It can be tough to have an aging pet, specifically if it is a large breed dog, as they tend not to just age, but oftentimes develop problems such as arthritis or hip dysplasia. These problems not only affect your dog in his or her waking hours, but can make sleep much harder for them to achieve.
Many families find, after switching to orthopedic dog beds, that their ailing pet has more energy in the mornings and after it wakes up from a nap. This is because the memory foam in the dogs bed helps to give support to the entire body, without any pressure points, as with most other beds. This allows your dog to rest better, waking up with more energy, and with energy that lasts a lot longer throughout the day.
The support and comfort provided by these beds has also been proven, at least in some cases to reverse some of the affects of arthritis in large breed dogs. This directly correlates to your pet having less pain as he or she goes about her day. With less pain, your dog is freer to be a dog and will be able to play for a lot longer than he was willing to before, or can make it longer on his walks than he could, keeping you both in better shape.
Perhaps the most important reason that families love their orthopedic dog beds is piece of mind. That may not make a lot of sense, but as pet owners, we want to make sure that our furry companions are well taken care of to the best of our abilities. Well when you see your old hound spring up from his bed like he did five or six years ago, you can feel good that you’re doing things right by him.
We own an orthopedic dog bed for each of our dogs, even though they are still young. Our last dog grew to the ripe old age of 17 before he became too ill and the vet said there was nothing else we could do for him. When he started to develop arthritis, we got him one of these beds, and within a week we could see the differences in his behavior, I have no doubts in my mind that if we didn’t get him the bed we did, he would have gone to the big field in the sky a lot sooner.