Orthopaedic Dog Bed Review – Memory foam

Product                                  Memory Foam Orthopaedic Dog Bed

Price                                       £30 -£70

Where to buy 
zooplus.co.uk - My Petshop
                       
                                              amazon.com

Size                                        Available in 4 sizes

 

Dimensions(L x W x H) Sleeping Area (L x W) Border Height Memory Foam Thickness
approx. 75 x 50 x 25 cm 51 x 36 cm 16cm 4.5cm
approx. 90 x 60 x 30 cm 64 x 43 cm 18cm 5cm
approx. 115 x 70 x 32 cm 90 x 59 cm 18cm 5cm
approx. 140 x 80 x 32 cm 112 x 66 cm 18cm 6cm

Orthopaedic Dog Bed Brown 90x60x30cm

 

Memory Foam Orthopaedic Dog bed overview

  • Memory foam  mattress
  • Extra high border Zip-off bed cover & plush mattress topper attached with Velcro
  • Available in brown and grey
  • Material:
    • Outside: Suede effect polyester
    • Underside: Polyester with anti-slip coating
    • Bed filling: Polyester sides and memory foam mattress
    • Mattress topper underside: Suede effect polyester

 

This bed is advertised as helping older dogs with joint issues. It is available in 4 sizes. I chose the larger size for my Labrador, the larger size is perfect for him.

Mac was not an older dog when I bought the bed, but he had some joint issues that caused him to be stiff and sore especially after a lie down. I needed a bed that would be comfortable and also help his stiff joints.

The cost of these beds varied, they all cost more than the beds I normally bought, after some consideration I chose this one as it was not too expensive and it also looked good.

It boasts a thick memory foam mattress which is designed to conform to your dogs body shape. The memory foam mattress is said to be beneficial in relieving pressure on the joints and spine. I bought this bed over a year ago, and the mattress is still as firm now as it was when first purchased.

 

 

My dog Mac loves it.

The bed has a low entrance height, another bonus, and it has an extra high border for your dog to lean on. I thought the border was purely ascetic but I quickly realised Mac got benefit from it as he is often seen to be using it as a pillow to support his head.

The cover is washable. I find it easy to remove and easy to wash. The cover goes on easily too. Another bonus is it dries quickly. It also has a cosy top layer cover that stays in place with Velcro.

 

I tried many beds before buying this one. Mostly the beds would become soft and lumpy in places and would need to be replaced regularly.  This was definitely more expensive than others but in my and Macs opinion, it is well worth every penny.

I hope you enjoyed this review and found it helpful. If you have any questions about the orthopaedic memory foam dog bed or want to leave your personal review leave a comment below.

 

Mac comfy in his bed

 

 

 

 

 

 

What To Feed Your Dog-For Good Health

 

Most dogs will eat anything, food or otherwise! Your favourite shoes, your expensive bag or your Sunday dinner. Dogs don’t care. They just love to chew and eat.

But how do we know what foods are right for them? What food is the correct choice? There are some factors to consider before deciding on what food you will be feeding your furbuddy. It’s our responsibility as dog owners to ensure our dogs have a healthy diet that is suitable for their needs.

A healthy dog is a happy dog.

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What to feed your dog? For good health.

 

Types of food

It can be a bit of a minefield when it comes to choosing which type of food to feed your dog. There are so many types and brands it is hard to know where to start! A good place to start it to discuss with the breeder or if you are rehoming, the person who has cared for the dog. If this is not an option for you remember there is a lot of information regarding feeding and food types available. Try your local library or online.

A wee bit of research before getting your dog is a good idea, it will benefit you and the dog.

We are lucky our dog Mac is a placid wee guy and has never had issues with food, he can be fussy with treats though! Strange behaviour for a Labrador I know.

When we rehomed him we were told he was fed dry food. We saw no reason to change this but we wanted to give him the best we could afford. I checked all the labels on many brands of dry food, eventually settling for one that had no artificial colours or additives. Happy to say there were no issues and we were pleased with our choice. We tried tinned wet food on occasion but I can’t stand the smell and we saw no benefit in changing. We have never considered the raw feeding regime. It’s not a feeding regime we fancy.

