Does Your Dog Need A Dog Bed?
Even if your dog is allowed to sleep with you in your human bed, every dog should have a bed of their own — or two or three or four, actually.
There are plenty of benefits to having dog beds. They can be used for napping during the day and sleeping in at night.
Unlike the floor, a bed will keep your dog warm, support arthritic joints, and prevent calluses. And unlike a couch or human bed, dog beds, or pet bed, are spaces that pups can have all to themselves.
And if you’re allergic to your dogs, then it’s best if they sleep somewhere besides your bed.
Dog beds can also be taken with you when you travel so that your dog feels comfortable and is able to sleep somewhere familiar. They’ll rest easier and feel less anxiety.
Waterproof beds are good for outdoor use or incontinent pets.
Homemade beds can be inexpensive and easy to customize. There are plenty of tutorials on how to make your own dog bed with blanket that you can find on YouTube or by searching online. Just make sure you’re using safe materials and that it will hold up, especially if your dog likes to chew.
Special Dog Beds For Seniors Or Dogs With Medical NeedsStuffing that works for you and your dog. Young, warm, healthy dogs can usually get by with inexpensive foam filling, but your older or arthritic dog will probably prefer more comfort and support. Some orthopedic beds use foam because it’s thicker and of higher quality, so it doesn’t squash flat. Thick, flexible gel has recently become more common as a bed filling; it’s more comfortable than foam and distributes weight more evenly, making it excellent for geriatric dogs — but expensive. And some beds contain cedar chips to ward off pests and keep the bed smelling fresher than your dog.
The environment. Some of us are concerned about using materials that won’t harm the earth when we decide to replace, get rid of, or recycle a dog bed, or a car tree. You can check out eco-friendly dog beds if that’s something that factors into your decision.
Absorbent pads for dogs who wet the bed. Sick, incontinent, or geriatric dogs can benefit from washable or disposable absorbent pads (technically, you’re the one benefiting because you won’t have to wash the bed). Note: These flat pads won’t fit well in a nesting bed.