Pictured: Fuzzyard Reversible Bed

How to choose the best bed for your pet

LAST UPDATED 30 JANUARY 2020

This article is written by Pet Circle veterinarian, Dr Teagan Lever

Every pet deserves a cosy bed to snooze in at the end of a long day, but how do you know which style will be most comfortable and best suit your pet's unique paw-sonality? With bolster beds, igloos, hideaway pouches, anti-flea raised beds, and even beds for treating the painful symptoms of arthritis, there is definitely a bed for every pet.


Bolster beds

Cushion beds

Hideaway beds and igloos

Cushion beds

Elevated beds

Kennels

Other things to look for in a pet bed

Bedding and accessories

Bolster beds

Pictured: Mog and Bone Reversible Bed

Unless you plan on sharing your couch and your bed with your furry companion, a comfortable indoor bed is a must. Bolster style beds are usually designed with a comfy cushion surrounded by raised sides, which are perfect for pets that love to curl up and sleep. The design encases your pet in a soft cushy hug, and gives them a bit of a head rest.

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Cushion beds

Pictured: Scruffs Insect Shield Mattress

For larger dogs and those that like stretch out to sleep, a cushion style bed, mat or mattress might be a better choice. For older pets and those that suffer from arthritis, cushion beds are great for two reasons - not only do they offer extra padding to help support stiff and painful joints, but they are usually lower to the ground, which means it's easier for your pet to get up and down off them.

Hideaway and igloo beds

Pictured: Mog and Bone Hideaway Igloo

If you've got a pint-sized pooch or a kitty that is always looking for cosy nooks and crannies to catch some z's in, an igloo bed might be right up their alley. Cats love hiding away in to sleep, and hideaway caves are perfect for this.

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Elevated beds

Pictured: Kazoo Sleepin' Round Bed

Outdoor dogs need a comfy place to sleep too! Elevated trampoline style beds are a great option for shapes and sizes. The raised sleeping platform allows air to circulate underneath to keep your pooch cool and well ventilated during summer. Plus, due to the plastic shadecloth-like material, these beds are often referred to as 'anti-flea', as fleas don't tend to lay eggs in their material (they prefer cushions, carpet, or blankets). Due to this material, they are also anti-dust, which is great for dogs with potential dust allergy.

For winter time, you might like to try a cushioned elevated bed, or simply add a soft mat or fluffy cover during the cooler winter months to keep your dog's belly cosy and warm.

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Kennels

Pictured: Jatz the staffy looking less than impressed with his kennel situation.

It's important to provide a kennel for any outdoor dog. They offer your outdoor dog a little more protection from the elements, and options are available made of canvas, plastic, or timber. A Cabana House is an excellent lightweight and portable option that's perfect for camping too!

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Other things to look for in a pet bed

How easy is it to clean?

While self-cleaning pet beds are beginning to hit the market, they aren't very good at removing shedded hair and parasites like fleas just yet. Beds with zippable covers and removable inserts are ideal to chuck straight into the washing machine. A spare cover can be handy when the other one is in the wash so that your kitty's bed is always available.

Get the right size

To choose the right size bed for your pet, wait until they are sleeping comfortably and grab a tape measure. Measure out a rectangle around the area that your dog is sleeping, adding an extra 30cm or so to the length and width to ensure that they will have plenty of room to stretch out and move around. If your dog measures between sizes for your chosen bed, it's always better to go to the next size up.

Add Accessories for Extra Comfort

If you're looking to keep your pet cosy during the cold winter months, a soft, fluffy blanket (or plush cover for outdoor beds) is an excellent way to provide extra warmth. Adding a soft toy or pillow to cuddle up to can add an extra dimension of comfort to give your fur baby the best possible night's sleep.

Not only will choosing the right bedding for your pet ensure that they have a comfortable and appealing place to rest all year round, it also means that there will be more room on the couch for the human members of your family! With beds in a huge range of styles, colours and sizes, you're sure to be able to find an option to suit your fur baby's individual sleeping style and paw-sonality.

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