All dogs deserve the most comfortable place to sleep. This means somewhere that they can receive the support they need for a pleasant night. Some dogs can make do with the most minimal of cushions and beds. Others need something more supportive to ease their joints. An orthopedic dog bed is a great solution. The best offer high quality memory foam – either in layers or an “egg crate” solution – and a comfortable, removable cover. Some have additional bolsters and pillows, some act like sofas and others are completely flat.
The first products to consider here are designed for smaller breeds. Some of the larger breeds are those that are more prone to joint problems, but are tinier pets also need support as they age. We can’t allow an arthritic little companion dog to suffer on an inadequate bed. These products offer a thick foam support system with great features. They come in small and medium sizes, so you can find the best option for your dog.
5 Best Orthopedic Dog Beds for Small and Medium Dogs
1. Better World Pets First-Quality 5" Thick Orthopedic Dog Bed
We will start this list of the best orthopedic dog beds for small and medium sized breeds with one of the smallest options. This smallest size with this model from Better World Pets is just 24 by 18 inches. This means that it really is best suited for toy breeds and nothing smaller. There is a bigger option with a significant increase in the dimensions for medium sized dogs. This one measures 36 by 24 inches instead. The other interesting thing about this model is that it is 1 inch higher than most of the smaller beds. This means an extra inch of support from that shredded memory foam.
This brand is also attractive to dog owners for two other reasons. First of all, there is the good looking cover, with the grey material and colored trim. This cover has a waterproof polyurethane lining and non-skid bottom. The other reason is that the company donate 10% of their profits to the Humane Society of the United States. This means that buyers can shop with the knowledge that they aren’t just helping their own dog with this purchase.
2. Milliard Premium Orthopedic Memory Foam Dog Bed
This is another brand that both a small and medium dog bed. The dimensions are pretty standard, with the medium measuring 34x22x4 inches. The bed is made from a series of layers of top, high density memory foam and a waterproof polyurethane layer. The cover is removable so it can be washed in the machine, has antimicrobial properties and has a non-slip coating on the bottom. This means that it shouldn’t slide along the floor if a pet jumps on a little too eagerly.
Milliard are also one of the few companies to mention a key issues in ordering and unpacking these memory foam mattresses. The good news is that this product comes in a small box and vacuum sealed package. This is ideal for online orders and owners handling the bed themselves. It is much like many human memory foam mattresses in that respect. Other products like this will be similar, but not all companies offer the same warning about the unfurling process and smell. This one takes 24 hours to decompress and for the smell to dissipate.
3. KOPEKS Orthopedic Memory Foam Dog Bed
The health of the dog is clearly a priority with all of these top orthopedic dog beds. However, there are elements in the shape and structure of this Kopeks model that show they have gone a little further here. They aim to provide helpful arthritis support for dogs with joint issues, with the added benefit of hypo-allergenic foam. They do so through the high quality layers, but also through the addition of a 1.5 inch pillow for head support. This added cushion offers a better sleeping position for dogs that may struggle to get comfortable. The only possible downside to this foam is that the bed is 3.5 inches high, so a little thinner than the competition.
There is also a sense of quality here in the look and design of this orthopedic dog bed. There is a nice suede effect on the cover, which is available in grey or chocolate brown. This cover also has a zip for removal as needed, and an anti-slip bottom. This all comes in a small model that measures 25x 20x 3.5 inches – ideal for smaller breeds.
4. Go Pet Club Orthopedic Memory Foam Pet Bed
There isn’t much to say about this bed in terms of any unique selling points. There isn’t any standout feature in the shape, such as the pillow above, or any clever marketing strategy. This is simply a dog bed that ticks all the right boxes and provides peace of mind. It does everything that owners need from it, without being flashy. The first example is with the bed itself. This is another 4 inch high model with 100% memory foam for optimal support for arthritic pets. The bed comes in two sizes. There is a small dog bed, which is 25x20x4, and a medium one, at 36x28x4.
