orthopedic bed vs performance pad
10-24-202 mins read
Gunner Kennels performance and orthopedic dog beds are important for dogs performing strenuous activity, both as a preventative measure and restorative remedy.
Pet Safety

Having trouble deciding whether your Best Friend needs an Orthopedic Bed or a Performance Pad to accompany their Gunner Kennel? Let’s take a look at the two dog beds side by side, and see what they have to offer.

Before diving in, here is the TL;DR:

  • The Performance Pad is designed to be extremely durable, waterproof, odor-resistant, and easy to clean. If your dog is constantly going to be traveling while wet, muddy, dirty, or malodorous: this is the choice for you.
  • In almost any other case, your dog will benefit from the preventive orthopedic support and temperature regulation produced by the two inches of memory foam which make up the core of the Orthopedic Bed.

At a Glance: Side by Side Comparison of the Dog Beds

While both products have a precisely tailored fit for your G1™ Kennel, it’s important to note some of the key differences between the two, specifically their thickness and materials they’re made from. The Performance Pad is 3/4″ thick, shock-absorbent, completely weatherproof, and is easily cleaned with a hose or power washer. The Orthopedic Bed, on the other hand, is made up of two inches of Viscoelastic memory foam and has a water-resistant ballistic nylon cover, which is removed from the memory foam for cleaning.

A Closer Look at the Dog Beds

Orthopedic Bed

The Gunner Orthopedic Bed, like our kennel, was developed to protect and enrich your best friend’s quality of life. It does so by providing preventive support, increased blood flow, temperature regulation, and better sleep for your canine companion.

Our bed uses the same high-quality, Viscoelastic memory foam that is found in high-end human mattresses in tandem with high-density support foam to evenly distribute your dog’s weight and relieve the pressure from their joints. This is the same technology used by Veterinarians for post-operation surgery recovery because, by evenly distributing the dog’s weight, key pressure points are relieved, which allows for nutrient-rich blood flow back to areas that promote quick healing and faster recovery.

The support they receive also allows your companion to recover without inflaming pressure points, giving their limbs a chance to rest comfortably above the kennel’s rotomolded surface — helping protect against general aches and pains, joint discomfort, arthritis, hip dysplasia, and more.

Finally, those two inches of foam are gel-infused to keep your dog better regulate their temperature, helping them stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. To top it all off, the bed is encased in a removable 1680 Denier-Rated ballistic nylon cover, that happens to utilize the same Kevlar thread used to make bulletproof vests. This ensures maximum seam strength for maximum tear resistance along with easy cleaning after extended use.

  • Made in America
  • Tailor Fit
  • Tear Resistant
  • Water-Resistant

Performance Pad

While many joint and arthritis cases are genetic, another significant factor in these cases is overuse. Working and sporting dogs, in particular, endure more wear and tear than the average dog, and the best thing for them after a hard day’s work is to have a comfortable place to relax and relieve pressure from their joints. However, those workdays in the field more often than not mean a dirty companion. That’s where the Performance Pad shines.

This 3/4″ thick, shock-absorbent cushion is both waterproof and odor-resistant, meaning your companion can load up for the trip home in comfort without having to worry about the repercussions to the pad.

  • Made in America
  • Tailor Fit
  • Odor-Resistant
  • Waterproof
  • Shock-Absorbant

Watch: Video Comparison of the Two Dog Beds

Be sure to check out this video from Sam Wells, where he highlights the differences between these two products and the different ways he uses them!

Interested in reading more? Check out our blog on The Science Behind a Proper Kennel Fit.

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