5 Reasons Why Orthopedic Dog Beds Help Keep Older Dogs Active

As older dogs struggle with the difficulties of old age - things we can do to help.



As dogs age they slow down. It happens to all of us. However, it is particularly difficult for us, as dog owners, watch our best friends struggle with the difficulties of old age, but there are things we can do to help our senior dogs. Perhaps one of the biggest things we as humans can do for our canine friends is provide them with an orthopedic dog bed. Below is a list of benefits that orthopedic dog beds can offer to older dogs.



5 Reasons orthopedic dog beds can help keep older dogs active

1. Orthopedic dog beds eliminate pressure points


Orthopedic dog beds are made of memory foam. Memory foam is a special type of foam that reacts to body weight and body temperature. When your senior dog lies on a memory foam dog bed, the dog bed reacts and curves around every part of your dog that is touching the memory foam. What results is an elimination of pressure points. Tradition dog beds do not do this. Stuffed dog beds, dog beds which claim some type of ‘memory foam fill’, but do not advertise true memory foam, and even low quality memory foam dog beds cannot guarantee the elimination of all pressure points. It is important to remember when shopping for an orthopedic dog bed that the only memory foam dog beds that are truly orthopedic are memory foam dog beds. Below is a list of common dog bed fills. These fills advertise "memory foam" like qualities, but they are NOT memory foam and therefore they are not orthopedic dog beds:



  • Shredded memory foam
  • High memory fiber fill
  • Egg crate foam
  • Convoluted foam
  • Medical grade hospital foam
  • 'High density' foam
  • Foam chips
  • Recycled fiber
  • Batting
  • Cedar
  • Polyester fiber
(List taken from Buddy Beds Orthopedic Memory Foam Dog Beds)


Also, memory foam quality is important. Low quality memory foam is not the same as high quality memory foam. Memory foam is rated by pounds. Memory foam that is graded at 3lbs or higher is considered very high quality memory foam. Any memory foam that is graded lower is considered low quality memory foam. Low quality memory foam will lose its ‘memory’ faster than high quality memory foam. What this means is that after repeated use, low quality memory foam will start to act like normal stuffing. It will quit molding to your dog’s body and it will cause your dog to develop pressure points when they sleeps.


Perhaps some of the highest quality memory foam dog beds on the market are Buddy Beds memory foam dog beds. Buddy Beds uses quality memory foam in all of their beds, making their dog beds truly orthopedic dog beds.



2. The elimination of pressure points helps ease the pain of canine arthritis


Aging dogs, like ageing humans, are prone to joint problems and arthritis. Sleeping on the ground does not help these painful ailments. Sleeping on dog beds that have flattened or spread out stuffing also does not help these problems. Sleeping on an orthopedic dog bed, a dog bed designed to cushion and support every last arthritic bone in your arthritic dog, helps the pain go away.



3. Pain free dogs are happy dogs


Dogs who are pain free are happier dogs. Happy dogs interact with their families better, be it children, adults, or other animals, and happy dogs have a better outlook on life. Dogs are not that different than humans, and dogs which live with constant pain are less likely to be excited to get up in the morning. Without that excitement dogs are prone to illness and earlier deaths.



5 Reasons orthopedic dog beds can help keep older dogs active

4. Pain free dogs are active dogs


If your dog has arthritis so bad she can barely get outside to relieve herself, she cannot be considered an active dog. Sedentary dogs are more prone to health problems. Some of the more common sedentary dog problems are, obesity, diabetes, and increased joint stress and pain. These problems are often the foundations for bad dog heath. An obese dog is more prone to diabetes, cardiac problems, joint problems, breathing problems and more. One way to help fight the health problems of your sedentary senior dog is to get your older dog moving again. Get your dog an orthopedic dog bed. Orthopedic dog beds eliminate pressure points and therefore reduce your dog’s pain and stiffness, encouraging her to get outside and play.



5. Add a heater


As dogs age their fur gets thinner, their skin gets thinner, and they have a harder time regulating their temperature. Getting a heater to go in your dog’s orthopedic bed can also help your senior dog. Not only will your dog get a more restful sleep if she is not cold, but heaters help stiff joints and arthritic bones. Adding a heater to an orthopedic bed is perhaps one of the best things you can do for your aging dog.



Keeping these 5 tips in mind when considering an orthopedic bed for your dog will help you make the right decision for you and your dog.



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5 Reasons orthopedic dog beds can help keep older dogs active