So the time has come. Your faithful pup is showing some signs of slowing down. Or maybe he is recovering from surgery or perhaps he is just getting older and you can see signs of canine arthritis. Or maybe you just know over 90% of all dogs will suffer joint problems and you are looking for a proactive solution.
So you are scouring the internet, looking for the best orthopedic dog bed. There are a lot of choices and a lot of confusion. If you are trying to figure out who makes the best orthopedic dog bed.... Allow us to cut through a lot of the myths associated with these products and provide you some real information. Now you might think we are biased, and the truth is we think we make the best dog beds in the World (so we might be a little)....but we encourage you to do as much research on the subject as possible. When you educate yourself we are confident that the research will always lead you back to us.
You can learn more about Canine Arthritis with this handy dandy info graphic we put together for you below.
There is no legal or technical definition of “orthopedic” when it comes to dog beds. Wikipedia defines an orthopedic mattress as one “designed to support the joints, back, and overall body”. So if we go by the definition, to qualify as a truly orthopedic dog bed it would have to at the minimum support the “joints, back and overall body”. So basically it’s saying supportive bed. Then we can get into detail about what is "support".Perhaps we can look at the origin of the word on our quest for enlightnment.
Nicholas Andry coined the word "orthopædics" in French as orthopédie, derived from the Greek words orthos ("correct", "straight")
Lets establish once and for all, a criteria for a truly orthopedic dog bed.
Based on the origin of the word (orthopædics- correct/straight), the definition of the word (designed to support), and the perceived intention of the term (provides relief).
A supportive memory foam dog bed uses real visco elastic memory foam to conform to your animal’s body and redistribute their weight evenly across the bed. A dog bed needs to be the following to be termed a real orthopedic dog bed.
Memory foam alone does not work as your animal will sink too far in and negate the pressure relief. To achieve the best pressure relief you must have visco-elastic foam bonded to supporting foam.
THINGS NEEDS FOR A TRULY ORTHOPEDIC DOG BED
- Straight spinal alignment
- Soothing Pressure Relief
WHAT MAKES MADE IN THE USA FOAM DIFFERENT?
American memory foam lasts longer. American made foam that is produced in a vacuum, giving the product consistency of quality and support. There is more stringent oversight on US factories.
So to recap.... an real orthopedic dog bed needs to have
- visco elastic memory foam (4lb density foam or higher)
- 100% pressure relief and also provide the animal with a straight spinal alignment.
- Supporting foam bonded to memory foam in the right combination
THE BUDDYREST DIFFERENCE
- Real Science! Tactile Pressure Mapping
- Certified Foam
- Made in the USA
- Veterinarian Recommendations
- Waterproof Outside Cover
- Rugged Durability
...... PLUS a whole lot more
Chinese manufacturers will often add clay fillers to their memory foam that cause it to break down quicker, forming depressions. If that wasn't enough, there is a lot of speculation currently about certain Chinese foams contain carcinogens (cancer-causing agents), in addition to harmful "outgassing" of toxic gas.