How to choose the Perfect Pet Bed

Your pet needs somewhere to curl up at the end of a busy day, and our dog beds and mattresses in all shapes and sizes give them a place to snooze in comfort. You can even put your dog’s name on it for that extra-special touch! Where does your dog sleep? Sure, your own bed or the couch are options, but they are not always ideal. Your dog needs a spot to retreat, a place to lay his head, somewhere soft and comfortable to call his own. It’s one of your dog’s basic needs – a great bed! With numerous varieties, choosing a dog bed can be harder than it looks. Here is a rundown of dog bed varieties that are sure to satisfy even the most pampered of pooches.

Nest Dog Beds

Nest dog beds are very similar to standard dog beds, except they have raised edges. The rims or bolsters on these beds may surround the entire bed or only a portion of the bed. Some nest beds actually resemble sofas or couches. The raised edge feature makes it ideal for your dog to lean on or curl up – just like a nest. Many dogs find these beds exceptionally comfortable. Plus, they just look adorable all nestled in!

Donut Dog Beds

Much like nest beds, donut dog beds provide a rim or edge around the bed. This edge is a pillow-soft bolster that lets your dog really curl up and sink in. These beds are typically round or oval and made of very soft materials. Donut dog beds are extremely plush and some of the most cuddly dogs beds available. Dogs love them!Donut beds are great for dogs that like to curl up and get cozy. However, some old or weak dogs may have trouble getting in and out of these beds because they are so plush.

Orthopedic Dog Beds

Orthopedic beds are designed especially for dogs with arthritis or other orthopedic problems. Made with high quality thick foam, these beds provide extra support for your dog’s body and put less stress on joints. Though comfortable for any type of dog, seniors and very thin dogs will especially benefit from orthopedic beds. Like standard beds, they are available in a wide variety of colors, sizes and shapes.

Orthopedic beds are especially good for senior dogs or those with orthopedic problems. They are also wonderful for thin and bony dogs, like Greyhounds and Whippets, in order to prevent pressure sores and calluses.

Kennel Dog Beds

Dog beds are often made especially to fit kennels and crates of many shapes and sizes. This can be much more practical than bulky blankets, but more comfortable that papers or thin disposable pads. Some companies manufacture water resistant beds or bed that are easier to clean. If you dog spends a significant amount of time in a kennel or crate, a bed is essential.

Raised Dog Beds

Many companies make beds that are raised off the floor. Some are standard, nest, orthopedic beds or even mattresses inside a raised frame. Frames may be made of wood, wicker, metal or plastic. Other raised beds are actually designed to look like dog-sized sofas, even down to the smallest detail. Imagine it – you could actually match your dog’s furniture to your own! One benefit of a raised bed is that it keeps a bit of distance between a cold, dirty floor and your dog. Plus, insects have a bit farther to go before they invade your dog’s bed.

Raised dog beds may not be appropriate for dogs with orthopedic problems or breeds prone to back problems, like Dachshunds. Jumping to and from the bed could cause harm or discomfort.

Covered Dog Beds

Covered or hooded dog beds are yet another way for dogs to snuggle up. With the appearance of small houses or tents, these beds provide a small plush retreat for dogs. Some covered beds are made entirely of plush bedding, while others consist of a standard dog bed inside a rigid house or wicker basket. A covered dog beds is cute and unique way to give your dog a special place.Covered dog beds are great for all types of dogs, but small breeds tend to be especially fond of them. These beds are also wonderful for shy dogs that might like to hide.

Heated Dog Beds

Want to give your dog an extra-warm place to snuggle up? Heated dog beds are a great way to do this. When combined with orthopedic features, heated beds can be highly therapeutic for dogs with achy joints. These beds work like heating pads or electric blankets. Though designed with safety features to protect your dog, always to be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions.Heated beds can benefit all typed of dogs, but thin and/or tiny dogs may benefit the most. Outdoor dogs will do better in colder seasons of they have access to a heated bed.

Cooling Dog Beds

Have you ever noticed your dog lying on a cold hard floor after he’s been out playing on a warm day? Sometimes dogs really enjoy that cooling sensation. Fortunately, there are dog beds that offer a cool yet comfortable surface for your dog to relax and cool down. Cooling dog beds are typically made out of plastic or similar material and are filled with water or a gel-like liquid. For your pet’s safety, always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

Though cooling beds are great for any type of dog, breeds with a tendency to overheat will benefit the most.

Travel Dog Beds

If you enjoy traveling with your dog, then you may want to consider keeping a travel bed on hand. These beds are much like standard dog beds, except that they fold or roll up. This saves space while you head to your destination.

Travel beds are wonderful for any dog that likes to travel!

Kennel/crate beds are suitable for all types of dogs. Older or thin, bony dogs should always have beds in their kennels or crates.

  • Weigh and measure your pet before you shop for pet beds. Measure your pet from tail to nose with a tape measure. This is especially important if your dog, cat, or other pet likes to stretch out when he or she lounges. Your pet will appreciate getting the right-sized bed. Pets who do not stretch out and who prefer the feeling of being cradled may prefer smaller, rounded pet beds. Some pet bed sizes are based on weight. Large, heavy animals often require thicker, denser cushions on pet beds. The weight of the pet will flatten thinner cushions, and the bed won’t be as comfortable.
  •  Choose where you will put the pet bed. This may also influence the size and style of pet bed you should choose. For example, if you are buying a bed for a cat and wish to place it on a small table near a window, the bed should not overlap the table edges.
  •  Determine which features are important. If your pet has arthritis, for example, beds with very thick padding or a memory foam bed may be best. Some pet beds are heated, which is beneficial for pets that chill easily, such as hairless cats and small, short-haired dogs or aging pets. Pets who crawl beneath beds or find other secluded areas to sleep may enjoy a hooded pet bed more than an open bed.
  •  Select a color and style you feel comfortable with. Pet beds come in many colors and designs; you may as well choose one that matches your decorating tastes. This may mean matching a blue pet bed with your own blue sofa. Or, you may wish to get a pet bed that contrasts with the other furniture and is a little on the wild side — an animal print, for instance.
  •  Look at the washing instructions before purchasing. Pet beds will get dirty and must either be washed or replaced. Most are covered with machine-washable materials, but make sure the rest of the bed is also easily washed.

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