Your pet needs to feel like an accepted member of the family, and having his own home within your home will help him feel secure and comfortable. A good bed is not a luxury—it’s an essential pet accessory. So take the time to find the right one. After all, you want the bed and its benefits to last a lifetime. Here’s how you can make sure you pick the right bed for your pet:

Size matters

Make sure the bed is large enough. If he’s stretched out to his maximum, the bed should be large enough to support his entire body.

Consider his sleeping habits

Does he like to rest his head on a pillow or the arm of a sofa? If so, look for a bed with a side. Does he like to burrow and nest? A soft, pillow-type bed may be the best choice.

Easy-to-maintain fabrics

A bed with an inner pillow that is reversible and machine-washable, will come in handy, especially if your pet drools or sheds.

Outdoor-safe bed for an outdoor dog

If your dog or spends a lot of time outside or sleeps in a doghouse, look for materials treated to eliminate mold, fungus, and other outdoor hazards that may be harmful to your dog.

Location, location, location

Where you place your dog or cat’s bed is important, too. Try to avoid busy areas of your home. Choose a room that you spend a lot of time in, so your pooch can always be nearby.

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