Those who decide to adopt a pet usually perform rituals before the pet’s arrival, which includes preparing the environment for its reception and purchasing a bed. But, does an animal really need this supplement?
According to the vet Leticia Alves and RobelDirector of Veterinary Medicine for the Veterinary Course at Positivo University (UP), the most important thing is that the animal has a safe, clean and comfortable sleeping environment.
Vet Barbara Shearerwho is part of the technical team of the veterinary rigging pharmacy chain, says that the animal does not necessarily need a bed, but the lack of a suitable place to rest can cause some problems.
The professional warns that “the harm of not having a place with comfort and privacy for the pet to rest is the stress of not getting a restful sleep and the difficulty of the teacher setting boundaries for the territory inside the home.”
How to choose the right model
There are several types of walking on the market, when choosing, the first step is to assess the size of the animal. “To determine the ideal size of the bed and provide sufficient comfort for the dog, i.e. enough space for him to lie down, move around and stretch, the master must take into account the length, height and position in which the dog is used to sleeping. To ensure proper dimensions, it is worth buying a bed slightly larger than a pet,” as Vet recommended. Gabriella ViabianaAnimal behavior specialist.
The second step is to notice how the pet usually sleeps, whether it is curled up or stretched out. That’s because habit can help determine the ideal bedding shape for the animal. “Round and square beds are best suited for animals sleeping crooked, as the edges act as protection. Rectangular beds and mattresses allow those who like to stretch out more freedom. Burrows and houses, in turn, are suitable for small pets and provide a sense of security, which is important for some species,” explains Dr. barbaric.
Other important points
Still regarding the choice of bed, the master should take into account other points, such as age, state of health and even the breed of the animal. “The Dachshund, for example, usually has back problems, so he needs a more comfortable bed, a bed that prefers muscle rest and this is not too high. If the pet has allergies, it is better to avoid coarse or woolen fabrics ” Leticia .
The climate of the region should also be considered when choosing a bed, as according to Dr. Gabriella, in cold regions or seasons, closed beds of the “igloo” type are well recommended, while in warmer places open beds and light materials are ideal options.
Vet Carolina Janos It reminds of the importance of observing the behavior of the animal when there is more than one pet in the house, in addition to taking care of any decorations that can be swallowed and harmful to the health of dogs.
“If you have more than one pet in the house, the teacher should note whether they sleep together or separately, to choose a larger bed if they usually sleep together, or two beds if they do not wish to share a comfort environment. I, in particular , I always think it is a good idea to provide a bed for everyone,” he recommends.
Don’t ruin the march
Specialists also stress the importance of monitoring the bedding material. Those who have more fussy pets or buy a puppy bed, should prefer a more resistant material. However, the golden advice for a dog not to destroy the bed is to enrich the environment.
“The behavior of destroying and biting things is part of a dog’s natural repertoire (most evident in puppies), so it is essential that we offer the animal several options of toys and activities so that it can express these habits. Dr. Gabriella confirms, who also remembers that beds should be cleaned. Pets periodically.
Walks for all tastes
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* Prices included in the survey in March and are subject to change.