Did you know cold weather can make your dog’s joint pain even worse? It’s true! Heated dog beds keep your dog warm, and in the process, help reduce joint pain. Think about how much your mattress impacts your ability to get a good night’s sleep. The same is true for your dog, only dogs are often stuck sleeping on hard surfaces.
Canine athletes and dogs with joint pain, hip dysplasia, or arthritis, greatly benefit from sleeping on a warm and supportive surface. As opposed to the cold hard ground, which can leave your dog’s joints feeling stiff and achy at best. Performance dogs, such as hunting dogs, may even show greater stamina and flexibility out in the field.
But before we get into our favorite heated dog beds…
Know Your Options: Different Types of Heated Dog Beds
There are a variety of flat cushioned heating pads that can be added to dog beds or crates. Flat beds are often made from memory foam, adding extra comfort and warmth. Plus, they are easy to wash—especially the ones that come with a detachable cover you can zip-off and wash.
Flat pads are great because you can add them to dog beds during the winter, and then remove them in warmer months.
Bolster Heated Dog Beds
Bolster heated dog beds are raised and cushioned—just like a traditional non-heated dog bed, but with the added advantage of heat. "Bolster" defines the arms on the side of the bed, as opposed to an open-ended flat bed.
Outdoor Heated Dog Beds
Certain heated dog beds are specially designed to weather the outdoors. If a dog bed will spend even 50% of its time outside, make sure to purchase a sturdy bed approved for outdoor use.
Some of Our Favorite Heated Dog Beds, Heating Pads, & Orthopedic Beds
We created a list of our favorite heated dog beds, and we've included a variety of price points and styles. Including dog beds with built-in heaters, as well as heating pads that can be added, as needed, to orthopedic and memory foam dog beds.
K&H Self-Warming Lounge Sleeper Dog Bed
This dog bed is made from self-warming materials that radiate heat back to your pet, providing a safer alternative to electrically heated dog beds. K&H heated dog beds include two thermostats that are meant to regulate temperatures when the bed is, and is not, in use. For utmost comfort and safety, the bed’s temperature never goes over 102° F (your dog’s natural body temp) when in use.
Thermotex Infrared Therapeutic Pet Bed
This fancy large Sherpa grey heated dog bed is one of the pricier options on this list, but it maintains higher than average customer reviews. Why? Because dogs (and cats) love it. It’s best for smaller and mid-sized dogs. Some larger dogs find it too small.
K&H Lectro-Soft Igloo Style Heated Outdoor Dog BedIgloos are intended to keep you warm in cold weather, and that’s exactly what this igloo-inspired dog bed is all about. Made from durable materials, it can live outside without issue. Plus, it comes with a removable fleece cover you can easily throw in the washing machine as needed. The bed is specially designed to warm your pet’s body to its average normal temperature without getting too warm.
Some of Our Favorite Heating Pads for Dog Beds
As we mentioned before, you can add a heating pad to just about any dog bed. Here are some great options at different price points.
LED Electric Heating Pad for Dogs
Add this heating pad to any dog bed or other surface your dog hangs out on. Designed for dogs, it even has a chew-resistant cord and soft removable cover for easy washing. The heated pad comes with an LED remote that displays and controls the temperature. We love that this pad is outfitted with a rubber bottom so that it doesn’t slip and slide around.
PETRICH Heating Pad for PetsThis heating pad for dogs (and cats!) comes with a 2 pack of removable covers for easy cleaning. The pad measures 18 x 18. The high-quality carbon fiber heating wire attached to this dog bed is safer than traditional heating wires. As an added safety feature, if the bed heats up too high it is programed to automatically power off.
Baezi Chew Resistant Pet Bed WarmerThis heating pad is less fancy and most certainly needs a cover, but it’s incredibly affordable. Even at a bargain of a price, this heating pad comes with a Smart Temperature Control Thermostat Protection System (TPS) to ensure your dog’s safety. The weather-tight cord is waterproof and chew resistant. You can use this heating pad around the clock without issue, and it consumes a very low level of power—using just 1 kWh over a 66-hour period of non-stop use.
Some of Our Favorite Memory Foam Dog Beds
Certain seasons of the year are hot as hell. And when it’s hot, no one, not you or your dog, wants to get in a heated bed. Yet, even in the summertime, your dog needs a soft and cool place to rest his head. That’s why memory foam beds are great. They can be used all year long; simply add a heating pad during colder months.
You could add a heating pad to any one of these top-notch memory foam dog beds. As a result, your dog enjoys the comfort of a soft and supportive surface, with the added benefit of a heating pad when needed.
The Dog’s Bed, Premium Orthopedic Memory Foam BedThis waterproof, orthopedic memory foam bed is designed to help reduce discomfort caused by arthritis, hip dysplasia, a recent surgery, etc. It comes with a removable and washable cover for cleaning. You can pick from a wide variety of sizes, starting with the small (28 x18x4) and going up to an x-large (36 x27.5x4). You also have the option to get the bed with sides (bolster) or without sides.
FurHaven Orthopedic Dog Couch
This stylish, hip, and orthopedic dog couch is a comfortable place for big dogs to stretch out and get comfy. Plus, it comes in a wide variety of colors and sizes, ranging from small to jumbo. It has an orthopedic foam base to support joints and pressure points, and it’s made from a soft clay ultra-plush sleep surface that is super cozy.
Orthopedic Pet Sofa Bed
This orthopedic sofa bed is a slightly different shape than the previous dog couch, but offers similar support. It comes in three different sizes and a couple different colors. The largest XL measures 46” x 36 x 10. The bed comes with a removable cover for easy cleaning and you can buy replacement covers as needed.
PetFushion Ultimate Dog Lounge, Outdoor Memory Foam Dog BedThis durable and waterproof memory foam dog bed can be used outside. These beds are made from solid and certified high density memory foam. The removable outer cover can be tossed in the washing machine and replaced when it wears out too much.
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Your dog's joint health can be impacted by more than just where he or she sleeps. What your dog eats is just as important, if not more so. A quality diet with the right nutritional supplements can make all the difference, and even help extend your dog’s quality of life.
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