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There are so many dog beds for small dogs on the market to choose from that it might be a bit of a headache making sure that you are buying the most suitable one for your pet. Be aware of buying a bed that simply looks very fashionable and goes well with your room decoration, as these might not be the very best choice for your special little pooch. Some of the most important aspects you need to think about before spending your cash on a small dog bed are the age of your dog, general health, how important is it that it matches your room exactly and where will be the best possible position in the room that you have in mind. Is the dog likely to chew its bed and finally, how much are you prepared to spend?
A Corner Dog Bed:
A corner dog bed would be particularly suitable if you live in a small house, flat or apartment. This type of small dog bed, is of course, designed to be situated in a cosy corner and as corners are not high traffic areas, they can be a very good choice of place for your small dog to be able to sleep in peace and quiet. A corner dog bed usually has sturdy foam bolsters with a good padded base of memory foam or other materials and offers enough support if your dog likes to curl up in ball, but make doubly sure your dog still has enough room if he or she likes to stretch out a bit.
An Anti-chew Dog Bed:
Small dogs can be prone to chewing their bed, just the same as any other size of dog and if this were the case, the best choice would be an anti-chew or chew resistant dog bed. A metal frame bed could be the best choice and this type is usually elevated, with a steel frame and chew proof, or at the very least, chew resistant fabric. Chew proof or chew resistant fabric is usually made of the same material as fabric luggage and so it should be almost impossible to tear. If you are not keen on the appearance of a metal frame dog bed there are other types of chew resistant dog beds available too, for example, a plastic dog bed or a hard polypropylene bed which is designed so that the dog can't get a grip on it to chew it.
A Plastic Dog Bed:
If you are on a budget and looking for something cheaper, then a plastic dog bed could be the best idea and these are probably the most common and well-known types of dog beds for small dogs. They can be very cheap and they are extremely easy to clean and are very durable. It is best to make sure there are some holes in the base to provide adequate ventilation to avoid condensation problems and the high sides can keep bedding nicely in place.
A Memory Foam Dog Bed:
A memory foam dog bed is a great choice and will benefit any dog because they are so comfortable, but if your dog has arthritis, this type could really help because it would alleviate any pressure points and diminish joint stiffness and discomfort. Arthritis can be very painful and is actually a chronic joint condition, which can cause major loss of movement of the affected joints. There are also other symptoms for example, heat coming from the joint, stiffness, muscle cramps and overall fatigue for the unfortunate sufferer. Dogs, especially older dogs, can suffer from this just as humans do.
In summary, if you are thinking of buying a new bed for your small dog then you will need to consider, how much you want to spend, the type of design and material you are looking for, whether your dog would benefit from a memory foam bed and, most importantly of all, the actual size that will be best for your dog. So, if you are on a tight budget, a plastic bed would be an option. If you want to put the bed in a quiet corner then look for a nice, cosy corner bed and if your pooch is a bit of a 'chewer' then you will need to look for a tougher design, for example, a chew resistant or an anti-chew bed. Lastly, if your dog is elderly or unwell, a memory foam dog bed. Thinking about all these points, before starting your search, will help you to make the right choice first time.