The 7 Best Orthopedic Dog Beds of 2021

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Best Orthopedic Dog Beds

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This bed has both cotton padding and an orthopedic foam base that will help decompress your dog's neck and spine as they rest.
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It has a base layer of ergonomic memory foam topped with cooling gel foam for ultimate comfort.
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This bed features seven inches of therapeutic foam perfect for larger canines.
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It’s best suited for dogs weighing up to 30 pounds, and gives your pup plenty of room to sprawl out.
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This affordable bed comes in small, medium, large and jumbo sizes, as well as seven different colors.
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The orthopedic gel helps maintain a cool sleeping surface.
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It comes in two extra-large sizes and provides a thick layer of support that provides relief from common large-dog conditions.
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Like humans, dogs need a good night’s sleep to feel their very best. If you find that your pup is tossing around at night or he’s having trouble moving in the morning, an orthopedic dog bed may be a smart purchase. It’s also a must for dogs as they age, providing relief from common conditions like hip dysplasia.

When it comes to orthopedic dog beds, you'll want to choose one that has a supportive core that'll relieve pressure points, like memory foam. Also be sure to choose the right size for your pup, and style. Flat beds and bolster beds are both good options, depending on what your dog prefers.

Here, the best orthopedic dog beds for your pup no matter their age.

Best Overall: BarksBar Gray Orthopedic Dog Bed

What We Like
  • Comes in various sizes

  • Non-slip bottom

  • Machine-washable

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

When it comes to buying a comfortable bed for your pooch, look no further than the BarksBar Gray Orthopedic Dog Bed. This bolster bed provides a cushioned sleeping surface for small, medium, and large dogs (well over 100 pounds!) no matter what sized bed you choose. The bed has both cotton padding and an orthopedic foam base that will help decompress your dog's neck and spine as they rest.

Besides a supportive place to call home, this bed has a rubber non-stick backing that will prevent it from sliding around on the floor. It is also really easy to remove the cover and machine wash on delicate. For when you just want to spot clean, stains can easily be wiped off and pet hair can easily be removed without much fuss.

What Testers Say

"I was drawn to this bed’s human-grade memory foam, which is as cushy in real life as they make it sound online." — Stephanie Vermillion, Product Tester

Runner-Up, Best Overall: Barkbox Orthopedic Ultra Plush Pressure-Relief Memory Foam Dog Bed

What We Like
  • Made with ergonomic memory foam

  • Machine-washable

  • Comes in various sizes

What We Don't Like
  • Largest size could be bigger

Another top-rated option is the Barkbox Orthopedic Memory Foam Dog Bed. Unlike other beds on this list, this orthopedic option has a base layer of ergonomic memory foam topped with cooling gel foam, which will cushion your pup's joints and limbs for unparalleled comfort. If you have an older dog or one that suffers from arthritis, having this kind of support at night will make a world of difference.

The fleece cover that surrounds both layers of foam is soft and washable, so if there are accidents you won't have to worry about the clean-up. There are four different sizes (XS-XL) to choose from, so whether you have a Jack Russell Terrier or a German Shepherd, this bed will accommodate them. While some customers thought the largest size could be bigger, the majority of reviewers found the sizes to be accurate.

Best Splurge: Big Barker 7 Inch Pillow Top Orthopedic Dog Bed

 Big Barker Pillow Top Orthopedic Dog Bed
What We Like
  • Comes in various sizes and colors

  • Has a warranty

  • Machine-washable

What We Don't Like
  • Not suited for small dogs

The Big Barker 7” Pillow Top Orthopedic Dog Bed is the Mercedes-Benz of dog beds. This bed features seven inches of therapeutic foam perfect for medium to extra large breeds. The large size is 48 x 30 x 7 inches and comes in khaki, gray, chocolate, and burgundy. The Big Barker company also guarantees the bed will keep at least 90 percent of its shape for up to 10 years. If it flattens at all, a warranty will cover a new bed or foam insert. The bed also features “open cell” foam design, which keeps it cool during use. It’s easy to clean and features a removable 100 percent microfiber cover that can be popped into the washing machine as needed.

Though the Big Barker may be a little too much bed for smaller dogs, it’s a wonderful high-end choice for large breeds, especially those with joint or bone issues.

What Testers Say

"It’s definitely worth the price for the dogs who need it, although if your dog is picky when it comes to dog beds, don’t expect a quick connection." — Stephanie Vermillion, Product Tester

Best for Small Dogs: Friends Forever Orthopedic Dog Bed

Friends Forever Orthopedic Dog Bed Lounge Sofa
What We Like
  • Chew-proof

  • Machine-washable

  • Non-slip bottom

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

Looking for an orthopedic bed with a scale that matches your pint-sized pup? This one from Friends Forever measures 20 x 25 x 5 inches, so your best friend will have plenty of room to sprawl out—it’s suited to dogs weighing up to 30 pounds—but won’t find themselves lost on a giant mattress better suited to a large breed. The human-grade foam and poly-fill bolster make it exceptionally comfortable, even for dogs with joint pain or arthritis. The bed itself is chew-proof, and it also includes a machine-washable cover.

