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The Best Orthopedic Dog Beds (Review) in 2019

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PetFusion Orthopedic Dog Bed

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Big Barker Orthopedic Dog Bed

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Furhaven Pet Orthopedic Faux Fur Bed

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Dr Tracy Douglas
Published 14:48 pm

Beds afford dogs with the same kind of comfort that we obtain from our respective beds. However, there are instances or situations when an ordinary dog bed is simply not enough. Dogs that are currently sick or those with musculoskeletal problems or even those that are already in the advanced stages of aging can benefit more from the use of orthopedic dog beds. And if your vet has already recommended that you buy an ortho bed for your hound but you’re not sure which type of bed to pick, worry not as our list of the 8 best orthopedic dog beds should get you underway.

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The Best Orthopedic Dog Bed

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pet fusion orthopedic dog bed
PetFusion Orthopedic Dog Bed

PetFusion’s Ultimate Dog Lounge Premium Edition is a substantially beefed-up lounger complete with bolsters on the sides and back and about a third on each end of the front. It’s like a traditional bolstered donut ring but seriously upgraded with high-quality 4-inch memory foam. About 2.5 times cheaper than the Big Barker, the PetFusion provides a great bed for dogs with articular and musculoskeletal issues because of its orthopedic foam. The cover is made of a combination of cotton twill and polyester to give your pet something really comfy to rest on.

The same cover is tear-resistant and water-resistant while a rubberized bottom helps prevent the PetFusion from going places on your floor. It’s available in 4 sizes and two color options. Sadly, only its large version comes with the 2-color selection. The rest comes in slate gray. Nevertheless, it still is a great product to consider especially if you like the idea of bolstered beds for your pet’s cervical region.

4-inch solid orthopedic memory foam base

Fully-waterproof inner liner

Durable and comfortable fabric bedcover made of 65% polyester and 35% cotton twill

Support bolsters made of recycled polyfill materials

Dual zippered, tear-resistant, and water-resistant machine washable covers

Non-skid, anti-slip rubberized bottom

12-month warranty

Specification:
  • Brand: PetFusion
  • Model: PF-IBL1
  • Weight: 14 pounds

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Created with human-grade mattress foam, the Friends Forever Orthopedic Dog Bed is designed to be durable and long lasting. The bed includes poly-filled bolster cushions on three sides for extra comfort and security. The fourth side is left cushion free for easy access. The bed is specifically designed to provide comfort and relief from joint pain, including arthritis and offers head, hip, and bone support.

The bed is easy to clean and features a water-resistant liner and removable, machine washable covers. The YKK metal zippers keep the hair and fur resistant cushion covers firmly in place when on the bed. The base of the bed has a non-slip, non-skid bottom to make it easier and safer for your dog to enter and exit the bed.

Made with human-grade mattress form

Includes poly-filled bolster cushions

Provides head, hip, and bone support

Non-slip, non-skid bottom

Removable and machine-washable covers

Available in 4 sizes from small to XXL

Specification:
  • Brand: Friends Forever
  • Model: PET63PC4292
  • Weight: 14.2 pounds

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Considered by many as one of the best when it comes to orthopedic beds for dogs, the Furhaven Ultra Plush / Velvet Orthopedic Dog Couch Sofa Bed comes in with bolstered sides and back to give your pet the ultimate in canine comfort. At its core is an egg crate-type of support foam which effectively channels heat away from your dog’s body while also relieving pressure from its bony prominences like the joints.

The bolsters are filled with eco-friendly, high-loft polyester fiber, giving your pet comfort and support especially on its neck. It looks exceptionally stylish, too, opting to use faux fur materials for its cover to give your pet a really comfy bed to rest both its head and its body. The Furhaven Ultra Plush is available in 4 different sizes and 7 different color styles so you get to choose one that easily matches your existing interior décor.

Full orthopedic, low VOC, egg crate support foam

High-loft polyester fiber-filled support side and back bolsters

Durable, plush and ultra-soft faux fur cover

Water-resistant, skid-proof polycanvas bottom

Specification:
  • Brand: Furhaven Pet
  • Model: 45536089BX
  • Weight: 7.7 pounds

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barksbar orthopedic dog bed
BarksBar Orthopedic Dog Bed

The Snuggly Sleeper from BarksBar looks like a miniature couch that doubles as a lounger, perfect for resting the tired body of your hound. More importantly, it is composed of a 4-inch foam base that is constructed of human-grade, premium quality orthopedic foam. It comes with bolsters surrounding the entire bed, although lower up front granting easier access for your dog. Under the bed is a rubberized bottom panel, keeping the bed in place especially if you have slicker tiles.

