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Best orthopedic dog bed: Seven of the most comfortable dog beds you can buy

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If you're on the hunt for the best orthopedic dog bed, then you are probably eager to make sure your pooch has the comfort he or she deserves, over and above that offered in our guide to the best dog bed. The reasons for buying an orthopedic bed can vary, from injuries and old age to puppy growth, protection and simple comfort.

By going for an orthopedic option, you may pay a little more than some other bed options, but you'll get more for your money when it comes to your dog's comfort and protection. For aching joints or injuries, an orthopedic dog bed can ease your canine chum’s suffering and help your dog sleep better. 

An orthopedic dog bed features a foam mattress, meaning it will offer more support and comfort than traditional beds. This is able to evenly distribute the weight of your dog so that its joints, muscles and spine are protected and comfortable.

Features to think about when picking your ideal orthopedic dog bed are size, shape and maintenance. Consider the right size dog bed for your pooch. If you own a bigger dog, a large dog bed combined with all the therapeutic qualities of an orthopedic material is a smart option. 

Other factors to consider include which type of dog bed will work best for your dog’s needs and will fit stylishly into your home, and how you’ll wash the dog bed, whether it’s spot cleaning, throwing it in the wash, or removing a washable cover.

Fortunately, we've done all the trawling for you to find the very best orthopedic dog beds you can buy right now and have whittled them down to a list of seven. So which is the best orthopedic dog bed for your poochy pal?

PetsRadar's pick of the best orthopedic dog beds

  • Best overall orthopedic dog bed: Casper Memory Foam Dog Bed
  • Best budget orthopedic dog bed: Furhaven Pet Dog Bed
  • Best puppy orthopedic dog bed: Purple Dog Bed
  • Best waterproof orthopedic dog bed: The Dog’s Bed Orthopedic Dog Bed
  • Best materials in an orthopedic dog bed: PetFusion Ultimate Memory Foam Dog Bed
  • Best cooling orthopedic dog bed: Dogbed4less Extra Large Orthopedic Gel Memory Foam Dog Bed

Casper orthopedic dog bed

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Casper Memory Foam Dog Bed

Best overall orthopedic dog bed

Style: Flat | Material: Memory foam | Machine Washable: Yes | Chew resistant: Yes

Human-grade mattress support
Durable quality
Easy to clean
Expensive
Not chew-proof or water-proof

Casper is a famous manufacturer of mattresses for humans and now it's using that experience to help dogs find the ultimate in comfort and support too. The knowledge accumulated from years of research and design means you get human-grade mattress quality and support, only in dog sizes.

Yes, this is a fully orthopedic mattress, but it's also built to be dog-proof level tough too. So your dog's achy joints will be eased but it can also chew out any anxiety on the mattress without it breaking at the first bite. As such, this should hold its shape and new quality look for the long term, helping to justify the higher-than-most price tag.

That tough outer coating material is made from durable and chew-resistant bonded microfibres. These coat the main mattress as well as the raised bolsters around the edges, which should help your pup or old pooch feel safe and sheltered as well as kept cosy and warm. The middle section is intelligently designed with a soft top that mimics the sensations of loose earth, something your dog can paw at for comfort.

The outer is machine-washable featuring a zip that means it can be easily slipped off and on again. This is designed intelligently with the zip hidden with sewn-in pockets so they won't scratch your floors or the dog.

The bed comes in three sizes of small (66 x 48 x 15cm) for up to 14kg, medium (83 x 63 x 15cm) for up to 27kg and large (114 x 89 x 18cm) for up to 40kg.

Whichever you opt for, there’s a 30-night risk-free trial. So if you or your dog don't like the mattress you can simply send it back and get a full refund, no questions asked. The shipping to you and the returns are free so this really is an easy way to give this dog bed a try before you buy.

The downsides? It comes in only three color options of blue, grey and sand. And the price is high compared to other options, but that's about it. Hence this being at the top of our list of the best orthopedic dog beds.

