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Senior Dog Beds - Finding the Best Dog Bed for Your Senior Dog

Updated on February 17, 2011

What to Look For When Shopping for a Senior Dog Bed

Senior dogs need special attention as they age. One thing that can make a HUGE difference in their comfort is a good senior dog bed. Learn the features of a senior dog bed that are most important.

It breaks our hearts to watch our beloved dogs age -- yet , take heart! Choosing the best senior dog bed can greatly improve the comfort and support of their golden years.

Senior Dog Beds - Finding the Perfect Senior Dog Bed for Your Senior Dog

What to Look for When Shopping for a Senior Dog Bed

Dogs eight years and older are considered "senior dogs"! Just like us humans, senior dogs begin to have health issues as they age. And. . . just like us, they tend to sleep more as they get older. That is why choosing the correct dog bed is as important as selecting a bed for yourself.

It is important to take into consideration your dog's age and health. Good padding and support will give comfort to those old bones. As dogs age, they loose muscle mass leaving exposed bony prominences. As a result, often they will get painful pressure points in the hips, shoulders, elbows and knees. A good orthopedic dog bed will prevent these painful pressure points!

What to look for in a senior dog bed:

1. Orthopedic - There is only one material know to man that completely eliminates all painful pressure points. . .and that material is memory foam. There are three qualities (grades) of memory foam.

-"5 pound" memory foam is the highest quality - although more expensive, it gives the best support and lasts for years.

-Next is "4 pound" memory foam which is what most 'humans' have on their beds.

-Lastly "3 pound" memory foam is the lowest quality - even known to lose its memory over time. Sadly, many orthopedic memory foam dog beds use the cheaper "3 pound" memory foam in their bed.

Make sure you ask what grade/quality memory foam is being used in your Orthopedic Dog Bed!!

2. Waterproof and resists moisture - Sadly many of our dogs become incontinent as they grow older. If you have invested in a memory foam bed, remember memory foam is still a foam, and like all foams, will absorb liquids, stains, and odors. The most frequent reason a foam bed must be discarded is it has soaked up 'stuff' - and once that has happened it begins to smell. Unfortunately, nothing can be done and the bed becomes unsanitary.

3. Washability - A senior dog bed should be easy to clean. The covers should be able to be removed for washing. Choose a style with a machine washable cover that can be easily removed for frequent washing. Also, extra long zippers are a nice touch since I hate to struggle to get those covers on and off the dog bed - one of my pet peeves! Look for durable fabric that will last the test of time. . .and washing.

4. Comfort- We want our dogs to be well supported and comfortable. Again memory foam is a perfect material since it is shape and temperature sensitive. The foams molds to every nook and cranny of your dog's body - effectively eliminating all painful pressure points protecting those bony prominences.

A couple further tips:

-Place your senior dog bed in a location that is free from drafts. You might want to purchase several senior dog beds and place them in draft- free locations near you their owners - living room, family room or bedroom. Our senior dogs want to be in the heart of the action and in the same room as their family.

-Choose sturdy materials that cannot be chewed or consumed by your pet.

-Lastly, make sure you are getting what you are paying for. Remember there are three things to look for in any company you purchase a dog bed - high quality products, products that will last and stand the test of time, and superior customer service.

So with those suggestions. . .here is wishing your senior dog years of comfort and good health! Sweet dreams.

Debbie Holte is a frequent contributor of articles on our dog's health and happiness for whose company's mission is to improve the quality of life for our animals.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Hi, I totally agree on making your dog as comfortable as possible. I am a dog walker and I make sure my dog and all others are also exercised and fed well with an all meat natural diet. While a good supporting bed is important I also see many people neglect to check what is in their dog's dog treats. Supermarket treats often have rubbish grains in them. That is the main reason I support and use for all my client's dogs. Lets hope this squidoo page can make dogs comfortable at any age.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Our dog has been having troubles walking lately so we decided to get him a nice bed to help him be in comfort. Our Vet said he's got early signs of arthritis which is sad but he's loving his new bed. We also started using petmeds coupons to help save money which makes it easier to buy these more expensive dog beds and other items he's going to need. Very good advice

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      philipbonde 6 years ago

      dogs are considered when they are eight years or above ..i think they should be given more care because they are your pets for a long time and served you a lot ..


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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Happens to all of us dog owners who care, we have to buy a dog bed. Our pets may have taken over the couch, even the bed but even though you enjoy cuddling with your dog you should get a bed -- a place where your dog can rest. I've found a web site that's got any amazing selection of dog beds, mats, outdoor dog beds, and dog crates. At Dogbedworksyou're sure to find the perfect bed for your dog. They have beds and accessories for older dogs, some really neat ideas.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Our dog is getting pretty old and noticed that he is having more troubles walking around and getting in and out of his dog bed. We decided to start looking for a newer bed since he is now a 'senior dog'. I found your Len helpful on what to look for since this is a new stage of life that we are in. I have found that using a petmeds coupon code can save us money, so now I just need to find a dog bed site that allows coupons. Great advice and thanks again!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Thank you for the informative article. The best bed I've found for my large senior dogs are crib mattresses. They are far more affordable than large dog beds-- I bought four crib mattresses, one for each dog in our living room and bedroom, for less than the cost of one large orthopedic dog bed. The crib mattressess provide the cushioning and support an older dog needs and are waterproof. Crib sheets are very affordable as well. I can easily take the sheets off and throw them in the wash. The size of the crib mattresses are perfect for larger dogs too and allow my dogs to stretch out. My dogs love their doggy mattresses.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Great Lens! I love the tips on how to choose dog bedding. Getting it right is very important especially for senior dogs. If you get the chance check out my siteDog Bedding And MoreFor some great bark control collars and invisible fencing

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      anonymous 9 years ago


      This is a great article, it has given me great tips about choosing a new bed for my 16 year old american staffy. I will be inspecting the quality of her next bed very carefully now, thank-you!