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We have has so much of this over the years, I do not think there are many dog owners out there that have not.
We use this most for the dog when he is in his crate or the boot rather than his bed, we did the previous dog because we had a wicker basket for him but Alf has a huge padded bed mum bought for him, along with the inside pillow from his previous bed and a fleece blanket I bought him.
The reason we use this for his crate is that it is very fluffy and is designed to retain the heat, keeping him very warm and cosy when laid on it. The fibres are designed to keep as dry as possible in case of accidents and it is also very easy to wash and clean when it gets dirty.
I always used to call this my dogs imitation sheepskins because they remind me of fake sheepskin mats.
Many years ago Vetbed was only available in the white with a green matting base but now they make it in an array of colours and patterns.
Vetbed is not the cheapest and I have seen cheaper alternatives but I would not advise purchasing them, a real Vetbed mat will keep you going many years, they wash so well in the machine that they come up looking as good as new over and over. But many of the imitations do not provide the warmth that the special formula of Vetbed does and fall apart easier so I would advise just spending the extra few pounds and buying the real product.
My Auntie did have one poodle that ate her way through many of these so it is important to make sure your dog is not a chewer or these make a bad mess. I remember being there one day when she killed one and there was fluff everywhere!
Vetbed is available in a large array of sizes but looking online the smallest is around 19 inches by 15 inches costing £8.91 and going up to 54 inches by 36 inches costing £51.89.
I have never had any issues with any of this, it's always lasted many years, washed up perfectly and dries so fast you would not imagine. I also have find they have many sizes that fit perfectly in most crates so no need to have something rolling up.
I would have no problems recommending this to anyone.
When it comes to my dogs they are a part of the family, they are both indoor dogs (despite being working dogs) and just like us they have their own beds (albeit in big metal crates). Both my dogs do live in large metal crates which are covered apart from the open door (it is never shut) and it is their area where they can relax, stretch out and get away from not only me but the cats and my daughter. Despite having a plastic tray which comes with the metal crates they also have plenty of bedding to make it comfortable.
My bedding of choice is Vetbed and I don't use anything else as I find that loads of blankets is just messy and they always end up moving when the dog moves. I have been using Vetbed for a number of years and it has served my dogs well from being young 8 week old puppies right up to their veteran years. Vetbed is recommended by vets nationwide and is easily bought in any decent pet store or online. Prices vary quite a lot and is slightly more expensive than just your average fleece blanket but is definitely worth it.
What is Vetbed?
Vetbed is quite simply a bedding made out of what looks like a thick fleece. It comes on a large roll and is cut down to size. You can either have it with a non-slip base or a plain base depending on what you need it for. It has been specifically designed to be a hard wearing bedding which is suitable for dogs of all ages from an hour old puppy to a golden oldie. It's thick texture has a lovely soft feel to it but is incredibly resilient and has superb absorbencies and drainage properties making it a unique dog bed currently on the market.
What it is used for
Vetbed just isn't simply a dog bed it is much, much more. As said above it is suitable for all life stages of a canine. Mother and her pups are kept warm by the heat retaining fibres which helps prevent hypothermia in the young puppies, because of the durable fabric it also gives them grip which helps their mobility at such an early stage. For puppies it keeps them warm and of course due to its drainage properties it ensures that they manage to stay warm and dry in the event of their frequent accidents. For golden oldies again it keeps them warm giving them the much needed comfort they need.
Both my dogs have Vetbeds both in their beds at home and in the boot of my car. I generally buy the Vetbeds with the non-slip backing to them as I find that in the plastic trays in their crates they manage to grip easily and not slip around like the Vetbeds without the non-slip side to them. I generally buy plain colours such as black, brown and cream but there are brighter colours available such as pink, purple and blue and even a range of fun patterns.
My dogs have been using their Vetbeds for years as I find them the best type of dog bedding on the market. I found that as puppies they were kept incredibly warm and cosy and if they had an accident (of which there were many!) the Vetbed manages to absorb any accidents very easily and they don't leak either, instead they remain pretty dry making my pups a lot more comfortable rather than sitting in a wet bed. The same goes for when they have been on a walk and gone swimming the Vetbeds in my car just absorb the water easily.
