Dogs usually love trying to get on the bed with you, and there is a reason for it. Your mattress is more comfortable! While it is not so important that a younger dog has a human-quality mattress, once she gets becomes a senior, or aged around 8 years, it is important that you invest in a quality mattress for your older dog.
Younger dogs will spend about 12 hours a day in bed, and older dogs considerably more. As they age, just like humans, dogs often suffer with arthritis and aching joints. Also just as with the case of humans, the best type of mattress for a senior is a memory foam mattress.
For many years hospitals have used memory foam for patients to relieve pressure and eliminate bed sores. It is also used in burns units worldwide. Memory foam was developed by NASA to make take-off and re-entry more comfortable for astronauts.
Memory foam is the best material available to support joints and the back. It will also insulate your dog against drafts and give him a warm cozy feeling of security. Because his weight will be spread evenly over the mattress he will not experience any pain from aching and creaky joints.
When buying a memory foam mattress for a dog, make sure it has a waterproof cover. As dogs become older, they often become incontinent and if your dog has an accident on the foam, it will soon be useless. Look for a bed with a cover that is easy to remove and wash.
Make sure you put the bed in a location that our dog enjoys away from drafts. Don’t place the bed away from the family thinking an older dog wants peace and quiet; dogs are very socialable creatures regardless of age, and will always be happier around the family.