The Right Orthopedic Bed For Your Dog
One of the big benefits to using an orthopedic bed is that it does a good job of helping to relieve pressure that is placed on joints. This can be a very important factor if you have a senior dog, or a pet that suffer from hip dysplasia or arthritis. Dogs with special conditions definitely need and can benefit from the use of a bed with orthopedic properties.
Beds which offer more support, such as orthopedic or memory foam dog beds, tend to be more costly than a standard bed as they are more complex in design and are also more costly to make. There are many different types of orthopedic dog beds on the market these days and many different approaches as to how they are constructed and what type of materials work best for a dog who has a need for increased support. As a shopper, it's important to look beyond the label that says "orthopedic" and find out exactly what the bed is made of. Most dog beds, especially beds with specialized uses, being sold online should have a detailed description of what type of materials the bed is made from.
One of the key building blocks of an orthopedic dog bed is the type of foam which is used. However, as we know, not all foams are created equal. The top of the line will generally be anything made from memory foam. Next on the list will be medical grade orthopedic foam, followed by regular orthopedic foam. The cheapest will generally be anything made with furniture grade foam. While it does offer some orthopedic benefits, it is not considered top of the line as an orthopedic dog bed. There are some other types of foam such as open cell foam which have similar qualities to memory foam, but which are more economical.
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You will also find some dog beds which are designed to provide joint support, but which may not contain actual orthopedic foam. If this is the case, the bed will say that it is an orthopedic bed, but it will make no mention of orthopedic foam. This does not mean that it is a bad bed. To the contrary, it may be superior to a bed that contains medical grade orthopedic foam.
When you are shopping for a pet who has special needs or has a medical condition for which it needs relief, it's best to step back and look at the big picture when comparing the different types of orthopedic dog beds available. Don't go for a bed just because its says it's "orthopedic." Use some common sense and take a look at the overall bed in question. For instance, a bed may technically be an "orthopedic dog bed," but only offer a single thin piece of foam with the rest of the bed being rather spartan. Another bed may be made from regular furniture grade foam, but also include high loft fill with a durable, easy to clean bed cover. In this case, you may find that your dog may be much happier with the bed that not only alleviates their joint pain, but which is also more comfortable, sturdier and longer lasting.
In the end, it comes down to what your dog bedding budget is and knowing what you want and need to ensure your pet gets a good night's rest.