An orthopedic dog bed can take the pressure off painful joints if your dog has arthritis. If we didn’t already have a great Comfort-Flow orthopedic pet bed that we purchased from our local vet for Max, our 45-pound terrier mix, I would buy the Orthopedic Rate Memory Foam Dog Bed. or one very similar to it, from Amazon.com.
If you need to order an orthopedic dog bed from Amazon.com, look for genuine memory foam and read the reviews. I can’t see much advantage to having 4-inch thick foam unless you have an very large breed dog. One of the products looks good but is reported to smell horrible.
- A washable, zippered cover makes it easy to keep the pet bed clean.
- A moisture-resistant or waterproof pad protector will keep the foam clean and fresh.
- A non-skid bottom is a great feature for non-carpeted floors or old dogs who need extra stability. Unlike the soft or microfiber cover top, it won’t pick up “gnurrs” (hairballs, pollen, leaves, etc.) from the floor.
- Real memory foam. Avoid egg-crate foam masquerading as true memory foam. Egg-crate foam is better than no-foam at all, and goodness knows, we slept on it enough in our backpacking period, but memory foam is more comfortable and better for arthritic dogs.
Dog beds are large and heavy, so Amazon Prime eligibility is something to look for. The pet bed I chose at amazon.com for this post is based on both its features, which include all the essentials, and its Prime shipping eligibility.
Unlike all other reviews on this site, I can’t rate this one based on personal usage because we already have a great dog bed. However, if I were to purchase one from Amazon, I would consider the Orthopedic Rate Memory Foam Dog Bed over most of the others. Good ones are pricey because memory foam is a high-end foam product and the covers have to be durable.
If you have an elderly dog with joint problems, an orthopedic dog bed is one of the kindest things you can do for your pet.
How our dogs have used their orthopedic bed…
Max got his ortho bed as a hand-me-down from Cleo, our Shepherd mix, who passed away when she was 16 1/2 years old a few months ago. It’s the best orthopedic bed I can imagine, with a “geometric” support pad sandwiched between two thick memory foam layers to distribute joint pressure. Over the memory foam sandwich, there is a soft zippered faux-suede cover, an inner zippered moisture-resistant pad liner, and a skid-proof bottom. Both inner and outer covers are washable.
Cleo had severe dementia and vestibular syndrome along with arthritis and found the slight step onto the bed and its “give” under her weight somewhat confusing. We could get her onto the bed with some guidance, but she wouldn’t stay anywhere for long. Cleo always headed for the hallway, to sleep propped up against a doorjamb and wall. She also wanted to eat propped against a corner, doorjamb, or wall. Given her instability, that’s understandable.
Max, on the other hand, sleeps on the bed all the time. He also likes it against the wall and nightstand, but stays on it all night. It took him a little while to get used to the squashy character of the memory foam, but he discovered very quickly that it’s the most comfortable place in the house. Our cat occasionally lounges on the bed but prefers to “own” the people bed day and night.