You may have heard of orthopaedic mattresses for humans, which are designed to relieve aches and pains when sleeping and blend into the body of the sleeper, but were you aware that orthopaedic dog beds are also increasingly common?
They’re primarily designed to help older, senior dogs or those with joint issues feel more comfortable. However, all dogs could benefit from the support of an orthopaedic dog bed to help ease their joints. It could even limit future issues and be great for large breed puppies who have a lot of growing to do and need support.
Many are high-quality, so it is likely you’d only need to buy one for your dog’s entire lifetime. Therefore, it is important to get it right and see it as an investment. Below are the best orthopaedic dog beds, analysed for comfort, price, and style.
Orthopaedic vs Memory Foam Dog Beds
These terms are often interchanged a lot. What do they mean?
- Orthopaedic beds need an extra layer of support foam. This foam is specifically designed to provide support to bones and joints, but there are no rules over the types of material which should be used. An orthopaedic bed can use memory foam, hence the interchangeability.
- Memory foam dog beds are made from polyurethane. They can mould themselves around a body shape before returning to their original shape when the dog moves or gets out of bed, but they aren’t always supportive enough to be called ‘orthopaedic’
So, if you’re looking for the best bed to support your older dog’s joints, an orthopaedic bed is a must. Below are our top picks.