Orthopedic Dog Bed

What is the effect of an orthopedic dog bed?

a normal dog bed
an orthopedic dog bed

In this image you can see the way a dog is laying down on a “regular” dog bed.

Mind the curved Spine.

Now in comparison to this an orthopedic dog bed:

Mind the Spine yet again. It is entirely straight and orthopedically precise, because the Memory Foam adjusts perfectly to the anatomy of the dog.


“You only sleep as good as your bed lets you!”


This statement does not only apply to humans, dogs also suffer if they are not able to lay down comfortably.

There are lots of different blankets, Baskets as well as beds for dogs available in store, yet most of them are produced based on looks as well as practical criterias.

The skeleton and muscles however have completely different requirements for a healthy sleeping place. For us humans the trend is going more and more towards orthopedic beds, and whoever had one before would not want to give it away again.

But aren’t our animals feeling the same way? In fact arthrosis is a common sickness for dogs. That’s why every dog should call an orthopedic dog bed his own.


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Who´s writing this?

Hello, my name is Dennis and I do research lots of topics regarding keeping up the health of my dog Jette. Here I want to use the opportunity to share my knowledge.

If you have any questions about orthopedic dog beds feel free to send me a mail to dennis@orthopedic-dog-bed.net


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What are the effects of an orthopedic dog bed?

What is the difference between an orthopedic dog bed and a regular dog sofa or dog bed?

First of all it is joint-protective and adjusts precisely to the shape of a dog.

Therefor the dog sleeps joint- and spine-protective.

The secret of most orthopedic dog beds lay on the inside. The core is made of an orthopedic filling, which can adjust to the weight and body temperature of the dog laying in it.

Not only does every dog feel comfortable in an orthopedic dog bed, they are also guaranteed to sleep healthy. Not only already diseased dogs should be entitled to an orthopedic dog beds, but all of them deserve one to prevent diseases of the joints and spine.

Thanks to the intelligently used filling the dog sleeps joint- and spine-protective. Only valuable materials are used in orthopedic dog beds. The covers are replaceable with a simple zip-lock and can there for easily be washed or replaced.


An overview of the advantages:

  • Healthy sleep supports the dreaming activity of your dog
  • Joint-protective storage
  • orthopically relieving
  • bloodstream stimulating


Who needs an orthopedic dog bed?

It is unquestioned and also applies to dogs: prevention is better than healing! Prevention prevents a lot of suffering. That’s why we get our dogs vaccinated and that’s why everybody should get the idea, that an orthopedic dog bed has a preventive effect.

Spine-diseases, especially the discs as commonly seen with races that have longer bodies such as dachshunds can be prevented. These races should always be laying in an orthopedic way. But every other dog as well!

With big races joint-damages and diseases are very common and these pets are surely thankful as well, if given a nice sleeping spot. The orthopedic dog bed is produced and offered in various sizes, from S to 4XL.


What are the differences in comparison to a regular dog bed?

A regular dog bed is filled with fibre, which turns flat and clumpy after being used for a while. The more expensive versions is wash- and replaceable and is made of a moisture-repellent fibre. But the dog is still basically laying on the hard floor.

Regular foam-mattress or styro-foam fillings are no longer suitable as orthopedic sleeping opportunities for your dog.

An orthopedic dog bed is filled with viscosealatic fibre and adjusts precisely to the shape of your animal. Spine and joints are perfectly stored.

For allergics there are dog beds with specific anti-allergic cover-materials and fillings. All surface materials are water-repellent and washable.


What you should look out for in the ideal orthopedic dog bed?

The laying-area shall not be to soft, so that the animal can easily get up. You should, when buying an orthopedic dog bed, always make sure that the laying-area is ergonomically fitting. Dogs love scratching around in their bed and thus the surface area should be resistant.

The investment into an orthopedic dog bed should last for a good amount of years while the bed has to stay hygienic, so make sure that the cover is removable and washable. Furthermore it would be good if the used materials are known to have a positive orthopedic effect, to guarantee an effective, positive impact on the life quality of your animal. An orthopedic dog bed is not only  a blessing for dogs with diseases like Arthrosis, Hip joint dysplasia, ED or spondylosis, every single dog feels comfortable with it.


Summed up:

  • Laying-area can not be too soft
  • Laying-area should be ergonomic
  • Scratch-resistant surface material
  • Washable cover


Price differences:

An orthopedic dog bed is not a lot more expensive than a regular high quality dog-bed without orthopedic specifications. The price therefor should not be an argument not to buy your loved one a healthy bed. Prices are of course dependant on the size, small ones are available from 40€ while an XXL dog bed will cost around 180€.


