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The Perfect Dog Bed for Medium and Large Senior Dogs

Updated on November 20, 2013

I have a medium-large sized dog. To give you an idea of how big she is: she’s a mix between a Labrador and a German Shepherd. She is a senior dog and has been diagnosed with arthritis by our veterinarian. While I've been doing special things to help ease her pain, I wanted to get her a better dog bed. The solution was to get her a big comfortable bed.

Due to her arthritis it’s more important than ever for her bed to provide the support she needs. She has also stopped climbing onto the couch and my bed, so I figured it would be nice to invest in a great dog bed. I know that with a comfortable bed, she will feel better because I know it’s helping ease her pain.

I know a lot of people say that their dogs don’t need a bed and that they are fine on the floor, but it’s a lot better on their joints and muscles if they have something comfy to sleep on. In my house we have hardwood floors which are cold all year long. Larger dogs have more stress put on their joints and a proper bed helps ease their pain. It’s especially better for a dog with arthritis, or if you are interested in preventing it or making the symptoms less severe. I purchased the Big Barker 7” Orthopedic Dog Bed for Large and Extra Large Dogs (Headrest Edition) from Amazon about a year ago and I am really happy with it. It’s the most expensive bed I have ever purchased for my doggy but it’s obvious from looking at the materials that it will last a long time. It will probably outlive my senior dog, and realistically I will probably hand it down to another dog down the line.

Before I got this dog bed I would constantly worry that my dog wasn’t comfortable. Sometimes she would stretch out on her bed and that would cause her to be half on the cold hardwood floor. Sometimes I would prop a pillow under her (but of course as soon as she moved it would fall away). Now that I have the orthopedic bed, I don’t need to worry about my dog when I am not around. I know when I am out running errands or I am at work that she is fine. This bed has support on the side which she can use to lean on and she often uses it as a pillow. It’s also really comfy and if I didn’t have a couch I would probably be sitting on her bed too! It’s much more comfortable than her last bed (and much, much better than the floor). The fabric is very soft, and it’s stuffed very well, in fact better than other beds I have purchased in the past: I have had other dog beds that weren’t stuffed properly and after a few weeks of use they look more deflated. In the past the her beds have become lumpy and malformed with use. Her new bed still looks and feels soft and fluffy like when I first bought it. The foam in this bed is very good quality, it costs a little more but it will last a lot longer. The bed is waterproof and the outside cover can be removed and easily thrown in the washing machine, which in my opinion is a must if you are going to buy ANY dog bed.

I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on a be and at first I thought that a bed like this was too expensive, but then I started adding up all the dog beds I had bought over the years and I realized that by splurging and getting a good quality item was worth it. Every one or two years I buy a different bed for my pet, they don’t last long, they sink down and lose their shape. Some of them weren’t comfortable and my dog didn't like the fabric. Now I have a bed that will last a long time, that my dog likes and it looks nice in my house.

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