The Heated Dog Bed
Find out all about the heated dog bed and why it might just be the best bed you ever buy for your dog.
A heated dog bed is the ultimate in comfort for your favorite furry friend. The floor can be a cold place for a dog to lie on, even with a cushion or pet bed. If your dog often finds his way onto your bed or couch, maybe it’s because he’s feeling cool.
And if your dog spends any amount of time outdoors, a heated dog bed will really keep him warm and comfortable, even on the coldest of days. The temperature is regulated with a thermostat. Most units maintain a cozy 101 or 102 degrees which is perfect for doggie comfort both inside and out.
These specially designed dog beds can be used both indoors as well as in sheltered areas outdoors, like garages, sheds, barns, balconies, porches and yes, even doghouses.
Not only do these beds keep your pet warm, they are made with your dog’s comfort in mind. With soft, flexible material the beds are easy to place almost anywhere and are easy to transport. So if you are planning to take your pet on vacation with you, you can take his bed along with no difficulty.
These heated beds are also designed with pet safety in mind, so cords are either detachable or made with a chew resistant cord, depending on the manufacturer. Some are even wrapped in steel so your pet absolutely can’t chew through it.
If your dog is a chewer, you may also want to look for a covering that is not quite as soft. Some manufacturers make heated beds that are covered in a more resilient material so the bed doesn’t get ripped to shreds.
With your dog spending so much time on his cozy spot, you may want to choose a dog bed with a removable cover. That way you can avoid the dog smell that clings to bedding that can’t be washed. Washable dog beds may be entirely washable but will at least have a removable cover so it can be tossed in the washing machine and kept fresh and clean.
Warm Weather Use For A Heated Dog Bed
You are probably wondering why a fur covered dog would need a heated dog bed in the summer months. After all, it’s often so hot that we run our air conditioning just to stay comfortable.
Well, that’s exactly why heated dog beds come in handy in summer. Winter or summer the temperature inside your home may not vary a lot. So in the cool air of your air conditioned house, your pet may enjoy being able to curl up in a warm spot off the cool floor. Because as we all know, dogs love to be comfortable.
Now for outside lounging, you may want to have a look at a coolaroo dog bed, the ultimate keep cool bed for the hot outdoors.
Heated Massage Beds
Heated massage beds are designed with the older or active dog in mind. For the older dog, the thick orthopedic foam keeps him comfortably cushioned and completely off the floor. Many older dogs suffer aches and pains just like people. The gentle massage is soothing and relaxing for them.
And for active dogs, although not all of them will like the massage, those that do definitely seem to become calmer as the massage relaxes them.
Choosing The Right Size
Most companies manufacture heated beds in small, medium, large and extra large sizes. It’s really a personal choice as to the size if you have a smaller dog. Some pet owners like to buy a larger than needed bed, so their pet can turn and stretch out in any direction. Others like to create a cave-like setting by placing pillows around a smaller bed, so their pet feels something soft all around.
In any case, the best way to choose the right size is to measure your dog’s body length when he’s lying on the floor. Go from the tip of the nose to the end of the tail and then add about six inches.