A commonly held belief is that orthopedic dog beds are only for older canines but this is actually not the case. No matter the age of your four-legged best friend, from puppy to gray muzzled, a memory foam dog bed has multiple benefits that will see them through every stage of their lifecycle. Whether their role in the family is strictly as a companion, a sporting breed, or a working breed, good support from an early age is a proactive step that can help mitigate joint pain later in your dogs life. Just as a supportive sleep surface gives you a good nights sleep and reduces aches and pains, the same is true for your faithful friend. The memory foam layer of this small dog bed conforms to the shape of your dog to relieve pressure points and increase blood flow and allows the proper "sink" depth for your dog's weight, up to 12 pounds, so they aren't touching the hard floor. The interior sleep surface is ultra-soft olefin while the back and sides are durable polyester. The bolstered edges give your canine a place to lay their heads, besides your lap, during naps and rest time as well as giving them a sense of security. A non-slip bottom surface keeps the bed in place upon entry and exit to enhance the safety of your pet. The low maintenance design of this pet bed allows for easy cleaning. Simply unzip the cover and machine wash in cold water for a deep thorough cleaning then tumble dry on low heat. This smaller size pet bed is just right for small breeds or cats.