Find The Best Washable Dog Bed: The Definitive Guide
The Definitive Guide to Finding the Best Washable Dog Bed
Winter is the best time of the year to spend some time snuggled up in your bed.
What’s good for people is also good for dogs, and since dogs spend more time asleep than humans, it is even more important that your four-legged friends have a nice bed to sleep in.
There are many options available for dog beds and choosing the right one can be time consuming and somewhat confusing.
...so, how do you choose the best bed for your dog?
Obviously the type of dog you have is going to make a difference as you won’t be choosing a little tiny schnauzer bed if you have a Great Dane. Picking the right bed for your pet also makes it a little easier when you kick him out of your bed!
One of the first things you should consider in a dog bed is ‘wash-ability.’
In order to control pet odors and things like dirt and fleas, you must be able to wash your pet’s bed on a regular basis by purchasing a washable dog bed.
Tip: Most beds for smaller animals will go right into your washing machine and you will want to consider what the bed is made of and how well it will hold up to repeated washings.
It’s no good spending money on a dog bed if it starts to wear out after just a few washes. Buying a more expensive (better quality) washable dog bed made out of better material that will stand up over time. This can actually save you money in the long run.
If you have a bigger dog and the bed wont fit into your washing machine, at least make sure you buy a bed with a removable cover so you can take it off and wash it.
Most dogs will want some cushioning in their beds.
There are basically three ways you can go when considering any washable dog bed.
1. The first would be a mat type bed.
These beds don’t provide much in the way of cushioning, but they are great for portability and for dogs on the go.
You can also use them for the in between time when the regular bed is in the washing machine.
2. Hammock style beds are popular usually for outdoor dogs that stay in kennels.
This allows your dog to get off the ground or the cold, hard floor. These beds are elevated and usually attach to a metal or plastic framework of some sort.
They work best in warmer climates and for younger dogs who don’t need a lot of padding but just want to get up off the hard floor.
3. Loose fill beds are the pillow type beds that you see in every shape and size.
These will break up and bunch up (or mat down) over time especially if you purchase a cheaper quality one.
You will need to make sure you can launder these types of beds easily so being able to put it in the washer or have the cover zip off is essential.
Some better quality beds are made with interior baffles to prevent the bunching and clumping and this is a great feature as you will get many more years out of this type of bed.
Memory foam and mattress type material is another popular bed style for dogs.
These will be some of the most expensive beds you can buy.
It is not uncommon to spend hundreds of dollars for these types of beds. While that may seem like a lot, they will hold up very well over time. These beds are also great for older dogs who just plain need more comfort when they lay down and sleep.
...and some final tips.
Tip: A good pet bed can really improve the quality of life for your dog or cat.
Tip: Spending a little more money for a better pet bed can actually end up saving you money over time. It can also make your dog happier by giving it a superior place to sleep.
- Bruce Kelling