Best dog bed for arthritic dog?

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Best dog bed for arthritic dog?

Post by Anne Marie Bak » Wed, 14 Dec 1994 05:40:08



I found out a few weeks ago that Oggie has moderate arthritis.  She
hadn't shown any of the classic signs, but when she started acting
"under the weather" the vet did several tests and x-rays and
discovered the arthritis.  (We also found out that she had a bad
bladder infection, which was probably in part caused by the fact that
she'd been in "low-grade pain" for awhile.  sigh....  It's been a
rough month.)

Anyway, I'd like to get her a bed.  I followed the rpd thread on dog
beds awhile back (because my fiance says Ogden's days as a covers hog
will end when we get married -- he hopes!  :) I had planned on getting
a basic round or square bed with cedar chips and some other type of
filling.

Is that the best bet for an arthritic dog, who will still have access
to furniture?  I have the RCSteele and Foster/Smith(?) catalogs at
home, if someone wants to point me in the direction of specific beds.

Thanks.

AMB
and Ogden (who just wants to start feeling better)

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Best dog bed for arthritic dog?

Post by Paula Wheel » Wed, 14 Dec 1994 18:23:01



: I found out a few weeks ago that Oggie has moderate arthritis.  She
: hadn't shown any of the classic signs, but when she started acting
: "under the weather" the vet did several tests and x-rays and
: discovered the arthritis.  (We also found out that she had a bad
: bladder infection, which was probably in part caused by the fact that
: she'd been in "low-grade pain" for awhile.  sigh....  It's been a
: rough month.)

: Is that the best bet for an arthritic dog, who will still have access
: to furniture?  I have the RCSteele and Foster/Smith(?) catalogs at
: home, if someone wants to point me in the direction of specific beds.

I heartily recommend one of the heated dog beds!  I know it sounds a bit
overboard but we got one for my brothers arthritic old Dachs/Scottie X
and it made a world of difference in the quality of his life.  Prior to
the heat treatment, Shortie couldn't move at more than a hunched over,
stiff-legged waddle and his disposition was the pits.  The warmth kept
him flexible and he not longer needed Ascriptin to be comfortable.  DON'T
try substituting a human heating pad - they operate at much too high a
temperature.  The dog bed pads are like a waterbed heater with the coil
encased in a mat so there are no hot spots to burn the skin.  They have a
removable cover that is washable so are easy to care for.  Shortie even
abandonded his beloved spot on the couch in favor of the heated bed so we
know that he appreciated it.  I hope it works as well for Oggie and that
things get better all around real soon!  

Paula & The Wookie

 
 
 

Best dog bed for arthritic dog?

Post by Stacy Fergus » Thu, 15 Dec 1994 15:14:54



Quote:

>I found out a few weeks ago that Oggie has moderate arthritis.  She
>hadn't shown any of the classic signs, but when she started acting
>"under the weather" the vet did several tests and x-rays and
>discovered the arthritis.  (We also found out that she had a bad
>bladder infection, which was probably in part caused by the fact that
>she'd been in "low-grade pain" for awhile.  sigh....  It's been a
>rough month.)

>Anyway, I'd like to get her a bed.  I followed the rpd thread on dog
>beds awhile back (because my fiance says Ogden's days as a covers hog
>will end when we get married -- he hopes!  :) I had planned on getting
>a basic round or square bed with cedar chips and some other type of
>filling.

>Is that the best bet for an arthritic dog, who will still have access
>to furniture?  I have the RCSteele and Foster/Smith(?) catalogs at
>home, if someone wants to point me in the direction of specific beds.

Try the "Orthopedic" pet bed in most catalogs. It has a faux lamb's wool
cover and egg-crate foam cushioning in it. The egg crate design relieves
pressure on the joints and is used for people too :).

The initial cost of the bed is a little pricy, but replacing the egg
crate foam is cheap since it's used for arthritic people and can be
found in a lot of drug stores. Alternatively, you could buy or make just
a cover and fill it with the egg crate stuff. I pitched my RC Steele
catalog this weekend since I was doing some cleaning, but I know that I
usually see the beds in most, if not all, issues.

I bought one of these beds for my *** Border Collie, who is dysplastic
in one hip. He spent a lot more time on sofas until I got that kind of bed,
so I think the orthopedic bed is probably more comfortable than the beds
I had bought him in the past. My younger BC prefers his older brother's bed
to his own, so I'll probably buy him one of his own. Both dogs won't fit
comfortably on the one ortho bed :)

Quote:

>Thanks.

>AMB
>and Ogden (who just wants to start feeling better)

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>     *         "I get wonderful ideas, I just can't spell 'em!"  *
>     *                                     Arsenic and Old Lace  *
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Stacy, Meddy and Bishop
 
 
 

Best dog bed for arthritic dog?

Post by Ronnie Rosenber » Fri, 16 Dec 1994 09:35:51


Heated beds are good esp. if you have drafty floors. My elderly
beagle Nick likes his eggcrate foam bed which is covered with
fake removal sheepskin. It has evenly spaced little foam knobs.
I think cedar may be too hard. Ronnie
 
 
 

Best dog bed for arthritic dog?

Post by Steven Sz » Sat, 17 Dec 1994 05:42:41




Quote:

>I found out a few weeks ago that Oggie has moderate arthritis.  She
>hadn't shown any of the classic signs, but when she started acting
>"under the weather" the vet did several tests and x-rays and
>discovered the arthritis.  (We also found out that she had a bad
>bladder infection, which was probably in part caused by the fact that
>she'd been in "low-grade pain" for awhile.  sigh....  It's been a
>rough month.)

>Anyway, I'd like to get her a bed.  I followed the rpd thread on dog
>beds awhile back (because my fiance says Ogden's days as a covers hog
>will end when we get married -- he hopes!  :) I had planned on getting
>a basic round or square bed with cedar chips and some other type of
>filling.

>Is that the best bet for an arthritic dog, who will still have access
>to furniture?  I have the RCSteele and Foster/Smith(?) catalogs at
>home, if someone wants to point me in the direction of specific beds.

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Friends in the medical profession told me about foam which looks like a
large eggcrate. I have seen it in pet stores here in NJ, but it should
be a lot cheaper from a wholesale foam supplier. You can cover it with
Ogden's favorite covers.

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