Best Orthopedic Dog Bed Reviews (The Comfy Way To Reduce Joint Pain)

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Your dog deserves a good night’s sleep, especially as they get older and more susceptible to aches and pains. An orthopedic dog bed can help your dog sleep comfortably and wake up well-rested. Our recommendations will help you find the best based on your dog’s size, sleeping habits and other needs like waterproofing and cooling features.

Article Overview

What’s An Orthopedic Dog Bed?

These specialty pet beds provide extra relief to dogs recovering from surgery or suffering from chronic conditions such as hip dysplasia, arthritis or other joint, bone or muscle disorders. The best orthopedic dog beds consist of memory foam, which conforms to your dog’s entire body to provide soothing support for aching joints.

Best Orthopedic Dog Bed

We’ve separated our reviews into two sections to help you find our picks by size or by special features you want.

By Size: Large | Medium | Small

For Large Breeds: Big Barker Review

Big Barker Dog BedView Big Barker on Amazon

Big Barker is as durable as they come. The company specializes in well-crafted extra large orthopedic dog beds that won’t flatten from your dog’s hefty weight. This dog bed consists of thick, 7″ American-made therapeutic foam designed for optimal weight distribution and comfort. And Big Barker meets CertiPUR-US standards for content, emissions and durability.



  • Machine-washable cover is easy to remove
  • Open cell foam technology releases heat
  • Pillow top for head and neck support
  • Foam will retain 90% of original shape & loft for 10 years or your money back
  • Expensive
  • Lacks waterproofing

Pricing & Specs

  • Giant (60″ x 48″ x 7″):  $399.95
  • Available in Large, X-Large and Giant
  • Four colors: Burgundy, Chocolate, Charcoal Gray, Khaki
  • If you buy this bed, you may also want this Big Barker waterproof cover to protect your investment

Best Medium Orthopedic Dog Bed

Brindle 4" solid orthopedic memory foam dog bedView Brindle on Amazon

The affordable Brindle 4″ solid orthopedic dog bed features 2″ of comfort memory foam and 2″ of high-density support foam to provide soft support to relieve achy joints, arthritis and hip dysplasia.

This bed retains its shape while consistently conforming to your dog’s weight and pressure. And it’s waterproof, naturally hypoallergenic and resistant to dust mites.



  • Competitively priced
  • Ideal construction of soft and supportive memory foam
  • 100% waterproof encasement cover
  • Zippered velour cover is easily removable and machine washable
  • 3-year warranty
  • Foam thickness not ideal for very large/giant breeds
  • Doesn’t have cooling properties
  • Some complaints about the cover ripping

Pricing & Specs

Best Small Orthopedic Dog Bed

View PetFusion on Amazon

Sally the dog in Pet Fusion BedPetFusion’s Ultimate Memory Foam Dog Bed is an ideal combination of affordability and solid orthopedic support for small to medium-sized dogs. The solid, certified, high-density memory foam and stuffed bolster provide comfort and relief from aching joints. And dogs can nestle their heads and legs under the bolster.

The bed is also available in larger sizes for bigger breeds. The cover is waterproof and easy to remove for the washing machine.

Personal Experience

Kimberly, a writer for Canine Journal, has the large bed for her 60-pound hound mix, Sally.

Sally loves lounging on this bed. Sometimes she is all sprawled out on it and other times she is curled up in a tiny ball. It’s one of her favorite places in the house.



  • Competitively priced
  • Made with high-density memory foam
  • Inner waterproof liner
  • Outer bolster for added support and nestling
  • Easily removable cover for pad and bolster is machine washable
  • 1-year warranty
  • Padding not thick enough for larger, heavier dogs
  • Some complaints that the pad isn’t firm enough and the bolster isn’t tall enough

Pricing & Specs

Top-Rated Orthopedic Dog Beds For Special Features

Below you’ll find our reviews for other top-rated orthopedic dog beds based on properties you may consider must-haves for your pooch.

For Hip Dysplasia | With Bolsters | Waterproof | For Cooling

For Hip Dysplasia & Pain

The Dog’s Bed Premium Orthopedic Memory Foam Dog BedView The Dog’s Bed on Amazon

The Dog’s Bed Premium Orthopedic Memory Foam Dog Bed consists of a 4″ base with 2” of premium-grade, high-density orthopedic memory foam to provide contouring support for older dogs with arthritis pain, muscle stiffness, hip dysplasia, arthritis and aching joints.

This dog bed is a perfect solution for most dogs who like to stretch out and laze — and can easily convert to a great orthopedic dog crate pad. 



  • Made with premium-grade memory foam that holds its thickness over time
  • Waterproof inner lining
  • Easily removable and machine washable outer and inner linings
  • Fabric is resistant to molds, mildews and dust mites
  • May be too narrow for larger dogs
  • Some customer complaints about the inner waterproof lining not working

Pricing & Specs

  • Large (40″ x 25″ x 6″):  $109.99
  • Available in Small, Medium, Large, X-Large and XX-Large
  • Seven color combinations: Gray with black trim, Brown plush top, Gray plush top, Gray with blue trim, Gray with green trim, Gray with orange trim, Gray with pink trim

With Bolster

BuddyRest Crown Supreme Memory Foam dog bedView BuddyRest on Amazon

The BuddyRest Crown Supreme Memory Foam dog bed is an excellent choice if your dog needs the added support of side and back bolsters. While expensive, this bed has a lot going for it. The memory foam is gel-infused to regulate your dog’s temperature, and it holds its shape for years.

The Crypton performance fabric stays clean, repels odors and doesn’t need washing as often as many other covers. You get a 10-year warranty to boot.



