There are numerous options and types of dog beds, and a wide variety is always better than scarcity. However, choosing the right bed can also be a confusing endeavor. The most common reason pet owners return beds they bought for their companions is due to picking the wrong dog bed size.
When shopping for the perfect dog bed, features such as comfort, durability, and
support are top of mind for most dog owners. All these features are important, but
don't forget to choose a bed that will remain clean and hygienic throughout its
lifetime. This is epecially true if you have an aging senior who may have issues like incontinence.
right dog bed for the buddy in your life is an important decision - and one which shouldn't be taken
A great dog bed will last a lifetime, and can hugely improve your dog's quality of life. But the truth is
that not all dog beds are created equal.
In this post, we will share our top tips for choosing a dog bed that will stand the test of time, support
your dog's health, and provide a cozy resting place that they'll just love.
So, let's get started ...
Just like humans, dogs need a comfortable place to rest and sleep. Here are some pointers to help
you choose a bed that's comfortable - and will stay that way:
Match the bed to your dog's size
Before buying a bed, measure your dog from nose to tail with a tape measure to ensure they'll have
plenty of space to stretch out. For dogs that prefer to curl up, you may want to choose a bed with
raised and cushioned edges that cradle your dog and provide security.
Choose a bed constructed from high-quality materials
A good bed should provide adequate cushioning that protects your dog from the hard floor. High-
quality modern fabrics retain their shape, preventing the bed from flattening down after regular use.
Consider your dog's individual needs
if you live in a colder climate, or own a dog that chills easily, a partially enclosed bed will help keep
them warm. Many dogs - especially long-haired breeds - have the opposite problem. They tend to
overheat, so choose a bed that's open and made of a material that stays cool, even in summer.
Proper support is very important to your dog's health. Bigger dogs in particular can suffer from
painful arthritis and joint problems that can shorten their lifespan if left untreated.
As dogs age they become susceptible to joint problems and stiffness in their limbs. The best way to
avoid this is by providing a bed that offers excellent support as early on in your dog's life as possible.
That's why orthopedic beds are such a great solution for all canine companions. They're designed to
support the joints, back, and overall body, keeping your dog fit and healthy. It is important to note that Orthopedic or memory foam dog beds are not just for old dogs. All dogs can benefit from having a pressure free support and it is a great proactive measure since most dogs will end up with joint problems.
The highest quality modern dog beds are made from real visco elastic memory foam which conforms
to your pet's body and r edistributes their weight evenly across the bed. With standard memory
foam, the weight of the animal's body causes them to sink too far into the bed, causing pressure
points and overheating.
A truly orthopedic bedshould provide the following:
- Excellent support for the whole body
- Straight spinal alignment
- Soothing pressure relief
As we mentioned earlier, a high-quality bed will last throughout your dog's lifetime. Look for top
quality materials that are resistant to abrasion and chewing. Smaller details such as tough stitching
and hidden zippers are signs of craftsmanship and durability.
Cheap dog beds can stain easily and become smelly. When selecting a dog bed, choose a material
that's resistant to stains and odors. Antibacterial fabrics can considerably extend the lifespan of the
bed. They also help keep your dog safe from allergens and harmful canine skin diseases caused by
mold and bacterial growth.
Other Premium Features to Consider
Waterproof material increases the durability and longevity of a dog bed and makes cleaning up easy
when accidents happen.
A high-quality dog bed will rarely need washing, but when you do need to freshen up your dog's bed,
a removable cover will make the job a whole lot easier!
The BuddyRest Difference
BuddyRest orthopedic dog beds are carefully designed and manufactured with the principles of
comfort, support, and durability in mind. We believe they're the very best orthopedic dog beds
available anywhere, and we're sure your dog will agree!
But don't just take our word for it. Visit our homepage to read real verified reviews from some of our
Here's a reminder of what you can expect from ALL our BuddyRest dog beds:
- Real memory foam
- Support foam
- 100% made in the USA
- 10-year warranty
- Waterproof cover
- Stays clean
- Hypo allergenic
- Kevlar thread
- Chew resistant
- Temperature regulated
If you'd like to find out how our beds measure up to the competition, check out our handy comparision chart above. You can also learn more about the differences by clicking the link below.
So the time has come. Your faithful pup is showing some signs of slowing down. Or maybe he is recovering from surgery or perhaps he is just getting older and you can see signs of canine arthritis. Or maybe you just know over 90% of all dogs will suffer joint problems and you are looking for a proactive solution.
So you are scouring the internet, looking for the best orthopedic dog bed. There are a lot of choices and a lot of confusion. If you are trying to figure out who makes the best orthopedic dog bed.... Allow us to cut through a lot of the myths associated with these products and provide you some real information. Now you might think we are biased, and the truth is we think we make the best dog beds in the World (so we might be a little)....but we encourage you to do as much research on the subject as possible. When you educate yourself we are confident that the research will always lead you back to us.
