|While any dog will enjoy the comfort of orthopedic or 'dome-style' beds, orthopedic beds are especially recommended for dogs that are older, larger, or have arthritis, hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, calluses, or any bone or joint problem. Dogs can get 'bed sores' too, so dogs who are recovering from an illness or surgery and are going to spend a lot of time laying down would also benefit from an orthopedic bed.
There are various styles of orthopedic beds on the market. Look at the features before you buy. A good bed will have:
- A washable cover with a heavy-duty zipper
- A layer of medical-grade orthopedic foam (looks like an egg carton)
- A firmness which will make it easier for the pet to stand up after laying down
Premium beds will have a solid foam inner core which will add cushioning, but be firm to allow your pet to stand up easier and with less pain.
Remember to place the bed away from drafts and colder areas which may make your pet uncomfortable.