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Definition of orthopedic
or·tho·pe·dics also or·tho·pae·dics ( P ) Pronunciation Key (ôrth-pdks)
n. (used with a sing. verb)
The branch of medicine that deals with the prevention or correction of injuries or disorders of the skeletal system and associated muscles, joints, and ligaments.
[From orthopedic, from French orthopédique, from orthopédie, orthopedic surgery : Greek ortho-, ortho- + Greek paideia, child-rearing (from pais, paid-, child. See pau- in Indo-European Roots).]
ortho·pedic adj.
ortho·pedi·cal·ly adv.
ortho·pedist n.

Source: The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
Copyright © 2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

Main Entry: or·tho·pe·dic
Variant: or chiefly British or·tho·pae·dic /"or-th&-'pEd-ik/
Function: adjective
1 : of, relating to, or employed in orthopedics
2 : marked by deformities or crippling —or·tho·pe·di·cal·ly or chiefly British or·tho·pae·di·cal·ly /-'pEd-i-k(&-)lE/ adverb

Yes, purchasing an orthopedic dog bed is of your best interest. The dog bed in question must outlast your dog's playfulness and sleeping habits.
Some dogs enjoy doing circles in their bed at night in order to find the right position. Others like to paw it in the middle. Others will drag it until they have the bed where they want it. Then begin to jump on it and plop themselves down. If you have a heavy breed, your bed is as good as done.

The proper orthopedic dog bed should support your dog's weight for starters. That's what an orthopedic bed is intended to do, keep your dog off the ground.

In general, look for quality foams, not egg crate type. Yes, memory foam is a good option for arthritis and older k-9's. You need removable covers to wash and might also want a waterproof option for incontinent dogs.

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