 

Choosing the right food for your dog

The age of your dog is the most important factor when choosing to dog food. From puppy to senior, and working and nursing, buy the dog food designed for the life stage and lifestyle of your dog. The breed and size of your dog should also be considered when deciding on feeding regime and portions. There are foods available for dogs of all ages, sizes, and health requirements.

A handy calorie calculator

 

Dog Calorie Calculator by TrainPetDog

 

 

There are also dog foods available to aid hyperactivity in dogs. I had a chance conversation with a dog trainer one day and she told me about a brand that has all-natural ingredients and nothing added to bulk the food, also this food did not have a high-calorie count.

 

https://happyfurbuddy.com/burns-dog-food-alert-chicken-rice/We gave it a try, and are so glad we did. It is our dog food of choice now. I find it more economical to buy the 12kg bag, and getting it delivered to my door is so convenient. This particular dry food is designed for service dogs. This food is designed to have a calming effect and assist with alertness as obviously these amazing dogs have an important job to do.

 

 

 

If you are in doubt or having feeding issues it is always good to seek advice from your vet. And for your dog’s health and well-being stick to the recommended portions, always, well as much as you can not easy saying no sometimes! Some general information and history of dog food are available through this link. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog_food

What not to feed

Very important you make yourself familiar with foods and liquids that are poisonous to dogs, there are many. Eating chocolate for example can be fatal to some dogs. Our wee furbuddies will eat anything they come across so try not to leave food unsuitable for them within their reach. That can be easier said than done with some of our more inquisitive dogs. My husband had a dog growing up that took advantage of a family reunion in the living room and ate the full roast dinner that was prepared!

Eating something poisonous is a truly horrible experience. An ill dog can be very costly and nobody wants a hefty vet bill. It’s also emotionally heartbreaking to see your beloved dog suffer.

I’ve listed a few that come to mind but there are many more.

  •  Alcohol
  • Nuts
  • Chocolate
  • Onions
  • Raisins

Feeding routines

Dogs and owners may have their own feeding times. What suits the household can determine when and how often you feed your pooch. Some dogs like to graze throughout the day and some like Mac will scoff the lot in one go. I am glad to say I discovered a way to slow Mac down. He always ate really fast and sometimes his stomach would be distended afterward and appeared to be uncomfortable. I put 2 empty egg cups in Macs food bowl, he has to manoeuvre the egg cups about to get to his food. Thankfully such a simple idea solved a huge problem.

How active your dog is should also be considered when deciding on food and portions. We feed Mac half of the daily portion in the morning and again in the evening. We give him a bit more if he has had more exercise than usual.

Also, we should mention treats, we all love to give our dogs treats. It’s hard to resist their wee faces and sad eyes I know! But if you do give a lot of treats just ensure they are healthy and low in calories.

Mac loves a Pizzle, low in fat,  lasts forever and good for cleaning his teeth.
pizzle

                                               High in protein low in fat Pizzle

A happy and healthy dog

So lots of things to consider when choosing the correct food for your wee furbuddy. Establishing a good feeding routine is also very beneficial to your dog. It serves as part of their training and bonding with you, they love to please us and they respond well to our praise and encouragement.

The bottom line is…. fall in love with your dog, it is a lovely experience getting to know them. Know all their wee preferences and dislikes.

Our ultimate goal as dog lovers and owners is to have a happy and healthy dog.

 

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I welcome any feeding tips or photos of your dog to share, please feel free to comment.

Macs mum

The Best Way To Love Our Furbuddys

happy macDog love is definitely the best love. These amazing animals love to give love and to be loved. They are loyal and so very very cute, a valued member of the family. It may be true to say some people prefer their dogs to their human family. We are our dogs world, their loyalty knows no bounds and they love unconditionally.

There’s no denying there is a financial cost to caring for a dog, so it is a good idea to ensure you can financially commit before getting your fur baby.

