Although many people allow their pets to sleep in their beds, for numerous reasons related to hygiene and transmission of parasites, this common practice is frowned upon by many professionals in the field of both conventional and complimentary medicine.
True, Indiana Bones can sleep on the floor or in a comfy spot outside, but there’s a reason that some dogs take to (or don’t take to) having their own beds.
Here are just a few types of dog beds you might find online or in your friendly neighborhood pet store:
- Orthopedic beds
- Heated beds
- Cooling beds
- Luxury beds
- Pillow beds
If you’re anything like us, you don’t want to buy a new pet bed every year, so grabbing something just because it’s discounted, may not be the best strategy. Besides ending up costing you more money over time, the environmental cost of tossing these out routinely is a huge consideration.
As a pet owner, you want to find that sweet spot between quality and affordability to ensue your dog sleeps well every night. This may not be at the top of your list, but it is important to your dog’s overall health so keep this in mind as you choose from the vast array of offerings.
A Few Facts About Dog Beds
Whether it’s spring, summer, winter or fall, good quality beds provide insulation for your dog.
Your dog can just relax and curl up in his bed. This gives him a sense of personal space and security…. that’s why some dogs will even curl up in a cardboard box, if no other option is available.
- Orthopedic dog beds can provide support and comfort to older dogs who are experiencing bone or joint health problems. These type beds are specifically designed to relieve older dogs from the pains or discomfort of joints that have become swollen or sore, ageing bones and even weight related joint issues.
- Got allergies? Dog beds also help in providing one area for their shedding thus making it easier for clean-up. Most of the beds are also reversible so that you don’t need to wash often since it adds another layer for your dog to lie in. This aids with allergy relief as well since the shedding and dander are concentrated in one area.
- Depending on the age or breed of your dog, some are more highly active than others. A good bed may help in avoiding injuries that are related to furniture like your couch. Dogs love to jump from couches especially when no one is around, if it’s normally prohibited in your presence. But if they have their own space, they are more likely to stay out of trouble.
- A warm bed on the other hand is recommended for dogs who spend a lot of time outdoors.
- If hazards like fungus and molds are an issue, keep an eye out for beds specifically designed to remediate such problems. A surprising number of health concerns in both humans and animals can be traced back to an accumulation of fungus and mold from lung and skin conditions to cancers and mental disorders.
Getting the Right Size Dog Bed
Consider behaviors such as favorite sleeping positions, when buying a bed for your dog. Grab a tape measure to assess how much space Indiana takes up while sleeping or lounging. Add 5 inches to that measurement to get the right sized dog bed.
Another approach is to measure your dog starting from the base of his neck and ending at the base his tail and then add 5 inches.
I like to keep a pocket-sized retractable tape measure in my purse to make my shopping trips easier since I often stumble on household furniture including items for my pets while shopping. Sometimes you get to the store only to find the tags are missing or exact measurements are missing from all the labels and tags.
Remember, a good bed can ensure good sleep, so you should give it some thought when buying a bed for your pooch. This will be his favorite personal space so pick the one that is best suited for him. Low quality beds will tear or break easily so consider buying quality beds as an investment for your dog’s health and your bank account.
Read also: Protecting Your Dog from the Outdoors
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