In the same way we consider our bed as a haven to which we may retreat at night, so too our furry friends need a bed to call their own. A place where they may nap during the day and retreat to at night. There are a number of benefits to providing your pooch with his or her own bed:

A Space of Their Own

We all need a special space to which we may retreat, i.e. a place where we may curl up to read a good book. As much as we need this, our pet needs a space of their own and by providing him or her with their own bed, you are providing him or her with a space of their own, a space within which they can feel safe and secure.

Soft Support
A high quality dog bed will offer your pooch not only good support, but also soft, comfortable cushioning. This is vitally important, to ensure that they feel safe and secure. As they get older, comfort becomes of the utmost importance.

Insulation
Although your pet can sleep just about anywhere, it is important to ensure that they are protected from the cold of the floor. A good quality dog bed offers good insulation which would keep your pooch nice and cool in summer and snug and warm on the cold winter nights.

Cleaner Home
Providing your pet with his or her own bed can greatly assist in keeping your home a little cleaner. Instead of curling up on your furniture, your pooch would find their own bed much more appealing.

It is important for your furry friend to have his or her own bed, but what is of the utmost importance, is that you choose the right bed. Therefore, before you just run out to grab a bed, you need to consider the following:

Size and Breed
Before investing in a bed you would need to consider the size and breed of your pet. The ideal bed should be slightly bigger than your pooch, so you may wish to measure him or her and ensure to buy a bed which is at least five inches longer and wider in size. You should also consider your pet’s habits, as pups are more likely to run around and play, older dogs may spend more time napping during the day.

Placement of the Bed
There is a huge variety of beds available for small to medium sized dogs. But, you would need to consider the space you have available, if your pooch sleeps indoors. However, if your pooch sleeps outside, you would also need to consider a bed which is fungus and mold resistant and which would withstand the elements.

Cleaning and Maintenance

There is a variety of beds available which are manufactured from materials which are machine washable, to beds which are completely water resistant. However, you should consider a bed which is both suitable for your pooch and easy for you to maintain.

In order to ensure that your pooch maintains an optimum level of health, you should consider washing the cushion or the cover at least once a week or twice a month.

Quality
In the same way you would invest in a good bed for yourself, so too you should consider investing in a good quality bed for your pooch. There is a number of high quality options available, some of which are water resistant and some are very durable.

Affordability

When you decide to invest in a bed, you would need to consider how much you are able and willing to spend. But, with the huge variety available, you are sure to find something which would suit both your pooch and your wallet.

Much like the variety of beds available to us, there are a number of options to choose from, when it comes to choosing a bed for your pooch. So, we will look at the most popular options.

Nest Beds

These are suitable for small to medium sized dogs. These beds generally round or oval and have ample cushioning and raised sides. You would need to ensure that the cushioning provides protection from the hard floor.

Cave Bed

These beds are suitable for small to medium sized dogs. These beds are ideal for anxious dogs, as well as hairless dogs, as they provide a lot of warmth and comfort. These beds are generally oval shaped, with thick cushioning and a “canopy” which covers half of the bed.

Corner Bed

These beds are ideal for small to medium sized dogs and offer a great space saving solution, as they fit snugly into a corner. They also have ample cushioning and raised sides.

Memory Foam Mattress

These beds are more suitable for larger dogs. They are generally made from memory foam, which offers your pooch good support. However, they can flatten over time, thus you may need to replace it at some point.

Cribb Mattress

These are suitably for larger dogs. They have a spring coil system, which offers much support over a longer period of time.

Cot Bed

These beds are suitable for larger breeds, or dogs with long, thick coats. As these beds are elevated, they allow for circulation and helps to keep your pooch cool in summer. The mesh material is also easy to clean.

Orthopedic Memory Foam Bed

These beds are suitable for large elderly dogs, or dogs with arthritis. These beds offer great joint support. You also have the option of a waterproof cover for dogs with bladder leakage. When choosing this bed, you would need to consider that memory foam tends to hold odor.

Bolster Bed

These beds are suitable for larger dogs, who suffer from anxiety. These beds are bulkier and have a thick base and raised sides, which offers a lot of comfort and support. These beds are generally more expensive than normal padded beds, because they are made from high quality fabric and durable filling.

Recycled Material

For those pet parents who want to go the Eco-friendly route, this bed is the ideal option. It is made from recycled plastic bottles. Because of its durability, it is more expensive than “normal” beds.

Organic Material

For those who prefer the organic route, you may opt for a bed made from organic material. Some beds are manufactured from 100% organic cotton or eco-fleece and the filling is made from natural rubber. Some beds are also made from hemp. The hemp is grown without chemicals and the dyes are also chemical free.

Cedar Filled Bed

These beds are suitable for small to medium sized dogs. These beds are filled with cedar and therefore offer a significant reduction in odor. However, they are not very comfortable, as they do not offer cotton padding. If your pup suffers from allergies, this would not be a suitable option.

Hypoallergenic Dog Bed Cover

As many dogs suffer from allergies, it can be difficult to find the most suitable bed. In such case you can opt for a waterproof Nano pore fabric cover and you may fill it with whatever your pooch is comfortable with. This cover serves as a barrier against dust, dirt, fleas and mites.

Now that you know what the most popular dog beds have to offer, you can shop around until you find the most suitable, most comfortable and most affordable bed for your furry friend… offering your beloved furry friend a safe landing!

Love, The PetsWell Team

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