Furhaven orthopedic dog bed

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Furhaven Pet Dog Bed

Best budget orthopedic dog bed

Style: Sided | Material: Polyurethane | Machine Washable: Yes | Chew resistant: No

Affordable
Easy to wash
Material replaced if it tears
Variation between color options

The Furhaven Pet Dog Bed is an affordable way to give your dog all the comforts of an orthopedic bed without you feeling any pain in the wallet region. Despite the low price, this is a well made dog bed that uses a certified polyurethane egg crate foam style inner, which not only offers comfort and support, but is also breathable. The result is that it won't get as smelly as some of the competition, while still offering some of the best levels of comfort.

The quilted outer is removable, making it machine washable for easy cleaning. This quilt adds another layer of comfort and support to the dog while also ensuring that the orthopaedic supportive foam beneath has a layer of protection, should the dog have an accident while in the bed.

The Furhaven Pet Dog Bed features a sofa style design, meaning raised edges. These are made from 100% recycled fluffy materials, so they not only let your dog's head rest at ease but your green conscience can too. Having the raised edges is a great way to offer the dog a spine-supporting sleeping position, but it also helps make them feel more safe and secure. In fact, it also offers a warm pocket so your dog can find comfort and warmth during colder nights.

This bed is available in 13 different colors and designs from quilted navy to velvet dark sage. This comes in four sizes: small (50 x 38 x 8cm) good for up to 9kg dogs, medium (76 x 50 x 8cm) good for dogs up to 16kg, large (91 x 69 x 8cm) good for up to 25kg dogs, and jumbo (111 x 89cm x 10cm) that's good for dogs weighing up to 43kg.

All that and the outer is also tough. In fact, the company replaces accidentally torn covers, it's that confident that its product shouldn't be breaking. Impressive at this price point.

Purple orthopedic dog bed

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Purple Dog Bed

Best puppy orthopedic dog bed

Style: Flat mattress | Material: Polyurethane foam | Machine Washable: Yes | Chew resistant: Yes

Comfy and supportive
Tough material, ideal for puppies
Odour-resistant
Expensive
One colour

The Purple Dog Bed comes with a rare 100-day free trial, making it a great option to try if you aren’t sure. Although, based on the tech going into this bed, you're likely to be impressed. Coming off the back off the mattress-in-a-box revolution that's taking human beds by storm, this uses the same principles for your dog.

The mattress is made from "luxurious Purple Grid support by a polyurethane foam base" which is hypoallergenic and orthopedic. That grid is designed to adapt to your dog's body, offering support and comfort for the deepest levels of relief and recharging.

The outer can be removed to go in the washing machine for easy cleaning. It's made from an anti-microbial, moisture-resistant and odor-neutralizing material. This is also durable so it should be able to last lots and lots of washes. The material is non-toxic and strong, so it should be fine even if your dog chews the bed to relieve stress.

There's free shipping and returns with that 100-day trial, making it a real why-not choice. You also get a one year warranty.

The bed is available in small, medium and large options, meaning there is a size for all types of dogs. The grey finish is the only color option, but it looks great, so it's really not that much of an issue.

The Dog's Bed orthopedic dog bed

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The Dog’s Bed Orthopedic Dog Bed

Best waterproof orthopedic dog bed

Style: Flat | Material: Memory foam | Machine Washable: Yes | Chew resistant: No

Waterproof outer
Machine washable
Memory foam support
Not specifically chew resistant

The Dog’s Bed Orthopedic Dog Bed, as it's confusingly named, is a fully orthopedic flat bed-style sleep slab for many different dogs. The company offers a huge range of size options, making this a great choice for anyone wishing to find a bed that fits exactly into a certain space in a room. There are also a huge range of colour options, so it's easy to make it fit into the room's style too.

The bed itself is made from orthopedic grade memory foam meaning it will offer the joint, muscle and spine support your dog needs, even older dogs or ones recovering from injury. There's a solid 5cm high-grade orthopedic memory foam layer on top of another 5cm layer as a base for enhanced stability.

This mattress is a prudent choice for anyone with a younger dog as it ensures healthy development for a safer future. Since there are lots of size options and the price isn't too high, it is possible to upgrade as your pup grows.

Not that you should need to with that cover, which is totally waterproof. This means that should your pup have an accident, you won't need to worry about it getting through to the mattress and potentially causing lasting smells. Instead, you can simply remove the cover, using the zip, machine wash it, then return it back fresh for the dog to enjoy.

