When the winter months come around not all dog breeds are suited for the colder climates. There are some excellent heated dog beds in the pet market place to help make your doggy buddy more comfortable when it is cold outside. A pet bed that is equipped with a heating pad of some type is available almost everywhere pet supplies are sold. Make sure you get a reputable manufactured item that is certified safe for the use you intend.
Basically there are two different types of heated dog beds to choose from. Some are made for indoors while others are made for kennels, dog houses, garages, etc. The later are called outdoor heated dog beds but you would not use them just outdoor, they should be in an enclosure of some kind. Some are rated for both indoor and outdoor. The indoor pads come in a variety that does not have a thermostat but turns on when your pet lays on the bed itself.
The design of these dog beds is a simple heating pad type device that is covered with fleece dog bedding or other material. The device should be kept away from moisture of any kind. The product you look at should have a UL (underwriter’s lab) certification of some kind. They come in different sizes for all types of dogs.
Design issues to keep in mind when looking for a good heated dog bed are features that protect your dog (or cat). The optimum temp for your dog and one of these heated beds is at 102 degrees Fahrenheit. Any temperature over 102 degrees Fahrenheit is considered unsafe for your pet. Look for one that has some safety precaution around the cord. I have seen metal wrapped around the cord or a surgical tubing outer shield. Basically you do not want anyone chewing on any parts of this. If you dog is a heavy chewer you will want to pay extra special attention to the safety features. These units use very little electricity and should come with at least a one year warranty.
A heated dog bed can provide much needed comfort for your dog if you keep them outside or you have a dog suited for warmer climates like short hair and toy breeds. In addition a heated bed can provide relief for older dogs and dogs with joint problems or arthritis. As always make sure you do your research so that you can get the best product for your furry pals.