There’s a good chance that you will need a heated dog bed at some point, if any of the following characteristics describe your dog:
You may also buy a heated bed if your dog spends a lot of time outdoors, especially if you live in a colder climate. Indoor dogs also enjoy these beds if they’re cold natured or are facing special circumstances that make it difficult for them to maintain a comfortable body temperature. In some cases, you may need a cooling dog mat in your home as well.
The most important feature of a heated bed is the heating element. These beds aren’t all designed the same, and the amount of heat produced will vary. There are three basic types of heated large dog beds that you will find on the market today:
Not all heated beds are designed with thick, high-density memory foam that provides adequate support for a large dog. If you’re concerned about support for long-term use, you may want to go with microwave heat pads. You may need multiple pads to keep your big dog warm, but they will allow you to select your dog’s bed for support while adding the heat feature as needed.
dog may not always need a heated dog bed, so you might want to keep an
additional bed in your home. This will give your pet an option to use
the bed that best fits their needs at any given moment. You might also
need a heated dog bed out in the dog house or on a screened porch while
an unheated bed is suitable for use inside your home.
Don’t be surprised if cats and other smaller companions are drawn to your big dog’s heated bed. Providing a warm, soft, cuddly bed is one of the best ways to encourage all of your pets to get along.