Orthopedic Dog beds are beneficial to the health of all dog breeds, especially to relieve or prevent pressure from these conditions:
Arthritis (from mild to severe) | Other joint problems | Hip dysplasia | Generalized muscle loss associated with old age | Dogs that have had neurological or orthopedic surgeries or conditions | Bone injuries, fractures, etc. | Soft tissue injuries (ligaments, tendons, etc.).
The best orthopedic dog beds are typically made with thick foam that aids in helping to relieve pressure and pain from a dog’s body. This benefit becomes especially important if your dog has arthritis, but active dogs of all ages can benefit from this extra support. When shopping for a new orthopedic dog bed, be sure to pay attention to its dimensions, as generic sizes like Small, Medium or Large can vary significantly by manufacturer. Furthermore, take into consideration that orthopedic dog beds are typically Soft and thus are not suitable for heavy chewers or puppies.
Dogs love memory foam beds … and older ones prefer orthopedic beds. Check below our sections for both these topics and our recommendations.
Here we’ve selected and reviewed three major brands (Elux, Molecule, and Runyon from Brentwood Home), and then we list them as per their retail prices (in ascending order).
Elux Orthopedic Dog Bed
Molecule Air-engineered Dog Bed
Runyon Orthopedic Dog Bed
Do Dogs Like Memory Foam Beds?
If you’ve ever slept on a memory foam bed, you know just how cozy it is — and your dog will feel exactly the same way! If you want your dog to feel like she is sleeping on a cloud, there is no better decision than a memory foam dog bed, the reason being that memory foam adjusts to your dog’s body helping to relieve pressure from achy joints or muscles. This is particularly important for older dogs who are more susceptible to arthritis.
However, dogs of any age may benefit from the extra-cushioning of a memory foam bed. After all, they snooze more than 12 hours a day, so providing them with a comfortable, supportive place to rest will only make them healthier, and happier dogs. Keep in mind that if your dog is a heavy chewer of beds, you’ll want to select a bed with a chew-resistant, machine-washable durable cover.
What’s The Best Dog Bed For Older Dogs?
Orthopedic dog beds include various features to make your senior canine comfortable in their old age. Some popular orthopedic dog bed features are:
- Memory Foam: orthopedic dog beds with memory foam are highly recommended for senior canines because they’ll help ease the pain of achy joints, and the stiff foam in those beds makes it easier for older arthritic dogs to getting up after laying down.
- Warming Beds: heated dog beds are another great selection for older arthritic dogs, as the warmth works to relieve your canine’s pains and aches. Some act similarly to heated blankets and need to be plugged in, while others can be microwaved. And other beds retain your dog’s own heat to keep them warm.
- Stain/Liquid-Resistant: as dogs get older, accidents become more frequent as bowel and bladder control deteriorates. Stain and liquid-resistant dog beds can help to provide a solution. Look for a bed with an orthopedic bed base, a removable cover that can be taken off and washed, plus a waterproof lining.