How Long Do Dog Beds Last?

You’ve probably heard that you should change your mattress every eight years. But it’s not always a hard and fast rule. The number of users, type of mattress, mattress protectors, and frequency of use can change the timetable.

It’s even more so with dog beds, as there are more variations with different models of beds and mattresses, breeds, and ways to use them (indoor, outdoor, on your bed, etc.).

But you’re asking, “how long do dog beds last?” and we’re going to do our best to fill you in and give you tips on how to make them last even longer. Oh, and don’t throw away a perfectly good dog bed, as many pups in need would love it!

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When To Replace a Dog Bed

It’s quite a range, but you should expect a dog bed to last between one and five years. Of course, it’s determined by the user, though. If you’re starting with a puppy, they can outgrow their bed or do some damage during puppy training. And, as our fur babies age, they can develop joint and muscle aches eased by orthopedic support. 

Top 5 Indicators That It’s Time To Replace the Dog Bed

When you’ve invested quite a bit, you want your dog bed to last as long as possible. But if you notice any of the following, we wouldn’t recommend waiting too long to buy a new one.

1.  Ripped fabric – A hole or a little tear might not seem like a big deal. But even if you’re OK with how it looks, it could be dangerous for your pup. If your pet bed has a solid foam mattress protected by a mattress liner, you’re good to go for a while. But if your dog can get at the filling, it’s time to buy a new cover or bed. Even a small piece of foam fill can be toxic or cause intestinal blockage

2.  The filling has flattened or shifted – This indicator isn’t quite as time-sensitive. But dogs, especially older ones, need cushioning on their joints. If your dog bed isn’t doing the job, it could be painful and even lead to sores.

3.  Odor – This one is more for you than your fur baby. By the time you notice an odor, it might be too late. You could try giving the dog bed a deep clean first to see if that takes care of the issue. But don’t push it – if you can still smell something, the dog bed has to go.

4. Your fur baby has outgrown it – When you buy a nice, little cozy bed for a small puppy, chances are you’ll need to replace it within a year. Making a dog bed last is tough when it’s just too small for the user.

5.  Emerging need for orthopedic support – As dogs, particularly larger breed dogs, get older, they can really benefit from proper cushioning. According to a clinical study with Big Barker dog beds, the right mattress will positively impact the quality of life of its user. So, it might be time for an upgrade when you notice any aches or pains or your pup walking slower or differently.

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Longest-Lasting Dog Beds

Extending the life of a dog bed can be as simple as buying one model over another. And, no, we’re not just talking about spending more because you can find some relatively inexpensive dog beds that’ll last for years.

The dog beds that last the longest have at least one of the following features:

  1. Furniture-grade or coated fabric that’s tough to chew through or scratch
  2. Solid mattress as opposed to fiber fill
  3. Water-resistant cover
  4. Waterproof liner
  5. Orthopedic support

A Pet Bed Without a Mattress

Another option for a long-lasting dog bed is an elevated, cot-style model. It features a sturdy canvas stretched across a PVC or aluminum frame. Not only is it virtually impossible to chew through (well, except for the most determined!), but most are flea, mite, mold, and mildew resistant.

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3 Tips To Make a Dog Bed Last Longer

When you’re shopping for a dog bed you want to keep around for several years, there are some things you can do to ensure that happens.

1.  Upsize

If you’re buying a pet bed for a puppy or younger dog, shop for one that’ll accommodate their future size. It’s better to have one that’s a little too big than to have your fur baby grow out of it in a few months.

2.  Keep It Clean

Regular maintenance, like wiping the bed down or throwing the cover in a washing machine, will keep odors at bay. It’s also a chance to inspect the mattress for holes and broken zippers. Use a hand vac frequently to remove fur, crumbs, and dust from the crevices for dog beds with bolsters.

3.  Protect What You Have

We’re not asking you to cover the dog bed in plastic like Grandma’s living room couch. However, waterproof mattress liners, blankets, and extra covers could add years to the life of a dog bed.

What To Do With Old Dog Beds

Please don’t throw away your old dog’s bed in the trash. We’ve got an entire post about how you can donate it and make another pup very happy!

Unless your fur baby has just destroyed their dog bed (yes, we’ve seen that happen!), there’s a pup who would love to have a hand-me-down. While a shelter might be the first place to come to mind, many organizations need dog beds.

FAQs About How Long Dog Beds Last

On average, how long do dog beds last?

Dog beds are typically built to last at least a year. However, it’s not uncommon to have dog beds last five years or more, depending on the model and the user. 

What types of dog beds last the longest?

Cot-style and dog beds with heavy-duty fabric and waterproof liners are made to last. Dog cots are built on frames and don’t use foam fill, so they’re tough to destroy. They’re also flea, mite, and mildew resistant. Other models with water-resistant, furniture-grade fabric and waterproof mattress protectors are also durable. They’re tough to chew through, and if accidents happen, they’re no big deal.

How do I know when to replace a dog bed?

If your dog bed has experienced a lot of wear and tear or has a distinct smell, you might be able to clean it and keep it around longer. But, if there are holes, and the user can chew on the juicy foam middle, it’s time for it to go. You’ll also want to replace a dog bed that doesn’t have orthopedic support with one that does if your fur baby is getting older or is dealing with aches and pains.