How to Keep an Elderly Dog's Bed Warm

by Mary Lougee
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    A dog is considered elderly somewhere between the ages of 7 and 10 years, with large breed dogs earlier and small breed dogs at the later end of the scale. As dogs age, they exhibit many symptoms that humans do, including the inability to regulate their body temperature as well as they could at a younger age. Poor circulation and medical conditions, such as diabetes, kidney disease and heart disease, lead to your old pet requiring extra furnishings in his bed. Proper bed placement in the correct area of your home helps to keep your dog warm when it’s cool outside. He may get so comfortable that he will stop climbing in your bed and stealing your covers.

    Step 1

    Place carpet squares with rubber backing on tile or hard floors in the area that you want your senior pooch’s bed to reside. Carpet squares are generally 16 to 20 inches in size. Place one or more on the floor to accommodate the pet bed size. Choose an area that is free of cold outdoor drafts from opening doors.

    Step 2

    Set your dog’s bed on top of the carpet squares to insulate the bed bottom from cold floors. Choose an orthopedic bed for elderly dogs. This type of bed has memory foam in the center for the stuffing to support his ailing joints due to arthritis, dysplasia or calluses.

    Step 3

    Plug an electric pet bed warmer in a nearby electrical outlet. Turn the dial to the temperature that will be comfortable for your pet. Heat a microwavable pet bed warmer for the time recommended on the package.

    Step 4

    Place either type of pet bed warmer in the bed. Add one or more blankets on top of the bed warmer and call your elderly pooch to the bed. Introduce him to the bed by coaxing him into it with a tasty dog treat.

    Items You Will Need

    • Carpet squares with rubber backing
    • Orthopedic pet bed
    • Blankets
    • Pet bed warmer
    • Dog treats

    Tips

    • Microwavable pet bed warmers retain warmth for about 12 hours.
    • Carpet squares with rubber backing do not move on the floor when your elderly dog gets in and out of his bed. This helps give him stability if he has ailing joints.

    Warnings

    • Observe your dog in his bed when using an electric bed warmer. If he appears to be chilly, turn the temperature up. If he starts panting in his bed, turn the thermostat down.
    • Elderly dogs may still have enough spunk to chew on electrical cords. If this describes your four-legged friend, opt for the microwaveable bed warmer over the electrical type.

    Photo Credits

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    About the Author

    Mary Lougee is a writer in Texas who writes on a wide variety of subjects from home improvement to pet care. Her love of animals led to building a farm and caring for rescue animals from equine and swine to dogs and cats. She holds a bachelor's degree in management.

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