Let’s break down the best way to give your dog with the love and care they deserve.

Love them as much as they love you

It goes without saying that food, water and an outside space are the absolute basic needs of any dog, but there are many ways to express love to your dog. Interaction, play and exercise are probably your dogs favourite things in life. Just like us humans they flourish when loved. Most dogs will love to have a cuddle and some play from as many of the family as possible. They are very intuitive beings. They appear to sense the need and mood of us humans, they always seem to know when if an extra cuddle is needed. Somehow they always seem to know when someone is due home!
Some are great guard dogs and others are far too laid back to care. Some dogs love to bark while others only bark when they really need to. No matter the personality if you love dogs, you love dogs.happy Mac

 

Basic needs

Registering with a vet is 1st port of call for any dog owner. Very important to ensure they receive all vaccinations, boosters and health checks. Also, have your dog micro chipped, this is law in UK. There are lots of information out there about how to care for particular breeds of dogs, very helpful if you are a 1st time pet owner. Even a seasoned owner may reach out for some help at some point of their dogs life. Ultimately each owner should get to know their dogs, as they have their own personalities just like us humans do.

 

Feeding

Dry food, wet food, raw food. The list goes on. There a few things to consider when deciding on which types of food give to your dog. Breed, size, weight and even temperament are factors. Good idea to do your research on food choices. There is a vast amount of varieties which contain bulking agents, colours and other additives. Thankfully there is also a vast amount of varieties that have natural ingredients. There are also foods available for working dogs such as assistance dogs that are manufactured in a way to prevent hyper behaviour.

Also, the amount of food depends on the breed and size of your dog. And also the amount of daily exercise. Best to keep treats to a minimum. Difficult not to give too many treats as they are so adorable but an overweight dog will develop all sorts of health issues so it is good to be mindful of their weight.happy Mac

 

Training and fun

A happy dog, a happy owner and a happy household, require a good training regime for your furbuddy. No denying it can take time and is repetitive, but the benefits to the dog, owner and household are immeasurable. Training methods can vary and training is also a good way to have bonding sessions with your dog, they love to please us and they love to hear our positive tone when they have achieved the goal. Toilet training can be challenging but worth the time and effort, again plenty help out there if issues arise. Some owners have the knowledge and skills and others may prefer to seek help from a professional trainer. There are usually puppy training classes available within local communities, this is usually a paid service but it’s a good way to socialize your dog and get help and tips at the same time. Most dogs relish in learning new tricks, and for some mental stimulation is as good as exercise.

Exercise and grooming

Dogs love to get outside, they love nothing more than sniffing and discovering different scents. Some dogs love to interact with other dogs and some like to interact with people, a couple of daily walks will stimulate your dog as well. There are so many products available to help exercise your dog, like the ball thrower, great if you have not much power in your arms for repetitive throwing! Doggy play dates are another valuable way of exercising your pooch.

Grooming is also an important part of caring for your dog. This can be costly depending on the breed of dog, so it’s definitely a point to consider before deciding to go ahead and get a dog. Some dogs need to be professionally groomed on a regular basis to keep their coats healthy and tangle free, while other dogs can be bathed/showered at home. Also, their teeth and nails should be checked regularly, some vets offer a clinic for such issues. Don’t forget their ears, again depending on the breed and if the dog likes to swim in any water they find! Ear mites can cause a lot of itching and discomfort. These points

Commitment

Ensure there is 100% commitment before taking on the responsibility of having a dog, if possible re home. So many dogs in shelters due to owners not realising the care dogs need. Unfortunately dogs are not with us for as long as we would like. So enjoy every second of giving them the best life they deserve.

 

Dogs truly are angels without wings

Our furbuddies love and affection can have an enormous impact on us humans. There is no better feeling than being greeted by a wagging tail or stroking the fur of our pooches. No matter if we are away for 10 minutes or ten hours, dogs usually have the same enthusiastic and lovely greeting. Dogs enrich our lives with an abundance of love and loyalty. They truly are our best friends.

All dogs are therapy dogs.happy Mac