Of all of the specialty items available for dogs there are few items that are more needed than items for older dogs or those with injuries that have slowed them down. Sometimes a dog with arthritis from an injury of hip dysplasia needs a little extra help getting around and it is always too soon to let them go.
One of the ways to do this is dog ramps that help dogs get into vehicles or cars. It is easy to pick up small dogs but a large dog is difficult to lift and many don’t want to let us down when commanded to get in the vehicle. For less advanced cases a dog step may be enough and can also help smaller dogs get up on our beds or furniture. This can also be a good idea for long backed dogs such as dachshunds and basset hounds that can be injured jumping off what doesn’t look like a long drop to us.
Heated pet beds are another option that can increase the comfort of older dogs that perhaps don’t have quite as good circulation as their younger friends. A heated dog bed lets them remain independent and warm without having to resort to clothing that might get them too warm in the home.
Orthopedic pet beds can come from large beds with 8 inches of foam to small versions of our beds. An orthopedic dog bed lets your dog rest in comfort and with good management for the health issues can greatly extend the amount of time your pet is with you by slowing wear and tear on the body.
Somewhat less known than hip dysplasia is elbow dysplasia, which also affects large dogs who can benefit from orthopedic dog beds. Early signs in younger dogs might be pain or lameness, sometimes discounted and not diagnosed. Dogs as young as a year old can have significant issues that warrant the use of an orthopedic dog bed for comfort.
These specialty items can greatly increase your dog’s comfort. From steps to heated dog beds to orthopedic pet beds there are increasing ways to keep your dog comfortable as long as possible.