Health Issues Dogs Can Have with Beds
Knowing The Issues With Dog Beds!
While dogs generally enjoy the comfort and security of dog beds, there are some potential health issues dogs can have that is associated with them. Not all dog beds are good for dogs. We will share some of the most common health related issues pet parents need to think about when purchasing a dog bed.
Knowing this information will help you in selecting the best bed for your dog. Don’t forget that even your dog may have some health issues which may restrict your dog bed purchasing options.
Dog beds are an essential accessory for pet owners, providing comfort and a dedicated space for our beloved furry companions. However, like any product, dog beds are not without their share of problems. From durability concerns to cleanliness issues, there are several common challenges that dog owners often encounter when it comes to their pets’ sleeping arrangements.
In this article, we will delve into the problems associated with dog beds, exploring the reasons behind these issues and suggesting potential solutions.
There are certain materials or stuffing used in dog beds that can trigger allergies in dogs. This can lead to itching, skin rashes, and respiratory health problems. If you’re living with a sneezing, itchy dog, her bed may be to blame. Dog beds, especially if not regularly washed and replaced, can be a major source of dust mites, which can trigger your dog’s allergy symptoms.
Most dog beds are usually filled with synthetic or latex memory foam. Although both of these are resistant to the growth of house dust mites and molds, they can still be problematic. “It’s the accumulation of pet skin cells on the surface of the foam and under the fabric covering that allows the growth of house dust mites. While the foam beddings will not facilitate the growth of house dust mites or molds within the foam, they may accumulate on the surface if skin cells and moisture are present,” says Dr. John Gordon, a board-certified veterinary dermatologist with MedVet in Columbus, Ohio.
Bad Bed Materials
Not only are they cheaply made, but most fiber, foam and synthetic pet beds are produced with toxic chemicals like arsenic, formaldehyde, lead and mercury. These toxins are slowly but surely having harmful consequences on your pet’s health and the purity of your home. Be sure the dog bed you purchase is free from any of these toxins. You may have to contact the manufacture first before purchasing to determine there are no bad materials or toxins used in making the bed.
If you should fail to clean the dog bed regularly, the bed can accumulate with dust mites, fleas, or other parasites that can cause dermatitis, which results in skin inflammation and discomfort.
Dog dermatitis is a condition that can affect your dog’s skin, causing itching and inflammation. Itching can be very uncomfortable for your dog. If ongoing, dermatitis in dogs can start to affect your pet’s quality of life, affecting their appetite and their ability to rest.
The most common sign of allergic dermatitis is itching (pruritus). Typical areas in which dogs will become itchy include the face, feet, armpit and flank regions. Dogs may also have red skin with small bumps or hives (urticaria), and they may lose their hair. The skin may become dry, cracked, or scaly.
If you should notice any of these conditions, contact your vet immediately. Failure to treat this condition can result in hair loss, and skin infections in your dog.
Joint and Muscle Pain
If the bed is made with low quality or improperly cushioned to adequate support the dog’s joints and muscles, it can lead to pain, stiffness and discomfort. You will begin to see this as your dog get older. Dog beds are made for the comfort of your dog. A dog bed that sinks to the floor when your dog is resting on it is also a waste of money.
The best bed for dogs that suffer from this condition are orthopedic dog beds. When purchasing an orthopedic dog bed be sure it has the CertiPUR-US seal. To determine if the brand you are interested in is part of the CertiPUR-US directory, click on the following link: CertiPUR-US Directory. If the brand or company is listed it means that it has the seal even though it may not be displayed at the store.
Dog beds with insufficient padding or rough surfaces can cause pressure sores or bedsores, especially in older dogs or those with limited mobility. Whichever dog bed you buy, you don’t want your dog to sink down to the floor when sleeping on it. It should support him.
Thick or insulated dog beds can cause dogs to overheat, particularly in hot weather. These types of dog beds are good in cold climates. Some breeds of dogs are prone to heat sensitivity which can lead to heatstroke or discomfort.
Generally, any temperature that is above 89° Fahrenheit, dogs are at risk of heat stroke. You should avoid walking your dog with it is 90°F or hotter. For many dogs, outdoor activity at temperatures above 82°F can be dangerous, and for some dog’s even temperatures in the 70°-77° range can be too hot. As the pet owner, you make the final decision for the best bed for your dog.
