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Are Dog Beds Necessary?

Aug 17, 2007
If you get your dog used to sleeping in one spot he's less likely to sleep on the floor or other hard surfaces which can cause arthritis and calluses in later years. Starting out correctly can help keep your dog fit and healthy for all of his life. So now that we have established that a dog bed is essential, what type do you get and how do you pick the best bed?

What to Consider in a Dog Bed

Have you ever considered you dog's specific needs for comfortable rest? Does your dog sprawl and stretch out completely? Or does he avoid the bed because he needs to cool off? Take his habits and needs into consideration when buying a dog bed. Yor pet will thank you for it!

Some Of The Benefits of a Dog Bed

The type of dog bed you choose depends on your canine and his preferences. Orthopedic beds are often a good choice for a senior dog as they are designed with special high-density foam for additional comfort and cushion for your hound's aching bones and joints.

Beds with sides are great for dogs that like to hang their head over the edge. You can also add pillows to keep your pooch comfey. Picking the right dog bed can also help with allergy and clean up relief. It provides you with a main area where the majority of the shedding and/or dander is contained and if you select a good machine washable bed, just toss it in the washing machine!

Some other Dog Bed Considerations

It is important for an older dog to have a comfortable rest area and there are dog beds that are specfically designed with older dogs in mind. A good dog bed is essential for a senior hound as they spend a good portion of the day at rest. They even make orthopedic pooch beds now to help address this issue. Remember that an achy body can mean a cranky pet. Older dogs enjoy sleeping more and playing less.

The best way to make sure you are ordering the correct size bed is by measuring your dog in his favorite laying position and adding five inches. If he's relaxed to his maximum size you'll need to make sure the bed is big enough to support his entire body.

A canine that sleeps in a tight curled up position might prefer a round bed with sides. Next on the list of requirements is probably a chew proof bed, especially for puppies!

There are a number of styles of dog bed, such as indoor or outdoor, heated or not, travel or car beds and as previously mentioned orthopedic beds for the older hound.

Your canine will enjoy a high quality dog bed for all the same reasons that we enjoy our beds! Think of the bed as an investment, multiple high quality beds will last the lifetime of your best friend, and so will their benefits!
About the Author
Steve Dolan is a dog lover and long time dog owner. For more information about dog beds click Dog Beds and Puppy Beds, and for more about dog health and keeping your dog happy click Dogs and Puppies Online.
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