Which size is right?

Dog bed suggestions based on dog size

I am commonly contacted with questions that look like this:

“Hey Dennis, which orthopedic dog bed would you recommend for a West Highland Terrier?”


Of course I enjoy replying to all questions that are being sent in quickly, but because this type of question is asked very frequently I wanted to design this website so that all questions are already answered with the given information. This is why in the following part you will find a well-structured list of my suggestion based on dog race and size.


Sizes L-XL

This size is optimal for: Beagle, Poodle, Cocker

Dimensions: approx. 100cm x 65cm x 28cm (length x width x height)

Size of the laying-area: approx. 66cm x 53cm (length x width)


Size XXL

Ideal for: Dalmatians, Labradors and Golden Retrievers

Dimensions: approx. 120cm x 75cm x 30cm (length x width x height)

Size of the laying-area: approx. 80cm x 60cm (length x width)


Size XXXL:

Best for : Ridgeback, Shepherd, Dalmatians, Labradors and Golden Retrievers

Dimensions: approx. 135cm x 85cm x 32cm (length x width x height)

Size of the laying-area: approx. 90cm x 70cm (length x width)


Size 4XL

For very large dogs like: Mountain dogs, Newfoundlands, Ridgebacks and Shepherds

Dimensions: approx. 155cm x 105cm x 33cm (length x width x height)

Size of the laying-area: approx. 100cm x 85cm (length x width)


How to properly clean a dog bed

Not only should the dog bed be fairly sized and comfortable, it should also be kept clean permanently. Oftentimes your loved one will come home with dirty paws. Also doghair and sobbing can often add up to a mess quickly on a dog bed, giving you a hard time catching up with vacuum-cleaning it.

A dirty dog bed is a magical habitat, luring both bacteria and parasites. There are not only disturbing for your dog, they can also be dangerous.


Therefor a dog bed should be easy to clean. The material of the bad as well as the cleaning utensils are thus very significant.

All dog beds should regularly be vacuum-cleaned. This way dirt and hair do not manage to sink into the cover. For porous cleaning it is recommended to check the material.


Dog beds made of imitation leather are the easiest to clean. When needed you can simply wipe the bed with a wet cloth. For more tough defilement you should use cleanser. But make sure your cleanser does not contain softeners, as this could damage the immitation leather and reduce its resistance. Also do not forget the bottom of the bed, as this is a common place for wet-spots.


With a dog bed made of real leather you can basically go with the same procedure as with a bed made of imitation leather. The only difference is that pure leather is more vulnerable to scratches. That’s why it is suggested to use high-quality cleansers which are directly for leather. Also you should ventilate the bed of your loved one for a while after you cleaned it. This way it gets rid of any irritating smells and your dog can again feel 100% comfortable in it.


Dog beds made of fabric are the hardest to keep clean


Bacteria and Fungi have easier access to the filling and thus can permanently pollute the bed. That’s why it is recommended that when purchasing a bed made of fabric to make sure that the cover is replaceable and washable in the washing machine. With hot temperatures you can ensure to regularly eradicate bacteria. However, you should not be using softener as the strong smell can be irritating for your dog.


As you can see, it isn’t really difficult to keep the dog bed clean. The most important thing is to regularly clean it and get rid of hair.

When applying these tips you and your dog will enjoy a long-lasting and nicely smelling habitat.


Orthopedic dog bed test

1.) The orthopedic dog bed from “Knuffelwuff” is filled with Memory Foam, which adjust both to the body temperature as well as laying-position of your dog. The cover is scratch resistant and can thus withstand your dog’s beloved games. The bottom is made of anti-slipping dimming and ensures a stable position for the bed. This is one of the most optimal orthopedic dog beds and therefor a perfect sleeping spot for your beloved dog.

This bed is available in sizes L to 4XL.


2.) Karlie Hundebett Ortho Bed Oval is also filled with the high-tech material Memory Foam and offers a solution to Joint-pains. The laying-blanket can be replaced. the blanket is placed on a form-stable Matrace, which adjusts to the laying position and body temperature of the dog. The blanket can be cleaned at 30 degrees in your washing machine.

The blanket can be attached by a velcro closure.


3.) The “Tierlando Sammy – Extra Robust” offers optimal lying comfort in addition to valuable orthopedic materials. The modern design will turn into an eye-catcher at your home and your dog will enjoy a tremendous sleeping comfort.

A 4-chamber matrace allows your dog to always lay warm and comfortably. The joints are relieved, existent Problems are reduced and visually the dog couch fits into every room. The cover is made of woven Polyester 600D – highly robust and resistant and thus perfectly fitting for large and heavy dogs.