I find Vetbeds incredibly soft and comfortable, the thick fleece/wool type material is about 2 inches thick which may not seem that thick but when you see how thick the fabric is in terms of density it is clear to see why a dog would find it comfortable to lie on. The beds are incredibly easy to roll up and store away and are not actually that bulky which for me is ideal as I have many spare Vetbeds in my airing cupboard and are easily stored away until they are needed.
The one thing I do on a regular basis (or whenever they have been out on a muddy/wet walk) is put them in the washing machine to get them clean and fresh again. Vetbeds are machine washable and can be washed an unlimited amount of times. I simply pop mine on a 50 degree wash and then leave to dry naturally. I find that regardless of how many times they are washed the bedding still comes up looking great, it doesn't shrink or end up mis-shapen and it dries within an hour.
My dogs seem to really like their Vetbeds probably because regardless of how many times they walk in circles trying to get comfortable, stretch out or move to scratch an itch the Vetbed stays in place and stays flat so is permanently comfortable for them. They have never destroyed a Vetbed nor have they tried to drag it out of their crate so I can only assume that they are perfectly happy to sleep on it. It is incredibly tough and durable despite constant washing and use some of my Vetbeds are over a year old and are still going strong.
This is definitely one dog bedding that I will keep purchasing as I cannot find fault with it whatsoever. It keeps my dogs warm and comfortable which surely is what a dog bed is meant to do. It is a safe fabric which is non-allergenic and non-irritant which is also another plus and is probably why it is widely used in the veterinary profession. If you are wanting a warm but strong bedding for your dog then Vetbed should be a must have item as it will deliver what it promises. Even my cats love sleeping on it which for fickle creatures that they are must meet their high expectations! 5 stars from me!
Price: From £5.00 upwards - all depends on the size you buy
Sizes: A variety as they can be cut to size
Availability: Variety of pet stores and online sites
Misc: Voted the Best Dog Bed by the readers of Your Dog magazine
One of my poor cats Asbo, who is a 2 year old male tabby is currently recovering from major surgery after being hit by a car, or so the vet thinks, and having his pelvis fractured. As traumatic as that was at the time, he is now thankfully recovering and is at home on what is called 'cage rest'. Cage rest means that Asbo has to spend 4-6 weeks in a cage, which for me personally I have found quite hard to deal with, seeing someone who was so active, confined to what must feel to him like a match box. However it is all for his own good to allow his body to heal and the cage itself is big enough for food, water, a litter tray and somewhere to sleep.
The day we brought him home from the vets, I paid a visit to my local pet shop, where the owner was himself a vet before he retired a few years ago, so I asked him for some advice as to what to buy or use for Asbo to sleep and lay on when in his cage. The vet who treated him said it needed to be fairly flat against the floor of the cage but comfy enough because he would be spending a lot of his time sleeping and recovering. So the pet shop man suggested a Vet bed.
Having never in my lifetime heard of a Vetbed, I asked him what one was. The Vetbed is, as the name itself suggests, a type of bedding used for animals, he told me that they were used in his veterinary surgery in all of the animal cages and he was yet to come across an animal who didn't like them, however it was only recently that they became available for general sale. So when it came to choosing one, rather than being presented with one option there was multiple options to choose from and whilst the colouring is all the same - white with a green backing, the options you choose from is the actual size you want. The pet shop that I went into had more than 10 different options on the sizing, so before purchasing one, it is a good idea to check the area in which you intend to place your Vetbed as to how big you need it because as the size increase, so does the price. The Vetbed I need was 28" x 24" and for that I paid £13.99, if you look online however you will find differing prices and more options on colours to choose from. I didn't have time to internet browse and chose what was the best available to me at that time.
To describe the appearance of Vetbed is quite simple to do and again if you look online it isn't hard to explain but it basically consists on what I would define as being a soft 'cotton wool' like texture which is really thick and double woven according to the packaging and that is to ensure that it retains heat to keep your pet warm and makes it harder to chew. The cotton wool of the Vetbed also helps to your pet, making them comfy as well as helping to reduce extra pressure on their bones and joints, which in Asbo's case was needed because he had just been through a major operation to bolt his pelvis back together, so anything that I could do to keep him warm and comfortable was essential. The Vetbed is also a non-irritant and non-allergic bed, so it is suitable for any animals who might suffer from skin irritations or allergies.
