Arthritis is a painful and chronic joint condition which causes significant loss of the range of movement for the afflicted joint. Other symptoms may occur in addition to the loss of motion such as stiffness, muscle cramps, and overall fatigue and discomfort for the person. Arthritis may have a substantial effect on the quality of living for any person who suffers from it, but the grim reality is that for dogs, this is greatly increased.
Every step taken can cause great pain and discomfort for a dog with bad arthritis. Even a basic thing such as trying to find a comfortable position when sleeping can turn into an absolute nightmare. A top priority for any dog owner who really cares about their pet should look into getting a memory foam dog bed. A memory foam dog bed serves as both a preventative and a curative item.
Orthopedic dog beds will help support and cushion the joints of the dog, thereby ensuring that pressure is not placed on the same few joints, but is instead evenly distributed throughout the body. This will reduce the chances of the condition arising, as well as minimize its effects for those animals that are unfortunate enough to have it already.
Please be aware that not all memory foam dog beds are created equal. You cannot simply purchase the first memory foam dog bed you happen to come across on the internet or in a magazine, and then expect it to be suitable for your pet. Also, if your dog spends time outside, you may want to consider outdoor dog beds. How can we ensure that the orthopedic dog bed we choose is indeed the right one for the job? When your dog is lying with its legs fully extended behind it, make sure to measure the full length of your dog and then add on another 5-7 inches to this figure in order to ensure that the memory foam dog bed you choose is not too small. The last thing that you want to happen is have a bed that is too small. This may be uncomfortable for the dog if he or she cannot fit on the bedding!
While orthopedic dog beds are mainly designed for great protection and cushioning of the painful joints, it may also be a good idea to choose one that includes a washable cover. This is because over time, the dog may get it dirty and grimy. After a while, bacteria can form on the bedding. Sometimes, you may need to wash it on occasion in order to maintain hygiene standards and prevent your pet from coming down with an infection of some sort. You may also see if they can be placed in the washing machine. If your dog is outside often, outdoor dog beds are almost always waterproof and durable. It can be a good idea to purchase your orthopedic dog bedding online, there are great selections to choose from and prices are usually very good compared to in store pricing.