A memory foam dog bed is a great choice for old dogs, overweight dogs, and dogs with long term health issues or joint problems.
The best memory foam pet beds will support your dog’s joints as they sleep. They keep your dog cool, and are easy to get in and out of.
The size and shape of these beds will vary. So, you can choose the most suitable one for your dog and their needs.
Read on to find out which memory foam dog bed is best for your pooch.
Memory Foam Dog Beds – Quick Links
If you’re new to this type of pet bed, you may be wondering the following.
- What is a memory foam dog bed?
- Are memory foam beds good for dogs?
- Can I make my own memory foam pet bed?
- How do I wash a memory foam dog bed?
- What are the best memory foam dog beds?
- Where can I find memory foam dog beds for large breeds?
- What are the best orthopedic memory foam dog beds?
But, we will answer all of these questions today so your dog will be well on their way to getting a great night’s sleep.
What is a Memory Foam Dog Bed?
Memory foam isn’t just used for people. It’s also a common material used for dog beds!
It’s the better known name for a type of plastic foam called viscoelastic polyurethane.
One of the properties of viscoelastic polyurethane is that it moulds to the shape of your dog’s body whilst he is lying on it.
But, when your dog stands up, the foam should return to its original shape.
Dog foam beds aren’t always simple slabs. They can have bolstered sides to support your dog’s head.
They can also have a cooling gel to soothe aching joints and regulate your dog’s temperament.
Are Memory Foam Dog Beds Good for Dogs?
Memory foam beds won’t necessarily be better for every type of dog, but there are some types that can benefit from a memory foam pet bed.
For instance, old dogs, dogs with health problems – particularly joint issues – and overweight dogs can benefit.
This type of bed claims to reduce pressure on sore dog joints by moulding around them.
Most orthopedic memory foam dog beds are designed so that older dogs or poorly dogs can get in and out of them easily compared to some other dog beds.
Some also have a cooling gel to soothe joints and keep your dog at a comfortable temperature.
Can I Make My Own Memory Foam Dog Bed?
If you’re feeling crafty, you can simply buy memory foam online and make your own memory foam pet bed.
You’ll need a cover of some sort. You can sew your own removable cover, using a washable fabric. Or, just try to find a removable cover for sale online and base the size of your bed around this.
Having a removable cover is important so you can keep it clean.
Make sure you don’t make your memory foam too thick, either. Having too much memory foam will make it harder for your dog to climb in and out of the bed.
How Do I Wash a Memory Foam Dog Bed?
The best memory foam dog beds have a removable cover. Take this off, and wash it separately.
Most covers will be fine to place in the washing machine. But, check the label, just in case.
It’s a good idea to wash the memory foam dog bed itself too. You can do this most easily in the bathtub or a large basin.
Fill it halfway with warm water, and add a scoop of laundry detergent. Only use your hands to wash the foam bed with this water solution.
Once you’ve worked the soap into every part of the bed, rinse the bed a few times with warm water until there are no more soap bubbles coming out when you squeeze it.
Best Memory Foam Dog Beds
Now we’ve learnt a little more about this type of bed, let’s take a look at some of the best options out there.
If you’re considering this type of bed for your dog, here are some of our favorite options.
Furhaven Pet Plus Orthopedic Sofa
The first of our favorites is the Furhaven Pet Plus Orthopedic Sofa.
You can choose standard memory foam, orthopedic foam, or foam with cooling gel.
This bed has bolstered sides on two of its edges for maximum comfort whilst your dog sleeps. Plus, it comes in 17 different color combinations.
The very top of this bed is soft and plush fabric to comfort your dog as much as possible.
Joyelf Orthopedic Dog Bed
The Joyelf Orthopedic dog bed is a great option for owners looking for a stylish and comfortable memory foam dog bed.It comes in four sizes, and has a non-slip backing so it won’t move around whilst your dog is getting in and out.
This bed option has bolstered sides which will increase your dog’s comfort. But, dogs with joint problems may struggle climbing over these raised edges on all sides.
The cover for the bed is soft and machine washable. Plus, it comes with a free squeaky bone shaped toy!
Furhaven Pet Contour Cradle Orthopedic Bed
Another great option by Furhaven is the Pet Contour Orthopedic Bed.
This stylish bed is a very unique shape. It comes in 7 different colors, and 6 different sizes from small to jumbo plus.
You can purchase a regular memory foam version, orthopedic foam, or a cooling gel memory foam.
The sleep surface of the bed cover is a plush fabric to comfort your dog as he sleeps.
This cover is removable and machine washable for easy cleaning.
