Some pups need a ‘Fragile’ sticker right above their tails. Many occurrences in your dog’s life can require their being handled with more care. A rowdy pup can catch a sprain while playing, or arthritis can rear its ugly head. While most people assume their dogs won’t get arthritis until their senior years, it can appear in dogs as early as one-year-old. Naturally, you want to minimize your dog’s soreness and amplify their comfort, and a bed can go a long ways to helping with that.
Why Buy A Dog Bed?
Have you ever twisted an ankle? Dislocated a shoulder? Got a knee injury that never healed quite right? If all you did was sleep on the ground, your injury probably wouldn’t get better. Lying on the ground can exacerbate these pains for dogs when they’re already in a world of distress. Giving them the best possible place to rest can work wonders in recovery.
The first step in getting the best night’s sleep is being at ease. You can reduce tossing and turning by having good bedding under you. Same goes for your dog, especially if they are already sore. The BarkBox Orthopedic Bed has thick and comfortable memory foam which can relieve persistent pains by forming to their body while also providing sturdy comfort. It comes in various sizes, so no matter how big or small your dog is, they can feel like they’re just the right fit for the bed. Sorry, no human-sized ones. Your dog might have to kick you out of THEIR bed for once. ($35.99-$45.99.)
If those joints are inflamed, bring the heat (insert an indeterminate amount of flame emojis). Warmth is great for bodies that aren’t bending as well as they used to. A gentle heating bed also allows a snug feeling while resting. K&H Pet Products Thermo-Snuggly Sleeper Pet Bed has a low wattage so it won’t overheat your dog or your wallet when the electric bill comes. The lowered front still makes it manageable to get in and out of the bed with ease. The walled sides also give an extra sense of security, nice added comfort if your dog is still shaken up from a recent accident. ($42.88.)
A dog-sized sofa your pup can drool on with reckless abandon. The Furhaven Dog Bed prioritizes joint support to alleviate stress in pain points. The egg crate foam (it’s exactly what it sounds like, a foam pad that looks like it should be supporting a dozen eggs) and faux fleece material make for cozy bedding. It’s soft so there’s no roughness on the nose and paws. Imagine if you had something scratchy tickling your nose while you were trying to get some shut-eye – not fun. ($41.99-$108.99.)
Sometimes your dog really loves taking a snooze on your pillow. So why not give their bed a little one of their own to lie on? The Kopeks Orthopedic Dog Bed has an elevated end to simulate a thick pillow your pup can put their snoot on (or legs, butt, toys, hair, or – you get the idea). The plush suede is firm yet soft and homey for a pup whose body is experiencing tenderness. And if the stiffness has your dog moving in and out of bed a little clunkily, the anti-slip bottom helps keep it in place. ($49.95-$119.95.)
What Other Products Can Help Manage My Dog’s Pain?
BARK Glucosamine Supplement For Hips And Joints: It’s veterinarian-formulated, made with all natural ingredients (glucosamine, MSM, chondroitin, and hyaluronic acid), and comes in the form of 150 soft chews. Basically, it looks and tastes just like delicious treats, and it could really help your dog with their hip and joint issues. ($32.99.)
Bark CBD Extract: This holistic remedy is made from MCT, organic coconuts, and co2 extracted high CBD hemp oil, and it’s been known to help with all forms of anxiety – but also arthritis, nausea, inflammation, and other physical or emotional pain. It contains no THC (<0.1%) and will not make your pup feel “buzzy” or “high.” ($69.30.)
Bark CBD Chicken Biscuits: These handcrafted treats are made with premium, human-grade ingredients including full-spectrum CBD hemp oil and are available for both small and large dogs. They’re a holistic, natural product for anxiety, arthritis, nausea, inflammation, and other physical or emotional pain. They contain no THC (<0.1%) and will not make your pup feel “buzzy” or “high.” (Starting at $24.30 for 4 oz. jar of 25 treats.)
(NOTE: It typically takes more than a single dose of CBD – and sometimes up to two weeks’ worth – to see results.)