aging pets who may be experiencing joint pain thanks to it's four inch "egg crate" foam surface for sleeping. Three additional, bolstered sides create a couch design, offering added resting areas for your canine companions' head or achy joints when they want to curl up, and a machine washable cover is available in three colors.

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Serta Orthopedic Quilted Dog Couch Bed

3. Barkbox Memory Foam Platform Dog Bed

$29.99 at Amazon

Dogs deserve to live out their days in comfort, and granting that wish doesn't have to be limited to those who can afford to pay top dollar, and luckily, you don't need to do that to find a quality dog bed. If you love your memory foam mattress, chances are your dog will love his too! For the senior dog on a budget, this memory foam platform bed by Barkbox is available in four sizes for small to large breeds, and comes with a removable, machine washable cover for easy cleaning. A gel orthopedic memory foam interior offers comfortable support for dogs with medical conditions like arthritis, hip dysplasia, or other joint pain or mobility issues who like to curl up.

Barkbox Memory Foam Platform Dog Bed

4. Brindle Waterproof Designer Memory Foam Dog Bed

$49.99 - $69.99 at Amazon

According to VCA Hospitals, most dogs who develop allergies do so a bit later in life, usually after they're about one or two years old. If your dog's allergies result in symptoms like contact dermatitis, or if your dogs is especially prone to flea or other bug bites, a hypoallergenic bed may make sleeping a little more comfortable on itchy skin. Made up of two inches each of high density support foam and memory foam, this model by Brindle offers support for aging or aching dogs. Naturally hypoallergenic, the foam bed is resistant to dust mites, which can provide relief for dogs with already itchy skin.

Brindle Waterproof Designer Memory Foam Pet Bed

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5. Kuranda Standard Almond PVC Dog Bed

$74.95 - $134.95 at Amazon

As some dogs age, incontinence can be a fact of life, be that as an unpredictable accident or a regular part of their day. Having an easily washable water-resistant bed, like this one by Kuranda, can make cleaning a snap, allowing for your canine companion to get right back where he's most comfy — in bed. Elevated dog beds work well for use outside to keep your pooch off damp grass. Suitable for indoor or outdoor use, this suspended, high-quality spring design offers support for stiff joints, and keeps pets off of floors, which can be a treat if the temperature of your flooring drops overnight as your home cools.

Kuranda Standard Almond PVC Dog Bed

6. PupRug Faux Hide Memory Foam Bed

$148.00 - $249.00 at Amazon

As dogs age, mobility often becomes an issue, and can make even a seemingly simple task, like stepping into bed, a painful chore. For dogs better suited to a truly first-floor living arrangement, a flat surface, like the PupRug, can offer dog's comfort and extra support without the added task of climbing into a plush dog bed. Although it is marketed as a rug, this bed is comprised of a cushioning memory foam base to relieve pressure points on a dog's body, a waterproof liner made of memory foam, and a washable removable cover with a non-slip bottom to keep this bed in place.

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