Choosing the Right Doggy Bed

Choosing the Right Doggy Bed

Did you know that dogs spend about half of their time sleeping, on average? Fido certainly is adorable when he’s dreaming! Just like people, dogs really benefit from having comfortable beds. But with so many shapes and sizes to choose from, which is best for your pup? A local Fox Chapel, PA vet offers some helpful tips on choosing doggy beds in this article.

Little Pooches

Do you have a smaller canine? Fido may enjoy a bed with raised sides, which will offer a sense of security.

Dogs That Sprawl

Does your four-legged buddy somehow stretch out to three times his normal length when he’s sleeping? Get Fido a regular doggy bed, which is basically like a big pillow.

Dogs That Like Pillows

Does your furry friend tend to prop his head on something when he sleeps? Get your four-legged friend a bed with raised edges.

Senior Pooches

Dogs in their golden years often develop bone/joint issues, such as arthritis and hip dysplasia, which make it harder for them to get comfortable. If you have an older dog, we recommend getting your furry pal an orthopedic pet bed.

Large Breeds

Is your canine companion larger than life? Big dogs often tend to smoosh regular beds pretty quickly, so you’ll need something that can hold up to your pup’s weight. Orthopedic beds are a good choice. You can also get a child’s mattress.

Dogs That Make Nests

Does Fido tend to stomp his bed into a comfy little nest before he settles down? If so, your pooch may enjoy a beanbag bed. Remember to plump it up every day, so the middle doesn’t get flat.

Dogs With Thin Fur

If your canine pal has a thin coat, he may get cold easily in winter. Consider getting Fido a heated bed, or a thermal bed that will trap his body heat.


When shopping for doggy beds, there are a few other things to consider, aside from shape and size. We recommend looking for a bed with non-toxic stuffing, just in case Fido ever tries to eat his bed. If your pooch’s bed is too big to fit in the washing machine, look for one with a washable slipcover.

Do you have any questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care? Contact us here at River Valley Veterinary Hospital, serving the Fox Chapel, PA area, anytime!

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