Age is among the issues that even dogs have to face. However, unlike humans, they may simply shrug their shoulders on the idea and just let the years pass on them. As such, dog owners should take note of the changes that occur on their dogs once they reach the old age. And among the conflicts that should be solved when the right time comes is the proper bed wherein the dog can just settle and have a nice sleep or a relaxing time.
It is safe to say that with old age comes problems like difficulty in sleeping. There is nothing more heart-wrenching than seeing your old dog having a hard time sleeping during cold weather because of its aching limbs and joints. Or maybe, there were times when you notice your dog irritated by the hot summer weather.
Senior dogs should have a bed that will address their sleeping problems. Senior dog beds, like orthopedic, cooler, or heated beds, are the perfect beds. But what features should you look for on these bed types? Ideally, these are some of the most salient points that a senior dog bed should have:
1. It should provide maximum comfort. Remember that senior dogs tend to suffer from joint pains and injuries more often than the younger ones. Hence, they need to have a bed that will support their body and invite a relaxing environment. In this regard, look for beds that have a special foam that can ably provide added cushion ideal for dogs suffering from body and joint pains.
To give you an idea, orthopedic and heated dog beds generally have firm foams that distribute your dog’s body pressure unlike bed fillings made of cedar chips. Depending on your location and the type of weather on your are, there is a bed that will meet your pet’s comfort requirements.
2. It should be moisture-resistant. Dogs, whether old or not, don’t prefer sleeping on wet or cold surfaces. You should, thus, look for the bed that is waterproof and moisture-resistant as it can protect your dog from getting sick or restless. Check out also if the materials are of high quality – from the foam, to the bed frame, down to the cover, threads, and zippers. This will guarantee that your dog will enjoy its bed’s comfort for a long time.
3. It should be make the cleaning easy for you. Look for beds that have removable or machine washable covers. This will provide for easy cleaning especially when the covers or bed sheets get spoiled. Remember that a regularly-washed bed will promote your dog’s health and will last longer than those that are washed only occasionally.
4. It should offer protection and conserve your dog’s body heat. Your dog should be secured on his bed and not develop diseases or complications with old age on his own bed due to the inappropriate temperature that it promotes. Thus, examine the bed thoroughly. An ideal dog bed’s padding that supports your senior dog’s physical needs. Make sure that the bed is slightly elevated as this type of bed generally conserves heat and serve as protection to your old dog from getting its feet onto floor drafts.