Bed for a large dog?
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Posted: 2/7/2013 7:27:46 AM
We have two basset hounds. We have always had them in bed with us but my back issues have gotten the best of all of us and we kicked one out of the bed - the one who loves to spoon with me I felt like a terrible dog mommy but I just could not move at night.

We got a bed at a local pet store and have it by our bed, he's happy as can be in his "big boy bed"

I can tell that this bed isn't going to hold up and given that bassets can have back problems, I want to invest in a really good quality bed that will give him support. Does anyone have a bed, preferably for dogs 60# or more, that they can recommend?

I was looking that the tempur pedic dog beds and wondered if they were worth the money. I don't mind spending the $$, just want to make sure it's going to hold up over time.

Any thoughts?




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Posted: 2/7/2013 7:32:01 AM
Don't know what your budget is, but my uncle swears by the L.L.Bean Therapeutic Dog Couches. It's all he will use for his hunting dogs.


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Posted: 2/7/2013 7:40:15 AM
Our dog is between 90-100 lbs. For his night bed we bought a foam pad at Home Depot. I believe it was being sold as a cot mattresses. It was $20 (if I remember right) We cut it in half (the other half is put up to use latter) and stuffed it into a homemade pillowcase (it is very large made from old king size bedding). Also we gave him a "pillow top" by placing two of our old king size pillows next to each other inside the case.

So the whole bed is a little bigger than two king size pillows laid side by side. The foam seems to really support him. I really think he loves his new bed. It seems supportive but comfortable. And it was fairly cheep to make.

Bonus: the case we put it all together in I take off once a week or so to wash. Keeps the dog smell down.

ETA: all that to say I am not sure about the expensive dog beds being worth the cost but there are alternatives that seem comfortable and supportive but easier on the budget.


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Posted: 2/7/2013 7:41:57 AM
My husband built our two dogs their beds from PVC pipe for the frame and then a mesh material. Our Scout troop had a service project for our local Humane Society and they built 30 of these beds. One of our dogs is a chocolate lab and the other is a lab/boxer mix so they are bigger dogs.

How to build a dog bed from pvc pipe

or

you can buy a similar one at Lowes

lowes pet cot

Originally, I had some egg crate mattresses from when my MIL was in hospice. I cut up the egg crate mattress into a piece that would fit inside a king size pillow case. I made my own dog beds for a period of time. I would toss the egg crate mattress when it started to get smelly.

Alas, after awhile, no more egg crate mattress was left, so we just buy a pet bed to put on top. Wow, what an eye opener, some of those beds are really expensive.

If you are buying a pet bed, look for one that has a zippered cover so that you can wash the cover. Look for the inside stuffing or pad that is inside a cover.

We always let our dogs sleep in our beds and lay on the couch, but when we got a new bed and new furniture, I said, no more dogs on the furniture.

The dogs adjusted very quickly, but we caught the chocolate lab trying to sneak back up on the furniture late at night a couple of times. He's such a sneak. To break him of that habit, I put empty laundry baskets on the furniture at night for a couple of weeks to block him from jumping up.

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Posted: 2/7/2013 7:48:17 AM
We bought two crib mattresses. One is in the living room and one is in the bedroom. We got them mainly to make jumping on the furniture easier for our shih tzus. Turns out they both like laying on them. I bought velour type crib sheets and just wash them regularly.

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Posted: 2/7/2013 8:13:37 AM
You might want to instead look at a raised, mesh bed. They are used in shelters and help ease joints in places where floors are concrete. They also help them stay cool.

Something like this and there are less expensive models from other places. This one is made in the USA and I will pay more to support our manufacturers here.



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Posted: 2/7/2013 8:17:02 AM
We've had a couple but this is both my dogs favorites...they fight over it
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We also have the premium dog couch from LLBean and the bottom has hardly any padding and it wasn't cheap! Maybe the therapeutic ones are better.

