Whether you live in a cold climate or your dog is getting a bit older, a heated dog bed can be a dream-come-true for your dog. Heated beds may seem like an odd choice for a creature that wears a coat, but they provide a restful night’s sleep, relieve joint pain, and provide a little extra warmth and comfort for dogs. Whether you’re looking for a self-heating or an electrically heated dog bed, we found the best heated dog bed options for your dog.
- Top Pick: K&H Thermo Snuggly Sleeper
Your dog deserves a good night’s rest and this bed delivers just that. The K&H Thermo Snuggly Sleeper is cozy, comfy, and easy to clean. Best of all this bed maintains a temperature of 102-degrees through thermostatic controls. Why 102-degrees? The average body temperature for dogs is between 101 and 102 degrees, making this the perfect temperature to keep a dog comfortable but not over-heated. The bed heater can be removed, make this a great choice for year-long comfort. An often over-looked feature that we love is that this bed features a lower front, so your dog doesn’t have to step over a wall to get in, which makes a world of difference for dogs with mobility issues and joint pain.
Perfect for: This bed is an excellent choice for medium and large senior dogs or dogs with joint pain.
- Budget Pick: AmazonBasiccs Warming Pet Bed
You don’t have to break the bank to provide your pup with a warm and soft bed. This self-warming bed uses the same technology used in space blankets to reflect your dog’s body heat. It is fluffy, warm, and sturdy. This bed is ideal for new dog parents that want to provide a quality bed for an affordable price.
Perfect for: This simple bed is a great choice for extra-small to large dogs in cold climates or dogs approaching their golden years.
This comfortable and orthopedic durable bed is a versatile choice. It features a dual thermostat that keeps your dog comfortable inside, outside, or on the patio. With a steel wrapped cord, you can rest assured that the cord is chew-proof and weather-proof. The bolstered edge offers additional edge support without limiting your dog’s sleeping positions. It also features a removable cover that is easy to wash.
Perfect for: If you’re looking for a bed for your dog that loves to lounge outside, this is it. It’s also great for the patio, porch, or a great go-to indoors.
This attractive bed provides even orthopedic support and warmth without using electricity. It uses insulated materials and heat-reflecting foam to reflect heat back toward your dog. This bed is also made with eco-friendly filling and a machine washable cover. If you’re looking for a bed that doesn’t require a user manual, this is it.
Perfect for: This bed comes in small, medium, large, or extra-large or it’s a great choice for almost any dog!
This bed is firm yet snuggly and very durable. This electric heated bed has two layers of orthopedic foam and a removable cover that can easily be popped into the wash when needed. It slowly heats up and adapts to your dog’s body temperature. The Thermo-Bed bed supports your dog’s joints and supports happy dog dreams.
For dogs sleeping in a crate, this bed is great. The K&H Self-Warming Pet Care Pad is a self–warming bed that will keep your dog sleeping warm and toasty all night long. Its microfleece material is super soft and absorbs and holds your pet’s body heat for long-lasting warmth.
Perfect for: For petite dogs and puppies, this cozy and warm mat is ideal.
Which type of bed is best for a senior dog?
Senior dogs often need more cushioning for their joints. They also tend to lose the ability to regulate their heat as well as they once did. Any heated bed with memory foam, dense padding, or orthopedic base will provide a senior dog with added joint support and heat. The PetFusion Ultimate Dog Bed is a great choice for seniors.
Are there safety concerns related to electrically heated dog beds?
Dog beds that plug into an electrical outlet are safe for dogs. Electrically heated dog beds are designed to evenly disperse heat and only reach temperatures that are safe for dogs. They also come with “chew-proof” cords. Be sure to read the safety instructions when your dog bed arrives. Like anything that plugs in, you do want to take precautions to make sure the outlet doesn’t get wet and your dog doesn’t try to chew the cord. If you are concerned that your puppy or dog may be tempted to chew the cord, spill their water onto the plug, or get tangled in the cord, a self-heating dog bed is a better option.
How do self-heating dog beds work?
Self-Heating dog beds use fabrics that reflect your dog’s heat back toward him or her. It kind of works like wrapping a baked potato in foil–the reflective material insulates and directs warmth back toward your dog.
What dogs can benefit from a heated bed?
A wide array of dogs can gain restful sleep, comfort, and joint relief from a heated bed. Dogs that live in cool and cold climates, even dogs that live in homes with tiled floors can struggle to maintain a comfortable body temperature. A heated bed helps these dogs conserve heat. Dogs that benefit most from a heated bed include dogs with arthritis, senior dogs, dogs with hip dysplasia, dogs with thin coats, dogs with back pain, dogs recovery from surgery, and puppies that have just left their mother.
Heated Dog Bed Shopping Guide
You will find many different heated dog bed styles. When shopping for the best one for your dog, be sure to take into account your dog’s size, sleeping style, and sleeping location.
There are a few features that almost any dog owner can appreciate. These include a removable, washable cover, a non-slip bottom, and durable material.
Choosing a Size and Shape
When choosing a bed, consider the heavier your dog, the denser the material you will want. The more padding and cushion, the less likely your dog will feel discomfort from the cold, hard floor.
When it comes to a pad, bolster, or pad, consider what position your dog sleeps in. A dog that likes to curl up will probably prefer a bolster bed while dogs that like to sprawl often prefer pad or mattress style beds.
It can help to measure the height of your dog from front paws to shoulders and nose to hips. Choose a bed that gives your dog at least a few inches allowance in all directions.
Location, Location, Location
You can use an outdoor bed inside, but not the other way around. Outdoor dog beds are made from durable, waterproof materials. They also have electrical cords that are weatherproofed.
If your dog sleeps in a crate, you want a heated pad that fits snugly in the bottom of the crate.
If you’re planning a camping trip, a self-heated bed with a bit of cushion to insulate your pup from the cold, hard ground. If you’re hiking, you may want to consider a self-heating pad that rolls up and can be tied to your pack.
If your puppy or senior dog has accidents in the bed, be sure to choose a bed with a waterproof, removable cover. An extra cover can come in handy when you’re washing your dog’s existing cover.
For dogs that have trouble with mobility and getting up from a lying position, you may want to consider adding a raised platform beneath your dog’s bed.
Find Fido’s Perfect Heated Bed
What do dogs count as they’re falling asleep? Whether it be sheep or kibble, you can count on a heated dog bed to keep your dog dreaming and cozy all winter long.