Finding the Best Orthopedic Dog Bed for Your Dog

Orthopedic Dog Bed

From the first evening I brought Nefnef home, she slept on the floor next to my side of the bed. As it was summer and the room was hot, the stone tiles offered some degree of coolness. But when winter came, the floor became too cold to lie on, so I provided my dog a folded plaid blanket instead. She loved it. Our cat, Frostie, and she had epic battles over the carpet even though it was large enough for two.

This, of course, messed up the blanket. So instead of offering comfort, it almost daily looked more like a mountainous landscape than a bed suitable for pets.

So, I decided to buy her the best orthopedic dog bed I could find. I’ve investigated numerous products, read what questions people asked about them and read the answers from happy – or unhappy – owners. And, based on many hours of research, I finally made my choice.

Here’s the list of the best orthopedic dog beds I’ve found, all made with memory foam. Which one’s for your dog? That all depends upon its size, your budget and personal preferences.

My Personal Choice: PetFusion Orthopedic Dog Bed

PetFusion Orthopedic Dog Bed
This wasn’t the first orthopedic dog bed I found during my research, but it ended up being my choice. I’ll now order one for Nefnef.

You can read my full review and the reason why I chose this dog bed here.

I chose this particular bed for several reasons: Nefnef is a medium-sized dog (smaller than a husky) and some of the other choices were for large dogs only.

Like all the other beds I found, this one had a washable cover but, as an added bonus, even the cushions were washable and each part could be removed. This will make washing it a breeze.

Also, since my dog is very active and enjoys frequent pet battles with our cat, the cover must be tear-resistant, which is the case with the PetFusion.

Short Description

  • 4 sizes: small, large, x-large, jumbo
  • Bottom: 2″, 4″ or 6″ foam plus pillow top
  • Removable and machine washable, water-resistant and tear-resistant cover with zipper
  • Non-skid bottom
  • Colors: chocolate (large) and slate gray (all 4 sizes)
  • Cover replacement available
Pro Cons
Easy to clean Bigger sizes a bit pricey
Soft head and neck support
Waterproof liner around the foam base

Best for Big Dogs: Big Barker Orthopedic Dog Bed

Big Barker

When it comes to orthopedic dog beds, there’s no way around Big Barker’s beds for value.

They are huge, thick and built to last. They boast a 7″ therapeutic foam that will almost keep their shape for 10 years.

The mattress is made up of three layers of foam. A top 2″ comfort layer, a 3″ support foam in the middle, and another 2″ of comfort layer at the bottom. This makes it possible to turn the bed over and use the other side.

I didn’t choose this bed for Nefnef, because it’s only for big dogs. It’s too hard for small and medium-sized dogs.

 

Short Description

  • 3 sizes: large, extra large, giant
  • Bottom: 7″ therapeutic foam that stays in shape
  • Removable and washable, non-shrink microfiber cover
  • Colors: burgundy, charcoal gray, chocolate, khaki
  • Cover replacement available
Pro Cons
Long zipper makes it easy to remove the cover to wash it Expensive
No bad smells from the foam Covers easily ripped
Not for small dogs
Some dogs don’t like this bed

Cozy and Non-Expensive: Barksbar Orthopedic Dog Bed

Barksbar

This orthopedic dog bed looks so good. It certainly seduced me with its soft-looking cushions.

It’s at the cheaper price end and was the first of the beds I considered buying. In the end, I chose the PetFusion bed, but this is definitely a good choice for the price.

Short Description

  • 2 sizes: medium, large
  • Bottom: 4″ orthopedic foam
  • Removable, machine-washable cover
  • Colors: gray
  • Non-slip rubber backing
  • Ultra-soft cotton packing on top
Pro Cons
Nice looks Thin material, easily shredded by dog teeth
Low price Foam reported thinner than 4″

Simple and Nice: Milliard Premium Orthopedic Dog Bed

Milliard PremiumHere we have a plain and simple 4″ of foam bed that’s a very good product for the price. The bed is made up of two layers of foam. The upper layer consists of 2″ orthopedic memory foam, and the lower layer consists of 2″ polyurethane foam. The cover is removable, can be washed in the machine and doesn’t shrink.

Short Description

  • 4 sizes: small, medium, large, x-large
  • Bottom: 4″ foam (2″ foam base + 2″ memory foam)
  • Removable, machine-washable, non-shrink cover
  • Colors: beige
  • Non-slip bottom
Pro Cons
Easy to zip off the cover to wash it Not suitable for dogs who chew things
Low priced Not always waterproof

Need Head Rest? Big Barker (Pillow Top) Orthopedic Dog Bed

Big Barker PillowIf you have a big dog and want a bed with a pillow top, then Big Barker might have what you’re looking for.

Just like the flat model, this bed consists of a 7″ foam mattress in three layers. The therapeutic foam layer in the middle ensures that the bed doesn’t become flat over time.

Short Description

  • 3 sizes: large, extra-large, giant
  • Bottom: 7″ therapeutic foam
  • Removable washable non-shrink microfiber cover
  • Colors: burgundy, charcoal gray, chocolate, khaki
  • Replacement covers available
Pro Cons
Long zipper makes it easy to remove the cover for washing. Expensive
No bad smells from the foam Some ripped covers
Pillow top Some dogs don’t like this bed
10-year guarantee Not for small dogs

For Big Barker Fans with Smaller Dogs: Barker Junior Orthopedic Dog Bed

Barker JuniorIf you’re in love with the Big Barker orthopedic dog bed, but you have a small or medium-sized dog, then take a look at Barker Junior.

It’s not completely similar to its big brother… but it’s still made in the US with high regard to materials.

It isn’t my choice for a dog bed, because Nefnef can be somewhat… stubborn and have fixed ideas. And I read that some dogs don’t like this bed, so I’m going for a safer choice.

 

Short Description

  • 3 sizes: small, medium, large
  • Bottom: 4″ therapeutic foam
  • Removable, machine-washable cover
  • Colors: burgundy, chocolate, khaki
Pro Cons
10-year guarantee Some dogs don’t like this bed

Best Budget: KOPEKS Orthopedic Dog Bed

KOPEKSI like this one a lot. It looks great and has a thick mattress. It comes with a removable, washable cover plus a free waterproof, removable inner cover.

Short Description

  • 3 sizes: small, large, Jumbo XL
  • Bottom: 3.5″, 5.5″, 7″ therapeutic foam plus pillow
  • Removable, machine-washable cover
  • Colors: chocolate brown, gray
  • Anti-slip rubber bottom
Pro Cons
Thick mattress for the size Cover not waterproof
Low prices Smells
Pillow doesn’t always regain form

Which Should You Choose?

Your choice will depend on things such as the size of your dog, your budget, the colors you prefer and whether it will suit your home.

For my medium-sized, active and sometimes-chewing dog, I chose the PetFusion. It’s good and comfortable for small, medium and large dogs, even as big as Great Danes. It’s not on the cheap side though, but reviews indicate that it’s well worth the price. And personally, I love how it looks like a pillow in which you can cuddle up with a good book.

Otherwise, if you have one big dog – or several dogs – then Big Barker is a great choice. You can choose the bed with or without a pillow. And, of course, if you already have Big Barker and want a second bed for your smaller dog, then you’ll probably choose Barker Junior. 10 years warranty is proof of lasting quality.

If you have a small budget, then KOPEKS would be a good bed for your dog. And if you really want something inexpensive, you have the choice between a Milliard or Barksbar.

By Britt Malka

Britt Malka is the happy owner of a Shikoku dog, Nefnef, who loves cats.

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