What pet beds are best for allergies, arthritis, and other conditions?
If your pet has any medical conditions like arthritis, anxiety, hip dysplasia, or allergies you want to find beds that accommodate their special needs. Dogs with joint and bone pain benefit from beds that offer more support. Several manufacturers offer dog beds made from memory foam or special foam that is designed to offer extra support for their joints.
Dogs that suffer from anxiety or that are high strung often do well with a bed that is deep and soft, like a nest. They can sink into it and feel safe.
For dogs with allergies, hypoallergenic fillers do a great job of keeping dust mites and mold spores at bay. Polyester fiber has long been the go-to filler for dog bed makers because it's lightweight, washable and inexpensive. It's important to note though that polyester fillings tend to clump quickly and do not offer adequate support for heavier dogs. For larger breeds, hypoallergenic foam fillers seem to be a better choice.
A common condition among old dogs is incontinence. Most dog beds have a washable cover, but to protect the mattress, look for beds with a waterproof liner. A waterproof bed also goes a long way in making your life easier when you're in the process of housetraining a puppy… or have a large dog that drools a lot.
How do I keep my pet's bed smelling fresh?
Dog beds are a decor item that are as functional as they are attractive. They are multipurpose, pieces that will be used on a regular basis. Your dog will go outside to do his business. When he comes in he may have muddy paws, or he may have just rolled around in a perfectly stinky patch of grass. Even with regular and frequent shampoos, dogs can smell and their bedding can hold those odors.
Cleaning your pet's bed is pretty simple, but there are some things you need to consider. You should avoid perfumes and dyes found in most laundry detergents. They can make your pet sick. Castile soap is a nice, neutral cleaner that is very effective. It is available with essential oils added so you can get a nice smell too. (Pet tip: The orange essential oil castile soap is very effective in killing fleas).
All laundry detergent has a formula called All Free and Clear with Odor Relief. It gets rid of even stubborn puppy odors and leave the bedding soft. They also have free and clear dryer sheets so you can avoid all the stuff you don't want your dog exposed to but still get his bed clean and fresh.
Choosing a dog bed doesn't have to be a stressful event, but finding the right one for your pet is important. Just remember, your dog is an individual, just like you. They can have preferences and aversions just like people. This means you may have to try our a few beds before you happen upon the perfect one. Once you find it though, your dog will be very grateful.