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Open Access A Practical Dog Bed for Environmental Enrichment for Geriatric Beagles, with Applications for Puppies and Other Small Dogs

A group of 30 older beagle dogs was acquired for aging studies. The dogs were initially housed in kennel runs equipped with elevated benches, but it became apparent that some of the oldest animals had difficulties jumping down from them. To improve animal safety and comfort, practical dog beds were made out of the ends of clean high-density polyethylene barrels. Synthetic fleece bed liners were used for dogs that did not chew them or remove them from the beds. Nine of the beagles regularly were observed to use the beds. We also have found that this easily fashioned dog bed is a useful kennel resting place option for puppies and other small dogs.

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Animal Resources Service, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, One Shields Avenue, Davis, California 95616

Publication date: May 1, 2001

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