Orthopaedic and memory foam dog beds are perfect for pets recovering from illness, arthritic, overweight or elderly dogs, dogs suffering with joint or muscular pain, or in fact any dog who simply wants the best sleep ever. Memory foam and orthopedic beds provide comfort and anatomical support. Whatever your dog's age, they will benefit and love them.
Guide to buying a memory foam dog bed
In the past, orthopaedic and memory foam dog beds were difficult to find and were marketed almost exclusively for dogs with specific issues such as arthritis, joint or hip pain. Over the years, more and more of us are waking up to the comfort of memory foam (excuse the pun) and now we can also provide that comfort for our pets.
Before we talk about what to look for when buying a memory foam or orthopaedic dog bed, let's look at why our pets might need one.
Does my dog need a memory foam bed?
A good quality memory foam bed can ease the pain and discomfort of dogs suffering with stiffness, joint or muscular pain. But that doesn't mean they should only be used in medical cases. Any dog can benefit from the comfort it provides, especially older dogs, overweight dogs, restless sleepers and dogs who never seem to be able to get comfortable. We can all feel a little seized up in the mornings and dogs are no exception. Memory foam beds can give any dog a comfortable sleep, whatever their age or physical condition.
- Joint pain
- Muscular pain
- Hip or skeletal issues
- Older dogs
- Overweight dogs
- Large and giant breeds
- Restless sleepers
- Dogs who can't get comfortable
How does memory foam work?
Memory foam differs from standard foam in that it is able to respond to the shape and weight of your dog, virtually eliminating all pressure points. Because it moulds so perfectly to the body, this allows joints, muscles, the spine and the entire skeleton to rest in a more natural position. No pressure points means reduced pain, less discomfort and no more restless nights.
Is the quality of the memory foam important?
Yes, the quality of the foam is very important. The higher the density the firmer the foam. Look for about Visco or Density (D) of 40 to 60. If the density is not stated or can't be given to you then treat the product with caution. Cheaper foams are often a low quality and the wrong density making them too hard or too soft, which could be worse for your dog than not doing anything at all.
Is the depth of the memory foam important?
Yes, the depth is equally important. This is often overlooked, which is a great shame as the benefits will be negated if the foam is not thick enough. You need to find out the thickness of the actual memory foam layer on the bed you are planning to purchase. If a standard foam base has also been added to the bottom of the bed, which is fine and a good idea for heavier dogs, ask how much of the thickness is actually memory foam and how much is standard foam.
As a rough guide, dependent on factors such as the quality of the foam, the weight of the dog and the amount of orthopaedic support required, you should be looking for memory foam at a density of Visco 40 to 60 and a depth of about 10cm or certainly no less than 5cm. Dogs over about 12kg may need more than 5cm. A memory foam depth of 10cm is a good general guide for most dogs but heavy or giant breeds may need more support. For these dogs the addition of a foam support base is a good idea, rather than further increasing the depth of memory foam.
Is the cover of the bed important?
Your dog's new memory foam bed should be treated as an investment so it is always a good idea to check whether the bed of your choice comes with an inner liner to protect the foam inside. If your dog is elderly or slightly incontinent, has just had any kind of surgery or enjoys wet or muddy walks, you might also like to make sure the inner liner is waterproof. A zipped outer cover is also a must, as you can't put memory foam in your washing machine.
Crumb or solid foam?
Solid foam and crumb each have their benefits. A quality crumb filling is good at trapping pockets of air. This increases the volume without increasing the density and helps regulate temperature and eliminate uncomfortable hot spots. It's an affordable option for a dog who has no issues but solid memory foam has more orthopaedic benefits and offers much more comfort.
Look for memory foam dog beds that fulfill these criteria:
- Visco or Density (D) of 40 to 60
- Memory foam depth of about 10cm (for the average dog)
- Solid foam rather than crumb
- Waterproof inner liner
- Removable, machine washable outer cover
We are big fans of the Luxury Memory Foam Dog Bed by Daisy Elliott. With a good quality 40D solid 10cm memory foam mattress, zippered outer and inner covers and the addition of bolster sides to give a safe and comfortable lounger bed, it really does tick all the boxes. It even comes with a 30 day sleep guarantee, so confident we are that your dog will love it. Woof!
Are there alternatives to memory foam?
An alternative option for orthopaedic support is a special mattress like the Berkeley Orthopaedic Dog Mattress which has an individually pocket sprung construction. Thick layers of wool felt and cotton offer orthopaedic comfort and support for your dog, ensuring even weight distribution and a comfortable and pain free sleep.
Hopefully you are now feeling more informed than ever but if you have any more questions about our range of orthopaedic and memory foam dog beds please just ask. We are more than happy to talk you through the options and answer any questions you might have.
Happy shopping and we wish your dog many comfortable nights.