Orthopaedic Dog Beds
We are often asked what flooring we use in our Pet Cosy Insulated Dog Houses. Recently a customer asked about orthopaedic dog beds for his large breed dog who had just undergone orthopaedic surgery. He also had welts on its elbows. Both of these issues were caused by repeatedly slamming down on hard flooring in his dog house. In the past, I have owned a beautiful retriever cross who started to develop welts. I purchased two orthopaedic dog beds for indoors as I had tiled floors. I also had to place our Pet Cosy high density foam mats in some of her favourite outdoor sleeping places to help prevent the issues progressing.
At Pet Cosy during the design process, we researched the different orthopaedic dog beds available which might be suitable for outdoor everyday use. The high density foam mat flooring we install into all Pet Cosy insulated dog houses, was chosen for its balance of overall excellent quality and the numerous benefits that were present.
Pet Cosy insulated dog house flooring is tough enough to withstand the constant traffic of paws and claws. It is the highest quality high density foam mat we could source, which will never harden, shrink, or compress over time. It is impermeable, anti-fungal, antibacterial and hypoallergenic. It is also designed to be non-slip due to the special textured surface and by its very nature, it has orthopaedic benefit of being shock absorbing when a dog lays down on it.
Low quality mats can harden, shrink or lose its shock absorption (compress) over time. Low quality mats can soak (sponge) liquids which will cause an odour and become a health risk by harboring mould, mildew and bacteria.
Our flooring does have positive orthopaedic benefits in its shock absorption and its ability to soften and mould to your pets body as it warms up. To complement both of these benefits, we install our flooring directly over 20mm of a very special exterior grade insulation board. ll very good, but not a true orthopedic dog bed. During the design process we discovered that true orthopaedic dog beds would be expensive to fit to a dog house as standard flooring and would greatly increase the cost of our standard offering.
Our research suggests that true orthopaedic dog beds need to be deep enough and soft enough when warm to mould around approximately an extra 30% of the surface area of your pets body. This is where the extra support comes from. Over 40mm of memory foam would be best to provide this benefit.
There are many informative websites which go into more detail about orthopaedic dog beds, have a look around.
As a company that really cares about pets, we do plan to supply true orthopaedic dog beds as an option to our Pet Cosy Insulated Dog Houses in the near future.