Dogs can be fussy, and some will only sleep on certain plush materials. Others prefer firmer surfaces and ones that are cooler. In terms of the best orthopaedic option for your dog, memory foams retain this softness but offer great pressure relief for your canine friend. Memory foam - and other specialist orthopaedic foams with a memory foam topper - are brilliant at relieving pressure, offering exceptional comfort.
What is memory foam?
Memory foam is a specialist type of viscoelastic foam that shapes to the warmth of the body. It is durable, high density and offers excellent postural support. Memory foam also helps to regulate the temperature of the body when in use, and this foam retrieves its shape after use.
Should dogs have memory foam beds?
Memory foam beds are recommended for dogs that have joint problems, including arthritis and similar osteopathic conditions like hip and joint dysplasia. Even if your four-legged friend prefers sleeping on a hard or firmer surface, a memory foam bed offers a similar firmness without compromising on support.
Memory foam dog beds are great at protecting your dog from hard surfaces. Older dogs can find softer, more plush beds difficult to get out of, but the alternative of sleeping on a hard floor is not an appropriate option. This is where an orthopaedic dog bed made of memory foam can help as the perfect ‘middle ground’.
The most popular beds on the market include memory foam dog beds with sides, which help your dog feel protected. A thick memory foam dog bed is also a popular choice. The best memory foam dog beds are made of high quality, durable materials without the use of harmful chemicals.
How thick should a memory foam dog bed be?
The thickness of your memory foam dog bed typically depends on the weight of your dog, but most beds are available between 2 to 5 inches thick. The general rule is that dogs over 12kg need a bed that is 3 - if not 4 - inches thick. The heavier the dog, the greater the thickness generally required to ensure that optimal support and comfort is provided.
Is memory foam too hot for a dog's bed?
Memory foam is a suitable material for most dogs. However, for dogs typically prone to overheating and those who like to sleep on very cold surfaces - like stone kitchen and bathroom floors - they may find memory foam too warm. Memory foam responds well to body heat and therefore needs some warmth to mould accordingly. As a result, some find that it retains heat too well - even humans who use memory foam mattresses! Like us, it can all be down to a dog’s personal preference.
Is memory foam toxic to dogs?
Memory foam when purchased through a responsible, UK-based supplier poses less of a risk than standard memory foam found on the international market as it does not contain harmful chemicals. However, like any man-made material, steps should be taken to ensure your dog does not consume it. Covering the foam sheet in a durable waterproof cover will help protect both your dog and the foam itself. Memory foam is not advised if your dog chews furniture or similar items.
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