While buying a bed for your dog is hugely necessary, it doesn’t just stop there. Think about it, would you sleep on a bed without a mattress? The answer is no, because it would be uncomfortable. The same goes with dogs, they need something soft to sleep on to fully relax and recuperate after a long day of…well, sleeping to be honest.
Putting something soft in dog beds will make the dog feel happy, but there’s also a more important issue to consider. Pressure points are quite painful for dogs- their ‘elbow’ joints, their hips and their backs can all be sensitive. Making a dog sleep on a hard bed with no padding is a sure fire way to induce a lot of pain and possibly create sores on the skin. Nobody wants to see their dog limping or in a lot of discomfort, so get some padding!
But what kind of padding is suitable to use? Well the answer is anything soft. You can use blankets, pillows, bean bags and even old duvets. As long as the dog can lie down without feeling the hard floor it doesn’t matter. You don’t want to go overboard though and put too much in the bed because the dog won’t get comfortable and will probably just get out and sleep on the floor.
While buying regular pillows and bean bags from furniture stores like IKEA is a great way to save money, you can actually get dog specific ones. These are just as soft but are easily washable when the inevitable dirty paws occur and also allow the dog to put its scent down and create its own space. Some dog bed padding even features anti smell material that actively combats bad odours your dog may create!
All this equipment is available at pet stores, and they might even have special deals on such as buy a dog bed and get a pillow or bean bag for free. While it may be more expensive to buy, you will find dog specific items will be more durable and last far longer than anything else. Plus it’s definitely worth it when your dog sits there, looks up and gives you that “thanks” look.
Online retailers and pet stores have a wealth of dog beds and items to make them even more comfortable. Without doubt Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com are the biggest internet shops and have a huge selection of pet supplies. Dedicated online pet stores such as Pet Supermarket in the UK, and Value Pet Supplies and Pets Warehouse in the US also have some excellent products that are well worth a look. Whatever it takes to make your dog happy is worth it, so take a look and feel the 'aww' factor!
Making dog beds comfortable is a priority for a whole host of reasons. Not only can it prevent physical injuries to your dog, it will make it feel happy and comfortable. So if you plan to get a new dog bed, don’t forget the padding!