On the bottom of the Vetbed is a green textured backing which has a plastic feel to it and when laid down flat on a floor it doesn't move around too easily and seems to stay in the exact spot within which you place it, it also preserves the bed to make it last longer. The Vetbed also absorbs moisture, so if your pet has an accident, much like a baby's nappy, it absorbs the wee and keeps your pet dry. Adding to all of that, it is also machine washable at 90c which makes it easy to keep clean and hygienic and once it is washed you simply hang it up to dry, or in my case shove it in the dryer for a few minutes to rid it of any excess water and then let it dry on its own which it does within an hour or two.
As I have mentioned the Vetbed is also sold online and is available in many different sizes, shapes and colours and even on a roll if you need more than is offered as a pre-cut bed. All you need to do is search for what it is that you need exactly and somewhere will sell it.
Since having the Vetbed I have washed it on numerous occasions due to one or two accidents and I am impressed that the smell of cat urine hasn't lingered on the Vetbed and it doesn't linger in the air. It is also easy to purchase, use and most of all it offered everything that I need for Asbo to remain at home and be as comfortable as I can possibly make him through his period of recovery. At the moment we are only 4 weeks into a 6-8 weeks recovery and whilst he has never been keen on any sort of pet bed that we have purchased, instead preferring to use a jumper or some jeans, he seems to have taken to the Vetbed and lays on it without any problems or difficulties.
When we take Asbo back to the vet for a check-up, I have a smaller version for the carrier case that we use and again, it makes the journey more comfortable, however if you can use the Vetbed and take it with you wherever you go because it isn't attached or stuck to anything at all and it continues to be as effective in other places such as on the sofa or the bed and even on the floor.
So for me it is the absolute perfect product for my poorly cat and even once he is better and out of the cage we will still continue to use it as a bed for him to snuggle onto and keep warm.
The Vetbed range are a group of products used by vets but also widely used for animal bedding in the home. Its something we have bought and used to place in the back of the car when needing to transport our dog to the doggie parlor, the vets and also when going out for general trips which need to be made with a vehicle. Its so handy to keep for other uses and is something I would recommend.
We have found that the Vetbed material is nice and soft as a surface for our dog to sit on or lay on when in the car. Its like a synthetic sheepskin type of thing crossed with a nice soft deep pile rug. Its so handy as it can be washed and dried easily and it comes up nice and fluffy, staying soft to the touch time after time. If you are looking for a good quality pet friendly bedding item this will also work really well as it can be used flat or as something to go inside a shaped pet bed.
The product comes in basic tones such as brown, grey, off white, green etc. It also comes in a wide variety of sizes to suit many situations. Our Vetbed material is a really funky deep charcoal colour and it has a number of retro type swirls on it in a paler grey, which make it look rather cool. At 91cms long and 61 cms deep its not the largest bit of Vetbed that you can buy, but as we mainly wanted if for use in the car the size works well.
We paid £14.95 for our Vetbed and its been a very good buy. The whole thing mimics a soft and flexible rug that is more than smart enough to be used both in the home and in the car if needed. The texture is lovely and once washed in the machine and then dried it comes up fluffy and soft time and time again. We can easily lay it out flat in the home for our dog to rest on if wanted. If buying for use just at home you may want to get a bigger size as the size we have would be a snug fit for bigger dogs.
The fact that its so easy to care for is a real bonus, as if it becomes a bit grubby it can go straight in to be washed and be ready for re-use in just over an hour from start to finish. It says you shouldn't tumble dry the product, but we have found if we set the dryer to a low setting and then take it out whilst still a bit damp it comes out fine. For this easy care aspect alone the product worth recommending as we don't need to spend ages washing and drying it.
Another thing about our funky Vetbed rug is that it can be used on laminate, tiled or wooden flooring without fear that it will slip or slide about. Its made from polyester but has a rubber backing . This is great as if using it in the home, it won't slide away when faced with an over keen pup planting its bulk on it all of a sudden. It also means owners don't slip on the Vetbed if its left out.
As the product is so easy to care for and can be used in so many situations it has to be rated highly. Its very versatile and we have been pleased with the product we bought. There are many variations that can be purchased to suit many situations. As it has worked so well our Vetbed gets a 5 star rating and is something that I would recommend.
A few years back I was looking for some decent bedding for my dogs. A lot of the cheaper ones I found in the past got very smelly over time, and when you washed them they took absolutely ages to dry, and I was never really convinced over how comfortable they actually were for my dogs.
