Choosing which mattress is best for your dog can be difficult, I have put together some information below with details of each one. If you're still struggling please just send me a message!
The Orthopaedic Mattress
The Orthopaedic mattress is a combination of high density foam topped with memory foam. It's a deep, medium/firm mattress that is incredibly comfortable for your dog. It's been designed this way to replicate human memory foam mattresses so that the dog will sink in the proper amount to relieve pressure points and no more. Memory Foam density is measured in cubic metres so foam with a density of 40kg will weigh 40kg if you have one cubic metre. The recommended Memory Foam density for a good quality dog bed is 40-60kg, memory foam used for our mattresses is 50kg (most commonly used for human mattresses!) Many companies sell "memory foam mattresses" that may be cheaper but are simply not orthopaedic and consequently do not provide the support a memory foam mattress should. If the memory foam is too soft (often cheaper) it can cause the dog to sink to the bottom and therefore do not relieve pressure at all, the same applies to memory foam mattresses that are too thin for the size/weight of the dog using it. I've conducted a lot of research over the past few years and worked closely with my very knowledgable foam supplier (based just a few miles from where I live) to create the perfect memory foam mattress that is truly orthopaedic, focusing on the correct foam densities and appropriate thickness of the mattress. This mattress will relieve arthritic pain in older dogs in addition to maintaining joint health in dogs of all ages as the memory foam reacts to body temperature, conforming to their unique shape and distributing their weight evenly across the bed. A foam combination mattress is more expensive than fibre fill but it is a sturdier option that naturally regains its shape and will last a very long time. These beds are suited to all dogs particularly older dogs and larger breeds. Orthopaedic mattresses come with a cotton cover that that has a zip at one end so you can see inside to ensure the memory side is up and can also be removed for washing.
The Fibre Mattress:
The fibre mattress is filled by hand with layers of 10oz Polyester Upholstery Wadding with soft hollow fibre in between to provide great comfort and support for your dog. It is separated into three chambers to stop migration of the materials providing a bed that will remain plump and soft and retain their shape for longer. Fibre fill mattresses are a great comfortable option for dogs that like a softer, cushioned feel. Unfortunately these mattresses can flatten over time despite filling them as full as I possibly can! I would recommend plumping it up every month to maintain shape. This is a cheaper option to the Orthopaedic mattress above, better suited to smaller, lighter dogs who are young and have no joint issues.