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Posted: 2/7/2013 8:31:44 AM
our 70 pound white lab was booted out of the bed last summer due to her being a bed hog! i bought her a nice oval shaped memory foam doggie bed with a removable sherpa/chenille cover. it was around 80 bucks at pet supermarket...she was really loving it...until right before christmas, i took off the cover to wash it, unfortunately i left the rest of the bed which was all memory foam on the floor and when i came home from work that day...she had completely chewed it up...it was all over the place...i think it was her subtle way of telling me she was done with that stupid bed and prefers our king size sleep number bed.

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Posted: 2/7/2013 8:33:15 AM
we have a kuranda

Kuranda Dog Beds

we've had this bed for our 95 lb Rhodesian Ridgeback for 6 years now and we haven't had a problem. We often throw pillows, blankets and whatnot on top of it. our dog will move them around until he's at maximum comfort and start snoring the night away. highly recommend it.

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Posted: 2/7/2013 8:41:36 AM

We've had a couple but this is both my dogs favorites...they fight over it


Has the cushion held up? I really like this one but I was worried that the center cushion would go flat.



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Posted: 2/7/2013 9:04:43 AM
I don't know if you have Ocean State Job Lots where you are located but we just picked up two memory foam beds for our 85+lb dogs and so far so good. They were $49 each. I don't know how long they will last but the dogs are loving them.


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Posted: 2/7/2013 12:37:35 PM

we have a kuranda

These are also made in the USA!



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Posted: 2/7/2013 1:08:16 PM
The Kuranda looks cool. We have a large pillow bed for our dog (Chocolate La in our room, though she doesn't use it much. Most of the time she is in our bed! She loves to sleep right up against one of us, or occasionally between my knees.

She does have a cheapy bed from Costco that she likes in our living room. It's a few years old and has held up pretty well.

When we got her a new bed for christmas a few years ago, we were the crazies with her at the pet store trying out beds. Like she was going to express a preference. We probably looked INSANE.


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Posted: 2/7/2013 1:20:32 PM
My dog has this Orthocare Bed and I have been very pleased. We've had it over a year and it is holding up nicely. It's a thick layer of foam (?) with two layers of the egg-crate type foam. I actually have 2 for her, but as with a PP, I made the mistake of leaving one outside uncovered. I wanted it to "air out". After my 90-pound dog made a few laps around the yard with it, I decided that it could be her outside bed.



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Posted: 2/7/2013 1:39:59 PM
I had to chuckle...on the Orvis site that Shih Tzu Mommy
posted, there was a "deep dish dog bed." Just cracked me up - my lab would have loved that, had he not been so content to shove me to the edge of my king sized bed! God rest his goofy soul, I miss that boy. My pit, Rosie (my avatar pic) is also a bed hog...she shares my body pillow!


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Posted: 2/7/2013 3:30:32 PM
I always buy nice thick dog beds at TJ Maxx since you can generally find them there pretty cheap. When they get smelly or start to thin in the middle it's not a hardship to toss them, like it would be with one of those expensive tempurpedic ones. If my dog had joint issues I would spring for one though. She's a yellow lab, around 60 lbs, I've never had any trouble finding one big enough for her.

She's never slept in my bed, I can't stand dog smell. Even a washed dog. Blecch. But my cat on the other hand is King of the Castle and may sleep right on my pillow if he likes. I'm sure the dog thinks it's all so unfair.

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Posted: 2/7/2013 3:46:10 PM
Does anyone's dog like to "fluff up" their pillow? My bulldog has to fluff his up just right before he finally lays down on it, after turning around three times. We went through several pillows because he would tear them up from the "fluffing". Finally we got these Kong ones that are tougher, so hopefully they'll last longer.


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Posted: 2/7/2013 8:07:04 PM
Orvis has a great selection of dog beds, at different prices. They hold up really well and have different types of material covers.