Brindle Waterproof Designer Memory Foam Bed
The Brindle waterproof designer memory foam dog bed is a great option for those looking for something stylish and comfortable.There are 3 size options, and a variety of color and pattern options. This bed is 4 inches thick but actually contains two types of memory foam.
There is a 2 inch layer of high-density support foam, and a 2 inch layer of comfort memory foam.
So, your dog will be comfortable but won’t just sink into the bed. Any sore joints will get all the support they need.
Large Memory Foam Dog Bed
Large and giant dogs can unfortunately suffer from problems with their joints such as hip dysplasia.
So, it’s no surprise that owners of large breeds often search for the best supportive dog beds.
Here are a few of our favorite memory foam dog beds that are perfect for supporting the joints of large and giant breeds.
PetFusion Ultimate Dog Bed
The PetFusion Ultimate Dog Bed is exactly that – the ultimate bed for large breeds.
It comes in three stylish shades, and is bolstered fully on three sides to offer neck and head support to your sleeping dog.
There’s a non-skid bottom underneath the bed. The cover is machine washable but is also water resistant, so you can bring it outside without fears of it getting ruined.
This also makes it perfect for older dogs who may be struggling with bladder problems too.
The Dog’s Bed Orthopedic Foam Bed
The Dog’s Bed Orthopedic Foam Bed is another great option for owners of large and giant dog breeds.This bed comes in XXXL as its largest size, at a massive 44 by 64 inches.
There’s a huge number of color combinations for you to choose from, as well as different textures on your cover.
This cover is removable and has a waterproof inner lining. It is machine washable, and replacement covers can be bought online if it gets damaged.
Furhaven Pet Traditional Orthopedic Foam Mattress
The Furhaven Pet Traditional Orthopedic foam mattress is our final favorite for the biggest dog breeds out there.Its largest size is jumbo plus, measuring 53 by 42 inches.
This memory foam dog bed option has one of the biggest selections of color and patterns that you can choose from. So, there’s something to suit every home.
Best Orthopedic Memory Foam Dog Beds
If your dog is struggling with hip or elbow dysplasia, or another bone or joint problem, you may want to get them an orthopedic memory foam bed.
These are designed to support your dog’s joints and soothe any aches or pain.
Take a look at our favorite options below.
Bedsure Orthopedic Memory Foam Dog Bed
The Bedsure Orthopedic Memory Foam dog bed is a great option for dogs that need support on their joints.It has three bolstered sides to give support to your dog’s neck. The whole bed is shaped like a couch for your dog.
It comes in three different sizes, and has a plush, soft cover that your dog will love lying on.
Inside the main cover, there is a water resistant lining. So, if you have an older dog, you don’t need to worry about any accidents ruining the bed.
This bed also has a non-stick bottom. So, you don’t need to worry about it moving around whilst your pooch is trying to get in and out.
Barkbox Memory Foam Platform Dog Bed
The Barkbox memory foam platform dog bed is another orthopedic option that comes in five different sizes.
So, you can easily deal with wear and tear by replacing old covers.
This bed is made up of a high density pressure relieving foam, which sits underneath a temperature regulating gel memory foam.
So, your dog will stay comfortable, supported, and won’t overheat.
This is another water resistant option, so accidents won’t be a worry.
Furhaven Pet Plush Orthopedic Sofa
The Furhaven Pet Plus orthopedic sofa is a stylish option for dogs with aching joints.It comes in five different sizes, and a number of different color combinations.
You can also choose from cooling gel foam, standard memory foam, and a dedicated orthopedic foam, depending on what your dog prefers.
The cooling gel foam is a great option for dogs with aching joints, as it cools and soothes, but also offers the support they need.
This bed has a plush surface to keep your dog cosy whilst they sleep.
Sealy Lux Quad Layer Orthopedic Dog Bed
The Sealy Lux Quad Layer orthopedic dog bed is another great choice for dogs that are suffering from joint problems.It comes in four different sizes, so you can choose the right one for your breed.
This bed has a pro-charcoal base that is designed to absorb odors that your dog’s bed might pick up.
It also then has different types of memory foam within the bed, including a cooling gel to soothe any aching joints.
There are four colors to choose from, and the cover is removable and washable.
Memory Foam Dog Bed – Summary
Do you think a memory foam dog bed could suit your pet?
If your pet has sore joints, health problems, or just needs that extra support, it could be the best decision you make for their comfort.
There are a lot of options out there to choose from. But, you can take a look at our favorites above to tailor your choice to your dog.
Let us know which one you’re going to choose in the comments below!
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