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As temperatures drop, you’ll be looking for ways to keep their dogs warm and cozy. One way to do so is by buying them heated beds or pet heating pads. It’s especially important to keep your dog warm and comfortable as they get older or if they have health conditions that may affect their comfort. The good thing is that there are plenty of heated dog beds on the market to choose from according to your dog’s age and needs.

As with any pet products, owners may have some reservations when it comes to purchasing a heated bed for their dog. They may question the safety hazards of it or if it’s even worth investing in. The truth is heated dog beds are an option that can benefit some dogs and for others, it’s not as necessary.

If you decide to invest in a heated dog bed, it’s key to keep these things in mind, taking into consideration your dog’s breed, age, and health. Heated beds come in a variety of styles, which allows you to pick one that is suitable for your pet. There are some that require an outlet to be plugged into and others that are wireless. Some come as dog heating pads that can fit inside your dog’s crate.

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Heated Dog Beds for Elderly Dogs

Your senior dog may not have the same health he did when he was a puppy or teenager. If your dog suffers from arthritis, hip dysplasia, circulation issues, spinal injuries, or other conditions that affect his joints, he may be a good candidate for a heated bed. The heat from the bed can help soothe pain, making it an ideal place to rest. Buy an orthopedic heated version for added comfort and support. However, dogs that are unable to get up easily may struggle to remove themselves when they become uncomfortably hot, so be sure to always supervise the dog’s use of the bed.

Heated Dog Beds for Dogs With Thin Coats or No Fur

Not every breed was blessed with a coat such as the Siberian Husky to keep them warm during the winter. Dogs that are small, have thinner fur, or don’t have fur will benefit from heated beds the same way a fluffier dog’s coat would keep them warm.

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Are Heated Dog Beds Safe for Dogs?

Chances are you may have a heated blanket at home for when you get cold. Although it might be tempting, you should never share your heated blanket with your dog. Instead, you’ll want to get them their own heated dog bed  due to the differences in our body temperatures. Heated dog beds heat up to a safe temperature for a dog’s needs, and work on low voltage making them safe for dogs.

When buying a heated dog bed, make sure it has a chew-resistant cord and a removable bed cover to wash easily when needed. Always confirm that all cords are out of the dog’s reach to avoid injury. If you are using a heated bed for a puppy, be extra careful and always supervise use. Supervised use of heated dog beds is always the best way to go, and regular dog beds should be the go-to for overnight sleeping. As always, make sure to follow any safety directions on the product to avoid possible injuries.