Animals Pets The 9 Best Orthopedic Dog Beds of 2021 Give your pet a supportive place to sleep By Mary Jo DiLonardo Mary Jo DiLonardo LinkedIn Twitter Senior Writer University of Cincinnati Mary Jo DiLonardo has worked in print, online, and broadcast journalism for 25 years and covers nature, health, science, and animals. Learn about our editorial process Updated August 12, 2021 Fact checked by Elizabeth MacLennan Fact checked by Elizabeth MacLennan on May 23, 2021 University of Tennessee Elizabeth MacLennan is a fact checker and expert on climate change. Learn about our fact checking process Share Twitter Pinterest Email Animals Wildlife Pets Animal Rights Endangered Species Our editors independently research, test, and recommend the best products; you can learn more about our review process here. We may receive commissions on purchases made from our chosen links. If your dog is older, recovering from surgery or dealing with arthritis, or you just want to provide extra comfort, you might want to consider an orthopedic option. Dogs spend about half of their lives sleeping, usually sleeping all night and then taking cat naps throughout the day. Because dogs sleep so much, don’t they deserve a comfy place to rest? These beds typically feature memory foam, egg-crate foam, or other thick materials and padding that can cushion joints and provide support during rest. Although these bedding choices aren’t as environmentally friendly as those made strictly of organic cotton or wool, the tradeoff is that they can be especially beneficial for your pet and a quality product lasts longer, so you won’t have to keep replacing it. If a foam product has a distinct chemical odor, be sure to air it out and let it off-gas outdoors before bringing it inside. Ready to give your dog happy dreams? Here are the best orthopedic beds for a great night’s sleep: The Rundown Best Overall: BarksBar Gray Orthopedic Dog Bed at Amazon This bed is a great mix of thick orthopedic foam, cotton padding, and bumpers. Best High-End: Big Barker 7 Inch Pillow Top Orthopedic Dog Bed at Amazon If you really want to splurge on your big buddy, the Big Barker is an easy choice. Best Budget: Furhaven Pet Dog Bed at Walmart Get your pup off the couch and onto a mini version of their own that's both plush and durable. Best for Small Dogs: Best Friends by Sheri The Original Calming Donut Dog Bed in Shag Fur at Amazon Using your pet’s own body heat, this bed is a good choice for little dogs that are always chilly. Best for All Types of Sleepers: Barkbox Memory Foam Platform Dog Bed at Amazon Without side bolsters, this Barkbox bed is an excellent choice for serious sprawlers. Best Cooling: K&H PET PRODUCTS Cool Bed III at Walmart This bed uses water to keep your pooch cool and comfy. Best for Large Dogs: Friends Forever Memory Foam Dog Couch at Wayfair Baby your big pup with the same memory foam used in infant mattresses. Best for Arthritis or After Surgery: PetFusion Ultimate Pet Bed at Amazon With four inches of memory foam, this bed is ideal for post surgery recovery or arthritis. Best for Seniors or Puppies: Frisco Plush Orthopedic Pillow Dog Bed at Chewy When fido struggles with hopping over bolsters, this bed offers easy access and comfort. Best Overall: BarksBar Gray Orthopedic Dog Bed 5 View On Amazon View On Chewy If you want to coax your dog off the couch, consider offering the cushy alternative of the BarksBar bed. It comes in three sizes for every shape of a dog, and all feature 4 inches of human-grade orthopedic foam. There are cotton-padded wall bumpers around the sides that contour to your pup’s head and neck, and it’s a little bit lower in the front to allow easier access for achier (or shorter) dogs. The cover is removable and easy to wash. The bottom of the bed has a nonstick rubber backing to keep it from slipping on tile or hardwood floors. TIP: If your pet might be prone to accidents, get a bed with a removable cover like this BarksBar bed or many of the others on our list. Take the cover off, and wrap the foam with a garbage bag or pee pad before replacing the cover. Best High-End: Big Barker 7 Inch Pillow Top Orthopedic Dog Bed 5 View On Amazon View On Chewy If you really want to splurge on your big buddy, the Big Barker is an easy choice. These massive beds feature 7 inches of therapeutic foam made exclusively by Big Barker with no off-gassing. It’s topped with a contoured foam edge for neck and head support. The bed comes in three sizes: large, extra-large, and giant. A company-commissioned study by the University of Pennsylvania found that owners said the bed improved joint function by 18 percent and reduced pain by 22 percent in large dogs with arthritis. The foam is guaranteed to keep at least 90 percent of its shape for 10 years, or the company will replace it for free. The microsuede cover is machine washable and water-resistant. Related: The 5 Best Dog DNA Tests of 2020 Best Budget: Furhaven Pet Dog Bed View On Walmart View On Amazon View On Chewy Get your pup off the couch and onto a mini version of their own. This Furhaven Sofa-Style bed has egg-crate foam which offers support and allows airflow so the bed doesn’t