Rover’s R&R: Finding The Perfect Pet Bed
If you’re like most pet owners, you try to give your four-legged friend the best life you can by providing nutritious food, warm shelter, veterinary care, and of course lots of love and affection. With all that pet owners have to think about, the type of bed our pets sleep on may not necessarily top the list of concerns; but when we consider that the average dog sleeps 12-14 hours a day it can suddenly seem like a more pressing issue.
A pet’s sleeping spot is more than just a comfortable place to get some shut-eye; it’s his or her own personal area of the house. Deciding on a pet bed doesn’t have to be complicated, but there are some factors to consider.
The pet bed you select should be large enough for your pet to comfortably turn around and lie down in. If your pet is still young, be sure to choose a bed that he or she can grow into, or be prepared to invest in a bed or two along the way.
Just like people, each dog has their own preference when it comes to sleeping positions. For dogs that spread out to sleep, a pad or mattress-style bed works well. For the snugglers out there, try a bolster or doughnut bed. If your dog likes to rest his or her chin on a surface to sleep, grab a high-walled bed.
Make sure to select the right type of material to match your pup’s lifestyle. Chewers and diggers should be given beds made of durable, chew-resistant material. For active, rowdy dogs, select a bed with sturdy seams and a natural-fiber, washable cover.
Your dog’s physical condition will play a big role in which type of pet bed you select. An orthopedic and/or raised pet bed can be very helpful for senior and overweight dogs may suffer with joint problems or mobility issues. Try a heated version for extra comfort.
Other Pet Bed Considerations
- Your pet’s sleeping spot is his or her own personal corner of the house, and the bed should be placed wherever your pet will sleep best, whether that is in the main living area, your bedroom, or a quiet, out-of-the-way location.
- Very large dogs or flat-faced dogs (bulldogs, pugs, Pekingese, etc.) often struggle to regulate their body temperature in warm weather, and may benefit from a cooling dog bed.
- Portable beds or those that can easily be placed in the car, on the couch, crate, etc., are available, and should generally include cushioned pads with bumpers.
- Consider your budget when choosing a bed: Do you want to spend more money on a longer-lasting unit, or spend less and risk needing to replace it more often?
- With today’s wide range of colors and styles, finding a pet bed that matches your home’s décor is easier than ever!
As always, your partners in pet care at Schertz Animal Hospital are only a phone call away! Please let us know if there’s anything we can do to make life more comfortable for your best pal!
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