Are elevated beds good for dogs? That’s what many first-time dog owners are asking.
So, why are elevated dog beds good for canines in warm regions? Can an elevated dog bed keep fleas and ticks off your dog? And what are the benefits of an elevated dog bed?
Read this article to get the full low-down on why an elevated dog bed is good for your pet.
What Is An Elevated Dog Bed?
As the name suggests, an elevated dog bed raises your dog off the ground!
Elevated beds are sometimes called cot beds or raised beds. Elevated beds can have a bolster or a canopy like a tent that’s designed to provide shade and shelter for your dog.
A raised bed usually has a mesh fabric sleeping surface formed of taut fabric stretched over an aluminum or plastic frame.
Elevated beds are generally intended for outdoor use, although you can use them inside too.
So, what’s so good about raised beds, and would your dog benefit from one?
What Are The Benefits Of Elevated Beds
There are plenty of benefits to using raised beds.
Raised beds have a taut mattress that supports your dog’s body, alleviating pressure on his joints and helping to future-proof them against arthritis, hip dysplasia, and other degenerative conditions.
Some elevated dog beds have coil springs and pillow top mattresses, just like a solid fabric bed. Those beds are a good choice for large breed puppies, as they provide maximum orthopedic support from day one.
Easy On Arthritic Dogs
Senior dogs with arthritis and sore joints often have difficulty standing up and lying down. The soft surface of traditional fabric bedding can make changing positions even more challenging for an elderly pup with mobility issues and stiff joints.
Elevated beds can make it easier for an arthritic dog to change his position since the pup doesn’t have to raise or lower his body as far as when he’s getting up or lying down. A raised bed’s taut sleep surface can also mean a reduction in pressure points and hotspots, helping your dog enjoy refreshing, undisturbed sleep.
Have you ever bought your canine chum a beautiful, plushy bed only to see your pup destroy it within hours?
A wrecked bed is expensive to replace, makes a heck of a mess for you to clear up, and can even cause serious health issues for your dog if he eats any of the stuffing. Elevated beds provide a comfortable cushiony sleep surface for your dog without the risk of traditional stuffing.
Since the mattress fabric is stretched tightly on a raised bed, it’s much more difficult for a determined chewer to get hold of. And there are elevated beds that are specifically designed and constructed to be chew-proof.
Elevated dog beds allow hair, dirt, and dried mud to drop off the sides of the bed or fall out through the mesh. That keeps the dog’s bed cleaner and can help to avoid that familiar doggy smell that more traditional beds can harbor.
Because raised beds don’t retain dog hair as easily as stuffed beds can, using an elevated bed can help reduce allergens in your home, providing excellent health benefits for pet allergy sufferers and dogs with allergies.
Elevated beds are much easier to clean than stuffed beds that you usually have to machine-wash, meaning that a raised bed won’t tend to collect and retain dust mites, pollen, and other allergens that might trigger reactions in people and dogs.
When you’re vacuuming around your home, you won’t need to move an elevated bed to get to the floor beneath it.
Even robot vacuums can fit underneath a raised bed and grab all those hair bunnies hiding underneath, making surface cleaning much quicker and easier.
Solid fabric dog beds and sofa beds with bolsters can be pretty heavy and unwieldy. That’s a pain when you have to move the bed to clean underneath it. In contrast, elevated dog beds tend to be much lighter.
Some dog beds are fully portable and easy to assemble and disassemble. So, if you’re going on vacation and taking Fido too, you can take your furry friend’s bed with you. That can be a real source of comfort to a nervous dog, making his vacation location feel just like a home-from-home!
Elevated pet beds are fantastic for temperature control during warm weather. That’s especially true if your dog’s bed is on a carpeted, warm floor that traps heat underneath it, potentially causing your dog to overheat.
Many dog owners in very hot climates use a raised bed placed over a cold floor surface, such as a tiled kitchen floor or concrete, to keep their pets cool.
Unlike regular beds that cannot always be put in your washing machine, raised dog beds can be taken outside and hosed off when they get grubby.
That makes elevated beds perfect for outdoor use. If your dirty dog rolls in something unspeakable in the park and then jumps straight onto his bed when you get home, you simply turn the hose on the dog bed and wash away the grime.
Pesky fleas can be a nuisance for dogs. Using an elevated dog bed that sits at least 12 inches clear of the ground can keep fleas off your dog, reducing the risk of health conditions caused by flea infestation, such as flea allergy dermatitis.
Of course, you need to use an effective flea prevention medication on your dog to protect him fully. Also, when positioning your dog’s raised bed outside, make sure that the bed is well away from vegetation that could allow fleas and ticks to get onto your pet from passing wildlife and any visiting neighborhood cats.
A raised bed ensures that your dog can enjoy his own comfortable, supportive dog sofa without shedding and drooling all over your furniture!
Are There Any Drawbacks To Elevated Dog Beds?
Although raised dog beds do offer plenty of benefits for dogs and their owners, there are a few downsides to using an elevated dog bed.
Most regular dog beds are ready to use immediately without the need for assembly. However, an elevated bed generally requires some degree of assembly before your dog can use it.
Assembling an elevated dog bed is generally easier if you have a friend on hand to help you. The mattress fabric is generally under tension, which can be tricky to get into position if you’re working on your own. That’s also the case if you want to disassemble the bed for portability or to replace the cover.
Replacement covers are not always provided for all raised beds. That’s potentially an issue for you if you have a dog that digs in his bed; if your burrowing hound makes a hole in the mattress, you might have to replace the entire bed.
Unlike regular beds, elevated beds are somewhat limited in styles, colors, fabric choices, and shapes. So, if you want a bed that blends with your interior decoration, you might struggle to find something suitable.
Fancier raised beds are available but generally cost a lot more than standard ones, and the choice is still rather limited.
Bouncing For Joy!
Some dogs love the taut springiness of an elevated bed mattress. Although supportive and comfortable for sleeping on, that bouncy mattress can be used by some dogs as a kind of trampoline!
Whether that’s viewed as a good or bad thing in your household is up to you, but it is a factor to consider when you’re choosing a bed for your dog.
An elevated bed could pose a risk to physically impaired dogs, pups whose eyesight is poor, or canines who are just plain clumsy.
A tumble from a raised bed could result in injury and will almost certainly frighten your dog so much that he might be too afraid to risk using the bed again.
Unsuitable For Expectant Moms
Elevated beds are not suitable for nursing mothers or heavily pregnant dogs.
Dogs that are about to whelp need a comfortable bed where their puppies can feel comfortable, safe, and secure. A raised surface with no surrounding protective border won’t allow Mom to relax and focus on delivering and raising her puppies.
In addition, young puppies are almost guaranteed to tumble off a raised bed, especially when their vision hasn’t fully developed and they are feeling their way around.
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Elevated dog beds can provide excellent support for a dog’s joints, helping to future-proof your pet against degenerative joint diseases in later life. A raised bed can help keep your dog cool in warm climates by promoting unobstructed airflow all around the bed.
On the downside, assembling a raised dog bed can be a hassle compared with a regular dog bed, where assembly is not usually necessary. Also, an elevated bed is unsuitable for physically or visually impaired dogs since there is a risk of falling out of the bed.
Does your dog prefer a regular bed or an elevated one? Tell us in the comments box below.