How to Buy the Right Bed
The best memory foam mattress won’t do him any good if it’s not the right size, so start by measuring your dog while he’s lying down in the position he usually sleeps. Don’t make the bed an exact fit as you have to provide some allowance for your pet. If you’ve got a large dog who likes to curl up, don’t assume that a small bed will do because he might want to stretch out. No matter his size, always provide a bit of allowance so he can sleep in whatever position he prefers.
Dog beds come in various shapes; there are the traditional beds, raised and with an oval structure. Others incorporate a different look and resemble armchairs, sofas, bean bags and so on. The decision should be made partly based on your personal preferences but more than anything else, it should be determined by his preferences, not yours.
If your pet is in good condition a standard foam bed will do, but check also if he requires a bed with special features. If he suffers from arthritis and joint pain, buy a bed with memory foam to reduce joint pain. If he has thick coat however, he’ll want a bed that will keep him cool.
Regardless what type of mattress you buy, make sure that the cover is removable and machine washable. This is especially important if your dog sheds a lot of hair or he likes to play and get dirty. Some old dogs develop bladder control problems, in which case you’re better off buying a waterproof mattress.
Make certain the mattress has genuine memory foam or poly-fill. If your dog has low body fat or light coat, he’s going to appreciate the security and warmth that memory foam provides, but if he has thick coat, an elevated bed is a better choice due to better air circulation. An organic latex mattress or an elevated bed is also ideal if your concern is to keep pests off him, but avoid a raised bed if he has trouble moving around.
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