Covering the Snuggly Sleeper is a quilted material that can be easily removed to be cleaned in your washing machine. The bolsters serve as pillows, gently providing cushion for your dog’s cervical vertebrae. The Snuggly Sleeper is pleasant to look at, although it would have been a lot better if there are other design options to choose from. Nevertheless, based on the comments of pet parents, the Snuggly Sleeper is a great choice for an orthopedic bed for your dog.

4-inch grooved, premium-quality, human-grade orthopedic foam

Comfortable cotton-padded ultra-soft polyester rim cushion

Machine washable, removable, quilted bedcover

Non-slip, non-skid rubber bottom

Specification:
  • Brand: BarksBar
  • Weight: 9.39 pounds

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The JOYELF Orthopedic Dog Bed is designed to provide your dog with additional comfort and support. It includes a solid memory foam base and PP cotton filled bolsters. The memory foam is antibacterial and flame retardant for safety, while the front bolster is lower in the middle to provide easy access to the bed. An inner waterproof cover protects from accidents, and the underneath of the base has a non-slip rubber backing to stop the bed from slipping on smooth floors.

The durable bed is covered in soft fabric that enhances your dog’s comfort and provides warmth and security while they sleep. The cover is completely removable and is kept in place by hidden zippers to ensure that they do not interfere with your dog’s comfort. The cover is machine washable and should be air-dried for longevity.

Memory foam base

PP cotton filled bolsters

Removable and machine washable soft cover

Inner waterproof cover

Non-slip rubber backed base

Available in small, medium, and large

Specification:
  • Brand: JOYELF
  • Weight: 5.9 pounds

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The sofa style Furhaven Pet Dog Bed is ideal for dogs who like to stretch out and change position while they sleep. The side and back bolsters provide comfort and security, as well as a comfy headrest and neck support. The egg crate foam base is easy on your dog’s joints and helps to distribute their weight to improve circulation and overall wellbeing. The low front makes it easier for older and less mobile dogs to get on and off the bed, while the recycled fluffy railings offer orthopedic joint support. The sleep surface is designed for comfort with faux fur for softness. The cover is machine washable and is attached to the bed with two hidden zippers.

Egg crate low VOC foam base

Side and back supportive bolsters

Removable and machine washable cover

Low access at the front

Soothes pressure points and increases airflow

Specification:
  • Brand: Furhaven Pet
  • Model: 46336255
  • Weight: 2.5 pounds

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Brindle’s Orthopedic Dog Bed looks like an ordinary mattress that you place over your bed. It doesn’t come with bolsters or pillows or any of that support rim that may prove useful for maintaining a near-perfect alignment of your dog’s spine as it lies down on its side to rest. However, the Brindle does come with hypoallergenic materials which should complement the 2-inch orthopedic memory foam resting on a 2-inch high-density support foam. This combination helps provide dogs with healthier, more restful, and definitely pressure-relieving mattress to sleep or rest on.

The Brindle is available in 3 sizes and 3 color styles. The options may not be as extensive as you may hope for but it’s better than none. The best part of it is that the Brindle comes with a 3-year limited warranty when most other beds can only muster a 12-month warranty for their products.

2-inch high-density support foam base

2-inch comfortable orthopedic memory foam

Hypoallergenic, dust mite-resistant, zippered, super-soft velour cover

Waterproof liner

Machine washable, removable, 100% waterproof cover

3-year limited warranty

Specification:
  • Brand: Brindle
  • Model: BRMM22PB
  • Weight: 1 pounds

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big barker orthopedic dog bed
Big Barker Orthopedic Dog Bed

The Pillow Top Orthopedic Dog Bed comes with an integrated pillow on one side of the mattress-type canine bed. The bed itself is uniquely designed with a combination of 2 different kinds of foam. An inner H45 high-density support foam is sandwiched between two 2-inch H10 comfort foam providing your dog with a full 7 inches of extra-soft, ultra-comfortable bedding. The Big Barker doesn’t utilize a closed cell foam system that is typical in conventional memory foams.

Instead, it uses an open cell type which allows for air to naturally circulate through the foam, eliminating heat from the surface, and bringing cool, relaxing comfort for your pet. Laser imaging studies show that the system provides greater heat absorption and better weight distribution, giving the Big Barker an exceptional ability to soothe the bodies of dogs that may have musculoskeletal problems. It is no wonder then that the Big Barker scores remarkably high in consumer ratings. The downside? Well, because of its superior craftsmanship and thoughtful engineering, the Big Barker will set you back for a couple of Benjamins or so. It’s still a small price to pay for giving your dog the best orthopedic bed it needs especially when you consider it comes with an unheard-of 10-year warranty.