Doing a lot of research on the internet, I found the choices absolutely immense and very confusing. I did eventually opt for some large flat beds from eBay which had a removable washable cover, where the centre cushion was covered by a waterproof fabric. But I found that the cushioning was only a few inches thick and I wanted to bump it up a bit. Then one day I happened to be in the vets and noticed that they were using this Vetbed stuff in their care cages. Thinking that they would probably want something of good quality for animals in their care to lay on during recovery etc, I asked my vet about it.
The basic idea is that you buy this bedding from a roll, or in ready made cut sections. When you feel it, it is quite thick and dense, being like a dense synthetic sheep skin on one side with a sort of non-slip coating on the other. Apparently it is made from a double strength polyester where the high density of fibres provide a comfortable bed for anything lying on it. It is also double woven to provide more resistance against chewing and the thickness and the density of the bed retains the heat from the animal, but also allows for sufficient airflow between the fibres to stop the animal overheating. In addition, the thickness also allows for 'drainage' should the animal have an 'accident' - a particularly good feature for puppies. Another good feature is that it is fully machine washable.
Nowadays there are many variants and colours of this Vetbed, but I think the original one, and arguably the best one as used by Vets, is the white colour with the green backing. This is the one that you normally cut to the required size from a roll or get ready cut into a matt. You can tell if it is the genuine Vetbed product because it will have the Vetbed logo on the back, and it is worth looking out for this because the cheaper imitations aren't half as good.
In my case I bought 2 ready cut mats of 54 inches by 30 inches (my dogs are quite big) for about £20 each and ended up using the large flat beds I had previously bought from eBay as a padded base with these mats on top. The combination did look really comfortable and I have to admit I did try it out myself where it felt like a comfortable mattress topper on top of your mattress. I showed the dogs the new beds and left them to it. Came back half an hour later and they were both stretched out, legs in the air and fully snuggled in - a position I've not seen them in in a long while, so a definite approval from them.
Longevity wise, I've now had these beds for 2 years and they've been through a number of machine washes, yet they still look fairly new. The fibre pile still stands strong and hasn't been crushed and my dogs still love it. It is kind of a joy to see them snuggling down into it every time.
So a definite 5 stars from me.
Review also on Ciao under Randal1.
Vetbed is a type of bedding that really is rather unique, it has special drainage properties that means the top of the bedding always stays dry - the damp goes through to the bottom. I remember when I did work experience at a vets, this was obviously the only bedding they used and boy, did it do the job! Many animals were weeing everywhere and this bedding ensured they always stayed dry, warm and comfortable. It's easy to wash, you just shove it in the washing machine and it also dries quickly too.
Vetbed is made from two types of specially developed polyester, it retains heat whilst draining all the wet away from the top surface. The texture is soft and comfy and the fibres don't shed either. This bedding is perfect for old or ill animals, people even use it in hutches for their rabbits and guinea pigs as it is so absorbent and great at keeping odours at bay.
After trying various bedding for my pigs I am going to order some of this, woodshavings seem to be giving my boys dry skin. All the pets at the vets loved this, they were able to stay warm and comfortable whilst recovering. This bedding is available in many colours and sizes, they also do vetbed Gold and non slip, the only slight downside is that it can be pricey to buy. But if you ask me it's definately worth it as it is so hard wearing and long lasting, shop around for the best price, you and your pet will not be disapointed! The quality is superb and it does everything you want in a bedding.
I bought a pretty fleecy blanket for our new puppy just before we picked her up and with in days it was ripped to shreds. She was luckily quite sensible and spat the bits out but she just could not resist ripping up the bedding every night. Several blankets later I mentioned this to a friend and he suggested vet bed. I was rather staggered by the price but he assured me it would be indestructible and it was. Puppy is now 18 months old and her vet bed is her prized possesion. She takes it every where with her and although she manages to rip a few bits off the edge she has yet to completely destroy a piece.
Vet bed, as the name suggests, was originally used by vets and has moved into the pet market. Vets like it because it can be washed on a hot wash. I find it washes well and comes out of the washer nearly dry as most of the moisture spins out. I wash mine fairly regularly to stop the doggy smell and it refluffs (is that a word?) it for her. Vet bed comes in different grades with some extra thick piles for elderly or arthritic dogs. I bought the standard and which my dog seems to find confortable, indeed she carries it around to sit on.
One other big advantage to vet bed is it can be bought off a roll so you can buy whatever size or shape you want or cut it down to size.
