A heated dog bed can help the health of your pet, especially in the winter months. However, pet owners must do their research when it comes to these types of dog beds since it is possible for the pet to be injured if it is cheaply made or not maintained properly. Smaller dogs can benefit most from a heated dog bed since they tend to get colder easier. However, larger dogs with a thin coat can also enjoy the benefits of using a heated dog bed.
If your dog cuddles under the covers in bed with you or likes laying under a blanket on the couch, you may find that you can get your space back by purchasing a heated dog bed. This can save you from having to constantly fight your dog’s odor from getting on your furniture and blankets while giving your dog the warmth he desires.
How to Find a Safe Heated Dog Bed
You may be wary of purchasing a heated dog bed if your dog likes to chew. Steel wrapped cords come with beds that are CUL and UL certified to insure safety and protection. If you do not see this on the bed’s description it is not worth the risk. Even if your dog has outgrown chewing it is still best to choose a certified heated dog bed.
Choose a dog bed that lets you control how hot the bed gets. A full-ranged, variable heat control is best since it is easy to control and allows you to set how hot the bed gets. Test how hot the bed is on its hottest setting. Then gradually lower it so you know when it gets too hot for your dog.
Heated dog beds with a removable heater means you can wash the bed when needed. Without the removable feature a bed cannot be washed and you will soon find stains and build up of dirt around your dog’s favorite spot of the bed.
Always check to see where the heated dog bed is meant to be used. Some can only be used outdoors while others are only for indoors. This is also written with its description so you can check to make sure it matches your needs before it is purchased.
Choose a cool dog bed that allows you to set the temperature to be 12 to 15 degrees hotter than the temperature in your house.
Read reviews of heated dog beds online to see which ones have the best customer satisfaction. Pet forums, your local pet store or veterinarian can also give you good advice on which heated dog bed is safest for your dog. Do not take poor reviews lightly.
Once you know what to look for in a heated dog bed, start searching a pet store or online to see what choices you have regarding styles, sizes, and colors. Not all styles of dog beds may be available with a heater and if this is the case, consider using a heating pad covered with a towel in a regular bed to give your dog the added warmth he needs until you can find the perfect heated dog bed for him.