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Question DetailsAsked on 5/12/2014

Where can I buy a quality dog bed for a 180 lb Great Dane?

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We got one for our largish 70# retriever mix from the Foster and Smith catalog that was quite nice that she uses for her living room "cave" and nap-near-the-family pillow. Could easily hold 2 of her, has separate outer ring and inner "bed" pillow, both velcro sealed so covers can come off for machine washing, plus "bed" inner part is fabric fleece covered and machine washable. Has lasted her for about 13 years with only a couple of claw tear minor sewing repairs and she loves it - can choose harder or softer, level or inclined parts at her whim, and plenty of room to stretch out fulllength - cost about $100 with shipping (variable depending on where you are).


Similar products available at most pet supply stores.


Another possibility - many feed and mill stores with pet supplies have beds for pet domestic animals like miniature horses, goats, pot belly pigs, etc which are larger than dog beds - washable with hose usually, very rugged covers but too big for washing machine.


Another possibility - but probably not best for hot summer conditions - gym type tumbling mats - that is what my daughter's vet school used for large animal mattresses during surgery recovery before they are able to stand. Might be able to get used ones from school district or matial arts school or health/exercise clubs.


One other thing we did - bought a piece of 4" thick foam at JoAnn's about the size of a childs bed, and made a slip-over velcro-sealed slip cover (like a pillowcase with velcro end closure) to prevent crumbling due to claw penetration, for our dog's nighttime bed She loves it, slip cover washes in washing machine when needed, foam pad hoseable outside. We put a fitted sheet over it that we wash weekly, to keep the bulk of the dirt and hair out of the foam pad and its cover.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD




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