How much Money does dog keeping cost?

Whoever wants to get themselves a dog should be aware of the financial burden up front. A dog costs Money!

A puppy costs money when purchased – The price is dependant on an amount of factors which include:

  • Breeder
  • Family Tree
  • Paperwork
  • Race (rarity)


But with the purchase price alone the expenses are not covered. You have to buy a set of “basic equipment”.

Your new family member needs:

  • A sleeping Place
  • A leash
  • A Necklace/Harness
  • Bowls for food and water
  • Dog toys

Oh and food – Legend has it that dogs need food! Dependant on size and your dog food of choice, this can be quite pricey and should go into your expense calculation.

Furthermore a dog has to be ensured and additionally you have to pay “dog licenses”…


And what about their health? Yes, a dog can get sick,too. And this also has to be taken into consideration. The following statistic shows the average cost of dog-keeping over a lifespan of 14 years, based on popular breeds in Germany.



Joint-diseases for dogs


Arthrosis is a chronic join-disease. In the duration of the disease the body of the dog gets more and more stiff and he feels pain in his joints. This will lead to the dog moving less and less. An Arthrosis disease often starts with changes of the articular cartilage getting less and less elastic. it leads to a friction resistance, which turns every movement into a painful activity for your dog.

There is no healing if your dog is suffering from Arthrosis, the only thing you can do is ease the pain. That’s why it is very important to be preventive!



Prevention of Prophylaxis is already highly important during the puppy-age. Take care of a healthy nutrition for your dog. Also an orthopedic bedding can be a form of prevention, and there are lots of orthopedic dog beds available for exactly that purpose.


Herniated Disc

Just as us humans, dogs can also suffer from a herniated disc. They feel the same kind of pain we do when getting the disease. But what exactly is a herniated disc?

A herniated disc is a disease of the spine, in which a part of the spine is pushed to the spinal cord and thus causing massive pain. In the worst cases it can also lead to damages to the spinal cord and therefor important body functions get disrupted or even paralyzed.

There are 5 different levels of Herniated Discs.

  1. On the first level the dog reacts sensible towards touching his spine.
  2. On the second level the dog is moving overly stiff and is standing unstably.
  3. The third level is spottable by obvious muscular weakness of the dog.
  4. And from the fourth level the dog is paralyzed. In most cases everything located behind the herinated disc gets paralyzed, so the back feet are the most common victims.
  5. The fifth grade is complete paralysis and no more recognition of pain. The dog goes into a state as known by sea lions and is no longer able to move.



This is a disease that often hits dogs once they get old. Spondylosis are changes to the spine.

It leads to a so called “calcification” of the vertebra interspaces. When aging both humans and dogs get less and less mobile. The discs and vertebras are losing elasticity.

Dogs can still have a high life quality with Spyndolosis, heavy symptoms are only seen rarely. Symptoms of Spondylosis are similar to those of backaches. The dog gets sensible around the spine and doesn’t like being touched in that area.



Spyndolosis can not be treated. Painkillers keep the aches in control. A good form of therapy is water-therapy, which is offered by most dog physiotherapists.


Hip joint dysplasia

The most common joint-disease for dogs. Most race-breeds get an x-ray treatment to prevent hip joint dysplasia – but this only reduces the risk and does not eliminate it.

Hip joint dysplasia – what exactly is that?

Hip joint dysplasia is a misfunction of the hip joint, which leads to painful changes of the hip joined, so called Arthrosis.

Hip joint dysplasia is a congenital disease – that is why breeders make sure that parent animals do not suffer from hip joint dysplasia. The first year in a puppys life plays a big role in the development of hip joint dysplasia. Too much movement (i.e jogging/walking the dog while cycling…) is a health risk for dogs in their first year, just like too much nutritious food. Too much nutrition in puppy food leads to quick growth, which also enduces hip joint dysplasia. So make sure to take care of your dog’s diet!


Untreated hip joint dysplasia can heavily impact your dog’s ability to move and cause massive pain. An operation during the puppy age can cure hip joint dysplasia. An orthopedic dog bed is obligatory in a case like this. An operation of this kind can be covered by your dog insurance. Additional information regarding dog insurance can be found here : http://hunde-op-versicherung.eu


Our sum up:

Our loved ones may also fight with discomfort of their moving appartus, like Arthrosis, hip joint dysplasia and more, but often times they do not obviously show it. That is why you should not wait until the symptoms are visible, because most of the time it is already too late then.

There are many orthopedic dog beds out there that a completely healthy dog would also love and feel comfortable in. You can secure a great disease prevention for your dog by getting an orthopedic bed for him.

This can also save you from very high animal doctor bills.