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There are many types of dog beds available in the market place such as plush beds, memory foam beds, orthopedic beds, faux fur beds and so on. However, just like beds for humans, dog beds can also be made with toxic materials. As many dog owners know, dogs can have sensitive skin and experience allergic reactions to certain materials, chemicals or environmental allergens. Just like humans (maybe more sensitive than humans), dogs can develop severe skin problems such as atopic dermatitis. Dog beds can not only be made with harmful materials, but also be treated with harmful chemicals and emit volatile organic compounds into the air dogs breathe in. Some toxic chemicals in dog beds are associated with negative health effects such as hormone disruptions or even cancer. Dogs spend many hours sleeping, napping, resting, lounging on their beds. Dog beds shouldn’t be something harmful and unhealthy. Find out what non toxic dog beds including organic latex dog beds, solid wood dog bed frames and organic dog pillows are available.
How Dog Beds Can Be Toxic
There are some harmful materials and chemicals that can be toxic for dog beds. Let’s take a look.
When you look for a dog bed in the market place, you will see a lot of dog beds that are made of foam such as memory foam, hyper foam, egg-crate foam and so on. When you simply look at these beds, they look good, they look like they may be comfortable for dogs, and the price seems to be affordable. People may not usually think that they are made of harmful materials. However, the truth is that many foam dog beds are made of polyurethane foam. Polyurethane foam is usually used in cushion or foam type of products such as sofas, chairs, mattresses, seats as well as dog beds. Polyurethane is made by polyols reacting with methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) and toluene diisocyanate (TDI). Toluene diisocyanate (TDI) may be a carcinogen in humans and it has been shown to cause pancreas, liver and breast cancers in animals. Memory foam is created by adding various compounds and additives to polyurethane. Many memory foam dog beds are also sold as orthopaedic dog beds and may sound good. However, memory foam is made with polyurethane which is made with harmful chemicals.
Polyurethane foam is highly flammable. Therefore, flame retardants are often added. Some flame retardants are halogenated flame retardants and they contain chemicals that are brominated and chlorinated-based. Flame retardant chemicals can be extremely harmful to humans and animals. According to SaferStates.org, flame retardants have been shown to cause neurological damage, hormone disruption, and cancer. Flame retardant chemicals also bioaccumulate in the body, causing long-term chronic health problems. They escape from products that contain flame retardants such as foam, get mixed with dust in the air and settle into the household surfaces. Due to the nature of babies and young children’s hands-to-mouth behavior or pets licking the floor or surfaces in the house can expose them to harmful flame retardant chemicals.
Waterproof and Stain-Resistant Treatment Chemicals
When you buy dog products, you will notice that a lot of them are waterproof or/and stain-resistant. Items such as dog beds, dog rain jackets, dog car seats, dog mats can have a waterproof or stain-resistant coating or treatment on the fabrics. Although waterproof or stain-resistant capabilities offer great performances, unfortunately, these waterproof or stain-resistant coatings can be full of harmful chemicals. Perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) are the group of toxic chemicals that is often used as a waterproof or stain-resistant coating on fabrics. These chemicals include PFOA, PFOS and other per and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). They can be harmful to your health and pet’s health but also be harmful to our environment. PFOS and PFOA are banned or phased out with some exemptions in many countries and products due to harmful risks to health. PFAS is also harmful. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) states that PFAS is found in many products such as stain-resistant furniture and carpets treated with Scotchgard, Stainmaster and other fabric treatments, clothes labeled stain- or water-repellent, such as Gore-Tex jackets, paper and cardboard wrappers for fast food and bakery goods, and even in personal care products and cosmetics. According to the Agency For Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, animal studies have found that PFAS can cause damage to the liver and the immune system. PFAS have also caused birth defects, delayed development, and newborn deaths in lab animals. PFAS is also linked to cancer and endocrine disruption in humans. Perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) do not break down and accumulate in our body and the environment.
Volatile Organic Compounds
Polyurethane foam is made of petrolereum-based chemicals which can also emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air. The main chemical ingredient of polyurethane includes compounds that are known to cause cancer in animals. Flame retardant chemicals also can contain VOCs. Volatile organic compounds (VOC) are released over time in to the air your dog breathes in and may cause short-term and/or long-term health effects. Short-term exposure can cause vomiting, breathing problems, dizziness, and irritation of mucus membranes in the eyes, mouth, and nose. Chronic exposure to VOCs can lead to liver and/or kidney damage, damage to the central nervous system or cancer.
Non Toxic Dog Beds
Below are dog beds made of natural, organic materials such as organic latex and organic cotton. They do not contain polyurethane foam, memory foam, flame retardants, waterproof or stain-resistance treatments with perfluorinated compounds (PFCs).
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The Savvy Doggy™ – Non Toxic Dog Bed
This natural dog bed from Savvy Rest is made with the purest natural latex foam and GOTS certified organic cotton casings. You can choose between natural or black color for the dog bed. Custom sizes are also available.
- Formed or shredded natural latex core (Cradle to Cradle GOLD-certified Talalay latex and GOLS-certified Dunlop latex)
- Inner lining: 5-ounce organic cotton canvas
- Zippered outer cover: 8-ounce organic cotton flannel
You can hand wash outer cover in cold water and line dry. Organic cotton waterproof Liner is also available for purchase. (No perfluorinated compounds (PFCs)
The Savvy Doggy Extra Support – Non Toxic Dog Bed
The Savvy Doggy Extra Support is a natural dog bed with extra support. It is made of the purest natural latex foam and GOTS certified organic cotton casings. It has two layers of our most supportive natural latex for extra comfort.
