There are many dog owners concerned that their pet may contract Flea Allergy Dermatitis (FAD), a common ailment caused by fleas. Seeking medical treatment to cure the poor dog would be a nightmare, but what is worse is the effort needed to break the flea cycle. Fleas have the ability to jump 6-7 inches up the air and almost one foot horizontally. Understanding this fact, more dog owners are now purchasing elevated dog beds to avoid this problem.
Being almost 9 inches up from the ground, your dog will be able to sleep in the “flea-free” zone. Besides fleas, dogs who sleep on elevated dog beds can also escape many types of insects who are constantly crawling on the ground. There are some great looking elevated Kuranda Dog beds at www.sitstay.com, and www.petcentral.com.
As elevated pet beds are fully supported by four legs, dog owners may be concerned on its ability to support a dog’s weight. This should not be a problem if you purchase an elevated bed for dogs made from wrought iron or wood. If your dog has not gotten rid of his chewing habits, then it would be best to choose iron beds or beds made from chew-proof wood. Beds made from such materials are also able to support large dogs of up to 130 pounds. Also, rubber feet are fitted onto an elevated dog bed to prevent the bed from skidding. With this, your dog will be able to freely throw himself, roll and jump on his bed as much as he likes.
Besides keeping your dogs from flees and insects, an dog bed that is elevated will also ensure that your dogs are always one level above the cold hard floor. On www.petco.com, you will find some great beds by Petmate, that offer many orthopedic benefits. Unlike foam beds which are placed on grounds, these elevated foam dog beds can help prevent condensation, a factor which causes foam to rot.
Cleaning up is easy as most lifted dog beds come with machine-washable covers which can be simply removed by unzipping. Maintaining the cleanliness of an elevated bed frame is even easier; just wipe the bed with a wet cloth. Beds that are elevated also allow you to clean the floor without moving the bed at all.