Why Buy a Heated Dog Bed
Most dogs will benefit greatly from having a heated dog bed. This type of bed is especially beneficial to dogs who sleep outside or in places that have cold floors. Heated beds for dogs can actually prevent a dog from suffering muscle injury, as the heat keeps the muscles warm and supple. Constantly sleeping in places that are prone to temperature drops can increase a dog's chances of getting canine arthritis. Therefore, having the opportunity to sleep on a heated bed ensures comfort and can help keep the dog healthier for longer.
It is important that people thinking of purchasing a heated dog bed take into account the size of their dog. Owners should also note how their dog sleeps, as this can make a difference to the size of bed needed. There are a multitude of heated beds for dogs available, including ones made for extra-large dogs, made specifically for an outside kennel or made to fit snugly in the corner of a room. Before making a purchase, owners should consider the bed they have chosen is fit for purpose. For example, an indoor bed will not be as durable if used in a kennel. It should also be noted that most of this type of dog bed will have a power cord attached, to turn on and adjust the heat. It is important owners check the cord is chew-resistant to prevent causing a choking hazard to their pet.
Most veterinarians will recommend heated beds for dogs who are recovering from an operation, who are overweight or for dogs who are trying to overcome an injury. Many vets will also recommend owners of older dogs who have canine arthritis invest in a heated dog bed. Just as warm treatments help soothe joint, muscle and bone pain in people, heat can also reduce pain for dogs suffering from the same type of ailments.
Although slightly more expensive than the average dog bed, dog owners may be surprised at just how affordable a heated dog bed really is. The more expensive beds are the electric ones, which work in much the same way as an electric blanket. The heat can usually be regulated by the owner and these are considered the best for dogs with arthritis or hip problems. Other heated beds for dogs are not electric, instead they rely on the heat generated by the dog itself. This heat is usually held and then returned back to the dog. This type of bed is designed for dogs who sleep on cold floors, as the heat tends to stay around the belly of the dog.
By Bret L. on JUN 10 2017 @ 8:01AMA good rule of thumb though is that if you're going to keep your dog outside, or even in the garage, make sure that they are the kind of breed that can handle colder temperatures.
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