Selecting an orthopedic bed for your large dog
Orthopedic is all the rage now whether it is an orthopedic mattress or orthopedic shoes, which is also referred to as memory foam.
The idea is that the bed will spring back to its original form once your dog gets up.
The bottom line it is all about comfort whether we are lying down or walking around the block or jogging.
Most of the orthopedic products involve memory foam of some type, because it is easy on the human body.
If you have ever experienced memory foam then you know how wonderful the next day can be after a good nights sleep.
What is good for our body is also good for our dogs
There are also a plethora of products for extra large dogs that will help with their comfort.
Besides extra large dog houses for shelter the large breed dogs also need an over sized bed to lie on.
One of the best Orthopedic Dog Beds For Large Dogs is a bed that features memory foam.
This is especially helpful if your large dog is starting to get older or maybe is recovering from some type of injury.
Aliments your dog may have that an orthopedic bed could help with
Here are two aliments your dog may have (especially older dogs) that may make sleeping or resting difficult:
There are some large breeds that are more susceptible to this condition than other breeds such as German Shepherds and many others.
Hip dysplasia is the medical term for a hip socket that doesn't fully cover the ball portion of the upper thighbone.
This allows the hip joint to become partially or completely dislocated, which may be uncomfortable for your dog.
Just like the human joint aches at times your dog can also experience discomfort from painful joint issues.
Arthritis simply put means inflammation of your dog’s joints and is a common problem for many dogs.
Most dog owners know when a dog is suffering from arthritis by the sign of pain, discomfort and stiffness.
Some features that are a must have in Orthopedic Dog Beds For Large Dogs
They must of course be comfortable and provide support for your dog without going flat!
They should be real easy to clean, even if they are indoors over time it will require cleaning.
Ideally they should look attractive in your home; the last thing you want is an eye sore in the middle of your room!
Finally it should be a bed that will last and not go flat and limp after a few months of usage.
A side by side comparison of dog beds
A typical dog bed (on the right)
Cheaper dog beds made from polyfill or cheap memory foam doesn’t provide support for your large dog.
The material collapses under the weight of a large dog, with no extra support layer to prevent your dog from pressing directly into the floor below, creating uncomfortable pressure points.
An extra supported dog bed (on the left)
The weight bearing parts of your large dog's body sink into the top layer, wrapping their joints in comfort foam and support.
The middle support layer provides a small amount of give, sustaining the comfort while blocking your dog from sinking all the way to the floor.