What Testers Say

"Our dogs always like to have their heads propped up on something, so the sofa-style design of this bed is a big plus." — Sage McHugh, Product Tester

Best Budget: Furhaven Pet Dog Bed

Furhaven Pet Dog Bed
What We Like
  • Comes in various sizes and colors

  • Features side bolsters

  • Machine-washable

What We Don't Like
  • Not chew-proof

The Furhaven Pet Dog Bed is low in price but high in comfort. It comes in small, medium, large and jumbo sizes, as well as seven different colors. The small measures 20 x 15 x 3.5 inches while the jumbo size is 44 x 35 x 4.5 inches—so depending on the breed of your pup, you can find a size that’s comfortable and cozy. This bed is “sofa style,” featuring side bolsters your dog can rest his head on, giving him a sense of warmth and security. Stuffed with certified polyurethane egg crate foam, the Furhaven bed has a fully removable quilted cover for easy cleaning.

Best Cooling: Dogbed4less Memory Foam Dog Bed

Dogbed4less Orthopedic Gel Infused Cooling Memory Foam Dog Bed
What We Like
  • Comes in various sizes and colors

  • Waterproof inner-lining

  • Made with a gel cooling pad

  • Machine-washable

What We Don't Like
  • Waterproof inner-lining is not machine washable

The Dogbed4less Orthopedic Gel Infused Cooling Memory Foam Dog Bed is manufactured with a gel cooling pad to keep your furry friend cool and comfortable, even through the hottest months. It comes in either khaki or brown, as well as seven sizes, so it works for all breeds. The pad itself consists of 2.3 pounds of high-density foam and is 4 inches thick. One of the best features of this bed is its waterproof liner and two covers, allowing you to easily keep it clean and odor-free.

All in all, the orthopedic gel provides pressure point relief and alignment support, while maintaining a cool sleeping surface.

Best for Large Dogs: Milliard Quilted Padded Orthopedic Dog Bed

What We Like
  • Comes in various sizes

  • Durable

  • Non-slip bottom

  • Machine-washable

What We Don't Like
  • Not waterproof

For humans and dogs alike, there’s nothing worse than trying to get comfortable on a bed that’s too small for your body. That’s why it’s important to make sure your dog bed’s measurements are appropriate for the size of your breed. The Milliard Quilted Padded Orthopedic Dog Bed is available in two large sizes—24 x 27 inches and 47 x 29 inches—and provides great orthopedic support with an “egg crate” style foam mattress. The largest version fits neatly into a 48” dog crate, so you can create a comfy hideaway for your pup or simply use it on its own. Most importantly, the ergonomic design provides a thick layer of support that provides relief from common large-dog conditions, like hip dysplasia.

Customers say the Milliard dog bed is highly durable, adding that the egg crate design results in an extra-comfortable mattress. They also call out the non-slip material used on the underside, which ensures the bed stays put even when their big breeds flop down for a snooze.

Final Verdict

If you're looking for a supportive option that's also easy to clean, we recommend the BarksBar Gray Orthopedic Dog Bed. It has both cotton padding and an orthopedic foam base and comes in 3 different sizes for all types of pooches. Those on a budget should check out the Furhaven Pet Dog Bed (view at Chewy), which comes in 5 colors and 6 sizes.

What to Look for in an Orthopedic Dog Bed

Size

First off, determine the size that's best suited for your pet. Most dog beds come in small, medium, and large sizes, with the smallest sizes for dogs under 25 pounds and the largest for dogs up to 70 pounds. If you have a dog that weighs under 10 pounds or over 70 pounds, look for specialty beds that are made with those sizes in mind.

Style

When it comes to dog beds, the two main styles to look for are flat beds and bolster beds. Flat beds are exactly how they sound: a flat, typically rectangular bed. They're best for dogs who like to sprawl and have nothing touching them while they sleep. Bolster beds, on the other hand, have cushioned bolsters for your pup to rest on. There's not a huge difference between the two, so let your dog take the lead in determining preference.

Materials

Orthopedic dog beds get their name because they provide better support than traditional dog beds. As such, you'll find that most options on the market are made with a memory foam base, which distributes the dog's weight evenly and eliminates pressure points. As far as the cover goes, you'll want something that's durable and easy to clean, especially if your pup is prone to chewing.

Why Trust The Spruce?

This article was written by Ashley Knierim, a freelance writer with over ten years of experience. To make this list, she considered each bed's size, style, and materials, as well as insight from several product testers.

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