The only disadvantage is the price but it is probably cheaper than replacing chewed up blankets all the time.
Molly, our little dog was a little rescue puppy, and ever since we got her, she's had a lot of problems with her health. I think we've just given into the fact that she's a little dog who's always going to be visiting the vet!
A couple of weeks ago, when she was going through another sickly period, I woke up in the middle of the night to find her shivering and trying to squeeze into our bed, despite having her bed full of blankets beside us! As she had been sick a lot, and losing weight, I think she was feeling the cold more than usual.
I figured then it was time to get her a new bed, as the blankets she had clearly weren't enough for her.
I had spotted the Vet Bed the last time we had went the the pet shop, and had heard good things about it. Although it seemed quite expensive for what it was - not really a 'bed' more a small flat blanket! - we decided to try it, as it felt lovely and soft and cosy.
The Bed itself is really just a dquare of material, cut in different sizes so you are able to pick based on the size of your dog.
It is made of a soft lambswool-feel material, and backed with hard-wearing green felt.
The one we picked was just big enough for Molly to stretch out on, she is an Alsation cross, so quite big, and this cost around £20.
The first thing we realised when we got the bed out was that due to the firmer backing material, it woudln't fit into her bed like any other blanket, and could only be used lying flat itself.
Molly was very wary of it to begin with, which isn't like her at all - she's usually desperate to curl up on anything soft! However, we put it in front of the fire, and after a while, she lay on it - probably more because it was in 'her space' at the fire!
However, she continues to be quite funny with the blanket, and won't lie on it if it's anywhere else but in front of the fire. I feel a couple of the times she's lay on it and got up again it's made a staitc sort of crackling, as though her fur is rubbing on it, which isn't great.
The first time Molly was left alone with the bed, she managed to eat a small hole in the middle of it, and although the hole was only about the size of a 50 pence peace, the ammount of fluff that appeared from it was amazing! Took ages to clear up, so not a bed to buy if your dog's a chewer!
Overall, the Vet Bed isn't really as it says - I wouldn't call it a 'bed' as such, more just a blanket. Quite an expensive blanket at that, given that Molly still tries to get into our bed on the cold nights!
*What is Vet Bed?*
Vetbed Original is, as the name suggests, a bedding used for animals which first started out in veterinary surgeries. It is now widely available for domestic use for pets including cats, dogs and small animals.
*The product itself*
When it comes to choosing bedding for our cats and dogs, we are basically all looking for the same basic things- that it is warm, soft and comfortable for our pets and that's is easily to clean and inexpensive for us, well that's what I always look for anyway!
Vetbed is something that ticks all those boxes and more. It first started out in veterinary surgeries, as you may have gathered from the name, and is now becoming increasingly popular as bedding used in the home. Some of you may be familiar with the appearance of Vetbed, it consists of deep, soft 'cotton wool' like upper attached to a strong woven backing which allows moisture to run straight through, meaning should your pet have an accident, they are still left with a nice dry bed to sleep on- which makes this product especially useful for young puppies and kittens or older animals. The thick pile of the Vetbed cushions and supports your pet, reducing pressure on bones and joints, aswell as keeping the animal warm and cosy as it insulates from cold floors and provides a soft and comfortable place to sleep.
Unlike some bean bags or pet beds that need dry cleaning or sponge wiping only, the Vetbed can be washed in the washing machine at 90c which makes it easy to keep clean and hygienic for your pet, the pile of the Vetbed is non-irritant and non-allergic which makes it suitable for animals who suffer from skin irritations or allergies and the fabric doesn't harbour unpleasant pet smells like many beds do.
The backing is double woven which makes the bed harder to chew and more resistant to sharp teeth and claws aswell as making the bed extremely durable and long lasting.
The packaging of Vetbed varies according on the place you purchase it, but (the pre-cut pieces) are generally supplied in thick clear plastic zip up bags which protect the product until use, but also allow you to clearly see inside. A cardboard insert is provided which tells you a bit about the product, care instructions and a contact address for the manufacturers of Vetbed.
*Price & Availability*
Vetbed is sold online and in most larger pet shops such as Pets At Home. It is available for purchase in two different ways- firstly, sold as pre cut pieces or secondly, most places have Vetbed on a roll and you can purchase as much or as little as you need. It is available in grey, white, bottle grey, brown and black colours and prices are as follows:
46cm oval- £7.95
61cm oval- £11.95
69cm oval- £15.75
73cm oval- £17.95
(Other sizes are available, am just giving an example).
