Memory foam dog beds can vary in quality. This is an introduction to dog beds, and you're about to discover useful dog bed information to help you make the right choice.
I've written elsewhere about the benefits of memory foam, and especially why it's great for senior dog beds and can provide dog arthritis relief.
I love sleeping on mine, and I know your dog will love it too!
But not all memory foam beds are the same, so now I'm going to share with you how they vary in quality.
Five Things to Look for in Memory Foam Dog Bed
1. How much memory foam does the bed contain?
There should always be two layers in a memory foam dog bed, the lower layer consisting of dense foam that provides support, the top layer is the memory foam, which is there for comfort.
Cheaper beds will only have a thin layer of memory foam, they will not have a lower layer of dense support foam, and will not offer the correct level of comfort and support.
The higher-end beds (like mine) will have more memory foam and dense support foam.
Ideally the memory foam layer should be two or three inches deep.
2. Is it the Correct Depth?
If a bed isn't deep enough, not only will it probably not have a very deep layer of memory foam, it probably won't have a deep enough support layer if any at all.
The optimum depth you should look for is around five inches.
Two inches of supporting foam and at least two preferably 3 inches of memory foam. (My beds have three inches of memory foam for maximum comfort).
3. The Density of the Foam
The lower foam layer is available in a range of densities. The right density will depend on the size and weight of your dog.
So a larger and heavier dog will need a denser support layer, otherwise it will be too soft and won't do much good to her spine and joints.
Smaller dogs will need a less dense support layer otherwise the bed may be too hard and uncomfortable.
4. Is the Memory Foam Open-Celled?
Open-celled memory foam allows the foam to breathe naturally, and any build up of heat can escape. This prevents the bed from getting too warm.
Close-celled foam mattresses actually trap heat. And that's why memory foam sometimes has the undeserved reputation of being too warm.
Close-celled foam can be a sign that the it's been imported, so do make sure your bed conforms to British fire safety standards.
5. Is the Cover Breathable and Non-Allergenic?
This will help keep it cool. Don't spoil a good quality bed with a poor cover!
About the Author!
I'm Archie, and my owners Richard and Louise have put me in charge of selling our memory foam dog beds. (They make adjustable beds and mattresses for humans...)
If you have any questions about my dog beds, either:
Contact us HERE or call 01702 530847.
(I may be napping when you call, but Richard or Louise will be around!)
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