Memory foam is sensitive to pressure and heat and as your dog sits or lies on their bed, the foam will adjust to the dog’s body. It will spread the weight of the dog, giving even support across all common pressure points, for example, hips, legs and back. Much more support than could be given by normal padded dog beds.
Memory foam dog beds are much the same as orthopedic dog beds in that they offer the same benefits and have the same features, and so they will give your dog the best possible comfort as they relax or sleep. They are a wonderful idea for all dogs of all shapes and sizes, but are especially beneficial for dogs that suffer from aches and pains in their muscles and joints.
The Memory foam mattress in a memory foam dog bed is made from polyurethane with additional chemicals increasing its density and viscosity. Higher-density memory foam softens in response to body heat, thus allowing it to mold to a warm body in just a few minutes. Whereas, lower-density memory foam is pressure-sensitive and molds quickly to the shape of the body pressing against it and returns to its original shape once the pressure is removed.
Because the memory foam molds to the body, as aforesaid, it helps to relieve pressure points, preventing pressure sores, etc. Most memory foam has the same basic chemical structure; however, the density and layer thickness of the foam means different mattresses feel very different. A high-density mattress will have better compression ratings over the life of the bedding. The lower density will have a slightly shorter life due to the compression that takes place after repeated use.
Cell structures vary from very open, to almost closed cell and the tighter the cell structure, the less airflow through the foam. Breathable, visco-elastic foam will have a more open cell structure, allowing higher airflow, better recovery, and lower odor retention when packaged. The actual cell structure has little to do with the slower or faster recovery.
The depth of memory foam also has an effect on the capabilities of the bed. Anything less than 2 inches will not have much of an effect, whereas a 6-inch block would be too soft and dense for the dog to sleep comfortably. Our dog Amber’s memory foam dog bed is made up of 2 inches of memory foam on top of 4 inches of an ordinary foam rubber and works for her extremely well.
Memory foam dog beds are particularly good for dogs that are suffering from arthritis and other joint and muscle problems. They are really appreciated by elderly dogs or dogs that are convalescing and because memory foam dog beds support the joints so well, blood circulation is also improved as there is no unnecessary pressure on any parts of the body.
These beds will not hollow out in the middle as some conventional dog beds do, and so won’t make any troubling conditions your dog may have, in the joints, even worse. But they aren’t just for dogs with aches and pains as they are perfectly suitable for any dog, big or small and hopefully can help keep your doggie friend off the sofa and chairs for a change!