Or off the roll- £14.95 per 50cm (75cm wide).
I was first introduced to the wonders of Vetbed when I started work as a Veterinary Nurse years ago, the animals always seemed warm and comfy asleep on it, it was very durable and extremely easy to clean- so I was soon converted and started purchasing pieces for my pets to use at home.
Firstly, I use it for my dogs. Grace and Benson both have a large oval each, although they will try to curl up together on the same one, and its definitely their favourite bed of all the ones they have (yes they are spoilt little monsters and have different beds in the kitchen, utility, lounge and bedroom!). I generally have the problem of stuffed beds such as bean bags and cushions going flat within a few weeks because of their weight but with the Vetbed I don't have this problem- the pile softens pressure on their joints and provides a nice comfy place for the both of them to sleep. It may be hard wearing and for most dogs I would say it was probably chew proof- but an armoured plated tank wouldn't be Grace and Benson proof and Grace in particular regularly likes to chew on the corner of hers, and she manages to get chunks off which means it needs to be replaced quite regularly with her about. Being reasonably priced though, and very comfortable for the dogs whilst its in one piece means I don't mind too much having to replace it every so often.
Secondly, Jet the cat adores it. He can be a lazy little bugger and appreciates a nice warm place to sleep when he comes in during the evenings after a day of hunting. The fibres retain body heat which will most defiantly make it a hit with all cats and the long pile cushions the cats pressure points which is particularly useful as cats tend to lay in the same position for a long time. For the past 2 months I have also been hand rearing two different litters of abandoned kittens and Vetbed has proved invaluable to me both these times. I am able to lay a piece over a heat pad and the kittens are left with a warm and very cosy place to sleep and any accidents soak right through the Vetbed meaning they are not left with wet or soiled bedding until I next see to them, placing a few sheets of newspaper under the Vetbed then absorbs the liquid and prevents it reaching your floors. Spilled milk formula also soaks right through so any feeding spills aren't a problem and will be ok for an hour or so until you can get the Vetbed in the wash.
Pretty much all of my animals use Vetbed now to be honest, a couple of years ago I invested in a 5 metre roll so I am able to cut off pieces to size as and when I need them. The hamster has a little piece in his nest box, as do the ferrets, chinchillas, rabbits and guinea pigs and even the African Grey parrot and my two Macaws like to cosy down on bits of it. It honestly does make my life a heck of a lot easier- with so many animals hygiene is obviously top priority and I love the ease and convenience of the Vetbed, it can be stuffed in the washing machine a couple of times a week- it comes out nearly dry and can just be fluffed up again in the tumble dryer and given back to the animals- it washes lovely, the pile doesn't clump together and stains or soiling doesn't stick to the fibres.
It can be used around the home, but is also extremely light weight so can be rolled up and taken with you when visiting friends or relatives with your dog, or used to line the bottom of travel crates and carriers as as mentioned before, any accidents soak straight through, and a sheet of newspaper placed underneath will absorb the liquid and leave your pets bed completely dry.
All in all, a near fault less product that makes my life so much easier, aswell as providing my animals with cosy places to sleep. Hard wearing and reasonably priced so easy on the purse too.
I couldn't be without it.
Having read alot of good reviews about vetbed and seen some in various shops I decided the time had come to purchase some. It's available in lots of different patterns and colours these days and the price varies alot from supplier to supplier.
I decided to buy some on ebay, I was looking for a piece large enough to line both my lads (cats) carrying boxes so in the winter they're nice and cosy on their regular vet visits. I found a seller who was advertising a piece 50cm x 76cm for £9 including delivery and bought it.
I chose a red colour with paw mark pattern and it arrived in 2 days. The vetbed is very deep and fluffy and incredibly warm, I knelt on it to see how soft and warm it was and I was really impressed with the texture. There is a rubber backing on it too which stops accidents from leaking through and any slipping of the bed.
I immediately chopped my piece down to size and threw it in the washing machine. I wash any blankets for my boys so they don't smell of anything then if they don't like them I roll around on them myself so they're attracted to my scent. I opted for a 50 degree wash, I rarely use anything higher than this but apparently vetbed can be washed up to 90 degrees.
