Hammock style dog beds aren't best for arthritic dogs, naturally, as they don't provide the support that foam-based dog beds would. However, these elevated dog beds are very easy to clean and care for, and while a few of them take a little more to set up (for some beds, you need something to attach the hammock to; other hammock beds come with metal/wood frames setup already), it's really not that complicated at all. The material holding your dog is always sturdy and durable, and most hammock dog beds frames will be either wood or metal (occasionally, PVC). It's great to pick up the dog either off hot or cold floor, but it's best for warmer climates.
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If your pup likes to lounge in the sunshine, it’s important to make sure he doesn’t get . An elevated or raised dog bed keeps air circulating underneath your dog, where the belly releases heat, and also prevents a muddy belly. If you’re headed to the beach, bring along this bed style to keep paws off hot sand. Most elevated dog beds are designed for outdoor use with a metal frame and nylon mesh, another plus. For indoor sun-soakers, try a more elegant hammock dog bed for a very Zen vibe. (Maybe you and your pup should try some …)
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Most small dog beds can fit into the washing machine, but larger dog beds need special care. If you have a large breed dog, get a bed with a removable cover so you can wash it off once a week. If you get a hammock-style dog bed with cloth fabric, make sure the hammock itself is machine washable. This will help you keep the dog hair levels low, and it will reduce the risk of fleas that like to live on dog beds.
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