Just like us humans, as dogs grow older they need that little bit of extra padding and protection from the cold hard ground. Unfortunately, most standard dog beds simply do not meet the necessary requirements for larger, older and dogs with ailments. Which is why it’s important to choose a dog bed that is suitable for your beloved pup’s needs.
One of the best ways to do that is to look for an orthopedic dog bed that includes memory foam or some form of additional padding to soothe their aches and pains. In this guide, you will find out top 5 recommended orthopaedic beds for dogs, all of which are suitable for the smallest breed, right up to the larger breeds.
- Best Orthopedic Dog Bed For Older Dogs and Arthritis Comparison Table
- What To Look For In a Top Orthopedic Dog Bed
- Editors Notes
The Dog’s Bed, Premium Orthopedic Waterproof
The Stand Out Best Orthopedic Dog Beds For Older Dogs and Arthritis
“The Dog’s Bed” despite having a great (and obvious) name is our editors choice for its standout build quality, durability and pain-relieving padding that provides your dog with a comfortable place to relax and sleep.
Best Orthopedic Dog Bed For Older Dogs and Arthritis Comparison Table
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|No (Water resistant)||Memory Foam||4.6 /5|
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1. The Dog’s Bed, Premium Orthopedic Waterproof
Aptly named “The Dog’s Bed” by a company named “The Dog’s Balls”, this bed gets outstanding reviews from its users, for a number of reasons. The main one being it’s thick and padded memory foam filling (yes it’s not just for us humans!).
The foam is designed to ease joint pain, arthritis, dysplasia of the hips and post-op aches and pains too.
They’ve taken all dog sizes into consideration during the design phase with this model, which is evident in the sizes available, where you have far more options to choose from than your standard dog bed company. Sizes range from a small bed all the way to XXL with no fewer than 7 different sizes to choose from.
When you combine that with the colour choices provided, which again there are 7 such as my favourite grey/blue, they all use the stylish grey colour with the option to choose which contrasting colour you would like. The thing I like about the grey is that it hides most of the everyday dirt that dog beds seem to collect.
Moving onto the 2nd impressive feature of this ortho dog bed is the waterproof material that protects the bed from splashes, moisture and prevents anything from soaking through to the memory foam underlayer which would ruin a great bed.
If you’ve ever tried drying your dog off after a bath or a walk and getting them completely dry with just a towel, you will know how impossible this is. So the outer material is a very important factor when choosing the right bed and it is this feature which pushed this orthopaedic dog bed to our #1 spot on this list.
2. PetFusion Memory Foam Dog Bed
Our 2nd pick is the PetFusion Memory Foam Pet Bed has been top of our list for orthopaedic pet beds for quite some time due to a number of reasons. Firstly it’s durability and build quality makes it great for dog’s since they tend to put the thing we buy them through their paces each day, it’s important that seams are well stitched and the outer protective material does its job well.
Obviously, with any orthopaedic dog pet, you’re looking for comfort above all else, which is why I always recommend a memory foam filling which is known to improve recovery after operations and help ageing dogs with everyday old age ailments. The PetFusion has 6.5cm of foam which provides superior comfort for your dog’s hips and joints.
Next up we look at the sizes available, which range from small to XXL so you should easily find one suitable for your dog. The only downside is there are just 2 colour options, a chocolate brown and a slate grey. These are two great options for dog beds since they hide a multitude of sins, however, should you want something to match your homes colour scheme you may find another bed on our list more suitable.
With that being said, the cover is water resistant and can be removed and machine washed, which adds an extra ‘tick in the box’ when it comes to dog beds.
I must complete this review of the PerFusion be mentioning the padded cushion which wraps around the outside of the bed which provides a place for your dog to rest his head, legs, paws or just help him/her get more comfortable and snug!
3. KOPEKS Orthopedic Memory Foam Dog Bed With Pillow
Kopeks have a novel design for their Orthopedic bed which give it multi-use functionality. Your dog can either lie flat across the length of the bed, or used the padded cushion/pillow that runs along just one side of the bed. So your dog can choose the most comfortable position for them and easy any pains they may have.
Padding wise the Kopeks Ortho bed is more like a mattress, with a generous 10cm of thick memory foam inner, providing pain-relieving comfort for your pooch. The inner padding is protected by a removable and machine washable outer cover which is also waterproof (one of our key elements to watch out for as discussed in our buyers guide below).
You can pick up this bed in 3-colours, grey, brown or chocolate brown and available in 5-sizes, Small, Medium, Large, Jumbo XL and Jumbo XXL.
One of the key features of this bed is the ability for your dog to stretch out fully and soak away in the tick padded memory foam, this feature is what really makes this bed stand out and the design is something we really like here at DogTips.
4. The Dog’s Bed, Premium Plush Orthopedic Memory Foam
Our second entry from “The Dog’s Balls” company and their “The Dog’s Bed” range is this plush faux fur and suede Orthopedic bed designed to alleviate pain caused by arthritis and hip dysplasia.
