Beds for older dogs and dogs with mobility issues

As our beloved dogs get older or develop mobility issues like arthritis, the need to select the correct dog bed is increasingly important. We want to offer maximum support and comfort while still giving them a bed which is easy to get in and out of. There are a few things you should consider as you make your selection.


Sleep Position

How does your dog like to sleep? If your dog likes to feel surrounded or enjoys cuddling up hard against you, then luxury of a soft walled box bed constructed with orthopaedic blended memory foam particles or sofa bed with memory foam topper would be a great option, as your dog can curl up and sleep in a way that offers them the security they like.

If your dog isn’t much of a curler and loves to spread out on their side, like our dogs do, then you would be best to go with a mattress style or sofa bed with the memory foam topper construction.

We love the sofa bed style, as our dogs love putting their head on the side bolsters and stare at you, while waiting for a treat to be delivered. The large open front also gives dogs with mobility issues an easy way in and out.



So how mobile is your dog? Do they have arthritis or are they post-surgery from a crucial ligament operation? Or are they just entering retirement and want to take it a little easier? We offer 2 types of fill for our dog beds: the orthopaedic blended memory foam particles and the memory foam mattress topper. Both offer fantastic support, but we recommend that dogs with mobility issues are better suited to a memory foam mattress topper. The main reason for this is the ease for your dog to get in and out of their bed combined with the support for their joints.



Older dogs, like puppies, are more likely to have the odd accident and possibly on their bed. The advantage of buying a George Barclay luxury dog bed for your pet is having Moisture Shield™ which forms a barrier and protects the bed’s inner cushioning from moisture spills. All covers for George Barclay beds are also removable and machine washable. You can also purchase a spare cover so that you can swap and change out with ease.

We hope you found this article helpful in choosing the correct bed for your dog. If you would like more information or have a question for us then feel free to contact us at

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