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Posted: 2/8/2013 12:54:00 AM
Those of you that use the cot style beds for your dogs - doesn't it tip over when your dog gets into it? Doesn't your dog stand up on it to get into place - they just seem as if they would flip over if the dog steps on an edge?

My service dog has always been very happy with our normal carpeted floor, but she's 10yo now and I'm noticing she's getting up more and shifting around at night. I think her joints probably need something a bit softer but floor space is an issue as our house is small and often I use a wheel chair.

I'm appreciating the feedback on this thread!

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Posted: 2/8/2013 2:15:22 AM
We bought a tempur pedic pillowtop mattress for my very huge standard poodle with hip problems. The bed has been well worth the initial price considering his need for pain medication is now almost non existent. I would recommend that you buy a waterproof cover for the bed, I'm not sure of the brand we bought but it comes in different sizes and colors/designs and considering we have a puppy in the house, it has saved the bed.
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Posted: 2/8/2013 6:40:52 AM
My Daisy Mae has a Tempur-pedic bed I purchased online. She tore both of her ACL's and I wanted her to have a good bed for her old arthritic bones She's had it for about 3 years now and it's still in perfect shape. I paid more than usual, but it's been worth it.
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Posted: 2/8/2013 7:03:33 AM
This is what our 75 lb lab sleeps on.

Martha Stewart Dog Bed from PetSmart

She loves it. We have 2, one next dh's chair in the living room, and one next to ds's bed upstairs. We've had one of them for about 3 years, the longest any of her beds have lasted. They are very light weight, easy to move around, yet haven't lost their shape. They are similar to a crib mattress.

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Posted: 2/8/2013 8:00:50 AM
our dog has never tipped his kuranda bed over, and he does the typical stand, twirl 3 times, and flop down on it. it's pretty big, so the legs are widely spaced, never been an issue.

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Posted: 2/8/2013 8:01:56 AM

Those of you that use the cot style beds for your dogs - doesn't it tip over when your dog gets into it? Doesn't your dog stand up on it to get into place - they just seem as if they would flip over if the dog steps on an edge?


We've used the cot type beds for several years (although we also have soft beds for them) and there's no tipping. My labs are 80 and 110 lbs. They've held up exceptionally well and the thing I like most about them is that the dirt sort of falls through rather than getting into the fur of a soft bed. So much easier to clean. We usually replace the mesh part about every 8-12 months.


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Posted: 2/8/2013 8:03:12 AM
Thanks for all the responses you guys. I spent most of last night looking at beds on line. just when I think I found one that would be perfect, the reviews say the bed sags, etc. GAH!!!

Bassets are really dense dogs - they are much heavier than people think, so you have to treat them like really big dogs. I found a company online that does "big dog" beds. $400 price tag made me re-think that one



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Posted: 2/8/2013 10:54:43 AM

Those of you that use the cot style beds for your dogs - doesn't it tip over when your dog gets into it? Doesn't your dog stand up on it to get into place - they just seem as if they would flip over if the dog steps on an edge?


I haven't had any issue with tipping, the cot is pretty low and the dog steps in the middle when he/she gets on the cot. Our local Humane Society uses them too.


Bassets are really dense dogs - they are much heavier than people think, so you have to treat them like really big dogs. I found a company online that does "big dog" beds. $400 price tag made me re-think that one


One of the posters listed buying a crib mattress and cover it with a crib sheet. You could also make a cover for it using a twin size sheet or a fleece blanket sewn like a big pillow case so you can slide the mattress in.

That would be sturdy enough for your dog plus those crib mattresses aren't that much money. They wipe clean as well.

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Posted: 2/8/2013 10:57:53 AM
My bulldog has two beds: an old ottoman and a crib mattress.

He chewed up every other dog bed we purchased, including some that were about $100! Thank goodness for Petco's 30-day money back guarantee.

If you go the crib mattress way, get a quality one that is intended to support toddlers.


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