Choosing a Heated Bed for your Pet


Heated Pet Beds give warmth and comfort to pet in both indoor and outdoor application. Outdoor electric products are more limited in selection.
Manufacturers of heated beds include K and H Manufacturing, Petsafe (a component of Radio Systems Corporation), Farm Innovators , Petstages, Four Paws , Brampton Company and Pet Supply Imports to name a few. They can be broken down into two basic categories. Electric heated pet beds (K and H Manufacturing , Petsafe & Farm Innovators) and non-electric (all other manufactures listed).  They work in various ways as we describe below.
K and H Heated Dog Pad

Electric pet beds and mats have a heating unit inside the item which warms the bed when it is plugged in. They have a thermostat to control the heat level and are designed to maintain a temperature of about 102 degrees Fahrenheit when your pet is on the pad. This is the natural temperature of your pets body.

This will allow a comfortable heat level for your pet but not something that feels too hot. The product is not a heat blanket and will not warm to that heat level. This would be uncomfortable to your pet. I have found that I can detect the heating of the bed/mat by putting my hand on a plugged in item but it is subtle.

One method to detect the heat to to put a telephone book on the item and let it sit for 1/2 hour. Then feel under the book for the warmth.

Outdoor Electric Pet Beds/Mats
Outdoor beds/mats need to be able to withstand the elements and are therefore less selection is available. K and H Manufacturing makes two nice outdoor products in the Lectro-Soft Heated Pet Bed and the Lectro-Kennel Heated Pet Mat . The Lectro-Soft is a soft bed that is a very popular item. The Lectro-Kennel is a firmer plastic encased unit that can come with a cloth cover. This may be more applicable if your pet likes to chew soft items.

Indoor Electric Pet Beds/Mats
There are many types of indoor electric beds from mats to snuggles to orthopedic foam for older dogs or those with joint issues. The manufacturing requirements are not as difficult as the outdoor beds so the selection is much more extensive. Most have removable covers for washing. Some have removable heat units that can be stored in warmer months while still using the bed.

Electric Pet Bed Usage
There are a few things to remember when using electric pet beds. If your pet likes to chew cords this may not be an appropriate application for your pet. Some products put chew guards on the cord. In the end it is the responsibility of the pet owner to monitor the situation and determine if the application is appropriate. Also, be sure that your pet has the option to get on and off of the pad whenever he/she wants. Putting a heated unit in a kennel without the ability to move away from the heat source can cause the animal to become uncomfortable and overheat.

Non-Electric Heated Pet Beds
These beds are typically either made from heat reflective material that naturally heat when the pet lays on the item or microwavable inserts that the owner heats in the oven and inserts in an existing bed. This can be an option for those without electricity present in the area the bed is being used or if they feel an electrical product is not right for them. Microwavable inserts give warmth for 4 to 6 hours. These may be suitable for outdoor and indoor use. Be sure to follow the heating instructions and do not overheat. I have heard of a pet owner causing the item to explode in a microwave when the item is left in too long. There is also a concern if the item is too warm for the pet.

If the product instructions are followed there should be no issue. As with the electric units, always allow your pet the option to move away from the heated area so that they do not overheat. This is of concern in areas of restricted movement such as kennels and cages.

Your pet will enjoy cuddling to a warm bed on a cold night. Many options are available for the consumers specific application as discussed above. Puppies may also find heated beds a source of security and warmth as they relate the beds features back to those supplied by their mother. Orthopedic heated dog beds are ideal for older dogs with stiff joints. Most have removable covers for washing.

 Whatever your pets needs this may be an item that is worth consideration.

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