There are a few different types of lining used in an orthopedic dog bed. The two main ones are memory foam and egg crate or convoluted foam. From the names alone, can you guess which one is used in a human orthopedic mattress? Memory foam is the one that is used in orthopedic mattresses for humans. Its quality of molding to your body while maximizing comfort and releasing pressure points on your body has long been recognized and praised. Egg crate foam is not very strong. As such, you do not notice a human orthopedic mattress made from egg crate foam. It is only used for mattress toppers and mattress pads. But dog beds are made from it. So you should know that a large dog can wear it out relatively fast. You may not wish to consider purchasing it, unless you have a small dog.
So let us explore the properties of these materials in more details so we can better understand the differences and make a better informed choice.
The Properties of Memory Foam Material
Memory foam is composed from interconnected open cells. How this works is that whilst you lay on the bed, the body weight and pressure forces air to be redistributed across the network of neighboring cells. This allows for the foam to mold around your body and offer ultimate comfort. This relieves the stress of resistance against painful pressure points. And it is the same story with dogs. A memory foam dog bed will offer your dog superior support to help relieve pressure on his joints, while providing supreme comfort.
Egg Crate Foam Characteristics
Since this foam takes its name from the shape of cardboard egg crates, there is no wonder that it has numerous bumps and dips, and, most importantly, that it is very fragile. This orthopedic dog bed has no real correspondent in a human mattress. It may only feature significantly in mattress toppers and mattress pads. So if you have a small and light dog, this material may be suitable. But for the large, heavy breeds egg crate foam may be also weak and quickly crushed.
Another thing to pay attention to is the shape of the dog bed. This should be determined by the way your dog likes to sleep. If you notice that your dog likes to curl himself up, then a rounded model of bed is best. However, if he likes to stretch out – common in large dogs, a long rectangular shaped bed is more suitable. Now you just need to go and shop for your furry friend’s orthopedic dog bed.