Canine Osteoarthritis

The Best Dog Bed For Arthritis

The Best Dog Bed For Arthritis

As dogs age, they may develop Canine Osteoarthritis in their joints, hip dysplasia, obesity and/or joint conditions. These health issues require specific support to target these key areas of concern. Orthopedic Dog Beds provide just that. 

Did you know that over 90% of all dogs will suffer from joint problems later in life? Or that 9/10 Dogs over the age of 10 develop Arthritis? Arthritis refers to inflammation of the joints. For most senior dogs, within their arthritic joints the cartilage is deteriorated, causing the exposed bone to grind together developing inflammation and chronic pain. It is the most common source of chronic pain for dogs worldwide. The cartilage can also be damaged much earlier in life due to injuries or congenital issues such as elbow or hip dysplasia. As joints are made up of more than just cartilage, it is possible for tissues within the joint to also have inflammation and swelling. 

When it comes to your dog’s arthritis, it is important to consider the body systemically. Factors like overall health, managing diet, exercise your dog’s body weight contribute to their overall health and wellbeing. By maintaining an ideal body condition score and checking in with your veterinarian for specific advice on managing Arthritis, your dog may experience improved mobility and less arthritic pain. Along with pain medication, joint supplements, special diet and exercise, it is important to support this treatment process with an Orthopaedic Dog Bed. 

When looking for a high-quality Orthopedic bed that targets arthritic joints, they should be made of thick, high-density memory foam that cradles all of the pressure points, and supports the muscles, joints and spine by conforming to your pet’s bodily contours. Spinal alignment is critical to provide support to the body systemically.

Many beds marketed as Orthopaedic Dog Beds are made from memory foam alone. On its own, memory foam is not efficient enough as your dog will sink too far into the soft surface and negate the pressure relief on their arthritic joints. To achieve the best pressure relief there must be more layers to aid in support and soothing pressure relief. The bed should furthermore allow enough room for your dog to stretch out completely on a flat surface.

Most dogs are very good at hiding signs of arthritis, and as pet owners, we may not notice these signs until our dogs become quite painful. To avoid this, it is important to see a Veterinarian twice annually for a thorough physical exam and to seek specific advice on a treatment plan. Also, consider purchasing a Pawpedics Orthopedic Dog Bed to keep them comfortable and relieve arthritic pain.

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Hollie-Ann Rachow
Cert II AS, Cert IV VN
RVN (Registered Veterinary Nurse).