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What is an orthopedic dog bed and how does it differ from normal dog beds?
What is an orthopedic dog bed ? The word orthopedic (or orthopedic) means to manipulate the musculoskeletal system positively.
The word orthopedic can be attached to a product which aims to positively improve or manage a conditions which can impair an organism’s muscles and skeletal systems, In this specific case, it is applied to dog beds.
An orthopedic dog bed is a bed which has been made in a specific shape or using specific materials which gently improves and alleviates your dogs overall posture by easing the pressure of the spine and joints as they rest.
Orthopedic dog beds work by helping dogs be able to sleep in a supportive position which doesn’t aggravate the spine or joints
The bed helps your dog ‘float’ on the bed rather than having their weight push down which makes them sleep in an uncomfortable position.
By having a bed which gives greater support it can allow your dog to relax and not use their muscles to keep them in position.
The key differences between orthopedic beds and regular beds is usually found in the foam or cushion on the bed.
High quality orthopedic beds typically utilise solid memory foam which adapts to their weight to evenly distribute it and create a feeling of weightlessness.
Who can benefit from an orthopedic dog bed?
ALL dogs can benefit from an orthopedic dog bed. Orthopedic dog beds are probably the most superior beds on the market because their sole purpose is to create a supporting sleep area. They adapt to any dog to support their body so they can relax their muscles and ease aches and pains.
However, there are certain dogs who would benefit the most from these kinds of beds and they are dogs with musculoskeletal problems such as hip dysplasia, arthritis, spinal anomalies, stiffness and elderly dogs with aching joints.
Dogs with these kinds of conditions can get some temporary relief as the bed takes the pressure off the joints so they can fully relax. They won’t be healed but it will help them get a better night’s sleep.
Dogs don’t just use beds to sleep during the night, they can use them all day long to rest. If you buy an orthopedic dog bed then you’re giving your dog somewhere they can always go to if they’re having a bad day with their joints or back.
On top of that, your dog can sleep for longer which will help them feel less tired and more likely to move around which greatly helps with delaying the effect of certain conditions.
Are orthopedic dog beds worth it?
If you have a dog who has clear physical issues and finds it uncomfortable sleeping and resting on whatever they’re currently using then yes.
However, for healthy dogs with no issues then it can be seen as a luxury item. That being said, they would still experience the benefits.
However, orthopedic dog beds can be expensive and destructive dogs will tear them apart as they are not made to be tough, you should get an indestructible dog bed for that.
Also, orthopedic dog beds don’t tend to be waterproof so if you have an incontinent dog then consider reading our guide on how to make a dog bed waterproof or simply buy a waterproof dog bed.
Is orthopedic or memory foam best for dogs?
High quality orthopedic dog beds are made with solid memory foam and most memory foam beds are orthopedic by nature.
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