Much like nest beds, donut dog beds provide a rim or edge around the bed. This edge is a pillow-soft bolster that lets your dog really curl up and sink in. These beds are typically round or oval and made of very soft materials. Donut dog beds are extremely plush and some of the most cuddly dogs beds available. Dogs love them!Donut beds are great for dogs that like to curl up and get cozy. However, some old or weak dogs may have trouble getting in and out of these beds because they are so plush.
Orthopedic Dog Beds
Orthopedic beds are designed especially for dogs with arthritis or other orthopedic problems. Made with high quality thick foam, these beds provide extra support for your dog’s body and put less stress on joints. Though comfortable for any type of dog, seniors and very thin dogs will especially benefit from orthopedic beds. Like standard beds, they are available in a wide variety of colors, sizes and shapes.
Orthopedic beds are especially good for senior dogs or those with orthopedic problems. They are also wonderful for thin and bony dogs, like Greyhounds and Whippets, in order to prevent pressure sores and calluses.
Kennel Dog Beds
Dog beds are often made especially to fit kennels and crates of many shapes and sizes. This can be much more practical than bulky blankets, but more comfortable that papers or thin disposable pads. Some companies manufacture water resistant beds or bed that are easier to clean. If you dog spends a significant amount of time in a kennel or crate, a bed is essential.
Raised Dog Beds
Many companies make beds that are raised off the floor. Some are standard, nest, orthopedic beds or even mattresses inside a raised frame. Frames may be made of wood, wicker, metal or plastic. Other raised beds are actually designed to look like dog-sized sofas, even down to the smallest detail. Imagine it – you could actually match your dog’s furniture to your own! One benefit of a raised bed is that it keeps a bit of distance between a cold, dirty floor and your dog. Plus, insects have a bit farther to go before they invade your dog’s bed.
Raised dog beds may not be appropriate for dogs with orthopedic problems or breeds prone to back problems, like Dachshunds. Jumping to and from the bed could cause harm or discomfort.
Covered Dog Beds
Covered or hooded dog beds are yet another way for dogs to snuggle up. With the appearance of small houses or tents, these beds provide a small plush retreat for dogs. Some covered beds are made entirely of plush bedding, while others consist of a standard dog bed inside a rigid house or wicker basket. A covered dog beds is cute and unique way to give your dog a special place.Covered dog beds are great for all types of dogs, but small breeds tend to be especially fond of them. These beds are also wonderful for shy dogs that might like to hide.
Heated Dog Beds
Want to give your dog an extra-warm place to snuggle up? Heated dog beds are a great way to do this. When combined with orthopedic features, heated beds can be highly therapeutic for dogs with achy joints. These beds work like heating pads or electric blankets. Though designed with safety features to protect your dog, always to be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions.Heated beds can benefit all typed of dogs, but thin and/or tiny dogs may benefit the most. Outdoor dogs will do better in colder seasons of they have access to a heated bed.
Cooling Dog Beds
Have you ever noticed your dog lying on a cold hard floor after he’s been out playing on a warm day? Sometimes dogs really enjoy that cooling sensation. Fortunately, there are dog beds that offer a cool yet comfortable surface for your dog to relax and cool down. Cooling dog beds are typically made out of plastic or similar material and are filled with water or a gel-like liquid. For your pet’s safety, always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
Though cooling beds are great for any type of dog, breeds with a tendency to overheat will benefit the most.
Travel Dog Beds
If you enjoy traveling with your dog, then you may want to consider keeping a travel bed on hand. These beds are much like standard dog beds, except that they fold or roll up. This saves space while you head to your destination.
Travel beds are wonderful for any dog that likes to travel!
Kennel/crate beds are suitable for all types of dogs. Older or thin, bony dogs should always have beds in their kennels or crates.