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The Importance Of A Good Dog Bed

A good dog bed is important. It provides dogs with a comfortable space and following functions. Read More

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Kazoo Premium Outdoor Dog Bed

$69.95$144.95
  • Super strong – base holds up to 200kg without warping
  • Waterproof – easy wipe or hose clean
  • Replacement covers available
  • Easy assemble (tools included)

Tips For Choosing Dog Bed

There are so many dog beds on the market. How do you pick the best one? There are many factors to take into consideration, including size, cost, comfort, your dog’s medical needs, convenience, and so much more.

You should do your research and consult your veterinarian about your pup’s needs before you make a decision. Here are several factors to consider when choosing the best dog bed:

Fit for the dog

Beyond finding something within your budget, make sure your dog fits on the bed; heads and limbs shouldn’t have to be hanging off the edge.
Easy washability. Dogs eat treats, vomit, pass gas, scratch fleas, and wipe ointment-filled eyes and ears on their beds. Some dogs urinate on them–so the ability to throw the bed into the washing machine is a big help, if not downright critical. Dogs with allergies will also benefit from having their bed washed frequently.

Safety for the dog

Place the bed away from high-traffic areas so no one trips on it or on the dog. If the dog chews it, then get rid of it–swallowing stuffing can lead to emergency surgery (and you thought the bed itself was expensive). Remove any buttons or ribbons the dog could chew, or look for “chew-proof” beds now available.

Stuffing that works for you and your dog.

Young, warm, healthy dogs can usually get by with inexpensive foam filling, but your older or arthritic dog will probably prefer more comfort and support. While some orthopedic beds use foam, it’s thicker and of higher quality so it doesn’t squash flat. Thick, flexible gel has recently become more common as a bed filling; it’s more comfortable than foam and distributes weight more evenly, making it excellent for geriatric dogs–but expensive. And some beds contain cedar chips to ward off pests and keep the bed smelling fresher than your dog.

Friendly for the environment.

Some of us are concerned about using materials that won’t harm the earth when we decide to replace, get rid of, or recycle a dog bed. You can check out eco-friendly dog beds if that’s something that factors into your decision.

Absorbent pads for dogs who wet the bed.

Sick, incontinent, or geriatric dogs can benefit from washable or disposable absorbent pads (technically, you’re the one benefiting because you won’t have to wash the bed). Note: These flat pads won’t fit well in a nesting bed.

In most cases, it is recommended to wash pet bedding once every 1-2 weeks. If anybody in your home suffers with pet allergies, your pet sheds a lot, or he spends a lot of time outdoors, then you might want to wash the bedding more often. Use your best judgement, and remember that the longer you go between washing, the harder the bedding will be to clean.

The fur is usually not enough for most dogs
Many people think that because a dog has a layer of fur protecting them, they don’t need a blanket during the winter. But do dogs need blankets in winter even if they have thick coats? Most likely, yes they do, and veterinarians advise pet owners to provide extra warmth through clothes, heating or blankets.

Especially smaller dogs, regardless of coat thickness, will have a harder time keeping themselves warm. If you feel cold, your dog is likely to be cold as well. If you can’t stand being outside, even with a coat or gloves on, your dog won’t be able to stand being outside either.

Older dogs have a weaker immune system and are also more sensitive to cold weather, especially if it’s an arthritic dog. If they’re staying outside, a dog blanket is a must. Keep in mind that hard surfaces, such as hardwood, tile, linoleum, and other uncarpeted floors are colder and especially uncomfortable for older dogs, particularly ones with joint problems. It matters what type of flooring you have at home.