Vet's Corner - Alison Lambert MA VetMB MRCVS

Our dogs spend about 90% of their time in the home, with the majority of that time spent resting, so it’s important that the bed is up to the task. All of our beds and mats have a real wool topper and a memory foam mattress.

 

Wool Fleece

 

Wool fleece is widely used in the medical industry for the prevention of bedsores. It has excellent thermal properties, allowing the body to feel warm in the winter, and cool in the summer. Wool quickly wicks moisture away from the body. It is considered to be hypo-allergic. The toppers can be machine washed at 30 degrees.

 

Memory foam

 

Memory foam moulds to a warm body, supporting it to avoid pressure points and provides a high degree of comfort. After extensive testing we found using only memory foam, the dog eventually sinks to the floor - precisely the effect you are trying to prevent. We developed our own mattress, which has eliminated this tendency by laminating the memory foam to a high-density foam base, something done in good quality human mattresses.  

 

All dogs deserve a comfortable bed but for some it will be even more important… 

 

It is estimated that 30-50% of dogs will be affected by arthritis at some point. Osteoarthritis is the form most often diagnosed in dogs: this is a painful and progressive inflammation of the joints. Arthritis is the most common cause of chronic pain in dogs. Arthritis in dogs is not always down to wear and tear and therefore although the prevalence does increase with age, it is also present in many young dogs. Some medium and large breeds are more predisposed to the disease and factors within our control, such as diet, weight management and exercise program should be considered from an early age. As the disease progresses, dogs tend to spend even more time in their beds, where they would benefit from adequate cushioning and support for the joints.

 

Arthritic dogs also need easy access to the bed and the ability to stretch out and get comfortable. Some arthritic dogs will prefer to stretch out on a mat whereas some will prefer support from the sides of a bed.

 

Arthritis cannot be cured so treatment options are aimed at managing the condition. With an early diagnosis, prompting early intervention, the arthritic process can be slowed. Recommended interventions include nutritional modification, weight management, altered exercise routines and home environment adaptations. If required, anti-inflammatory pain relief can be employed and possibly other veterinary intervention.

 

Our beds, with the deep orthopaedic mattress and easy access, are an ideal way to improve your dog’s comfort as part of your home environment adaptations.

Alison graduated from Cambridge University, in Veterinary medicine and surgery, in 1999. She initially worked in mixed practice before concentrating on domestic animals for the next 16 years. When Alison isn’t working as a vet, she is helping The Red Dog Company make the very best luxury dog beds and accessories available.

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Alison Lambert MA VetMB MRCVS

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Anonymous

“We now have three very happy dogs!!! The older one was getting quite stiff and this bed has helped her enormously. Great product and great price, worth every penny!!”

Kelly

“... We purchased the large size for our two medium size spaniel type dogs to share & there is more than enough room for the both of them to stretch out. They sleep soundly, our springer is getting on in years (13) so it is good for their joints & neither dog is stiff when they get up...”

Jan G

“I bought a medium sized bed for my larger than normal Border terrier after a lot of research. He is getting a bit stiff in his back legs particularly in the mornings and finds it difficult getting up from his old beds. The bed arrived very promptly and I am delighted with it along with Jasper. It is very well made and combines sturdiness with attractiveness. The high sides protect him from drafts and support his head well and being off the floor with a firm inner means he can get up more easily. Cost wise it has been well worth the extra expense and it is great to support a British company.”

Carol O

“We were Looking for a new supportive bed for our 10 and a half year old lab who suffers with his legs and found the Red Dog Company on line. The beds looked quality and we liked the fact that they were designed by vets but they are not cheap. We are very pleased with our purchase, it is a good quality bed, supportive and well made and worth the money. Henry our lab loves it.”

Victoria W

“My springer spaniel is 15 years old and has horrible arthritis in his rear legs. This is the first bed ever that he enjoys getting in and genuinely seems to help him counter his pain...couldn’t recommend the bed more highly.”

Jackon's M

“My 10 year old Bichon Frise recently had surgery on both of his elbows and he has some arthritis. I wanted a dog bed that would support his joints and I’m so glad that I chose the Red Dog bed. The attached photo was taken immediately after I unpacked the bed from it’s packing - it speaks for itself! So comfy and supportive and superb quality. Thanks Red Dog!”

Sheila C

“A very happy customer! My dog Amber has arthritis and couldn’t seem to be able to get comfortable on her old bed, she was wanting to stretch out rather then curl up. I found The Red Dog Company by searching and did wonder if this was going to be yet another dog bed that ended up in the garage! However, it was a major success right from day 1. I bought the mat so she could stretch out and was attracted to the fact it would be cooler in hot weather (which has proved invaluable in summer 2020!) and will keep her warm in the winter because of the natural materials used. She & I couldn’t be happier.”

Ruth E

“Our elderly Staffie adores her new bed - very supportive of her old joints ..... she’s the most comfortable she’s been for years!”

Chris

“This purchase has been worth every penny. Our dog, now 11 years old and needing extra support for his joints, absolutely loves lying in it. He also likes the firm-but-comfortable sides of the bed which he uses as a ledge for his head to rest on. The workmanship is of extremely high quality and looks very stylish in our home.”

