Waterproof Orthopedic Dog Beds from Berkeley are a 20 cm (8″) deep rectangular orthopedic mattress. These beds are made in the UK and available in 3 sizes to fit all dog breeds. Each has a central layer of pocket springs sandwiched between 4 layers of wool-based felt. This core is then wrapped in lambswool and compressed and buttoned inside a tough zipped natural cotton drill inner bag. We use top quality felt that is made from a mix of recycled cotton and wool with a small percentage of polyester to give added ‘bounce’.
We use no potentially toxic foam, memory foam or fire retardant chemical sprays in the manufacture of any of our Waterproof Orthopedic Dog Beds.
Berkeley Waterproof Orthopedic Dog Beds are an Approved Product of Canine Arthritis Management.
- Pocket spring mattresses are the preferred choice for most high quality human orthopedic beds. Typically, in one of our Large mattresses, there are around 220 individual springs. These are housed in individual fabric pockets, all working independently of each other. This means that support is offered from the edge to the very centre of the mattress. The coil pocket springs in our waterproof orthopedic dog beds allow your dog to either ‘nest’ or stretch-out with ease. They also provide an ideal balance of joint support, even weight distribution, insulation and cushioning to give optimum spinal alignment.
- Ultra-Comfy and suitable for all dog breeds. They are particularly effective for dogs suffering from arthritis, hip dysplasia, joint and ligament complaints and all elderly dogs that may require extra support and warmth.
- Our outer cover (supplied as standard) is a durable 100% waterproof PVC-backed polyester pillow case-design. This is then sealed with heavy duty ‘Velcro’. It can easily be removed for machine washing or it can be left in place and simply wiped or hosed down. It is fully replaceable – so you can simply renew the cover rather than the whole bed!
- Use our Waterproof Orthopedic Dog Beds on their own or add one of our wonderful polar fleece or luxury fabric covers for even more comfort and style!
- A truly unique and innovative dog bed made with the very finest quality components and built to last.
- Made in the UK.
About Our Waterproof Orthopedic Dog Beds
Waterproof Orthopedic Dog Beds form a key part of our product range.
This unique and innovative mattress is over 20 cm thick. It is made up of a central layer of pocket springs sandwiched between 4 layers of deep rebound felt. This core is then wrapped in lambswool and compressed and buttoned inside a tough zipped natural cotton drill inner bag.
Like all Berkeley dog beds, our Waterproof Orthopedic Dog Beds are designed, engineered and made by skilled craftsmen exclusively in the UK.
You probably sleep on a pocket spring mattress. They are the preferred choice for most human orthopaedic beds. Typically, in one of our Large mattresses, there are around 220 individual springs, housed in fabric pockets, all working independently of each other. This means that support is offered from the edge to the very centre of the mattress. These provide a dynamic response to the natural body movement of your dog. They react intelligently to individual body contours to cushion vulnerable exposed joints such as hips and elbows. This allows your dog the freedom to either ‘nest’ or stretch-out with ease.
Ultra-Comfy and suitable for all dog breeds, they are particularly effective for dogs suffering from arthritis, hip dysplasia, joint and ligament complaints and all elderly dogs that may require extra support and warmth.
Springs don’t break down like other materials. After 50,000 rollator cycles, visco loses 16.3% of its firmness, latex 19.4%, and polyfoam an incredible 43.7%. Compare that to pocket springs, which break down just 5.4%.
The layers of felt are designed to complement the pocket springs. This achieves just the right mix of comfort, support, durability and shape retention. Air circulates freely around this central core of springs and is pushed up through the layers of felt, wool and cotton when your dog moves around thus helping to keep the bed dry and fresh.
These layers need to be thick and dense to provide adequate insulation from cold floors. They also ensure that your dog’s body is positioned to keep his back straight and elevated to avoid drafts at ground level.
We use natural fillings wherever possible and unlike most foam and memory foam dog beds our mattresses have not been treated with potentially toxic fire retardants. (Wool is a natural fire retardant). The felt contains a high percentage of wool plus some cotton and a small percentage of polyester to provide extra ‘bounce’. Wool is a soft springy fibre that retains warmth in winter and stays cool in summer. It also has great moisture wicking properties to further help keep the core of the mattress dry
Once the two thick felt layers are in place on either side of the pocket springs we add an outer layer of lambswool. We then seal everything inside a heavy duty cotton drill cover which is buttoned to keep everything in position. If your dog is an avid scratcher this process helps avoid clumping and lumpiness.
Berkeley Waterproof Orthopedic Dog Beds are substantially heavier than any rival product. An added benefit is that the weight of the mattress prevents it sliding around when your dog attempts to sit on it.
The standard outer cover is a 100% Waterproof PVC-backed polyester pillow case-design that is sealed with heavy duty ‘Velcro’.
