Orthopaedic Dog Beds



Ideal for dogs with arthritis and other joint issues

Key Features

  • A pressure relief surface that is based on NHS hospital mattresses
  • Super supportive foam and the CoolComfort option for dogs that readily overheat
  • Avoids pressure on sensitive areas and provides improved sleep quality

Ideal for dogs with:

  • arthritis,
  • hip dysplasia,
  • elbow dysplasia,
  • other orthopaedic or neurological conditions,
  • on extended crate rest following surgery.

The pressure relief Active Recovery® bed has a strong pedigree. It is based on bed construction used in medical environments, including NHS hospitals, to prevent the development of pressure sores. (The third photo above shows a hospital mattress.)

The design ensures an even distribution of weight across a dog’s body. Pressure on sensitive, inflamed areas is minimised, resulting in a reduction in muscle tension, greater comfort and improved sleep quality. This has been shown using pressure mapping.

What makes this an orthopaedic dog bed?

So, it is hard to say what makes a bed orthopaedic, both for people and dogs. The use of memory foam does not make a bed 'orthopaedic'. Some people with orthopaedic conditions like a firm bed, others like a soft one. This bed effectively combines both by having a high density foam base layer for support and the pressure relief top surface.

Clever Design

The castellated bed structure of the Active Recovery® Bed allows the individual foam elements to move in direct response to the amount of pressure applied. Castellated means cut into small squares with narrow channels between. This allows differential movement of the foam elements, ensuring an even distribution of pressure and thereby minimising loading to any one area. The dog lies in a neutral position, reducing tension in muscles while the even spread of pressure will help reduce joint inflammation and the associated pain and stiffness.

All this makes the bed ideal for dogs with joint issues and arthritis, so it is undoubtedly more orthopaedic than most other dog beds out there that claim to be orthopaedic. 

Options available

The Active Recovery® range comes in eight sizes and two foam configurations. You can also order it in a bespoke size on the Bespoke dog bed page.

Yes, we use memory foam, but we also offer the CoolComfort option which is great for dogs with heavy coats or those that overheat easily. This uses a medium density upholstery foam for the top castellated surface to avoid the heat retention effect of memory foam. This is the option to choose if your dog overheats readily.

The standard construction is 5 cm of high density foam for support and 5 cm of castellated foam for pressure relief to give an easy access 10 cm high bed.

For dogs under 15 kg the Active Recovery® Lite bed comprises a 5 cm castellated foam on a 3 cm high density foam base.

The blue foam borders you can see in the photos are used to protect the castellated cells from damage and to prevent the edge of the bed being too soft.

From the outside, the Active Recovery® Bed looks the same as our Signature Beds and can have any of the cover types available for other beds.

Is your dog incontinent?

For dogs that frequently have accidents in their bed, a fully waterproof cover with welded seams is the best option. Tale a look at the Incontinence Beds for Dogs page.

Order preparation and shipping
Dispatched within 48 hours of order when in stock

The following items are dispatched within 48 hours of your order on a next day delivery service:

  • Dog-G8 flexible door barrier
  • Medical Protection Covers
  • DogRobes
  • Non-slip Mats
  • Dog Shoes
  • Threshold Ramps
  • Helping Hands Sling
  • Cold Compression Bandage

Dispatch of beds

All our beds are made to order. This is how we are able to offer such a large number of sizes and colours.

We aim to dispatch your bed within 14 days of order, and usually manage to do it sooner. If the colour of fabric is not available in that timeframe, we will alert you to the delay and you can opt to change the colour you have selected.

Bespoke beds will generally take four to six weeks. This is because we have to order the bespoke size of foam which can take some time to arrive.


We charge for shipping. There is no such thing as free shipping - it is either declared openly as we do, or its cost is hidden in the price you are paying for the item you are buying. The price of shipping depends on the size of the item ordered. Typically a bed shipped within mainland UK will cost £15-18. We use FedEx as they are reliable and are willing to handle our bulky products.

For small items under 2kgs we use Royal Mail next day tracked service. Unfortunately, this is not guaranteed to be a next day delivery. Orders placed before 12 noon will go out the same day.

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