You can learn more about Canine Arthritis with this handy dandy info graphic we put together for you below.
There is no legal or technical definition of “orthopedic” when it comes to dog beds. Wikipedia defines an orthopedic mattress as one “designed to support the joints, back, and overall body”. So if we go by the definition, to qualify as a truly orthopedic dog bed it would have to at the minimum support the “joints, back and overall body”. So basically it’s saying supportive bed. Then we can get into detail about what is "support".Perhaps we can look at the origin of the word on our quest for enlightnment.
Nicholas Andry coined the word "orthopædics" in French as orthopédie, derived from the Greek words orthos ("correct", "straight")
Lets establish once and for all, a criteria for a truly orthopedic dog bed.
Based on the origin of the word (orthopædics- correct/straight), the definition of the word (designed to support), and the perceived intention of the term (provides relief).
A supportive memory foam dog bed uses real visco elastic memory foam to conform to your animal’s body and redistribute their weight evenly across the bed. A dog bed needs to be the following to be termed a real orthopedic dog bed.
Memory foam alone does not work as your animal will sink too far in and negate the pressure relief. To achieve the best pressure relief you must have visco-elastic foam bonded to supporting foam.
THINGS NEEDS FOR A TRULY ORTHOPEDIC DOG BED
- Straight spinal alignment
- Soothing Pressure Relief
All dogs need a comfortable, relaxing place to sleep just like us humans. And, just like humans, different dog breeds have different requirements when it comes to beds. Labs in particular need a bed that will sufficiently cushion their heavier joints and bones, which is why an orthopedic bed is the perfect option for them. Orthopedic problems are very common, with Labrador Retrievers suffering high rates of hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia. When asking yourself what is the best dog bed for a lab? -there are many considerations for you to think about.
Treating Canine Hip Dysplasia
What are the differences in orthopedic dog beds?
With so many different dog beds out there to choose from, picking the right bed for Fido can be a long and tedious process. Because plenty of companies claim they sell the best orthopedic dog beds on the market with no explanations or proof to back up these claims, it’s important to learn about the differences in orthopedic dog beds before you purchase a new bed for your four-legged pal.
So you’ve decided it’s time to buy a new orthopedic bed for your dog. Before you start browsing the
internet or pet stores and become overwhelmed with color and pattern choices, remember that while
having a bed that matches the furniture and décor is nice, don’t forget the main reason you’re gettinga bed in the first place: to keep Fido comfortable and healthy. Instead of focusing on the superficial, pay careful attention to what really matters in the long run: the kind of memory foam in the bed.
Unfortunately, many companies claim to offer "orthopedic" dog beds made of high-quality memory foam; however, the sad truth is the vast majority are not.
Memory foam is the only material that completely alleviates all pressure points and offers correct support. Most pet beds on the market today are made of cheap products like egg crate corrugated foam. Other beds use the same foam used in shipping and claim they help support your animal. These materials ARE NOT ORTHOPEDIC and do not relieve your dog’s pressure points or pain.
To provide 100% measurable pressure relief a bed must be made with open cell visco elastic memory foam. If another company does not tell you what kind of memory foam they use, you better believe it is not real memory foam and will not help your animal. The good news is BuddyRest’s world class dog beds use high quality memory foam (the same found in high end human mattresses) bonded to supporting foam. High density support foam allows the dog to sink in to a certain point and no further. Beds that do not have supporting foam bonded underneath visco quality memory foam do not relieve pressure and are actually detrimental to the long term health of your dog. On all other dog beds your furry friend’s weight is supported on their joints, even while lying down.BuddyRest’s memory foam dog beds use real visco elastic memory foam to conform to your animal’s body and redistribute their weight evenly across the bed. Our memory foam dog beds provide a pain free haven for dogs with canine arthritis (osteoarthritis), hip dysplasia and other joint problems. Our beds are also widely used by veterinarians for post-op surgery recovery and can be very beneficial for dogs recovering from injuries such as ACL tears. Our dog beds also remove pressure from the body
A Little History –Past and Present
“Dogs spent thousands of years in the wild sleeping on the ground, therefore, a bed for your dog to sleep on is not a necessity, right? Dogs will be perfectly happy sleeping wherever they choose to lay down.”This argument is unequivocally not true. Of course, dog beds are a necessity! Especially for young dogs that are still developing.
Have you ever looked at your dog and thought, “Fido sure does spend a lot of time sleeping.” Well, you are right: research has shown that most dogs sleep an average of 12-14 hours a day (plus the 8 hours they sleep at night).
Dogs Sleep on average 20 hours a day
Since they do spend so much time snoozing, finding the perfect bed for your four-legged pal should be a top priority. But just like shopping for a human bed, dog bed shopping can seem overwhelming with such a wide variety of styles and brands available. The best way to start? By figuring out if your dog needs an orthopedic dog bed.