  • Odor and stain-resistant fabric with removable cover
  • Gel-infused memory foam keeps dogs cool
  • 10-year warranty
  • Handmade in the U.S.
  • Expensive
  • Doesn’t have an inner waterproof liner

Pricing & Specs

  • Large (40″ x 30″ x 11″):  $272.30
  • Available in Medium, Large and X-Large
  • Four colors: Champagne beige, Dark chocolate, Fathom gray


KOPEKS Orthopedic Memory Foam Dog Bed View KOPEKS on Amazon

The KOPEKS Orthopedic Memory Foam Dog Bed is made with high-end, mattress-quality materials that are easy on your dog’s sore joints. This bed has two water-resistant zippered covers that are easy to remove and wash. And the soft, micro-suede cover is super comfy for your dog.



  • 100% orthopedic-grade, hypoallergenic memory foam
  • Thick, waterproof inner lining
  • Pillow-top for head and neck support
  • Several complaints that the bed and pillow don’t expand fully after unpackaging
  • Zipper tends to break easily for some customers

Pricing & Specs

Cooling Orthopedic Dog Bed

Gary the Goldendoodle on top of BarkBox dog bed

View BarkBox on Amazon

BarkBox is known for its dog subscription boxes, but it also has a memory foam platform bed. The mattress is excellent for orthopedic joint relief, has a waterproof lining and a machine-washable cover that’s easily removable.

At 3 inches, the bed isn’t as thick as others in this review, but it claims to help relieve body aches, joint pain, hip dysplasia and arthritis. The bed comes vacuum packed in a box and inflates fully after 72 hours. One cool perk is that it comes with one of BarkBox’s squeaker toys.

Personal Experience

Jeff, a writer for Canine Journal, received a BarkBox Memory Foam Bed in exchange for this review.

My Goldendoodle Gary is very happy with this bed. I’ve even found my 2-year-old human son sneaking in a nap on it! They could probably afford to have a larger size; the XL is almost too small for all 90 lbs of Gary, but he is a huge dog. They included an orange squeaker toy as a surprise, and he loves playing with it!



  • Machine-washable cover is easy to remove
  • Waterproof inner liner
  • Temperature-regulating gel memory foam
  • More affordable than many other beds
  • 1-year warranty
  • Foam thickness not ideal for large breeds
  • Some beds don’t fully inflate
  • Complaints of the liner not being waterproof

Pricing & Specs

Is It Time For An Orthopedic Pet Bed?

Check out the video below to learn how to spot the signs and symptoms of dog joint pain and arthritis.

More On Doggy Joint Pain

It’s devastating as a pet owner to watch your dog deteriorate and suffer from arthritis or hip dysplasia. Getting an orthopedic dog bed is just one step you can take to give your pup the relief he deserves. Of course, be sure to see your vet if your pup is symptomatic. We also have a more in-depth review of dog beds that are not necessarily orthopedic.

Which orthopedic dog beds would you give two paws up (or down)?

About The Author:

Sally holds a BA in English from James Madison University and began her 25-year writing career as a grad student at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Journalism & Mass Communications. She’s been a pet parent since college years (and spent her whole childhood with pets).

Now as a parent of two teenagers, she’s made sure to raise her daughters to learn how to love and care for pets (and other animals) in the most responsible and loving ways. As a result, she and her daughters now have 5 rescued dogs and cats who essentially rule their home! Sally has also volunteered over the years to help raise funds for various animal nonprofit organizations.

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Tim Cowan
November 8, 2019 4:39 am

I think that laifug dog bed is the best.Thank you.

dog mom
May 10, 2019 11:40 am

what about Purple? why didn’t you review them? other sites say they rate #1 in dog beds too.
did you test them or research them, did they not hold up?

Kimberly Alt
May 13, 2019 2:59 pm
Reply to  dog mom

Hi! We didn’t review Purple, but will consider it in our next update. You can read about our review process here.

June 6, 2018 7:44 am

The Kopeks Dog Bed was a great fit for our.

Susie Q
January 23, 2019 12:38 am
Reply to  Lisa

DO NOT BUY THIS CHEAP MADE BED !!! I bought this bed for my 4 legged baby for Christmas…It tool a little over a day to expand, which I expected. PROBLEM: The headrest never inflated. When I unzipped the cover, then the inside waterproof cover, I was SHOCKED!!! The pillow looked as though it was originally glued to the base. It was coming loose & had turned brown where ( I’m guessing the glue) had turned loose & had also spread a little way from the pillow. NEVER buy KOPEKS. Plus, once you take it out of the box & shrink wrap for it to expand, if you have to return it…GOOD LUCK…No way to put it in box & hopefully you will have a huge box like we had kept from previous purchases & were able to fold & squeeze it in the box…POSITIVE: Thank God it was fulfilled by Amazon instead of a third party…They paid for me to ship it back & credited my account & were EXTREMELY courteous. Looking at the EXPENSIVE Big Barker. I’m really tired of endless hours & days with researching this AGAIN…Good luck.

Giovanna Franks
August 18, 2019 8:29 pm
Reply to  Susie Q

Susie Q, I’ve got four babies my old feller Buddy Lee is around 29 lbs. Daisy Mae is 65 plus tall,leggy and long,Fatz is my heavy weight champ at 75lb short legged but heft as medium to extra medium I say . And then my (little lu) LUNA LU SHE IS A SNUGGLER AND TENDS TO GET COLD ,AT 26 LBS .
Buddy also gets colder and yes he is a snuggle as well really all are.
DAISY And Fatz get hot all through the night.
I would like to ask you what would be a good bed for them as .
Thank you