Beds For Dogs With Arthritis

Orthopedic beds can provide significant pain relief for dogs that are diagnosed with arthritis and other related joint diseases. Find out how they work and how to choose the right arthritic bed for your dog.

As our dogs age, their bones become brittle and their joints stiffen and they become prone to a number of diseases such as arthritis that can affect their skeletal system, resulting in chronic joint pain, inflammation and reduced mobility.

Since canine arthritis is a painful degenerative joint disease, the condition and stiffness in the joints can also be made worse if your dog continues to sleep on cold hard floors.

As such, as a caring dog owner, it is your duty to help your dog reduce the pain or prevent further strains to the joints by providing him/or her a comfortable bed to rest on. A more sensible approach would be to get an orthopedic dog bed that will be able to comfort stiff joints, soothe sore muscles and provide rehabilitation and significant joint pain relief at the same time.

How Orthopedic Beds Work

Instead of using fibre fill cushioning like most conventional dog beds, orthopedic beds uses high density orthopedic memory foam or gel. While fibre fill cushioning is also good initially, the quality starts to degrade after repeated use and wash. When your dog sleeps on any normal dog beds, it is pressing on its pressure points for long periods of time. As a result, this can causes stiffness in the joints and significant bone pain. Stiff joints make it hard for dogs suffering from arthritis to walk, run, and climb stairs.

On the other hand, orthopedic dog beds provide a very supportive cushion that maintains its quality even after years of repeated use. This cushion support helps your dog sleep better and provides a constant relief for tired bones and joints. It also helps soothe your dog's body from experiencing joint aches or stiffness when he wakes up. 

What To Look For in Orthopedic Beds For Arthritic Dogs

The most important thing to consider when buying a new mattress for your arthritic dog is comfort. Look for orthopedic beds made from top quality materials that are durable and have either memory foam or gel inside.

Memory foam is one of the best inner materials as it cushions all the sore spots in your dog’s body and helps to prevent aches and pains during the day. A good orthopedic bed can actually give your dog a new lease on life and less pain during the day.

While orthopedic beds for dogs with arthritis may be more expensive than normal beds, they will last a lifetime. Your investment in a good orthopedic bed saves you buying a new one every few years or so.

Types Of Orthopedic Dog Beds

Orthopedic beds for dogs with arthritis can come in all shapes, sizes and materials but there are mainly 3 types, including

Standard Orthopedic Bed - These beds are generally made from the mixture of crushed egg shells and uses medical grade orthopedic foam that prevents flattening upon usage. They are cheap but may not provide the best support for your dog.

Gel Filled Orthopedic Bed - These beds provide excellent support and comfort, particularly for dogs that have hip dysplasia or arthritis. As it is gel filled, your dog’s weight will be well distributed across its body providing a much better sleeping experience.

Memory Foam Filled Orthopedic Bed - Memory foam is high density foam that provides the support that dogs suffering from arthritis need. It is made from polyurethane that increases its viscosity and density that helps to maintain its usefulness even after repeated use and wash. Memory foam beds mold to your dog’s body as your pet sleeps, distributing the dog’s weight evenly and reducing pressure on aching joints. It is also a great alternative to the gel filled bed.

Considerations When Choosing A Bed For Your Dog

When choosing an orthopedic bed for your arthritic dog, it is important to keep in mind these few points.

  • How heavy is your dog? A bed should be thick enough to suit the weight of your dog.

  • What is the size of your dog? Make sure the bed is big enough for your dog to fully stretch out.

  • Is your dog incontinent? Do you need a waterproof outer layer to help keep the bed clean from dog urination?

  • Do you need a heated bed? Other than keeping your dogs' s body warm, a heated bed also has therapeutic benefits that increases the circulation of blood - thus relaxing tired muscles and reducing inflammation and swelling in the joints.
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As a dog owner, you know that caring for your arthritic pet can be a challenge. But thanks to advances in veterinary medicine and pet nutrition, dogs are living longer, and with the right kind of orthopedic bed, you can help your arthritic dog stay healthy and happy well into his golden year.

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