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Choosing the Right Bedding for Older Dogs

Senior dogs have different needs than puppies, due to reduced mobility and health problems. Watching your dog age is never easy, but you can do your part to make sure that your best friend is as comfortable as possible as he gets older.

Older dogs may spend more time in their bed, and require additional support than younger dogs would need.

Whether you have recently adopted a senior dog or your family pet is starting to enter his golden years, you'll want to keep the following factors in mind to choose the ideal bed.  

Size and Activity Level

Regardless of age, a larger dog will need a sturdier, roomier, and thicker bed than a smaller dog might need. If you have an older dog that is still quite active you'll want a durable bed that can be easily washed.

Age and Health Condition

Dogs spend more time sleeping as they age, and activity tends to diminish. Older dogs need to have better padding and support to feel comfortable, particularly as muscle mass loosens. Pressure points may develop in areas like the hips and knees, so these should be alleviated with a supportive bed. Generally, most dogs are considered to be "senior" once they have reached the age of eight, but this will depend on breed.

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Sleeping Style

How does your dog prefer to sleep? Does your dog like to snuggle up into a pile of blankets, or prefer something solid to lean against? Some prefer to sprawl out, while others enjoy curling up into a ball. Your dog's individual sleeping style will help determine the best type of bed.

Need for Orthopedic Support

Older dogs are often prone to painful joint problems and have less muscle mass to cushion them. As a result, they can often benefit from orthopedic dog beds. Memory foam is a high quality material that gives a strong level of orthopedic support. Orthopedic beds have larger mattresses as well, which gives dogs plenty of room to stretch their weary limbs.


One of the unfortunate side effects of aging for many dogs is occasional incontinence, but dogs of all ages can have accidents. It's worth investing in a bed that's waterproof and easy to clean. Look for beds constructed from durable, soft fabric that will be able to withstand multiple washings.

Most come with removable covers that you can take off and clean easily in the washing machine. This is another tip to keep in mind if you're perusing the selection of dog clothes with Dogs Corner or other accessory shops, because you'll want to be able to easily clean the dog's sweaters or jackets as well. 

After you've chosen the right bed and accessories, you'll also want to think about where to put the bed. Choose a draft-free location where the dog can go for peace and quiet. Many dogs prefer to be in the same room as the rest of the family, where they can rest as needed yet still be part of the action. By keeping these factors in mind, you can be sure to choose the most comfortable and supportive bed for your older dog.

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