If you live in an area that is warm most of the time, look for cooling dog beds. Some suggestions: cooling pads, memory foam gel cooling bed, and orthopedic memory foam cooling bed.
Ingesting of Stuffing
You may have a dog that chews or tears apart their bed and accidentally may ingest the stuffing from it. This can result in intestinal blockages or other digestive health issues which is what you want to avoid.
Knowing that your dog is an aggressive chewer, makes you narrow down your dog bed search to only chew-proof dog beds. Look for brands like K9 Ballistics, PetFusion, Dogbed4less, Big Barker, Orvis, and Kuaranda. These brands make beds for aggressive chewing dogs and some have limited warranties against chewing.
Bacterial or Fungal Infections
If there is inadequate ventilation or a moisture buildup in dog beds that can create a breeding ground for bacteria and fungi. This can lead to infections, particularly in dogs with sensitive skin.
Fungal infection symptoms include flaky or crusty skin (particularly around your dog’s nails, skin folds, armpits and anal area), intense itchiness, and in some cases ear infections. Treatment for this can include antibiotics, along with tropical anti-fungal treatments such as shampoos, or ear ointments.
Bacterial and fungal infections can have your dog feeling itchy, with skin that appears flaky, crusty or moist. Redness, inflammation and odor may also be a problem, not to mention recurring health concerns when it comes to yeast dermatitis or staph infection.
Aggravating Existing Conditions
Dogs that have existing conditions like arthritis, hip dysplasia, or back problems may find certain types of dog beds uncomfortable or exacerbating their existing health issues.
Hip dysplasia is a deformity of the hip that occurs during growth. The hip joint is a ball and socket joint. During growth, both the ball (the head of the femur, or thighbone) and the socket in the pelvis (acetabulum) must grow at equal rates. In hip dysplasia, this uniform growth during puppyhood does not occur.
The best type of bed for this condition are orthopedic dog beds. They will provide the best overall comfort for your dog that suffers with any of these health problems.
Dog beds that are too small, uncomfortable, or lack proper support may cause dogs to develop separation anxiety, restlessness, or reluctance to use the bed, can lead to behavioral issues or sleep disturbances. When selecting a dog bed you should take into account his overall health and his adult size and weight if you have a puppy.
Puppies will grow into an adult dog and as they do, they will gain weight and get larger. So, the bed you bought them when you brought them home, they have outgrown. You need to match the bed with their height, weight, and sleeping style. Failure to do this can result in your dog having behavioral issues or sleep disturbances. In some instances, they will not use the bed at all.
Hygiene and Cleanliness Concerns
Maintaining cleanliness is a perpetual challenge when it comes to dog beds. As most pet parents know, dogs spend time outdoors and can bring in dirt, mud and unwanted critters into their sleeping area, including their bed. Dogs are prone to absorbing odors and accumulating fur making it essential to keep them clean for their overall health.
When buying a dog bed be sure that the cover is removable and washable. Don’t forget to vacuum and spot clean the bed and the area around the bed. For added protection, find waterproof liners or bed covers which will help the bed’s interior from accidents or spills.
There you have it some of the health-related issues pet owners can experience with dog beds. Just remember, it’s important to choose a dog bed that suits your dog’s specific needs, size and health conditions. Don’t forget to regularly clean and maintain the bed to ensure your dog’s comfort and well-being.
While dog beds offer numerous benefits, they are not without their problems. The lack of durability, inadequate support and comfort, hygiene concerns, and size limitations are all common challenges faced by dog owners. However, by being mindful of these issues and selecting beds with suitable features, such as high-quality materials, orthopedic support, washable covers, and the right size, pet owners can overcome these problems and provide their furry friends with a comfortable and hygienic sleeping environment. It is essential to remember that investing in a quality dog bed that addresses these concerns will contribute to the overall well-being and happiness of your furry friend.
You should make it a habit of washing the cover every week. By doing this you help eliminate any bacteria, fungi or other dog issues from disturbing your dog and other family members.
It is important to know if your dog should have sensitive skin. He could be allergic to the shampoo or soap used in cleaning his bed or even giving him a bath.
When you are buying a dog bed it does take some homework to do before going to the pet store. Get to know your dog and the more you know, you can fit the best dog bed for him.
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