Many owners are keen to provide their dog with a comfortable pet bed, but they aren’t interested in spending a small fortune in the process. This leads many to consider entry-level orthopedic mattresses, which are generally made with memory foam or a similar core material. These types of foam help to provide your pet with enough support to keep his elbows, shoulders, hips and knees from pressing into the hard floor below, while still yielding easily and providing the most comfort possible.
This additional joint support is certainly appreciated by all dogs, but it is especially helpful for older canines, or those suffering from hip or joint problems. In many cases, orthopedic mattresses are able to improve a dog’s quality of life, by reducing joint pain, improving flexibility and allowing them to sleep more comfortably at night.
While many of the best orthopedic mattresses feature triple-digit price points, there are a number of high-quality, yet more affordable options on the market. One of the mattresses that best exemplifies this is the Milliard Premium Orthopedic Memory Foam Dog Bed.
The Milliard Premium Memory Foam Bed features two 2-inch-thick foam sheets that comprise the core. The bottom sheet is made from polyurethane foam, while the top layer (the one on which your dog directly rests) is constructed from premium memory foam.
This is not only a good way for the manufacturer to keep the cost of the bed slightly lower than it would be if the entire core was comprised of memory foam, but some owners feel that this dual-foam approach provides better support for their pet.
One of the most intriguing features of the Milliard Premium Orthopedic Bed is the antimicrobial cover, which resists colonization by bacteria and fungi. This will not only keep the cover cleaner and safer for your dog, but it will help ensure it smells better too. The cover features a zipper that stretches across two of the bed’s sides, which makes it easy to remove or replace the cover. The cover is machine washable and it features a non-slip bottom to keep the bed from sliding around on the floor (note that, per the manufacturer, the adhesive used to attach the non-slip bottom has been upgraded to address the concerns of previous customers).
The Milliard Premium Orthopedic Memory Foam Dog Bed is available in four different sizes:
The Milliard Premium Orthopedic Dog Bed is only available in one color (tan).
The vast majority of owners who tried the Milliard Orthopedic Dog Bed loved it, as did their dogs. Many owners noted that this mattress helped to reduce their dog’s hip and joint pain and provide them with a higher quality of life. The memory foam core kept its shape well, according to most owners, and did not begin to sag after weeks or months of use.
Some owners did express frustration with the bed’s cover. While many owners seemed to find the cover water-resistant enough, some complained that it allowed fluids to seep into the memory foam core very easily. This can lead to problems with odors that can be difficult to resolve. Additionally, a few customers experienced problems with the cover’s zipper, but such reports were rare.
The Milliard Premium Orthopedic Dog Bed is a high-quality mattress that is very affordably priced. You will spend more on this bed than a non-orthopedic mattress, but the comfort that it provides to your pet will easily justify the additional expense. It shouldn’t be confused with one of the highest-quality pet beds available, but it does represent a good mix of quality and value.
If you are concerned about the cover’s water resistance, you may want to consider purchasing an aftermarket plastic cover or constructing a homemade waterproof cover yourself. This should help protect the core and keep the bed smelling good for years to come.
Don't forget: You can place an orthopedic dog bed inside your dog's kennel if you like. Just be sure that you match the sizes properly.
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