3-inch H45 support foam sandwiched by two 2-inch H10 comfort foam

Ultra-comfortable, stay-cool open-cell foam

Integrated pillow top

Durable, machine washable, abrasion-resistant microfiber cover

10-year warranty

Specification:
  • Brand: Big Barker
  • Weight: 11 pounds

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The Dog’s Balls’ Dog’s Bed Premium Orthopedic Waterproof Memory Foam Dog Bed is just like the Brindle bed – mattress-like dog bed without any support for the dog’s head whatsoever. It is covered with premium hypoallergenic Oxford fabric, however, giving The Dog’s Balls excellent protection against spills, mildew, mold, and even dust mites. It comes with a 6-inch thick foam divided into a 4-inch high-stability support foam base and a 2-inch high-care, high-density orthopedic memory foam.

There are 5 sizes and 7 color styles to choose from so you’ll never run out of options to match with your décor. If you already have dog support pillows, then perhaps the Dog’s Balls will be an excellent choice. However, if you’re looking to economize the Brindle should be nice.

4-inch premium high-stability foam

2-inch high-density, high-care, premium orthopedic memory foam

Durable, waterproof, hypoallergenic Oxford fabric cover

Mold-, dust mite-, and mildew- resistant cover

Fully machine-washable; best results when washed by hand

Specification:
  • Brand: The Dog’s Balls
  • Model: FBA_725407907034001
  • Weight: 8.38 pounds

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The Furhaven Pet Dog Bed Chaise Lounge is ideal for dogs who do not like to be completely surrounded by cushions while they sleep or relax. The bed features bolsters in an L shape along one short and one long side, give your dog something to snuggle up to and somewhere comfortable to rest their head, while also having the freedom to move and stretch. The sleep surface is plush faux fur, and the bolsters are covered in silken suede, providing softness that is gentle on paws, noses, and aching joints.

The base of the bed is made from egg crate foam, which helps to distribute your dog’s weight more evenly and improves circulation. It also includes recycled fluffy railings that provide orthopedic support for your dog’s joints. The easily removable cover is machine washable to help keep the bed smelling and looking fresh.

Orthopedic dog bed with L shaped bolsters

Egg crate low VOC foam base

Removable and machine washable covers

Faux fur sleep surface

Soothes pressure points and increases airflow

Specification:
  • Brand: Furhaven Pet
  • Model: 44541084
  • Weight: 6.2 pounds

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kopeks orthopedic dog bed
KOPEKS Orthopedic Bed for Dogs

If you are looking for an orthopedic bed with a built-in pillow, then the KOPEKS 7-inch Thick High Grade Orthopedic Memory Foam Dog Bed might be just what you need. The bed features hypo-allergenic premium memory foam that is comparable with that found in high-end human mattresses. It is ideal for pets with joint or muscle issues, including arthritis. The bed offers double layer protection with an interior cover and waterproof fabric exterior cover. Both covers can be removed easily for washing, and the sleep surface is soft, plush suede that provides additional comfort for your pet pooch. The bed also features an anti-slip bottom to ensure it stays in place when your dog exits or enters the bed.

High-grade memory foam mattress with built-in pillow

Double layer protection with internal and external covers

Both covers are removable and washable

Non-slip bottom

Soft, plush suede sleeping surface

Specification:
  • Brand: KOPEKS
  • Model: dog-bed-xl
  • Weight: 16.6 pounds

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If you are looking for a durable, basic orthopedic dog bed, then the Premium Orthopedic Memory Foam Dog Bed from Dogbed4less could be the answer. The bed features a gel foam orthopedic mattress that is high density and hypoallergenic. It is guaranteed not to flatten over time and provides support for a range of joint issues, including arthritis. The sleep surface offers better cooling than many comparable dog beds and includes two covers – a waterproof liner and a heavy-duty machine washable external cover.

4-inch thick hypoallergenic gel memory foam mattress

Internal waterproof liner

Heavy-duty machine washable denim cover

Offers joint support and cooling

Guaranteed not to flatten over time

Specification:
  • Brand: Dogbed4less
  • Model: hscd
  • Weight: 2.55 pounds

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The PetFusion BetterLounge Dog Bed provides a 3-inch memory foam base and two bolsters that are designed to offer a more comfortable rest for your dog. The bed has a waterproof liner to protect the memory foam and a removable, machine washable external cover. The cover is fitted with two zippers to make loading the base and bolsters easier, and the whole thing can be spot cleaned for ease. The base also features a non-slip bottom to ensure your pet is safe as they enter and exit the bed.

