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Fringe Studio Pet Bed, Nosey Dog Spot Pillow, 36 x 27 x 5 inches (225001)

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For senior dogs who are crate-trained, the Milliard Orthopedic Dog Bed is perfectly proportioned to fit into their personal safe space. It’s made from supportive egg crate foam that is designed to provide orthopedic support for aging pooches. "This bed has great support for him," remarked our tester who has a 13-year-old doggo with hip dysplasia. "He can very comfortably lay down fully [and] stand up much more efficiently." We selected 21 of the latest, top-performing orthopedic dog beds available and sent each one to a real home with a real dog (sometimes dogs!) for real-world testing.

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As your dog gets older, it's important to make sure they have the support they need. An orthopedic dog bed is designed to take pressure off their joints as they rest, and it may be beneficial for your dog, especially if you are noticing that they seem a little stiff and are having trouble getting out of their current bed.

This roundup was written by Anna Mejorada, a writer for The Spruce Pets, who shares her home with a pomeranian named Gidget. Before researching and writing about pet products for a living, Mejorada embarked on a self-mandated, ongoing quest to find the optimal items for her dog. She is now delightfully devoted to helping humans discover and select the most favorable products for their pets.

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The base of the bed is made with charcoal to help absorb odors, and it's available in several sizes and four color options. To wash an orthopedic dog bed, you’ll want to follow the manufacturer’s instructions. This typically entails removing the cover, which may be able to go in the washing machine—you’ll want to consult its care tag to see what cycle to use. Most orthopedic dog beds have memory foam inside, which can only be spot cleaned.The orthopedic bed resembles the look of a furry rug which can add a decorative element to your space. It comes in three sizes to appeal to a variety of breeds. "The size was fantastic for my large dog and our smaller foster dog, both dogs ended up using it and enjoyed laying on it." When it comes to dog beds, the two main styles to look for are flat beds and bolster beds. “Some dogs like flat beds, others prefer a bolster along the sides to feel safe or rest their heads on,” says Dr. Countner. “Some dogs like a cooling pad/gel built in since their joints can be inflamed and run warm.”

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Applying a cooling element has been shown to help reduce inflammation in joints, according Countner, so an orthopedic bed with built-in cooling gel can provide an extra level of comfort for your aging dog. The Sealy Lux Orthopedic Dog Bed is made with memory foam and cooling gel to dissipate heat while your dog is resting. If your dog tends to gnaw on plush items, then this is the orthopedic dog bed for you. The cover is resistant to scratching, digging, chewing, and water. " The bed's outer cover is durable and seems to hold up well to the dogs jumping on and off of it," shared our tester who has two large dogs with chewing habits at home.

The bed does not have any built-in support to keep it in place, so we recommend placing it against a wall if it tends to shift. As soon as I took out this bed, both my dog and cat were obsessed. I barely had a chance to put it down before they started trying to get in!" noted our tester. Your small-sized senior (dog or cat!) will have no problem catching up on their beauty rest in this bed. Regardless of their preferred sleeping style—curler, sprawler, leaner, or all of the above—the wrap-around bolster makes it easy for a dog to find the right spot for lounging and snoozing. "It looks as cute as it’s cozy, so you can place it in any room of the house." Orthopedic beds add an extra layer of support for dogs that have arthritis, achy joints, or mobility issues,” explains Dr. Tori Countner, DVM, owner of The Balanced Pet Vet. “Memory foam is ideal since it is a little firmer and prevents sagging so dogs can get up easier from their bed, and it gives extra support to joints."

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