As temperatures drop, most dog owners are looking to keep their pets warm and cozy by buying them heated beds or pet heating pads. It’s especially important to keep your dog warm and comfortable as he gets older or if he has health conditions that may affect his comfort levels. The good thing is that there are plenty of heated beds on the market to choose from according to your dog’s age and needs. As with many 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.
What to Know About Heated Dog Beds
If you decide to invest in a heated bed for your canine, it’s key to keep these things in mind:
If you have an elderly dog:
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.
If your dog lacks fur:
Not every breed was blessed with a coat such as the Siberian Husky to keep them warm during the winter. Thin, tiny, or dogs with no fur, will benefit from heated beds. They will be able to stay warm through even the coldest winter nights thanks to their warm beds.
They are safe for pets:
Chances are you may have a heated blanket at home for when you get cold. However, you should never use the same blanket on your dog due to the differences in our body temperatures. Heated dog beds heat up safely for a dog’s needs and work on low voltage making them safe for canines.
There are many options to choose from:
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 heating pads that can fit inside a crate. 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. As always, make sure to follow any safety directions on the product to avoid possible injuries.