Best Safe Electric Heated Beds for Dogs
Keep Your Dog Warm & Healthy With a Pet-Safe Heated Dog Bed
With colder weather and lower thermostats these days, you can keep your pet toasty and snug with an electric heated dog bed. In addition to providing warmth, an electrically heated dog bed can help comfort pets with anxiety and provide relief for pets who have joint and muscle pain.
In fact, many electric heated pet beds come with orthopedic cushions or mattresses to make your dog even more comfortable. Some of these are topped with a layer of memory foam that will conform to your dog's shape and weight.
Electric heated orthopedic dog beds are especially helpful for older dogs and pets who have arthritis or other joint conditions. In fact, veterinarians overwhelmingly recommend them for pets with painful conditions such as those. The heat will ease your pet's aches and pains just as it does yours.
Popular Electric Heated Dog Bed - K&H Thermo Snuggly Sleeper Electric Heated Dog Bed
These pet safe Electric Heated Dog Beds have special chew resistant cords so your pet will be safe from electric shock. They also use minimal energy
This type of dog bed is generally made of durable materials to withstand clawing and chewing (and the occassional tug of war if you have more than one pet).
Electric Heated Dog Beds are available in a wide range of prices from economical to extravagant. They are also available for every dog of any size and age and come in many different styles and sizes to match your room's interior décor and your pet's size and preferences. You can even get heated dog beds specially made for outdoors.
What To Look For When Choosing a Heated Bed For Your Dog
There are so many dog beds that finding just the right one can be an overwhelming task. Here's how to narrow it down and find the bed that is best suited for your pet.
The bed you buy should be in proportion to the size of your dog. If the bed is too big, your dog can feel insecure. There should be just enough room for your pet to stretch a bit, but the fit should be compact enough for your dog to feel snug and secure. Smaller dogs usually prefer thick soft padding they can snuggle into, also increasing a secure feeling and warmth.
Aside from colors, patterns, and decorative aspects of a bed, you should consider the shape and style of the dog bed as well. Smaller breeds feel the cold more, so raised sides will block drafts and help retain the heat surrounding the dog in addition to increasing their feeling of security.
Favorite K&H Thermo-Pet Cuddle Cushion Electric Heated Dog Bed
Larger dogs generally do not get as chilly as smaller dogs, so you may want to consider beds that are virtually a mattress with a flat top and enough thickness for comfort. Beds for larger dogs should also be constructed to support their heavier weight. Even if you have a larger breed, the bed should be sized to fit your pet. Whatever your dog's size, there should be enough cushioning for comfort.
Dog beds also come in a variety of materials. From plush sueded fabric to newer "industrial strength" fabrics like crypton, you will want to look for chew resistance -- if not in the outer cover of the bed find out if there is a stronger chew resistant fabric underneath. In that case you may have to replace the outer cover if your dog damages it, but the stuffing remains in the bed and the bed remains serviceable.
If you prefer environmentally friendly beds, you'll find heated beds made with organic fabrics and recycled or recyclable filling. Electric heated beds and pads also use very little electricity so even if you do not have solar energy available, the cost to pocket and carbon footprint is miniscule. If that is still too much for your conscience to live with, look for non-electric beds that are specially made to absorb and reflect back your dog's body heat.
Elderly dogs or dogs that have arthritis or other conditions find heated dog beds beneficial as well. In the case of a dog with joint conditions, you want to look for a heated bed that is orthopedic. Orthopedic beds provide support and even the thickest will be firm enough to respond to your pet's weight and supports aching bones.
If your dog is incontinent or has similar problems, look for a bed that has a washable and water proof cover that is still comfortable to lie on. If at all possible, purchase an extra cover so it can be changed as necessary without leaving the bed unprotected.
If your dog is not agile enough to negotiate beds placed higher off the floor, take that into consideration as well. You want to create a dog bed that is comfortable, secure, and available for daytime naps as well as overnight. Just like people, dogs appreciate having their own space. And just like people, they prefer the temperature to be just right. Thermostat controlled heated pet beds that respond to your pet's body heat may also be a feature you will want to look for.
Dogs Do Feel the Cold
Many people believe that because a dog has fur and especially if they are long-haired, dogs don't feel the cold but that is not true. Dogs shiver in the cold just like humans do and prolonged exposure to cold can lead to illness and even death.
It is particularly important to provide your pet with a heated bed if they sleep outdoors or in unheated spaces in areas where the temperatures drop below comfort levels seasonally or at night. Many electric heated pet beds are specifically made for outdoor (or indoor/outdoor) use so you will have a lot of options to choose from.
K&H Lectro-Soft Igloo Style Heated Indoor-Outdoor Dog Bed - Orthopedic and Warm Even in Sub-Zero Weather!
The Lectro-Soft Igloo Style Heated Bed comes in 3 sizes and is extremely low wattage. Perfect for doghouses, basements, garages, barns, sheds, porches or any other outdoor shelter.
The exterior may look rigid in the photo, but in person it is actually a super soft (but sturdy) PVC. The "igloo" provides protection from the elements so the bed won't absorb water from rain or melting snow and stay wet like a non-waterproof fabric bed would. Designed for Indoor or Outdoor use. The soft, orthopedic bed inside provides soft, comfortable warmth even in sub-zero weather!
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Safe Electric Heated Mats and Pads for Your Dog's Comfort
In addition to electric heated dog beds, you can also purchase separate heating units and heated pads to make any bed a warm and cozy heated haven. There are electric heated dog beds and pads that will self-adjust to your pet's body temperature, come with dual thermostats, and are programmable. The electric heated pads come in many sizes and are a great option if, for example, your pet is used to sleeping in a kennel or you want to provide warmth but keep your doggie's current bed.
These are some of the best most popular electric heated pads for dog beds. Like the electic heated dog beds, the pads are pet safe and have special chew resistant cords so your pet will be safe from electric shock.
They are made of durable materials and washable covers to withstand clawing and chewing.
Electric Heated Dog Pads are available for every dog of any size and age and come in many different sizes and shapes to suit every pet and situation.
K&H Dual-Thermostat Thermo-Bed Quilted Dog Bed
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Safe Electric Heated Pads Are Perfect for Adding Warmth if You Want to Keep Your Pet's Current Bed.
(No pun intended.)
Big Dog Pet-Safe Large Heated Wellness Cushion - Reversible, Soothing, Comfortable
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