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What is the best Orthopedic dog bed?

By Trevor Crotts on Jul 5, 2017 6:06:21 PM

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

  1. Support
  2. Straight spinal alignment
  3. Soothing Pressure Relief
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What is the best dog bed for a lab?

By Trevor Crotts on Jun 28, 2017 9:53:43 AM

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.

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The 3 Best Ways to Treat Hip Dysplasia in Dogs (CHD)

By Dr. Kay Jensen DVM on Jun 19, 2017 1:20:25 PM


Treating Canine Hip Dysplasia

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Best Orthopedic Dog Bed Reviews

By Jessica Roberts on Jun 16, 2017 9:58:09 AM

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.

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Picking the Best Memory Foam Dog Bed

By Patty Frost on Jun 2, 2017 12:00:00 AM

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
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Why your young dog needs and orthopedic bed NOW!

By Patty Frost on May 31, 2017 2:13:00 PM


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.


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