Many pet parents have faced with this very question over and over again. How do I stop my dog from destroying their dog bed? After buying dog bed after dog bed and literally wasting hundreds of dollars, many just give up. They refuse to buy dog beds or just use blankets and towels to solve the problem.
September 10th, 2016 Wichita, KS
BuddyRest Pet Products has received an award for Best Orthopedic dog bed by renowned international magazine Modern Dog. Modern Dog specifically recognized the BuddyRest Crown Supreme Bolster bed as the best Orthopedic dog bed for dogs with arthritis. BuddyRest makes advanced memory foam dog beds. This prestigious title adds to the tremendous recognition the company and the Crown Supreme dog bed has received for design and innovation. Utilizing cutting-edge memory foam technology, the Crown Supreme dog bed is the best orthopedic dog bed in the world!
August 11, 2016
The most important role of a veterinarian is to help to maintain or improve the quality of life of our patients. Our patients are a different species than we are, and they cannot talk. This is part of the joy but also part of the challenge of practicing veterinary medicine.
July 3rd, 2016, Wichita, KS
Esteemed International Magazine Pet Products News has Awarded BuddyRest their prestigious Editor's Choice Award for the Romeo Bolster Dog bed. The Romeo dog bedline utilizes cutting technology to promoted better health while also providing lift assist technology that helps ailing dogs enter and exit the bed. You can learn more by clicking here. BuddyRest is already the most awarded, best quality orthopedic dog beds on the market. This additional award helps validate that further.
January 15th, 2016, Wichita, KS
BuddyRest receives Modern Dog Editors Choice Award for outstanding Pet Product.
Internationally distributed magazine Modern Dog has awarded BuddyRest Pet Products with their Editors Choice Award. BuddyRest continues to accumulate awards for quality and innovation from a myraid of different sources. BuddyRest specializes in making high quality memory foam dog beds utlizing real science. They are alreay the most awarded, best quality orthopedic dog beds on the market. This additional award helps validate that.
May 15th, 2015, Wichita, KS
BuddyRest is featured in the October edition of Pet Business Magazine while receiving the Editors Choice Award for the Romeo dog bed. The Editors Choice award recognizes innovation and quality in pet products.This honor was awarded to BuddyRest for providing the best dog beds in the industry. There is no other orthopedic dog beds that compare in quality. All BuddyRest products are memory foam dog beds. The addition of the Pet Business Editors's Choice Award further validates that BuddyRest offers the best dog beds on the planet. These new beds actually help older dogs with mobility issues. Utlizing cutting edge LiftTex memory foam, these beds actually help older dogs get in and out of bed with ease.
May 15th, 2014, Wichita, KS
BuddyRest continues to garner recognition this year with the addition of another prestigious honor, the Pet Insight Vanguard Award. This honor was awarded to BuddyRest for providing the best dog beds in the industry. There is no other orthopedic dog beds that compare in quality. The addition of the Vanguard award to the Family Choice, and Industry Recognition Award is proving to the world that BuddyRest offers the best dog beds on the planet. President Trevor Crotts says "We are commited to quality and innovation at BuddyRest. We are humbled to be chosen by the Pet Insight and the recognition of the quality of our orthopedic dog beds. BuddyRest makes their top quality memory foam orthopedic dog beds in the USA in Wichita, KS.
May 1st, 2014, Wichita, KS
BuddyRest Pet Products has been chosen as the winner of the Family Choice Award for best pet product. This awards program is one of the most coveted consumer awards in the nation. It has been honoring products that help families for 19 years. BuddyRest is honored to be chosen with it's high quality dog beds. President Trevor Crotts says "We are commited to quality and innovation at BuddyRest. We are humbled to be chosen by the FCA for our dog beds. We will use this honor as validation that we are on the right track, but we have a lot more work ahead with creating products that improve the lives of pets". BuddyRest makes their top quality orthopedic dog beds in the USA.
Osteoarthritis is one of the most common ailments affecting older dogs and cats. This painful condition greatly affects your pets’ mobility and quality of life. Treatment of arthritis requires a multi-modal approach. Joint health supplements such as glucosamine, chondroitin and fish oil, anti-inflammatory medications, pain medications, weight loss, acupuncture, physical therapy, and even stem cell therapy are just some of the tools we use to try to control arthritis pain in our patients.
July 1st, 2013 Wichita, KS
BuddyRest launches latest in cutting edge Sleep technology with two new memory foam dog bed designs. We all know the importance of getting a good night’s sleep and selecting a bed, mattress and pillow combination that truly supports our neck, back, spine and muscles. Now, you aren’t the only one who can enjoy the health benefits of a memory foam mattress as BuddyRest launches two brand new,human quality memory foam orthopedic dog beds, each infused with the soothing powers of True Cool Gel to help your pet all year long.