The vetbed came out with the fibres clumped but I expected this. It dried within a day and I brushed the fibres apart again so they looked fluffy and not like a sheep! This took me only a few minutes and they separated easily.
I placed the vetbed on the floor for the boys to look at before I put it in their boxes. They have 3 month check-ups at the vets nowadays as they are on thyroid medication so this bedding will get a few outings over the cooler months.
Within a few minutes one of my lads was having a "love in" with a piece and thoroughly enjoying it. Within an hour the two of them were squabbling over who had which piece so it's safe to say they like it and my rolling on the bedding won't be needed this time!
I have since put it into their boxes ready for our next trip out, I might have to purchase more though as they were so taken with it! It's an excellent product, warm, soft and cosy, washable which is vital for any travelling "incidents" and the waterproof backing means any liquid will not seep through.
Highly recommended but definitely check out ebay for prices.
As an update, as you can see from the comment left by the guide I must have given the impression I would leave my lads on a wet bed if there were any accidents, this is not so. I usually use newspaper with layers of kitchen roll on top and remove however many layers it takes to provide a dry bed again when travelling. Nowadays they are used to going so don't have many accidents but if they did I am always armed with rolls of kitchen roll, towels, plastic bags for any wet items and would take the vetbed out immediately after an accident, not leave my little lads on a wet bed. The purpose of using vetbed for us is just to provide a warm, cosy bed for them to travel on during the 15 minute journey to the vets but obviously the fact it is washable is very useful.
The fact it doesn't soak through mine works better for us as it would mean their carrying boxes were still dry so after I'd removed the wet vetbed I could happily replace it with paper or a towel knowing the box wasn't swimming with pee.
Just to clear that up! Thanks for reading.
I work in a rescue cente and have done for the past few years and until recently we have always just used old blankets, quilts etc for the dogs but after someone donating some vet bed we have been usin it and all the staff at the rescue centre wishes we had started using it years ago as teh dogs seem happier.Vet bed is not a bed at the name implies but a thick polyester type rug with a 2cm thick pile which makes it nice and comfy for the dogs to lay on. Vet bed is machine washing on a normal cycle and lsts for a long time.I would recommend vet bed and infact I am now going to get it for my own dog.
Those of you who have read The story of Mr Moo parts one and two (see my user profile if you haven’t!) will know all about the little dog who I live with. He doesn’t pay rent, he doesn’t clean up after himself, but I love him. However, it has been over a year since writing parts one and two of the Mr Moo Chronicles and since then he has stiffened up and now suffers from arthritis in his back legs! *sniff sniff*- its so sad! Lucky for him though, he has owners who think the world of him and have bought him, not one, but two of these lovely beds- one for the car and one for the living room. When Mr Moo was a puppy, so we will call him Master Moo, he had a plastic bed, one of those oval baskets if you know what I mean. One trait of Master Moo is chewing- he likes to chew. Now, this nice oval basket he owned has sides to start off with, now it is a plastic bottom with 'chewed borders' to decorate. These came quite nippy to the ankle of you caught them while walking past, and people with tights, whether the visiting Aunt or Robin Hood usually got a good ladder from the sides of this now ugly-looking bed. Now Mr Moo has his Vet bed, and he does love it. It is made out of lovely material and if very comfy to lie on, and I can say this from personal experience! Also, as it is material you can put it almost anywhere. Mr Moo enjoys lying in between the wall and the sofa, and even though it doesn’t quite fit there, the bed, being material, can easily be folded slightly for Mr Moo to enjoy comfort in his favourite spot. We have two different designs of the bed, both about the same size, but they have different patterns on them and are both lovely, and not an eyesore for the house. They are easily washed (if Mr Moo doesn’t mind giving up his bed for a day), they are good for his little legs, especially after a nice long walk, and they are not too expensive. However, the most important thing here, whic
h I must stress- THEY ARE NOT CHEWABLE! Definitely worth it for my best friend, Mr Moo.
