12 Heated Dog Beds to Keep Your Furry Friend Warm All Winter
When it's time to break out the fuzzy blankets and turn on the fireplace, don't forget about your four-legged friend! Heated dog beds give your pup a warm place to relax and keep cozy on cold days. And even if you live in a warmer climate, some dogs struggle to regulate their own body temperature and could benefit from a bed that helps them do so.
Short-haired breeds like a greyhound or French bulldog often have a lower cold tolerance, and small breeds like the Chihuahua don't tolerate cold well due to their size. A heated dog bed is also great for senior dogs who have trouble staying warm—the heat can even help ease joint discomfort and arthritis pain. On the opposite end, puppies reap the benefits of a heated bed. The warm sensation gives them the same feeling of cuddling with their littermates. Aww!
The two heating methods available for heated dog beds are corded and self-warming. The corded kind use electricity to provide heat and must be plugged into an outlet to use. Self-warming uses your dog's own body heat to warm up the bed. If you choose a corded option, be sure to consistently examine the wires for damage and keep the bulk of it out of reach for your pets.
Take measures to ensure your dog has plenty of room to leave the heated bed if they get too hot. If your dog isn't able to move around on their own, check with your vet before using a heated bed. Keep in mind these are best used indoors and shouldn't be an excuse to keep your dog out in cold temperatures. Below, explore the range of heated dog bed options you have available to you and your canine best friend.