Some people think that good quality dog beds are nothing but a superfluous, luxury item; it’s nice to have one, but it’s something that they can do without. However, this is far from the truth. First and foremost, your furry companions sleep between 12 and 18 hours a day, so they need a safe and comfortable spot. Also, having their own beds means you won’t share yours with them!
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How to choose the right bed for your dog?
Nowadays, dog beds come in different designs, sizes, and materials, so shopping for the right one can be a bit overwhelming. The general advice is to choose a bed that is big enough for your dog to have a comfortable sleep.
Keep reading to find the other important things you should look for when buying pet beds.
Well-cushioned surface. Your furry companions’ body has several bony protuberances (e.g., outside of the elbows, hips, and shoulders), which are susceptible to pressure points, skin irritation, open wounds, and pain. To avoid these problems, make sure that you choose dog beds that offer enough padding.
Durable padding material. Dog beds with a thicker padding are not necessarily better. Take note that a two-inch premium quality foam/fibre is better than a five-inch mattress filled with cheap polyester filling. The general advice is to choose something with padding that feels sturdy and firm enough to support your dog’s weight.
Easy-to-wash material. Dog beds need to be washed regularly to get rid of dirt, fleas, and odour. That being said, opt for something that is easy to wash. You may also want to purchase a bed cover, which you can easily remove and toss in your washing machine.
Special features. At eDog, we have cosy dog beds with an ‘insect shield mattress’ that repels ticks, fleas, ants, and mosquitoes. With this special feature, you don’t have to worry about your dog when they’re sleeping outside in their kennel or staying indoors.
How to wash a dog bed?
Follow our step-by-step guide on washing your dog beds. Before soaking them, it’s ideal to vacuum them first to get rid of the dirt, hair, and debris especially in their nooks and creases. But if they are particularly smelly, you may want to sprinkle some baking soda and let it sit for an hour before vacuuming.
If your dog beds have stubborn stains, you may want to pre-soak them using warm water. Depending on their size, you can do this in your washing machine or bathtub.
You can use soap detergents that are specially formulated for pets with sensitive skin or allergies. But if you don’t have one, some mild washing detergents will do.
Most experts recommend washing dog beds every one to two weeks to maintain the optimum health and safety of your pups. However, we do understand that it’s not realistic for everyone, so a good alternative is to use bed covers that you can easily wash and toss in your washing machine.
Another option is to keep your dog beds clean in between washes. You can do this by sprinkling them with baking soda followed by vacuuming. You can also set them outside in full sun to kill dust mites and reduce the overall amount of bacteria living on the fabrics.
How often should you replace your dog's bed?
How frequently you should replace your pets’ beds depends on two things: your dog’s size and the presence of wear and tear.
If you know your dog will outgrow their puppy dog beds, you can opt for a large dog cushion to accommodate their growth. With the right size, the bed will not strain your pet’s back and neck or cause pressure wounds, especially in the elbows, shoulders, and hips.
If the dog beds look worn out, especially their padding, it’s a great time to toss them out and buy a new one. Besides being an eyesore, tattered beds can pose a health risk to furry babies, such as pressure wounds and joint pain.
However, dogs, like humans, are creatures of habit. As a result, they may not be excited to have a new bed with its unfamiliar feel and scent. However, you can make the transition easier for them by placing the new items to their favourite spot (or where they sleep) or adding an old cushion or mat to the new bed. The idea is to provide a familiar scent to help them get accustomed to their new mattress.
Now that you know what to look for in a dog bed and how to wash and care for it, you can visit eDog online and choose from our cooling pet pads and cosy dog beds with premium mattresses. Shop now!