What is an Orthopedic Dog Bed?

Dog Beds that are in some way orthopedic dog beds, seem to be much more expensive. Why?



You've been researching dog beds. You there seem to be a lot of options of orthopedic dog beds on the market today. Some of them, particularly the dog beds that are in some way orthopedic dog beds, seem to be much more expensive. Why? Are they worth the extra cost? What does an orthopedic dog bed even mean? Consider the following five points as to what constitutes an orthopedic dog bed, and why you might want to invest in one.



  1. Orthopedic Defined


    Let's start our discussion by defining orthopedic. Technically orthopedic, when used in conjunction with some sort of bed (like a dog bed or human mattress), pertains to fixing issues with the body, particularly issues with the skeleton and muscles. Now, an orthopedic mattress, for dogs or people, will do one very specific thing. That orthopedic dog bed will eliminate the formation of pressure points. You know what a pressure point is, its that pain, that knot, that stiffness, that burning you get after placing too much weight on a particular body part. Maybe your hip falls asleep when you lie on your right side, or maybe your shoulder burns after lying on it. All of these things are pressure points, and they develop when we concentrate enough weight on our hip, or shoulder, or whatever, to cause pain. Orthopedic dog beds stop this pain from starting. They do this by evenly distributing weight while we sleep. So, if you were to sleep on an orthopedic bed, that bed would take your entire body's weight and distribute it over your entire body, not just to your hip or shoulder or whatever. As you can imagine, this is very pleasant, and it stops pressure points from forming.



  3. Memory Foam and Orthopedics


    There is only one known substance on the planet that can evenly distribute your weight and hence be called orthopedic. That substance is memory foam. Originally designed in the 1960's by NASA scientists, memory foam is a special type of foam which will react to body heat and body weight. So, in terms of a memory foam dog bed, that dog bed will shape itself to your dog's body once she lies on it. As it shapes itself to her, it evenly distributes her weight, stopping the formation of pressure points.



    Be aware though, when looking at memory foam dog beds, there are many dog bed manufactures who will claim that their dog beds contain "orthopedic like properties" or something along those lines. Such dog beds are not truly orthopedic dog beds. You see, memory foam is expensive, and most dog bed manufactures do not want to pay the price to construct their dog beds from memory foam. They still want to appeal to customers who are interesting in an orthopedic dog bed; however, so they claim their dog beds are 'orthopedic like'. 'Orthopedic like' means nothing. Only dog beds that are made of true memory foam (and that means intact memory foam. Don't be confused by shredded memory foam filled beds) are orthopedic dog beds.



  5. Orthopedic Dog Beds


    Don't fear though. While many dog bed manufactures don't make their memory foam dog beds from real memory foam, there are a handful of manufactures who do. Be aware though, that not all memory foam is created equal. Memory foam is measured by how much force it takes to compress a cubic sample of memory foam. This rating is measured in pounds/feet cubed. Any memory foam rated at 5-3 lbs/cubic foot or greater is considered high quality memory foam. Memory foam rated at 2 lbs/cubic foot or lower is considered low quality memory foam. What's the difference? Well low quality memory foam dog beds will lose it's 'memory' faster, meaning that after repeated use and time it will cease to shape to your dog's body and distribute her weight evenly, hence leading to the development of pressure points. A high quality memory foam dog bed, on the other hand, can last up to ten years.



  7. Supportive Backing Foam


    Memory foam is not the only thing that makes a dog bed an orthopedic dog bed. In order for a dog bed to be orthopedic it needs to be made of not only memory foam, but supportive backing foam as well. Supportive backing foam is essentially the memory foam's box spring. If a dog bed is made solely of memory foam, your dog will eventually sink into the memory foam far enough to come into contact with the floor below her. Once she compresses the memory foam to the floor, the dog bed, despite being a memory foam dog bed, is no longer an orthopedic dog bed. A memory foam dog bed must have supportive backing foam glued to it in order for it to be an orthopedic dog bed. That supportive foam stops your dog from compressing the memory foam to the floor and developing pressure points. Adding supportive backing foam is an expensive step in the creation of a dog bed; however, and most companies skip it. Visit Buddy Beds Orthopedic Memory foam Dog Beds for examples of memory foam dog beds which are designed with supportive backing foam.



    5. So What?



    So what if a dog bed eliminates pressure points? Why pay the extra money? Orthopedic dog beds can reduce chronic pain, help your dog stay active for longer and generally improve your dog's quality of life. A life without pain is a happy life, and orthopedic beds strive to eliminate pain.