The Care and Well-being of Dogs
All of us believe our dog is a cherished member of the family. Finding a dog bed for your older, arthritic dog will more than likely be at the top of your list. Let’s face it, we want our dog to be comfortable but they need their own space. It’s better for you and your dog. This way, everyone is comfortable. Your dog should get the most out of their bed. It should provide warmth, support, and a sense of security.
Dog beds for arthritic dogs can be tricky as they are not all created equal. I remember when I had over seven dog beds in my house for one dog and she only used two of them! I bought any dog bed that looked comfortable. My dog decided which beds she loved!
I will lay out for you what to look for in a bed for your canine companion.
Elevated dog beds can be an option for your arthritic dog. Keeping your dog elevated can keep her at a good temperature so she doesn’t get too hot or cold as the air circulates beneath her. It keeps her from laying on the hard floor which can aggravate the joints.
Most elevated beds are portable which make for easy traveling or for moving from one location to the other. They are usually much easier to clean as you simply wipe them down. There is no need for the washing machine.
Because elevated beds are several inches off the ground, it makes it easier for your elderly dog to get on so she doesn’t have to lay all the way on the ground which can seem quite a ways down for an old dog. They are also great to keep your dog from bug infestation on the ground. Finally, most elevated dog beds will repel moisture, mold, mildew, bacteria, and odors on the cot.
As your dog becomes older, it will be more evident that she will have bladder control problems. This simply happens as they age. A drooling dog can also make a bed messy. Since it would be difficult to find a washing machine to hold a medium to large sized bed, a waterproof cover seems to be the answer.
Find a bed that has a full washable cover for easy maintenance. A good quality cover will keep messes from penetrating the material. Some waterproof beds have noisy covers so every time the dog gets on or off, it creates an annoying sound to the animal. If you have a dog that is uneasy with “crackling” noises, It’s a good idea to think about that or become informed in advance before buying a particular bed. It’s one of those things you don’t think about.
I have also found some people like to use a five-inch memory foam baby mattress that is waterproof as it worked out for them. You can buy fitted sheets for it that are washable. Keep in mind it is not an actual dog bed so it may not be suitable for your needs. It was something I thought I would pass by you.
Memory foam is very popular among older, arthritic dogs especially if your dog suffers from any of the following:
Memory foam dogs bed are a form of orthopedic dog beds. The memory foam reacts to your dog’s body heat and weight. When your dog sits on it, it naturally molds to your dog’s shape and relieves pressure points. If, for example, you sleep on one side of your body for hours, that side can endure pressure points. That side of the body can eventually fall asleep and cause aches and pains. The memory foam can actually help improve the quality of your dog’s joints, ease their pain, and improve mobility.
It can be pricier than traditional beds due to the material used, however memory foam is made to last for years. Traditional beds are filled with chunks of foam, fibers, and other particles and tend to wear out sooner. They tend to go flat after a while and your dog will feel like they are sleeping on the floor. It may be well worth the price to get a quality bed. Quality foam will be less springy and slower to relax as well as slower to recover. Your dog should be able to relax in complete comfort.
There is something else to think about. A lot of memory foam beds are thick. Many are 4 inches or more. If you think your older dog would have a hard time getting on and off a bed that thick, you can always reach for a 2-inch memory foam bed and it can offer just as much support without the hassle.
A warming bed can be a great choice as the warmth works to relieve your dog’s aches and pains. This bed will work well in very cold weather. Some dogs dislike them as they are not cool, however sleeping on hard, cold tile is not a good alternative. It can aggravate your dog’s joints.
They also make these beds where the insulation radiates warmth generated from the pets own body heat versus using an outlet to warm the bed.
Keeping your dog’s weight down will certainly help with pain as your dog will have less to carry around. About 50% of dogs are overweight and 5% are obese. Having your dog checked regularly for weight is not a bad idea. Every month to get weighed is good time frame if your dog is determined to be overweight and every three months after their goal has been met.
You can assist in the weight loss by walking with your dog daily. I would say 2o minutes of casual walking and 10 min of brisk walking. For older dogs that cannot keep up that pace, playing ball or some other activity would also work.
Don’t overfeed your dog. I know it’s easy to do when you are busy and toss some food in the bowl. Measuring out dog food can help with portion control as well as cutting down treats to a minimum. It all takes a little time and effort but your pal is worth it.
In conclusion, take time to see what is the best suited bed for your senior dog. Dogs spend many hours sleeping and resting so we want to make sure they are very comfortable. It’s hard to see them suffer so getting a bed could be the best pet investment you make!
Please let me know if you have any questions or comments. I would love to hear from you!