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Aside from all the considerations of warmth, comfort, security and style that weve mentioned, you may also want to choose a bed that is machine washable, because as we know, small dogs are pretty fussy about their space being neat and clean. As your dog gets older, its likely that he may develop Canine Arthritis or Hip Dysplasia, especially if he is overweight or a larger breed. You may not be aware of the different types of dog beds and what it is that your dog might require. An orthopedic dog bed can be used as a way to delay the onset of some common problems in older or overweight dogs, such as Hip Dyslpasia and Arthritis.
Once again memory foam beds are the best option, they have a higher price tag but last a lot longer than the cheaper dog beds and they are great for relieving aches and pains. Different material designs are also available so you should be able to find one that fits in with your decor so they can look like part of the furniture rather than a sloppy old mattress or sofa. Covers can also be taken off for ease of washing. Specialised dog beds are also needed for small dogs. Dachshunds and other breeds with long backs are frequently troubled by back problems, usually caused by jumping therefore a dog bed all of their own, close to the floor is essential.
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Even with a coat of fur, some dogs still feel the cold, they need a little extra warmth to get them through the night. As your dog gets older, it may be feeling arthritic and be in some pain, therefore a heated dog bed may be just what the doctororvet ordered. Heated dog beds keep a constant temperature and are designed to keep the temperature at a safe level at all times. Heated dog beds have controls that give you several setting choices. Some more expensive brands are thermostatically controlled thereby keeping a consistent temperature, varying only by a degree or two.
Human electric blankets exceed the levels of what is considered safe for your dog. As with any electrical product, you need to be safety conscious by being on the look out for frayed wires and keep them away from pooled water. If your dog likes to chew, you can purchase a cord protector to prevent damage to the cord. Most dogs will do fine without a heated bed, but there are many who would benefit, so assess your dogs bedding and health issues and see if a heated bed would better suit the needs of your dog.