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How to Choose the Best Dog Bed

Updated on July 22, 2013

When shopping for a dog bed you have to keep in mind the personality and needs of your dog. Just as dogs come in many types and sizes, so do dog beds. Some factors that must be considered when shopping for your dog's bedding include size, breed, lifestyle, and budget. By choosing a dog bed that fits the needs of your dog you will have a happier and healthier pet.

Orthopedic Dog Beds

As dogs grow older, much like humans, they begin to develop many issues such as arthritis, joint pain, and sore muscles. It is estimated that over 10 million American dogs have arthritis and over 31 million have some type of muscle or joint pain. If your dog suffers from one of these conditions it is important to find them a bed with the proper support. Memory foam and heated beds offer great support and help to relieve dogs' pain.

Kennel Dog Beds

If you need to keep your dog in a kennel it is important to find adequate bedding in order to maintain their comfort. Many dog beds are specifivally designed to fit all shapes and sizes of kennels. These will provide a much more enjoyable experience for your dog than simple blankets, paper, or disposable pads. Many are even designed to be waterproof and cleaned with ease. Adequate bedding is most impotant for small and elderly dogs.

Heated Dog Beds

Heated dog beds are a great way to provide a warm, cozy place for your dog to lie. They also have therapeutic benefits for dogs with muscle and joint issues. Heated dog beds are beneficial to older, thin, and small dogs who need the extra heat. Similar to a heated blanket, some safety precautions should be followed to insure the safety of your pet. 

Cooling Dog Beds

During the summer months a cooling dog bed can be very beneficial to your dog. Do you notice him panting, or looking for a cool surface to lie on? Cooling dog beds use a liguid or gel that evaporates heat away from your dog and are usually made out of plastic or some other man made material. Dogs who tend to overheat, such as bulldogs, will benefit the most from a colling dog bed.

Travel Dog Beds

Dog owners who travel with their pets a lot may want to shop for a dog bed that accommodates their mobile lifestyle. These beds are similar to standard dog beds with the added conveniance of easily folding or rolling up. These travel dog beds will greatly add to your pets comfort as you travel and also add convenience to your life.

Hypo-Allergenic Dog Beds

If your dog suffers from many allergies then a hypo-allergenic dog bed will help help alleviate his symptoms. Hypo-allergenic dog beds are made from organic compounds and are designed to be easily cleaned and free from dust. You want to look for a dog bed that is very easy to clean because it is crucial to keep your dog bed free from the particles that they are allergic too.


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