Sometimes getting old creeps up on even the best of people; one day being able to run 10 miles and then feel fresh is the norm, and then suddenly it starts to hurt. Despite the weakening knees and joint pain, mentally everything is the same as those younger years. It’s exactly the same for dogs except they can’t tell their owners about pain and more often than not suffer in silence.
A heated blanket will allow your dog to remain mobile during the day and then have somewhere relaxing, soothing and soft to return to at night. Even those midday naps can be spent in comfort, so whether your old dog has problems sleeping, painful arthritis or just feels under the weather more often than not, a heated blanket is the perfect solution.
There are various types of heated blankets out there in a variety of different materials. From electric blankets with thermostatic controls to gels that heat up when manipulated, no matter what type you buy your dog will love it. Fleecy materials are popular, as are thick knitted ones in addition to simple cotton. There are even smell resistant materials available, which can be ideal if your dog’s bed is in a room you frequent.
While heated blankets are a fantastic thing to have, they can be expensive. So if you do get one, it’s better to cover it with another blanket or pillow to prevent dirt, damp and smells getting to it. It’s possible to wash most of them, but the less you do it the better, especially with electrically heated models.
Some breeds of dog experience more aches and pains than others. Large dogs especially are prone to arthritis and muscle conditions. Nobody likes to see their best friend in pain, so it makes sense to get something that actually helps the animal. But it doesn’t really matter if you have a Great Dane, Labrador or Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, being warm, cosy and content is all they care about.
You don't have to look too hard to find quality heated blankets. A visit to website such as Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com will show you what's out there and sometimes you can find products cheaper at online pet stores such as Pet Supermarket in the UK, and Value Pet Supplies and Pets Warehouse in the US. Whether you're looking for a particular colour or size of heated blanket, take a look online and find some great deals.
At the end of the day, getting older is just part of life. Some days it can be more difficult to get up and about than others, especially when it’s cold. For old dogs, it’s important to stay mobile and busy, but not be in pain. With a heated blanket that soothes muscles and promotes relaxation, there’s nothing better to snuggle up in at the end of a long day!