Then there is the cover. Again, this has many of the features that dog owners hope for. It is removable, which means that it can be washed with ease, and has a nice suede-effect surface for added comfort. That material comes in four color choices to suit the room – brown, charcoal, denim and khaki. There are also the added bonuses here of the non-slip bottom on the bed, and the fact that the materials are hypoallergenic. This means that there is even more security for dogs, and peace of mind for owners.
5. Serta Orthopedic Quilted Couch Pet Bed
This final orthopedic dog bed in this section highlights the importance of looking at the dimensions of a product, instead of going by the name. We will see more examples of this when we look at the larger beds and “jumbo” options below. Some dog owners with medium sized breeds may overlook this option as it is classified as a large by Serta themselves. However, the dimensions are not much bigger than a medium from other brands. It measures in at 36x27x4 inches, which makes it pretty similar to the Medium Go Pet Club model above.
This bed is one of the models that uses the egg crate foam solution instead of layers. The makers prefer this approach because it is said to increase the airflow and disperse the weight of the dog a little better. This should mean a supportive, non sagging bed. It sounds pretty unattractive, but that is why we have soft, removable covers on these products. This model has a plush, quilted cover that is machine washable. It comes in a great choice of colors to match the décor – blue, sage, tan, mocha and grey.
4 Jumbo Size Orthopedic Dog Beds for Larger Breeds
This next set of dog beds takes thing up a level in terms of the size. The following models are better suited for dogs larger than a medium sized breed. This can be a little vague, which is why it is so helpful that many brands offer more than one “large” bed. There are some that go for large and extra large, and others that take things further again with their “giant” or “jumbo” beds. Again, it is important to find the best option for your dog’s size and weight. You don’t want your pooch hanging off the edge.
It is also important to look for the same sorts of benefits with these larger orthopedic dog beds as the smaller models. We can’t forget about these key benefits just because the size has changed. This means continuing to look out for the same quality in the foam, comfort in the cover and other user-friendly features. The following five models vary when it comes to their idea of sizes. But, they do share many important advantages for your dog’s comfort.
6. Big Barker 7"Orthopedic Dog Bed for Large and Extra Large Dogs
The best place to start when talking about these larger beds is with the Big Barker brand. That is because they are one of the most popular options with owners of larger dogs. A key factor in this popularity is the range of sizes. In addition to their Large and Extra Large, they also have a Giant bed. The Large measure in at 48 X 30 X 7 inches, the Extra Large 52 X 36 X 7 inches and the Giant 60 X 48 X 7 inches. This means a shared height, but wider area.
There is the apparent joke in the sales pitches that this is too powerful for small dogs. This is a bit of an exaggeration, but does emphasis the quality of the American made therapeutic foam. No matter the weight of the dog – or owner – it holds its shape and wont sink to the floor. This dog bed comes in chocolate, khaki, tan or burgundy and also has the benefit of the machine washable microfiber cover. This makes it more attractive – which is important with such a large bed – and easy to care for.
7. Big Barker 7" Orthopedic Dog Bed with Pillow-Top
The popularity of these Big Barker Beds means that we need to mention one of their variants in this guide as well. For the most part, this bed is pretty similar to the other model. The sizes are the same – with the same dimensions to the tough, supportive foam and the option of the giant size. It also comes in the same choice of four appealing colors and has that handy removable cover for that user-friendly edge. This means that buyers are pretty much guaranteed the same comfort and quality across the range.
The difference with this model is the headrest. There is a long thin cushion attached to the bed on one side that acts as a pillow. This means that there is greater support for the dog in the neck and head, and more opportunities to get comfortable. This comfort and support is important when choosing an orthopedic model. A flat bed may have the strength in the foam, but nothing to maintain a comfortable position. Beds with bolsters can help, but they are more common in smaller beds, and lessen the sleeping area. Therefore this is a good option for those giant breeds.