This is another entry onto our top 5 list that has additional side cushioning to provide additional support and comfort for your dog, whatever position they choose to lie in. These ‘sides’ offers an additional 15cm of support to bolster the 5cm based which is comprised of a premium high-density memory foam.
If your dog suffers from muscle and joint stiffness and you need a bed that will be comfortable yet not too high for them to step into, then this is our pick. Because the padded based is lower, it makes it easier for your dog to get in and out of the bed with ease because they don’t have to raise each paw too high.
Cover wise you get a machine washable and removable cover which is attached via a heavy duty zip. The cover has been designed to prevent mildew and dust mites, making it longer lasting.
You have the option of 3 colours and 4 sizes, unfortunately at the time of writing it doesn’t appear that there is a small bed available, which could change by the time you read this, however, users tend to opt for a slightly larger bed than usual, perhaps one-size up from what that would normally buy.
This is good practice when looking for a comfortable bed for older dogs or those with arthritis/joint pain since they are able to stretch out and get comfortable more easily.
5. Milliard Quilted Padded Orthopedic Dog Bed
Last on our list is the quilted/padded bed from Millard. This bed has been awarded our ‘Best Budget’ option for those on a stricter budget (since orthopaedic dog beds can sometimes cost north of £100, even £200).
Millard has provided a great option at a very good price. Of course, you do get what you pay for with pet beds, so whilst it doesn’t have some of the additional features you’d get from the more expensive options, it is still a viable option or post-op care and older dogs.
This bed doesn’t have a memory foam interior but it does have a unique ‘egg-crate foam’ padding that offers an ergonomic design for your dog, to give them a comfortable and pain-free rest.
If you are on the fence about this bed, they do offer a 100% money-back guarantee, so it’s risk free to try and test it out for yourself.
What To Look For In a Top Orthopedic Dog Bed
There are a number of things to look out for when it comes to choosing the perfect orthopedic dog bed for your doggie. Above all else is comfort. Which is why we will dive into that first so you can eliminate anything that does meet this criteria.
We will then move on to look at the inner and outer properties of the best bed and finally any additional features that are available on some beds, but not all.
The number one consideration for a dog who’s just had an operation or elderly dogs who suffer from aches and pains caused by old age (such as arthritis and joint pain). Get this bit right and your dog will enjoy a much more comfortable sleep and rest time for it.
Filling and Padding
In my opinion, the filling must be memory foam.
It’s the only filling that will support your pooches body weight and not cause them to ‘sag’ into the bed, which is often the cause of aches and pains. When a dog is younger, much like humans, they are able to cope with thinner or lesser-quality materials to sleep on. However, as they get older they feel it much more and struggle to get moving again once they do get up.
So if your budget will allow, opt for memory foam over other low-quality materials which simply don’t provide adequate support.
This is another big one when any dog bed is concerned. I’ve lost count on the number of beds my 5-year old dog has had. In the early years, it was easily 3-4+ beds PER YEAR!
Well, I bought the cheaper models that didn’t offer removable and machine washable covers. So whenever they bed got dirty it was a hand scrub only and even then they didn’t come out looking or smelling great. So look for a cover you can remove.
It also needs to be water-resistant or waterproof (the latter is best). This will greatly lengthen the lifespan of your dog bed, so you can spend that little bit extra on a higher-end bed, knowing that you won’t need to buy another for quite some time.
Which Size To Buy?
When it comes to choosing the right size bed my general rule of thumb is to go a little bigger then you think you need. So if you think small will do, go for medium etc. This will give your dog the ability to either snuggle into a corner or stretch out fully to relieve any pressure points they may have.
If you go too small you really restrict the space your dog has to move around to find a comfy spot. I know my dog likes to circle the bed several times before finding the perfect spot to lie down, so it makes sense to ensure the bed is big enough to allow for this.
These are a nice to have but not 100% necessary when looking to buy your Ortho-dog bed. Some add a little extra comfort, whilst others are personal preference, so go with whatever suits you and your dog.
These generally wrap around the outside of the bed, although some have them on just one side, like #3 in our list above (the Kopeks Dog bed).], and provide a pillow of sorts for your dog to rest their head, legs, paws or whatever part of their body they need to get comfortable.
Some dogs love to snuggle up into a corner of their bed and these raised sides give them that option. If your dog stretches out flat or perhaps struggles to climb over things with ease then these are best avoided.
I hope this has given you a better idea of what to look for when choosing an orthopaedic bed for your dog that offers better comfort and helps with their aches and pains. All of the products featured above offers a variety of features, however, we have focused on the level of comfort they provide as our deciding factor in their inclusion and ranking.
If you have any thoughts in the beds feature here or have a suggestion that you’d like me to take a look at please leave a comment below.
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