We selected our waterproof material for its durability. It holds up well to chewing or scratching, dog hair tends not to stick to it and it is flea/mite, mould and mildew resistant. In addition, the heavy-duty nylon thread used in the stitching is virtually unbreakable.
You can easily remove our Waterproof Cover for machine washing at 30 degrees C or it can be left in place and simply wiped or hosed down.
Berkeley Waterproof Orthopedic Dog Beds are available in 3 sizes and 4 colours and are an Approved Product of Canine Arthritis Management
What Exactly Is An Orthopedic Dog Bed?
Orthopedic dog beds are all the rage right now. Undoubtedly a top quality orthopedic dog bed can be highly effective in improving the quality of life of all dogs suffering from arthritis, hip dysplasia, joint and ligament complaints and all elderly dogs that may require extra support and warmth.
Regrettably, there is no legal or technical definition of what constitutes an orthopedic dog bed. Everyone has a broad idea but the term is more of a marketing label than one backed by scientific research. Want to sell more dog beds? Call them orthopedic!
Generally speaking, if a dog bed completely eliminates all painful pressure points, provides uniform support for correct spinal alignment, retains it’s shape and is of sufficient height to facilitate access and egress it is an orthopedic dog bed.
For dogs with arthritis, hip dysplasia or other joint / ligament complaints orthopedic dog beds should be very much the bed of choice. Equally, with older dogs and heavier, larger breeds this has to be the route to go.
Orthopedic dog bedS help to eliminate pressure points and allow blood to flow through key joints as your dog sleeps. If the blood flow is restricted your dog may be visibly more creaky, stiff and restless.
There is compelling evidence that providing a fully supportive bed and looking after your dog’s sleeping posture is advantageous for ALL dogs. Yes, a suitable bed may cost more but if this prolongs the active life of your pet and reduces the chance of veterinary treatments in later life for any number of musculoskeletal complaints it must surely be worth it.
First of all let’s eliminate what are clearly NOT orthopedic dog beds. Any bed that is simply ‘filled’ with a material like blown polyester fibre, chunks of foam, polystyrene beads etc. does not retain a defined shape, provides little long term support, quickly degrades and becomes lumpy and provides poor insulation from cold floors is not orthopedic.
Dog beds need to be thick and bounce quickly back into shape. We like to use the punch test to sort the men out from the boys – Place the bed on a concrete floor at punch it as hard as you possibly can. If you don’t end up in A&E list the bed as a possible ‘maybe’.
Take into account also the shape and size of the bed. ‘Nest’ type beds may look cute and snugly but be careful to buy one that is sufficiently large to allow full unrestricted movement so your dg can stretch out fully as well as curl up. We would always advocate buying as large a bed as possible for your dog for full unrestricted movement. Do not fall into the trap of buying a bed to fit a suitable space in your kitchen / utility room etc. and then hope that your dog simply adjusts itself to accommodate the space available.
Don’t forget the height of the bed also. A thick, deep filled bed not only is likely to provide good insulation but it should also allow your dog to get in and out of bed with ease. This might not be an issue while your dog is young, fit and active but will become a key factor as your dog ages. As a guide apply gentle palm pressure on a prospective bed and look for a height of at least 6”.
The most widely accepted type of orthopedic dog beds are those made with memory foam. This is a type of polyurethane that moulds to shape and becomes more pliable as it gets warmer. It provides excellent support in thinner slabs than ordinary foam and hence is often bonded to regular foam to provide additional height and ‘bounce’.
It’s great stuff and can be highly effective. There are however, a few caveats that are worth highlighting.
It is heat sensitive. This makes it stiffer and slow to adjust to your dogs shape if it is cool. Memory foam is also very dense so once it is warm it doesn’t dissipate heat very well which can lead to your dog becoming uncomfortably hot especially in today’s centrally heated homes.
It pays to check the thickness of memory foam in a bed. It is expensive compared to regular foam and manufacturers can cut corners whilst benefiting from the ‘Memory Foam’ label.
Similarly, beware of cheaper variants such as egg crate foam, shredded memory foam, and lower density memory foams that can lose their ‘memory’ over time.
Lastly, and it’s a big one, memory foam can have a distinct chemical smell when purchased. This may be totally innocuous, but unfortunately an alarming amount of foams use potentially toxic chemicals in their manufacture or are subsequently treated with a seriously worrying cocktail of fire retardant chemicals. The foam may contain Volatile Organic Compounds that off-gas over time. The chemicals can result in allergies and skin conditions but have also been shown to contain several known carcinogens.
Make sure that you satisfy yourself that any memory foam in your dog bed does not contain any chemicals that could be hazardous to your dog’s health.
Unfortunately, most dog bed manufacturers have a price point to reach which means that foams can often be imported from low cost producing countries that pay little or no regard to the use of potentially hazardous chemicals.
At Berkeley Dog Beds, we use no potentially toxic foam, memory foam or fire retardant chemical sprays in the manufacture of any of our Waterproof Orthopedic Dog Beds.