August 07, 2017 3 min read

With so many dog beds on the market, it can be difficult to know which one to choose. Selecting the right dog bed for the buddy in your life is an important decision - and one which shouldn't be taken lightly. 
two dogs laying in the grass
A great dog bed will last a lifetime, and can hugely improve your dog's quality of life. But the truth is that not all dog beds are created equal.

In this post, we will share our top tips for choosing the best dog bed that will stand the test of time, support your dog's health, and provide a cozy resting place that they'll just love.

So, let's get started ...

Comfort

Just like humans, dogs need a comfortable place to rest and sleep. Here are some pointers to help
you choose a bed that's comfortable - and it will stay that way:

Match the Bed to Your Dog's Size

Before buying a bed, measure your dog from nose to tail with a tape measure to ensure they'll have plenty of space to stretch out. For dogs that prefer to curl up, you may want to choose a bed with raised and cushioned edges that cradle your dog and provide security.

Choose a Bed Constructed from High-Quality Materials

A good bed should provide adequate cushioning that protects your dog from the hard floor. High-quality modern fabrics retain their shape, preventing the bed from flattening down after regular use.

Consider Your Dog's Individual Needs

If you live in a colder climate, or own a dog that chills easily, a partially enclosed bed will help keep them warm. Many dogs - especially long-haired breeds - have the opposite problem. They tend to overheat, so choose a bed that's open and made of a material that stays cool, even in summer.

Support

Proper support is very important to your dog's health. Bigger dogs in particular can suffer from painful arthritis and joint problems that can shorten their lifespan if left untreated.

As dogs age they become susceptible to joint problems and stiffness in their limbs. The best way to avoid this is by providing a bed that offers excellent support as early on in your dog's life as possible.

That's why orthopedic beds are such a great solution for all canine companions. They're designed to support the joints, back, and overall body, keeping your dog fit and healthy. It is important to note that Orthopedic or memory foam dog beds are not just for old dogs. All dogs can benefit from having a pressure free support and it is a great proactive measure since most dogs will end up with joint problems.

The highest quality modern dog beds are made from real visco elastic memory foam which conforms to your pet's body and redistributes their weight evenly across the bed. With standard memory foam, the weight of the animal's body causes them to sink too far into the bed, causing pressure
points and overheating.

truly orthopedic bed should provide the following:
  • Excellent support for the whole body
  • Straight spinal alignment
  • Soothing pressure relief

Durability

As we mentioned earlier, a high-quality bed will last throughout your dog's lifetime. Look for top quality materials that are resistant to abrasion and chewing. Smaller details such as tough stitching and hidden zippers are signs of craftsmanship and durability.

Cheap dog beds can stain easily and become smelly. When selecting a dog bed, choose a material that's resistant to stains and odors. Antibacterial fabrics can considerably extend the lifespan of the bed. They also help keep your dog safe from allergens and harmful canine skin diseases caused by
mold and bacterial growth.

Other Premium Features to Consider

Waterproof Material

Waterproof material increases the durability and longevity of a dog bed and makes cleaning up easy when accidents happen.


Removable Covers

A high-quality dog bed will rarely need washing, but when you do need to freshen up your dogs bed, a removable cover will make the job a whole lot easier!

The BuddyRest Difference

BuddyRest orthopedic dog beds are carefully designed and manufactured with the principles of comfort, support, and durability in mind. We believe they're the very best orthopedic dog beds available anywhere, and we're sure your dog will agree!

But don't just take our word for it. Visit our homepage to read real verified reviews from some of our happy customers.

Here's a reminder of what you can expect from ALL our BuddyRest dog beds:
  • Real memory foam
  • Support foam
  • 100% made in the USA
  • 10-year warranty
  • Waterproof cover
  • Stays clean
  • Hypo allergenic
  • Kevlar thread
  • Chew resistant
  • Temperature regulated

dog bed comparison chart
If you'd like to find out how our beds measure up to the competition, check out our handy comparision chart above. You can also learn more about the differences by clicking the link below.

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