Most dogs sleep an average of 20 hours a day which can add a lot of pressure to their joints if they are laying on worn-out beds or hard surfaces. This is especially important for dogs that have hip or joint issues and for older dogs, but actually a supportive orthopedic bed is something any age or breed dog should have. Greyhounds and other thinner breed dogs have very little to no padding on their hips and elbows and over time they will develop calluses covering these tender spots. For breeds known for hip dysplasia, joint issues or arthritis, it is even more important to start them off, even as a puppy, with an orthopedic bed to prolong healthy joints and prevent these painful ailments for your dog:
- Hip dysplasia
- Joint problems
- Bone or soft tissue injuries
- Back or muscle problems
- Skinny or lean breed
Is your dog having a hard time getting into or up from their regular dog bed? Do they seem stiff or move a little slower after a long nap or in the morning after sleeping all night? Do they keep changing positions or seem to not find a comfortable spot in their current dog bed or do they completely avoid their bed now? It’s time for a new orthopedic bed.
With so many bed options available at your local pet store, how do you know what to look for? Look for a mattress that is a minimum of 2 inches up to 7 inches of memory foam. A good way to judge a bed is to put it down on the floor and push down on it to see if you can feel the floor through the mattress. If you can, then it is too thin and will not help support and protect your dog. You are looking for a solid supportive mattress, preferably with memory foam, not just fluffy stuffing that gives when pressure is applied. These types of fluffy beds are no better than laying on the floor and need to be replaced so often that they are more expensive in the long run than if you invest in a high quality, human-grade bed.
Just as we enjoy a comfortable supportive mattress, so will your dog. Memory foam will conform to and support your dog’s body just as it does for us humans. Preventing achy joints, stiff muscles, improved blood flow, and a night of more restful sleep are just a few health benefits of a good memory foam orthopedic bed.
If you notice your dog is experiencing joint pain or arthritis, contact your McLean, VA veterinarian for a thorough exam and to discuss pain treatment options. We are here to answer any questions and help your pet live their best life. Call us at (703) 356-5000, we are open 7 days a week to care for your pets.