Kevin K

“Our old dog is a bit arthritic now and we thought a bit more comfort would be a good thing. His new bed looks great and although he hasn't said what he thinks of it, he seems to be having a splendid time. If falling into a deep sleep for hours on it is a recommendation, then it's a winner. Thankyou.”

Elle H

“My dachshund had a serious back operation and I realised he needed a proper bed. His new Red Dog Bed was delivered the following day and the loves it. The quality is excellent and the service was first class. Every dog should sleep on one of these beds.”

Harriet H

“As I unwrapped the dog bed I knew our dogs would love them - soft but supportive, with lovely sheepskin on the lying surface. The dog bed has fantastic support for our elderly lab who is very arthritic and also has breathing difficulties - it cushions his head and neck very well. The covering fabric is really good quality and the memory foam bed is nice and deep and very comfy.”

Jason L

“Daisy loves her new luxury dog mat. She is recovering from leg surgery at the moment and this mat is a real help. Thank you Daisy the dog, woof, woof.”

Karen E

“The dog mat, exceeded my expectations. Incredibly well made. The wool smells so good. The bed is supportive, so if your dog is arthritic, they will benefit greatly.”

Anonymous

“Our Miniature Dachshund had an exploded Disc into the Spinal Cord Membrane which was operated on by "Supervet Fitzpatricks" her recovery period is approx 3 months - this is when I discovered "The Red Dog Company" beds designed by a Vet and proven - I cannot say how miraculous this has being our Dachshund is reluctant leave her bed at all times. Thank you so much for an outstanding "British Product.”


Tracy
“I purchased the dog mat for my 13 year old poodle who has arthritis & stickiness especially in the mornings when he gets up. It is an amazing bed & have seen a change in him already. It supports him well & seems comfortable after a nights sleep. Quite expensive but well worth it as my dog seems happier & not as stiff. Thankyou Red Dog Company.”

Rebekah S
“…had a good chat with the guys on the stand about the veterinary input into their design. I had an 11 year old dog at the time, who was just starting to show the signs of ageing, and sure enough, 6 months later was diagnosed with nasty arthritis in the front leg. She had a nice bed but it was the type where she had to curl up and I felt it was bad for her joints. Despite being on permanent anti inflammatories, she was getting up in the mornings crippled. It’s only two days since the bed arrived but already we have noticed that she is a lot less lame in the mornings…”

Anonymous
“… The dog clearly finds it really comfy as he keeps slinking off upstairs during the day now. He certainly hasn’t woken up whimpering since we got it. He’s a 9 yr old Irish Terrier and we suspected his joints were getting a bit stiff through ageing. But he’s back to his old (younger) self now he’s getting a comfy night’s sleep…”

Andy C
“…Ted our elderly Labmaraner would enjoy and benefit from a large dog mat so l decided to order one as it may help him with his arthritis…Ted immediately moved out of his "comfy" wicker basket and took up residence never giving the basket a second look…”

Marc N
“… She is 10 years old and has problems with osteoarthritis. She immediately adopted her new beds. She appreciates them very much. And we've reclaimed part of our couch and bed. Thank you very much for that. It was definitely worth the price ;-) ”

Jane Y
“Luxury for the dog we have with arthritis”

Olivia P
“I bought 2 medium beds in grey and my dogs love them. Especially my little old girl who appreciates the structure of the bed, she doesn’t topple over when she stands up. They’re really great and I’m so pleased! ”

Anonymous 
“Wilbur is clearly much more comfortable on the memory foam mat than his previous bed.”


Joanna J
“The mat is everything I wanted for my big black Lab - huge (plenty of room to stretch out and get comfy) and incredibly supportive (even I don’t sink through to the floor). It’s awesome and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend…”

Lisa F
“…The firm mattress gives her good support where her old mat was much thinner. I highly recommend this company, you'll be very pleased with your purchase as I was. :) ”

Claire
“Both my golden retrievers absolutely love their beds. I bought two large beds, and whilst they felt like quite an extravagance (the beds not the dogs) (although also the dogs!), were well worth the money, as they happily sleep in them. I was worried before that the older dog was sleeping on the floor, as they didn't seem to like their previous beds, and he was quite stiff in the mornings. Now he sleeps in his bed and is in much better shape…”

John
“Our black lab Hugo is about to turn 9 and has just undergone an operation due to a ruptured cruciate ligament. He also has some arthritis. We ordered the large bed and hoped it would provide him with a more comfortable space. HE LOVES IT!... ”.”

Anonymous
“As I unwrapped the dog bed I knew our dogs would love them - soft but supportive, with lovely sheepskin on the lying surface. The dog bed has fantastic support for our elderly lab who is very arthritic and also has breathing difficulties - it cushions his head and neck very well. The covering fabric is really good quality and the memory foam bed is nice and deep and very comfy.”

Anonymous
“The bed is beautiful - such good quality! Our dog was due to have an operation and we were keen to find a supportive bed for him post op that would support him well enough to avoid any unnecessary pain. He’s been so at home in it and recovering very well.”