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Choosing the perfect bed can be tricky. But, it is important to your pet’s health, because proper sleep is imperative for appropriate behavior.
If you notice any of the following characteristics in your pet’s bed, then it may be time to purchase (or make) a new one:

Bed is Too Small 

You want to make sure the pet bed is large enough to completely support your dog or cat. If your pet’s extremities are falling off the edges, then the bed is too small and not providing ample space for your pet to get comfortable, or promote quality sleep.

Is your Pet's Bed Too Lumpy?

Beds that contain stuffing must be maintained or changed frequently because the stuffing can become clumped together or compressed. This will create some areas that are thick, while there is no cushion or support in others. Beds with foam or batting that is failing should be replaced.

Unprotected 

Areas of high foot traffic are not good for sleep. Keep pet beds away from hallways or entryways. Also, be sure to keep your pet’s bed away from any large, heavy furniture that is not secured to the wall.

Drafty  

Pet beds should not be near windows, doors or kept in uninsulated rooms. The area where a pet sleeps should have regulated temperature to promote proper resting and sleep.

Dirty 

Beds and/or liners should be washed on a weekly basis. For those with pets going outdoors frequently, you may want to wash them more frequently. If the bed is gritty or filmy to the touch, then it is time for a wash, or time to purchase a new liner or cover.

Too High 

To reduce the strain to your pet’s joints, keep pet beds near or on the floor. This will also provide a safer area for rest and will limit the potential for falls.

When it comes to pet beds, it is worth spending a few extra bucks for a well-made bed in the beginning. Otherwise, you can end up spending more on replacing beds that become torn or lumpy shortly after purchase.

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Nothing in this article should be construed as financial, legal or veterinary advice. Please consult your own advisors for questions relating to your and your pet’s specific circumstances.

1 Pet Insurance offered by MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC is underwritten by Independence American Insurance Company (“IAIC”), a Delaware insurance company, headquartered at 485 Madison Avenue, NY, NY 10022, and Metropolitan General Insurance Company (“MetGen”), a Rhode Island insurance company, headquartered at 700 Quaker Lane, Warwick, RI 02886, in those states where MetGen’s policies are available. MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC is the policy administrator authorized by IAIC and MetGen to offer and administer pet insurance policies. MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC was previously known as PetFirst Healthcare, LLC and in some states continues to operate under that name pending approval of its application for a name change. The entity may operate under an alternate, assumed, and/or fictitious name in certain jurisdictions as approved, including MetLife Pet Insurance Services LLC (New York and Minnesota), MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions Agency LLC (Illinois), and such other alternate, assumed, or fictitious names approved by certain jurisdictions.