You can choose between natural or black color for the dog bed. Custom sizes are also available.
- Formed natural latex core (6”) – Cradle to Cradle GOLD-certified Talalay latex or GOLS-certified Dunlop latex
- Inner lining: 5-ounce organic cotton canvas.
- Zippered outer cover: 8-ounce organic cotton flannel.
You can hand wash outer cover in cold water and line dry. Organic cotton waterproof Liner is also available for purchase (No perfluorinated compounds (PFCs).
Savvy Doggy Waterproof Liner – Non Toxic Dog Mattress Waterproof Liner
The Savvy Doggy™ waterproof liner is made with GOTS certified organic cotton and includes waterproofing properties (TPU) and a specific pore size that stops liquids from seeping into your dog’s bed. The thickness, pore size, and waterproofing properties will help stop liquids from damaging your dog’s bed.
It is made with GOTS certified organic cotton and TPU. It does not include vinyl, flame retardants, formaldehyde, perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), pesticides, or any other harmful chemicals.
Savvy Doggy Platform Bed – Non Toxic Dog Bed Frame
The Savvy Doggy platform bed can be used with the Savvy Doggy pet bed. You can customize the bed with your dog’s name (engraving option with four distinctive fonts ).
- Sustainably-sourced maple frame
- Sustainably-sourced poplar slats
- Zero-VOC stains (choose between several zero-VOC stains)
The Savvy Kitty™ – Non Toxic Cat Bed
The Savvy Kitty is a natural cat bed made of soft organic cotton flannel surrounding a core of purr-inducing natural latex.
You can choose between natural or black color for the cat bed. You can hand wash outer cover in cold water and line dry.
- Core: Formed or Shredded organic latex
- Inner lining: 5-ounce organic cotton canvas
- Zippered outer cover: 8-ounce organic cotton flannel
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Avocado Green Mattress Organic Dog Bed and Pillow Bolster – Non Toxic Dog Bed
Avocado Mattress Organic Dog Bed and Pillow Bolster is 100% GOTS organic certified. It is anti-odor, biodegradable, and naturally hypoallergenic, antimicrobial, anti-odor, and PETA approved. This mattress can be paired well with a solid wood dog bed frame. (for the dog bed frame, click here.)
An inch-thick layer of 100% GOLS organic and eco-INSTITUT® certified Dunlop latex from their own farm in India on top of three inches of breathable organic certified coconut husk (No polyurethane foam)
100% GOTS organic certified cotton
You can cover it all with a waterproof organic cotton inner liner and a removable, sweat-absorbing organic cotton cover.
Dog Pillow (Optional)
An organic cotton cover & canvas liner filled with vegan buckwheat hulls
Avocado Green Mattress Dog Bed Frame – Non Toxic Dog Bed Frame
Avocado Mattress handcrafts their Dog Bed Frame with upcycled scraps from their Los Angeles wood shop (FSC®-certified). The use of reclaimed wood can earn points toward the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program — a nationally recognized rating system for sustainable building by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). You can match this dog bed frame with Avocado dog organic mattress and pillow which are sold separately.
All FSC®-certified reclaimed wood and Douglas fir (No particle board. No fiberboard. Just real, solid, heavy wood)
The dog bed is finished with a non-toxic, zero-VOC, non toxic, odor-free stain (ECOS® wood stain)and varnish (No traditional lacquers or varnishes).
Avocado Mattress dog bed frame also uses safe, odorless glues (Titebond® wood glues).
Avocado Organic Dog Pillow Bolster – Non Toxic Dog Pillow
Avocado Organic Dog Pillow Bolster is anti-odor eco-friendly, chemical-free and biodegradable. It is also a vegan, PETA-approved product. You can pair this item with Avocado organic dog bed and dog bed frame.
100% GOTS organic certified cotton cover & canvas liner filled with 100% natural, vegan buckwheat hulls
Rawganique SESAME 100% Organic Cotton Dog Cat Pet Bed – Non Toxic Dog Bed
This 100% organic pet dog and cat bed is safe and truly handmade. It is is dioxin-free, formaldehyde-free, fire retardant-free, chemical-free, and sweatshop-free. The organic pet bed is available as pillow alone (dye-free), or with a strong, also 100% USA organic cotton twill cover in 12 attractive colors as well as dye-free Natural and Black. The fill is 100% certified organic cotton batting
100% certified USA organic cotton batting filling
100% USA organic cotton twill cover
Dog beds should provide comfort for dogs but also safety for their health. Materials used for dog beds or dog bed frames are important things to consider when choosing a dog bed for a dog. Yet, many dog beds are made of materials with questionable, harmful chemicals. Avoid dog beds that are made with polyurethane foam, have flame retardant chemicals, waterproof, stain-resistant treatments with perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) and emit volatile organic compounds. A dog bed should be non toxic and safe especially when a dog spends many hours lounging or sleeping on it.
If you are interested in safe dog car seats or dog car harnesses, please read my post, ‘Crash Tested Dog Car Seats – Dog Car Harnesses, Dog Carriers, Dog Crates‘.
If you are interested in organic dog shampoos, please check out, ‘Organic Dog Shampoo – Natural Dog Shampoo Without Any Toxic Chemicals‘.
If you are interested in organic dog foods and treats, please check out, ‘Organic Dog Food And Treats – Organic, All Natural, Healthy Dog Food And Treats‘.