get too hot. There are supportive bolsters on three sides with an easy step-up entry on the front. It comes in five sizes. The top sleeping surface of the bed is covered in cozy faux fur and the sides are microsuede. The cover can be tossed in the wash for easy cleaning. There are also versions of this bed with quilted versus plush tops, but these versions aren’t as durable or as popular with pets. Best for Small Dogs: Best Friends by Sheri The Original Calming Donut Dog Bed in Shag Fur View On Amazon View On Bestfriendsbysheri.com View On Chewy Few dogs can resist this fuzzy round bed from Best Friends. Called a “calming donut,” this bed lets small dogs curl up into the comforting middle while supporting their head and neck on the sides. The non-toxic filling is all responsibly sourced, according to the manufacturer, and is made without flame retardants, formaldehyde, and other potentially harmful products. The bed is self-warming with your pet’s own body heat, making it a good choice for seniors and dogs that are always chilly. We’ve found that puppies also seem to love burrowing in the fun and comforting shagginess of these beds. Best for All Types of Sleepers: Barkbox Orthopedic Ultra Plush Pressure-Relief Memory Foam Dog Bed View On Amazon Although side bolsters can offer great support, they can get in the way for a dog that really likes to spread out at nap time. This Barkbox bed is an excellent choice for serious sprawlers. Available in five sizes (the price quoted is for large), the bed features 3 inches of gel memory foam for therapeutic support. The bed comes in a light neutral gray. Its plush cover is water-resistant (not waterproof) and easily machine washable. Known for its popular monthly subscription pet toy service, Barkbox includes a toy surprise with each bed purchase. Best Cooling: K&H PET PRODUCTS Cool Bed III View On Walmart View On Amazon Some dogs are hot all the time and will seek out a cool tile, linoleum, or concrete floor no matter how many soft beds you offer them. Although the coolness can be refreshing, the hard surfaces can be hard on aching joints. This K&H cooling dog bed is a supportive alternative. You just fill the bed with water, which is a safer alternative to beds that are filled with gel. The bed is 22 degrees Fahrenheit cooler than a dog’s 102-degree body temperature. You may want to put a towel under the bed to absorb slight condensation. Many said floor sleepers were quite happy to move to this more supportive bed instead. Best for Large Dogs: Friends Forever Chester Orthopedic Memory Foam Dog Couch View On Wayfair View On Bed Bath & Beyond Made with memory foam that’s the same grade used for baby mattresses, this bed from Friends Forever comes in four sizes all the way up to XXL jumbo. The cushioned bolster provides extra support nearly all the way around, with enough of an opening in the front for an easy step up onto the bed. The soft, removable cover comes in four muted shades. It’s tear-resistant, has a water-resistant liner, and has a non-skid bottom. It’s machine washable, and fur and hair don’t cling easily to the suede-like surface. Best for Arthritis or After Surgery: PetFusion Ultimate Pet Bed 4.3 View On Amazon View On Chewy If your pet has achy joints from arthritis or is facing recovery from surgery, this Pet Fusion bed is a solid spot for supportive rest. It offers four inches of memory foam and generously-sized bolsters on the sides for additional help. The washable cover is waterproof to protect the foam mattress. That’s especially helpful for struggling senior dogs. The soft cover is also easy to spot clean, so you don’t have to toss it into the washer each time there’s a stain. There’s a nonskid bottom to keep the bed in place on wood and tile floors. Best for Seniors or Puppies: Frisco Plush Orthopedic Pillow Dog Bed View On Chewy Some dogs have trouble with the bolsters of orthopedic beds. Although they can offer great support for the neck and head, these permanent cushions can get in the way when a pup is trying to clamber on or off the bed. It’s also particularly tough for older, less agile dogs or smaller puppies. Frisco offers a flat yet orthopedic pillow bed. Packed with shredded memory foam, the bed still has plenty of comfort and allows a pup to hop up or down at any spot. It comes in several colors and is reasonably priced. The removable cover is machine washable. Final Verdict Our top pick is the BarksBar Gray Orthopedic Dog Bed (view on Chewy), for its combination of support and easy-to-wash cover. If you’re willing to splurge for a large dog, the Big Barker orthopedic bed (view on Chewy), is backed by university research and a 10-year warranty. 11 Durable and Eco-Friendly Dog Toys Why Trust Treehugger? The proud mom of a border collie mix rescue dog, Mary Jo DiLonardo has fostered 30 dogs and puppies. They’ve gone through their share of dog beds and some have been very choosy. For more than 25 years, Mary Jo has covered a wide range of topics focused on nature, pets, health, science and anything that helps make the world a better place. She has spent six years with Treehugger, formerly under the Mother Nature Network brand.