There are numerous factors to consider when purchasing a bed for your arthritic dog. Memory foam is one of the most popular options because of its durability and comfort. It is especially effective for large breed dogs because the cushioning takes the pressure off of joints like the knees and elbows, and the foam itself maintains it's cushioning longer than traditional beds with polyester stuffing.
Large dog beds can be difficult to clean when spills occur, and not all beds are small enough to fit in your washing machine. Therefore, dog beds with removable covers are highly recommended. The covers should also have Velcro or concealed zippers so that your dog is not likely to swallow any small metal pieces if he chews on his bed.
If your dog prefers to sleep on cool surfaces, then not all memory foam dog beds will suit him. If you’ve ever slept on the memory foam mattress, then you may be familiar with how warm they can be. It is difficult for the kind of conductive cooling that your dog might be used to, and so it is a good idea to find a dog bed where the memory foam has a gel-cooled layer to help regulate temperature.
When purchasing a dog bed, you will also want to make sure that the bed is large enough for your dog to rest upon. Even though some dogs love to curl up when they sleep, you will want to buy a bed that will cover the length of your dog’s body. Otherwise, his arthritic joints won’t be supported if they are past the edge of the bed.