Com-fur-table sleep: Signs to look out for when choosing a dog bed
Arguably, the place your dog spends most of its personal time is on their bed. It’s where they sleep, where they play with their toys, where they take naps, or where they go to eat their treats in peace. In my case, my dog has a orthopedic BOWMOOD bed in almost every room, as that’s how he likes to roll. If you’re like me, you look into every detail before buying anything for your little pup, and that includes a bed. So, based on our research, we have compiled the main factors you should take into consideration when choosing your dog’s next bed!
Take a look at our veterinarian recommended suggestions below and let us know if there is anything else you feel we should add! If you’re a vet, please do share your feedback with us!
Is the bed or its cover washable? This is a very important factor when it comes to picking a dog bed. Your dog can get it dirty by running on to it straight from outside with muddy paws (has happened to me, unfortunately), by eating on it, or a variety of other reasons. Plus, it’s always recommended to give it a wash to remove any bacteria or dust that has gathered in it as well, much like you’d change your own bed sheets. Thus, try to choose a bed that can be washed or one that has a zipped cover that you can remove and machine-wash.
The size of the bed: Depending on the size of your dog, you should choose a bed that aligns well and ensures plenty of space for stretching and being comfortable. You don’t want your dog to cram into a small space or have something too space that is difficult to snuggle in. Choose the right bed size to ensure your dog is as comfortable as it gets. Most dog beds come with different sizes and breed recommendations to help you choose!
Durability: As mentioned at the beginning of the post, dogs use their beds for a variety of things, which means its durability is important (as with most things dog-related). Furthermore, puppies like to chew on anything and everything while teething (some older dogs too), so it’s best to have a bed that can withstand that. You also don’t want to spend money on a bed that gets destroyed after a few weeks of use. The beds I’ve bought for Phillip as a puppy were still intact until recently (when I donated them to other dogs in need).
Orthopedic beds: While young dogs don’t suffer much from muscle pain and other such difficulties, it is generally advisable to choose an orthopedic bed for your dog, especially if they’re older. Similar to how you’d prefer an orthopedic mattress for yourself, it simply is a better and healthier option for your dog’s body and ensures longer muscle and bone wellbeing. Thus, when choosing your dog’s next bed, keep an eye out on the mattress characteristics as well!
Fabric: your dog can be irritated by fabrics that are too tactile, or those that are too fluffy. While you know your dog’s preferences better than anyone, its generally smart to choose a nice, soft and breathable material that won’t irritate their skin or cause them to overheat.
These are the main things you should consider when choosing your dog’s next (or first!) bed. Let us know if we missed anything, or if your dog has different preferences in the comments below. Also, please note that while dog beds are made with dogs in mind, not all pups immediately warm up to their new place. Some need time to get used to it, others don’t like the new-bed smell. We recommend leaving their favourite treats on the bed to lure them to it, or leaving an old shirt of yours on it so it has your smell (they love you, and they love being around your smell!).
There are many dog beds out there, and based on research and your dog’s needs, you can choose the best dog bed for your pup. I have bought many dog beds and they checked most of these boxes and worked well for my Phillip. But, is there a dog bed that ticks all these boxes? Well, we knew this is what our dogs needed, and we only stand by and recommend the best when it comes to dogs, so we would like to proudly suggest the BOWMOOD orthopedic, anti-stress and durable beds. If your dog already has his own BM bed, share a photo with us below to let us know how they like it!
Every dog is different, but they have one thing in common: they need a bed that meets their needs, is comfortable and they feel personally attached to.
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Thanks for reading.
Have a paw-some day!
-The BM team