Animals are not just pets to many, they are family members. Just as you would prepare for a new baby into your home there are things you need to do to make sure your new four legged addition is made to feel at home too.
There are a few things that are essential and need to be bought ahead of time. The breed of dog dictates which food and the kind of toys you can purchase, there is no point purchasing adult dog food for a puppy or small chew toys for a fully grown Rottweiler. The size of dog and how large they will grow to will also dictate the kind of bed you purchase too.
Decisions need to be made as to whether you are going to allow the dog onto your furniture, to sleep in your bed or whether they will have a dog bed of their own. Some people go all out and with so many options to chose from, from crate beds to luxury dog beds, heck there are even four poster pet beds you can purchase.
If you are looking for something a little more expensive or to last a lifetime you can even go down the orthopedic dog bed route. Something specialist which has been designed to give maximum support to the natural curvature of a dogs body. Orthopedic dog beds ensure the head can rest comfortably on the outside edge thus giving support where needed.
My main choice when it comes to choosing a dog bed is that the covers are robust and the fabric dries quickly when washed. Poppy has a weak bladder now she is getting old so we need something that can be washed copious times without showing signs of wear. She is a big dog too and we have found that a lot of dog beds sag in the middle after a while, orthopedic beds tend to keep their shape regardless of how much wear and tear they take.
Overall I have found it better to invest in something a little more expensive. Spending time and money on something that will last forever is a saving long term.
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