We can't be without Vetbed, but it isn't the slightest bit of use for the purpose for which it was bought! I'd better explain, hadn't I? One of our dogs, a Rhodesian Ridgeback, came to us as a puppy. She was very small then, only about 20cm high and weighing only a kilo or two. We wanted to get her used to all sorts of experiences so one evening when there was a high wind we took her out to let her see that there was nothing to worry about and played with her in the garden. She was running when an exceptionally strong gust of wind threw her into a fencepost. If it happened now that she weighs as much as a small adult she'd demolish the fencepost, but Rosie ended up with a very badly bruised shoulder. She could sleep on one side but not on the other and if she tried she would end up whimpering with pain. She obviously needed to sleep on something that wasn't at all hard on her shoulder. A friend recommended Vetbed which she used for her rather arthritic dog and I bought one for Rosie. This isn't a bed as such, but rather a rug. It's manufactured from two different types of polyester which are densely packed together in a pile which is about 2cm deep thus providing support for the animal. Air is retained within the fibres which makes it a warm bed to lie on. It feels like real fur but has the advantage of being machine washable and will last for many years in normal use. The cost starts at £7.38 for a rug 48cm by 38cm and goes up to £30.88 for a 1m oval. Both prices are inclusive of VAT. It's available in different colours and also with various designs of dogs and cats. I bought an oval to fit the bottom of Rosie's basket and hoped that our troubles were over. I washed the rug first as the dog will accept it more readily once the newness has gone, and put it in the basket. Rosie was delighted. She pulled the rug out of the basket and tugged it round the floor after her. I put i
t back. She removed it. I put it back. She removed it. This went on for some time until finally I put the rug back in the basket and instructed her to get in on top of it. She did, but only reluctantly and the expression on her face said that she was being made to do something that she knew to be wrong. She felt awkward. I decided to leave her there in the hope that something else (i.e. the toy that I'd put in the basket!) would distract her. Ten minutes later I went back. Without getting out of the basket she had managed to pull the Vetbed up into a miniature Everest. Her front paws were wrapped round the mountain and her open mouth was resting on the rug. She wasn't chewing it - she was almost sucking it. No matter what we did Rosie would not sleep on the Vetbed, but she wouldn't be parted from it either. As she got bigger she would carry it round the house with her, upstairs, downstairs and even outside. "Ruggy" as he came to be known, was never left out in the garden, unlike other toys. There's a Kong out there somewhere, but I can't find it. If Ruggy's taken outside, he will be brought back in. Nearly three years later Rosie has to know where he is, or she won't be happy. If he's been left in a room and the door to that room is shut she will cry at the door until he is rescued. She has a favourite game. She comes up to you with Ruggy in her mouth and wagging her tail (and her tail wags right up to her ears). You are required to get hold of Ruggy at both sides of her mouth and pretend that you are trying to take him away from her whilst saying "Ruggy, Ruggy, Ruggy". This is ecstasy for her if slightly boring for the person who is playing with her. Rosie had an operation when she was just over six months old and for a few days wasn't allowed out for a walk. Her first outing was to be a gentle stroll along the pavement just to get her back into the swing of thin
gs. She refused to go out without Ruggy and walked down the road with him clutched in her formidable mouth. She checks any visitors who come to the house and it's easy to tell her opinion of them. If she likes them, Ruggy will be brought to be introduced to them. If she isn't certain he will be kept firmly in the background. Regular visitors will speak to him. "Hello Rosie, hello Ruggy" This delights her and those people are forever her favourites. Physically washing Ruggy is not difficult. He slips quite readily into the washing machine and comes up like new every time. GETTING hold of him to put in the wash is another matter. Have you ever waited until a child was asleep so that you could wash a favourite toy? We have to do much the same thing. Rosie will be distracted by one of us and the other will get Ruggy into the washing machine. It's pointless hanging him on the line to dry unless it can be guaranteed that Rosie will not be going outside as I have never been able to prop the line sufficiently high to stop her jumping up to rescue him. Generally I settle for the tumble drier. Our other dog, Luce, is considerably older and is very much the top dog. When Rosie was a puppy Luce would discipline her with a quick nip of the ear if she offended Luce. This is slightly more difficult now that Rosie is twice Luce's size. The point of the quick nip is rather lost if you have to find something to climb on so that you can do it! These days Luce will settle for simply going and sitting next to Ruggy. Rosie would never dare to get him in that situation and the point is made. I'm sure you're thinking that this is a one-off, but I'm afraid it isn't. Rosie plays with a German Wire-Haired Pointer. They have done this since they were puppies and Barney does exactly the same thing, although he will sleep on his bed but still manages to cuddle a corner of it! We had a postcard the
other day - "to Peter, Sue, Luce, Rosie and Ruggy..."