3-inch memory foam base

Two bolster cushions

Durable polyester micro suede fabric cover

Waterproof internal liner

Non-slip bottom

Specification:
  • Brand: PetFusion
  • Model: B07CRPPT18
  • Weight: 9.4 pounds

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Laifug Orthopedic Memory Foam Dog Bed

The Laifug Orthopedic Memory Foam Extra Large Dog Bed Pillow features a smart double pillow design with one pillow at four inches in height at one end of the bed and one at 2.5 inches at the other end. This gives your dog the ultimate in choice and comfort. The base is made from a combination of 30d super soft foam and 40d memory foam and is guaranteed to hold at least 90% of its support and shape for at least three years. The bed has a waterproof liner to protect the foam and an external removable and machine washable cover. The soft tear-resistant external cover can also be tumble dried on a low setting.

Combined 30d super soft foam and 40d memory foam base

Heavy-duty zippers

Internal waterproof liner

Tearproof, soft, removable, machine washable external cover

Guaranteed to hold 90% of its shape and support for 3 years

Specification:
  • Brand: Laifug
  • Model: M1143
  • Weight: 17.6 pounds

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If you are looking for a dog bed with an open design that still offers your dog a sense of security, then the Furhaven Pet Dog Bed Lounger Cradle might be just what you are looking for. The bed’s contours enhance their sleeping position without making them feel overly enclosed. The sleeping surface is plush curly faux fur that is gentle on their paws and noses and provides extra comfort while still being strong and durable. The base is constructed from solid orthopedic low VOC foam that offers sturdy comfort and insulation.

Contoured cradle style open dog bed

Low VOC orthopedic foam base

Removable and machine washable cover

Plush curly faux fur sleep surface

Available in five different sizes

Specification:
  • Brand: Furhaven Pet
  • Model: 31535087
  • Weight: 5 pounds

Best Orthopedic Dog Bed Buying Guide

Picking an orthopedic bed for your dog can be exceptionally challenging since they actually look like any other type of bed. To help you choose the right one, we’ve prepared this buying guide specifically tailored for pet parents searching for the best orthopedic dog beds.

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What is an Orthopedic Dog Bed?

An orthopedic dog bed is a specialty mattress that is designed specifically to help dogs with musculoskeletal problems sleep better. Unfortunately, the market is littered with dog beds that come with viscoelastic memory foam. While our list did include some of these products, the lack of standards on what can be considered as true orthopedic dog beds only adds to the confusion.

To help you better understand what we are talking about, it is crucial to understand a few unique differences between the two.

Memory foam is constructed of viscoelastic materials that have been developed by NASA in the 70s. The material was adopted by the mattress industry in the 90s because of its body-conforming properties. It is this ability to conform to different curves and points of the body that makes it ideal for those with weight issues and for promoting a more comfortable sleep.

Additionally, a true orthopedic bed doesn’t come with certified standards especially in the type of materials used. As such, dog bed manufacturers have to rely on their understanding of the fundamental principle of orthopedic dog beds – the support of joints, bones, and the rest of the body to improve overall posture and alleviate pain. In essence, a true orthopedic dog bed should keep the dog’s spine in perfect alignment and keep any bony protrusions from receiving pressure from the bed. These are the fundamental principles of a true orthopedic dog bed.

Technically, a viscoelastic memory foam dog bed should still be able to provide your dog the kind of support it needs for its body, especially its bony prominences. You just need to look for one that is exceptionally-built for such a purpose.

Is it Time for an Orthopedic Dog Bed?

There many reasons why you may want to shift your dog from an ordinary canine bed to one that is fully orthopedic. Here are some of the instances when you know it’s time for your dog to sleep on an orthopedic dog bed.

  • Your dog has arthritis or other problems with its joints
  • Fido is diagnosed with hip dysplasia
  • Your hound is showing generalized loss of muscle tone and mass because of advancing age
  • If your pet has bone injuries such as luxations and fractures
  • Your canine friend has injuries to soft tissues like ligaments and tendons
  • If your dog is recovering from neuromuscular or orthopedic surgery or disease

If you’re going to look at these instances, pain is a common theme. As such, whenever your dog is in pain having it to sleep on an orthopedic bed should be seriously considered.

Benefits of an Orthopedic Dog Bed

Based on what we have discussed so far we can readily identify a number of benefits of using orthopedic beds for dogs. Here are some of them.

  • Helps to keep the spine in near-perfect alignment

A good orthopedic bed should help keep and maintain the spine of your dog in near-perfect alignment. Bolsters and pillows can help elevate your dog’s head if it likes sleeping on its side. This helps position the neck and head in perfect alignment with the rest of the spine. This can produce better neurologic functioning.