The size options total six from a bed that supports small dogs to a massive bed for even the largest of dogs. Each is available in a whole host of color options, 14 to be exact, with mixed colors and even some pattern options in the mix.

big barker orthopedic dog bed

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Big Barker 7" Pillow Top Orthopedic Dog Bed

Best ultra premium orthopedic dog bed

Style: Flat with headrest | Material: Microfiber | Machine Washable: Yes | Chew resistant: Yes

Stylish headrest
Machine washable
Great for larger dogs
Expensive
Not ideal for dogs who love to burrow

 

Available in Large, X and Giant XX sizes, the Big Barker Pillow Top Orthopedic Pet Bed offers maximum style and comfort for larger breeds. 

The product features several features specifically calibrated for big dogs and looks stylish to boot with its headrest design.

The bed looks like a beautiful piece of furniture with a high-end velvety touch to the touch, while also providing ample support for a larger canine’s body through its  3-stage foam construction that helps envelop sensitive joints and provide extra relief to dogs suffering from joint pain or muscle disorders.

The Big Barker Pillow Top Orthopedic Pet Bed is handmade and features high quality therapeutic foam, which could go some way to explaining the premium price tag, but lovers of stylish design will be delighted with the variety of colors on offer paired with great comfort.  

 

PetFusion orthopedic dog bed

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PetFusion Ultimate Memory Foam Dog Bed

Best materials in an orthopedic dog bed

Style: Raised sides | Material: Memory foam, polyester and cotton outer | Machine washable: Yes | Chew resistant: Yes

Quality materials
Chew and water resistant
Solid memory foam
Few color options

Despite being low down on the list, this is one of the best orthopedic dog beds you can buy. It has it all, on paper, with a memory foam inner, water and chew-resistant cover, comfy bolster edges and a selection of size options. In fact, it does it all for a relatively decent price. It even has replacement covers and fur blankets as optional extras.

The bottom of the bed also offers a layer of waterproofing, meaning this is a great option if you can't be sure your dog won't have an accident. As such, the seams are well stitched, hence that water and chew resistance that should mean this will last you a long time.

The solid memory foam is good for joint protection and improved health while the inner liner offers the waterproofing to protect that foam from potential odor-causing accidents. The bolsters around the edges are made from recycled polyfill and are well packed to make sure they're as comfy as possible.

The zips are well designed with two separate compartments for the bolsters and the memory foam. At the bottom is a non-skid base which makes this good for tiles, wood or laminate floors even if not kept against a wall.

This bed comes in four sizes and three color options. This is the Ultimate model, made for older dogs, but there is also a cheaper BetterLounge model for young adults and a PuppyChoice model. Expect the same high-quality from each although the BetterLounge uses polyester microsuede and the PuppyChoice features solid 28D foam.

Dogbed4less orthopedic dog bedPets Radar Approved Award

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Dogbed4less Extra Large Orthopedic Gel Memory Foam Dog Bed

Best cooling orthopedic dog bed

Style: Flat | Material: Microfiber cover with 100% memory foam insert | Machine washable: Yes | Chew resistant: Yes

Cooling surface  
Easily removable washable covers
Reasonably priced
Highly durable
Not completely waterproof

Ideal for aging dogs, the Dogbed4less Extra Large Orthopedic Gel Memory Foam Dog Bed looks to combine all the benefits of pressure point relief and alignment support with a cooler sleeping surface for a more restful sleep.

It comes with multiple covers which are easy to remove and wash, including a stylish exterior that's heavy and durable enough to withstand hair and mud whilst providing ample comfort.

Made from a solid 4 inches of high density memory foam, you may find the Dogbed4less Extra Large Orthopedic Gel Memory Foam Dog Bed a particularly excellent choice if you find dog beds prone to flattening. 

Luke Edwards

Life-long pet owner Luke currently enjoys the company of his five year old German Shepard Khaleesi and now long-in-the-tooth cat Maggie. During his years of growing into the writer of over two decades that he now is, Luke’s reared and cared for horses, hamsters, rabbits, lizards, birds, bugs and even an alpaca.