8. Dogbed4less Orthopedic Memory Foam Dog Bed
A large part of the appeal with Big Barker brand is that broad choice in sizes. These options mean that owners have a better chance of choosing a model that meets their needs. There is less risk of trying to get a giant breed to squeeze onto a bed that is too small. This alternative option from DogBed4Less is immediately attractive because it goes further. It offer four sizes for large dogs, so there is more choice than with Big Barker. However, there is less of a difference between the four sizes. The large is 41x27x4 inches, the extra large 47x29x4, the XXL 55x37x4 and the jumbo 55x47x4. This means that their largest model is notably shorter and lower than the “giant” in the Big Barker range.
The other appealing thing about this orthopedic memory foam bed is the cover. Again, we have a removable cover that unzips to allow for washing in the machine. The difference here is that this is a 100% cotton cover, so more breathable, with a denim look. This strong cover should look good in most living rooms and protect all the high density, hypoallergenic foam.
9. Stella Extra Large Orthopedic Dog Bed
This option from Stella beds has a different selling point to some of the other beds here. Most focus on the strength of the covers and foam. Here they have create two distinctly separate sides for different seasons. There is the summer side, which uses Stella gel-memory foam and waterproofing to offer a cooling sleeping environment on hotter days. Then, as winter draws in, users can turn the bed offer for the tougher, more insulated side. This side has egg-crate memory foam, for improved heat preservation, and a faux sheep skin surface. This means that dogs should be assured of a better night’s sleep and comfort across the seasons. This is important for those dealing with joint issues and other complaints.
The only downside here comes in the sizing. Despite the name of XXXL Dog Bed, these beds aren’t quite as large as some of the other brands in this section. There is no jumbo bed with a massive surface area. Perhaps this is because of the costs involved in those carefully constructed layers. There is a large model that is 48 inches long, so comparable with the extra large DogBed4Less model and large Big Barker. There is also an extra large model that extends to length to 52 inches.
6 Best Orthopedic Dog Sofa Beds and Couches
The final option in this guide is the orthopedic dog sofa. There are some dogs that prefer the sofa style of dog bed to the flatter cushions. The model above shows that some dog bed designers will use bolsters, but not many. These bolsters provide headrests, but also something to lie against. Not all dogs like to sleep in an open area, as it were, and prefer to feel snug against the cushioned walls. This is where dog couches and lounges can help. They provide this security, while also offering a large enough area to stretch out. The best are also attractive enough to match in with the human sofas.
The following models are some of the best dog sofas that work as orthopedic options. They have the shape, look and features that owners come to expect from a dog sofa. Yet, they go a little further in the cushioning and padding. They have that thick, supportive memory foam that these animals need to aid their conditions. These options also have great covers and other features to appeal to owners.
10. Petlo Orthopedic Pet Sofa Bed - Small to Extra Large Sizes
The final model to mention in this list of the best orthopedic dog beds for large and giant breeds is this Petlo model. Again, there aren’t as many sizes to choose from as the first two brands. Still, the dimensions are pretty good for the right breed. There is is a large model that measures 36x28x9 inches and an extra large at 46x36x9 inches. This means a smaller sleeping area than some of the other beds – the reason for which will be clear in a moment. The other interesting thing about this bed is the height. At 9 inches, this is more than twice the height of some beds, and the tallest in this section. This should mean that it is easier for less mobile dogs to climb onto the supportive surface and get comfortable.
The reason for the smaller sleeping area is the fact that there are pre-attached bolsters around three sides. This is more common in smaller beds, and provides a nice support system for larger dogs that still want to curl up against something. This pre-attached structure means that assembly is easy.
11. BarksBar Gray Orthopedic Dog Bed - Medium and Large Sizes
Some sofas are long and angular to offer than couch look in doggy furniture. Others are a little more casual This BarksBar model tries to offer the best of both world for our pets by blending the bed and lounge. The bed area is much like that of the large and medium sized orthopedic dog beds seen above. It has the same approach to the materials within, a large bolster that goes around the edge and a soft look. The difference here is that this bed is raised from the ground on a platform.
