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How orthopaedic dog beds work
Posted on: June 06 2014
It's always difficult to see a beloved member of the family lose their quality of life with age, it's no less difficult with a pet dog! Fortunately, it's both easier and more affordable to take care of your ailing pooch than ever, with a range of products being produced over the last few years with the express purpose of improving an aging dog's everyday life.
Aging in dogs can manifest in a number of ways, from weight gain to lethargy, all the way up to memory loss and behavioural problems. Orthopaedic dog beds are a product of the push by pet product manufacturers to ease elderly hounds through their twilight years, and have been specifically designed to help your dog cope with aches and pains. While they've been available for a while now, recent years have seen both an increase in their technical complexity, and a relative reduction in price.
If your dog is getting on a bit, now is the perfect time to look into purchasing an orthopaedic dog bed, and in this article we'll take you through how the technology in an orthopaedic dog bed works, and more importantly, how it can help your dog.
One of the more obvious ways in which an orthopaedic dog bed assists aging dogs is though allowing extremely easy access. A pooch that is suffering from canine arthritis or age related aches and pains is going to struggle to enter a standard dog bed, as climbing in and curling up can both be painful, and in extreme cases, impossible.
As a result of this, most orthopaedic dog beds are designed to allow dogs to lie down as easily as possible, with minimal obstruction to their movements and a wide, open space for them to stretch across, allowing them to stretch or curl with absolute freedom.
Orthopaedic dog beds which do still have bordering walls are also designed to be non-restrictive and easy to access. The design will be more familiar to aging dogs, while still allowing relative ease of movement and access.
The principle technology utilised in orthopaedic dog beds is memory foam; the same memory foam also used in the high-end mattresses designed for human usage. Indeed, the same properties of memory foam that make it appealing for human use are also what make it appealing for the comfort of aging pooches; it's exceptional support, and, as the name would suggest, anatomic memory.
When a dog lays down on memory foam, the foam begins to mould around the dog's body, providing support. The more the dog lies on the foam, the better the foam's shape retention, so support effectively increases with every use. The support provided by memory foam is an essential part of treating canine arthritis or age related aches and pains, relaxing pressure points; which in turn relieves the pain.
Temperature regulation is a key part of the care of aging dogs, especially those with joint problems and canine arthritis. When you apply heat to a human's injured or tired muscles, you increase blood circulation and manually loosen the muscle, soothing pain and discomfort. The principle works in exactly the same way for dogs, so orthopaedic dog beds will generally provide some form of heat regulation, to ease aging or arthritic muscles.
Electrically heated orthopaedic dog beds are the obvious choice for muscle relief, with various models featuring integrated, comforting heaters. Some models even feature integrated cold therapy options, to cool over-heated hounds during the summer months.
owever, another thing to bear in mind is that memory foam also features excellent temperature regulatory qualities; keeping aging dogs warm! When memory foam moulds around an aging dog, it is already helping to retain heat by providing greater insulation: a greater portion of the dog's body is being covered than with a standard dog bed. Memory foam is also a superb insulator in its own right, so you can be sure that aging pooches will be kept comfortable, and their muscles kept relaxed while they rest.
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