Memory foam has become one of the most important materials for dog beds in decades. It was designed by NASA in 1960 to alleviate body pain and stiffness during long and uncomfortable flights. It was so successful, in fact, that it has now been adopted as the restorative materials for many dog beds (and human beds too).
The main appeal of memory foam is how soft and comfortable it is, even after many hours of lying in the same position. Responding to body heat and pressure, the foam (visco-elastic polyurethane) actually molds itself around the body, cradling and supporting it to allow body weight to distribute evenly. Painful joints or sore body parts are supported while avoiding excess pressure, making it easier and more comfortable to sleep.
But better sleep is not the only claim of experts and veterinarians. Dog beds with memory foam are considered to be orthopedic in nature with proven medical benefits. Memory foam can add a feeling of luxury to any dog bed, but it is especially therapeutic for larger dogs, older dogs or dogs that have arthritis or hip dysplasia.
Is memory foam right for your dog?
Veterinarian clinics have identified key factors to help you decide which dog bed is best for your dog.
Who memory foam is good for.
Larger dogs: Larger dogs are 50% more prone to experience hip dysplasia. Memory foam can actually slow down the progression of some joint issues by reducing the wear and tear on the pressure points of the hip. See More
Dogs with arthritis, broken bones or sore muscles: The natural warmth generated from memory foam dog beds can help to reduce pressure on joints, while offering gentle support and comfort to the spine, hips, shoulders and legs.
Memory foam makes it easier to sit down and get up for old and arthritic dogs, and holds heat more than other materials, which has even proven to make joints and bones feel better even slowing the progression o f arthritis.
Older dogs:. Memory foam helps an old dog sleep for longer periods by stopping the dog from shifting and waking himself up in the night. Better sleep makes everyone calmer, happier and in a good mood.
Dogs who don’t like the cold.
Memory foam’s ability to hold heat can offer an easy solution for dogs on otherwise cold floors or in winter environments.
Dogs with allergies.
Memory foam is considered to be more hygienic than other materials, allowing less bacteria to grow and attracting less dust known to inspire allergic reactions.
Dogs with skin sores or rashes.
The pressure is removed with memory foam allowing dogs with skin issues to rest in greater comfort.
Dogs who love luxury!