There are two sizes medium at 32x22 inches and large at 40x30 inches. The base is 10 inches tall – so taller than most of the most substantial giant dog beds above – and made from grooved orthopaedic foam. The cushioning around the sides is cotton padding and provides support in different positions. The cover is a soft and quilted for extra comfort and is removable for machine washing. There is also the benefit of the non-slip bottom. This is not necessarily the most attractive dog sofa, but it should provide the comfort that older, arthritic dogs need.
12. FurHaven Orthopedic Dog Couch - Small to Jumbo Sizes
The Barksbar model may not be overtly stylish, but this Furhaven model definitely wants to be appealing to both owners and dog. This is a better looking option with the sleeker lines and the beautiful faux fur cover over the bed and the three-sided bolster. This cover comes in the largest variety of colors and styles so far – with everything from rich wine colors to diamond patterns. This should help owners match the bed in with the rest of the décor.
Of course this is as much about the comfort and support for the dog as it is about the look of the sofa. The great thing about this brand is that they continue to provide the same top materials as other orthopedic dog beds. There is that egg crate design to the memory foam again, as well as water resistant canvas on the base. The bolsters are large and firm for great support in different positions. There is also the advantage in the four different size options in this couch. There is a small version at 20x15x3.5, a medium at 30x20x3.5, a large at 36x27x3.5 and a jumbo at 44x35x4.5.
13. PetFusion Ultimate Dog Lounge - Small to Jumbo Sizes
This pet fusion model also has different size options with the small bed at 25x20 inches, the large at 36 by 28 inches and the jumbo bed at 50x40 inches. Again this shows that there is no standardization with the measurements and sizing on these sofas and beds, so you can’t assume that a product is suitable on the name alone. Here the extra large is pretty much the same size as the jumbo from BarksBar.
This sofa bed has a 4 inch memory foam base, and strong bolsters around the side. This should provide the support that most dogs need, with options in sleeping positions. There is also the usual removable cover with water resistance against accidents and stains, and a non skid bottom. This is also another model where the designers took the time to pre-attach the bolsters for ease of assembly on arrival. There aren’t so many color options here, with a choice of either grey or brown. But the dogs don’t seem to mind and should get comfortable enough on this sofa.
14. Friends Forever Premium Orthopedic Dog Bed
The idea of a premium and prestige edition suggests that there should be more to this sofa than other options. This means a higher quality of material or a better look. There is no doubt that the materials in this couch bed are supportive and the cover is attractive. There is a soft cover that comes with the promise that not only is it resistant to spills and machine washable, it is also fur resistant and highly durable. This cover comes in pewter or cocoa – so a fancier way of saying grey or brown and not actually that different to the Pet Fusion couch in terms of color options.
The interior is memory foam for great support for dogs with orthopedic issue. They claim that this filling is human-grade for high quality and will support most dog’s needs. The cushioning continues with the bolster around the sides. The sizes are 44x34x10 for the extra large, 36x28x9 for this standard size and 20x25x5 inch for the smallest. As you can see, not only does the surface area increase with the size difference, so does the height. This isn’t always the case with these dog beds and lounges.
15. JOYELF Orthopedic Dog Bed Memory Foam
The best products for dogs with orthopedic issues, whether beds or couches, should always make sure that the comfort and happiness of the dog is the top priority. All of these models are in this list because they do this. This time there is the added bonus of a little bone shaped squeaky toy. This might not be high on the list of bonus features for the owner – unlike the additional cover – but it will enhance the sensory experience for the dog.
This product also stands out for other reasons. The first is the use of the padding, with the solid memory foam in the bed and the cushioning in the pillow. This should provide more than enough support for dogs with joint issues. Then there is the attention to detail in the look, with the colored trim and hidden zip. Finally, there are the interesting size options. There is a small one at 27x20 inches, a medium at 32x22 inches and a large at 38x28 inches. On top of that, there is the interesting choice of the extra small, rather an an extra large, at 24x18 inches. This shows some extra love for the smallest toy breeds.