Therapeutic Foam Vs. Egg Crate Foam Dog Beds

by Jennifer Carey, Demand Media
    A comfortable bed is important to you and your best friend.

    A comfortable bed is important to you and your best friend.

    Your dog enjoys a good night’s sleep or a nice nap as much as you do. Just as your pillow and mattress make all the difference in your comfort and sleep quality, so does the right bed for your best friend.

    Benefits Of A Foam Bed

    Your dog may be more comfortable on a foam mattress than on a pillow or cushion with fabric stuffing. If your dog is a senior, he will benefit from the thickness of foam, which offers better support for his body and joints. Foam beds feature removable covers that are easy to wash and keep clean. The beds are available in therapeutic and egg crate foam.

    What Is Therapeutic Foam?

    Therapeutic foam, also known as orthopedic foam or memory foam, is made of polyurethane. Therapeutic foam mattresses are available in different thicknesses. When your dog lies on this bed, the foam will shape itself around him. Therapeutic foam supports body weight and relieves pressure. It can be beneficial for your senior, whose skin and joints are more sensitive and prone to injury. The thick foam will keep your companion warm and cozy.

    What Is Egg Crate Foam?

    Egg crate foam gets its name because of its textured surface. Instead of a flat layer, the foam looks like a very large egg carton. The foam is cut to create individual ridges across the surface. This keeps your dog cooler. Egg crate foam is less expensive than therapeutic foam. However, if your dog is large or heavy, this thinner foam may not be as durable or supportive for his needs.

    Which Bed Does Your Dog Need?

    Whether you choose therapeutic or egg crate foam, select the right size bed for your best friend. He should be able to curl up and stretch out on his mattress. His weight should not sink into the foam. If he needs a firmer mattress because of age or health conditions, therapeutic foam will give him more support. If a basic bed suits his needs, egg crate foam will provide comfort. Allow him some time to adjust to his new bed and soon he'll be snoozing contentedly.

    About the Author

    Jennifer Carey holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from an East Coast university. She has written about topics including health, fitness, parenting and pet care since 2005.

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