  • Reduces pain and inflammation

Orthopedic beds reduce, if not eliminate, the effects of pressure on body parts where the bones and joints are much closer to the body surface. This helps reduce the intensity of pain while also facilitating the reduction of inflammation.

  • Promotes healing

The combination of a well-aligned spine and reduced pressure off bony prominences can lead to better cellular and tissue repair, healing, and regeneration. Since there are no additional stresses being exerted on the body, your dog’s immune system, as well as other organ systems involved in tissue repair, can get to work in repairing and healing damaged body parts.

  • Improves blood circulation

There is one often-overlooked aspect of pressures exerted on bony prominences: reduced blood flow. The application of pressure on a body part tends to pinch blood vessels supplying that body part. This reduces blood flow distal to the pressure point leading to a host of problems in the distal part. By reducing pressure points, you also improve the overall circulation of blood in your pet.

  • Prevents formation of bed sores

A classic sign of chronic excessive pressures on bony prominences is bed sores. These first appear as reddish discoloration on the skin. More importantly, however, is the fact that these areas signify inflammatory changes that are slowly degrading the integrity of the skin. Orthopedic dog beds reduce the pressure leading to a reduction in the incidence of bed sores.

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Features to Look for in an Orthopedic Dog Bed

However, there are certain features that can help you distinguish a good quality orthopedic bed from one that is simply filled with useless fill that do nothing to keep your dog’s vertebrae in near-perfect alignment or even to help relieve pressure off of your dog’s joints, muscles, and bones. Here are some of the features you need to look for.

  • Orthopedic foam

We mentioned above that viscoelastic memory foam and true orthopedic mattresses are not the same, although dog bed-makers say they are. Given that the main disadvantage of memory foam is its poor heat-dissipating properties, you will have to look for an orthopedic dog bed that comes with memory foam that has exceptional thermal management properties, unless of course you also want some form of heating for your pet.

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  • Waterproof Liner

Whether or not your pet has been trained not to pee on its bed there will always be instances when accidents happen. For this, you need a dog bed that has an inner waterproof liner that will help protect the orthopedic foam from accidents and even from spills from other sources. If the bedcover comes with waterproofing, then it should also be a great choice.

  • Removable and washable bedcover

The bedcover should be removable and washable. That being said, its closure mechanism should be sturdy and provide a water-tight seal on the opposing flaps. Most dog bed manufacturers have specific instructions on how their bedcovers should be cleaned or washed. Choose one that can be easily thrown in your washing machine if you don’t like the idea of washing them by hand. Of course, getting one that matches well with your home décor should be a wonderful bonus.

  • Non-skid bottom

If you have a very ‘active’ sleeper you don’t want it to move your bed every time it stirs. As such choosing an orthopedic dog bed that has non-skid rubber bottoms should be a great choice. However, if you intend to use the dog bed on a rather rough surface, then this feature is not really needed anymore.

Choosing the right orthopedic dog bed can be tricky. Perhaps this is made even more confusing by the fact that majority of orthopedic dog beds today are made of viscoelastic memory foam which hardly qualifies as a true orthopedic bed. Nevertheless, since the majority of the products classified as ‘orthopedic dog beds’ contain memory foam, it has become the standard in such types of dog beds. This should not stop you from really looking for the best orthopedic dog bed.

Our Top Pick

Our top pick is the PetFusion Ultimate Dog Bed. It contains a solid 4-inch memory foam base and generously filled bolsters that contain recycled material. The design of the base and bolsters is optimized to provide the best possible security and support for your dog. The cover is water resistant and tear resistant while the non-skid bottom ensures that the bed does not move while your dog is entering or exiting it. The cover is easy to remove, is completely machine washable, and can even be tumble dried on a low setting. The bed is available in four different sizes and conforms to the stricter European REACH safety standards.

Sources:

  1. Can Orthopedic Beds Keep My Dog Healthy? - The Dog’s View
  2. Memory Foam vs. Orthopedic Mattress - The Sleep Judge
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Dr Tracy Douglas
Dr Tracy Douglas
General Practice Veterinarian, currently working at the Glenwood Veterinary Clinic, Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Dr. Douglas began her veterinary career as a Veterinary Nurse in Highton Veterinary Clinic, Highton Victoria, and then as an Emergency Veterinarian in Uintah Pet Emergency, Colorado Springs, Colorado. Tracy is particularly interested in surgery, neurology and internal medicine, which gives her a well-rounded knowledge on animal health and well-being. She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Melbourne, while her undergraduate bachelor of science is from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York.
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