Does your dog suffer from incontinence? Or do you have a young puppy who hasn't got the hang of housetraining yet? If so, these waterproof and easy-to-clean beds could be a great choice.
Our #1 Pick
Brilliant bed with waterproof inner liner
My top recommendation is the DogBed4Less Premium. It's a supportive memory foam bed with waterproof inner cover and a machine-washable external cover. It's also available in a wide range of sizes.
Elderly dogs, puppies and those with health problems may lose control of toileting. Consequently, accidents on a dog bed are sometimes unavoidable.
Aside from causing ditress - dogs instinctively hate soiling their "den - urine can cause a bad smell if it seeps into the stuffing.
Most beds have a washable cover, but the mattress is a different story - especially if you choose an orthopedic or memory foam bed. Once these mattresses start to smell, it can be difficult or impossible to clean them.
Fortunately, there are plenty of waterproof beds that protect the mattress and are easy to clean. Keep reading for five of my favorite options.
Note: This article is about waterproof dog beds for incontinence - not outdoor beds. If you're looking for an outdoor waterproof option, check out my list of the best camping dog beds.
What to Look for in a Water Proof Pet Bed?
There are many things to consider when buying a dog bed. Your pet's favorite sleeping position, size and health issues all need to be taken into account, along with the mattress material and design of the bed.
I've written an in-depth guide to choosing a bed here, but the most important considerations when buying a waterproof bed include:
- Waterproof Design. Dog beds can resist water in several ways. Soft foam beds may have a waterproof liner, cover or both to protect the mattress. These are sometimes combined into a single layer with a soft outer surface and waterproof inner. In contrast, elevated beds don't have a fabric design, so are easy to hose down after an accident. I've included both types on the list below, but the right choice depends on your dog's requirements.
- Machine Washable Bed or Cover(s). Some smaller beds can be washed whole, but it's more common to have machine-washable covers. This is an essential feature for incontinent dogs, as spot cleaning isn't as effective for removing stains and odors. The covers should also be easy to remove (ideally with a heavy-duty zipper).
- Cover Noise. Waterproof materials are often noisier than normal fabric. If your dog is easily spooked by strange noises, look for a cover that won't make too much noise when he lies down or rolls over.
- Type of Stuffing. Memory foam or orthopedic dog beds are brilliant if your pet suffers from joint problems. They ease pressure on the joints and provide a much more comfortable sleep. Regular foam is a cheaper option for dogs without joint pain, but make sure the stuffing is thick enough to prevent your dog sinking through to the floor.
- Durable. If your dog has regular toilet accidents, the bed needs to be strong and able to withstand repeated washing. Cheap beds often fall apart after a few washes, so it's worth spending a bit more to get a quality product.
- Budget. Dog beds range in price, from cheap $5 beds to those costing hundreds of dollars. If you need a waterproof orthopedic bed, be prepared to spend more on a high-quality mattress. Regular foam or elevated options are cheaper but less supportive.
- Size. As a general rule, your dog should be able to stretch out and sleep in any position. This may not be possible with a donut or cave bed, but is what you should aim for with a regular or bolster bed. If in doubt, choose a slightly larger size than you think you'll need.
You may also want to consider the color of the bed's cover. Incontinence can cause some unpleasant stains, so a white cover probably isn't the best choice!
5 Best Waterproof Pet Beds for Incontinence
Listed below are five of my top recommendations for a waterproof bed. Make sure you read each mini-review to find a bed that best meets your dog's requirements.
|#1||DogBed4Less Premium||Brilliant memory foam bed with a waterproof inner liner. Highly recommended.||$$$|
|#2||Brindle Waterproof Designer||A cheaper alternative with memory foam and support foam layers. Best for small or medium breeds.||$$|
|#3||Coolaroo Elevated||Elevated bed with steel frame and breathable mesh cover. Easy to clean and great for dogs that overheat.||$|
|#4||Milliard Premium Orthopedic||Single machine-washable cover with a TPU coating to protect the orthopedic mattress. Inexpensive and great value for money.||$$|
|#5||Big Barker Orthopedic + Waterproof Liner (Sold Separately)||Expensive bed but brilliant for large dogs due to the 7" foam mattress. You must buy the waterproof liner separately though.||$$$$$|
Scroll down for more information and mini-reviews of each of our top picks.
1. DogBed4Less Premium Bed
The DogBed4Less Premium is one of my favorite dog beds - and it's my top pick if you need a waterproof design. The water proof inner cover protects the supportive memory foam mattress, while the external covers provide a comfortable sleeping surface.
The DogBed4Less's mattress is made with 4" of gel-infused memory foam. Most orthopedic beds have a bottom layer of support foam, but the DogBed4Less is made with a single layer of high density memory foam.
This provides excellent cushioning for a dog's joints, as it molds to your dog's body to prevent pressure points. It's also durable and won't sag over time. When combined with the two external covers (denim and microsuede), the DogBed4Less is difficult to beat when it comes to comfort.
Aside from the two external covers, this bed includes a waterproof inner lining with a zipper for removal. As the external cover can be machine-washed, the DogBed4Less an excellent choice for incontinent dogs. The covers are also durable - although they may not withstand determined chewing.
Another great thing about this bed is that it's available in six sizes. These range from the small 35" x 20" option up to the Jumbo 55" x 47", so there's a size for most breeds.
There aren't many drawbacks to this bed. It's not cheap, but I think it's reasonably priced considering the excellent mattress and three covers. It also smells when first opened, although this is a common issue with all orthopedic beds.
The only caveat is that 4" of memory foam may not be enough for the heaviest breeds, so for giant dogs take a look at the Big Barker below. For most dogs, however, 4" of high density foam is more than enough.
Note: For a list of the best memory foam beds, check out my full guide here.
Why We Recommend It: The DogBed4Less Premium is an outstanding dog bed for almost any breed. The dense memory foam provides comfortable support for joints, while the combination of machine-washable cover and waterproof inner liner make it a great choice for incontinent pets.
- Type: Rectangular
- Material: Gel-infused memory foam
- Sizes Available: 35 x 20 inch, 37 x 27 inch, 40x35 inch, 41 x 27 inch, 47 x 29 inch, 53 x 37 inch, 55 x 47 inch
- Price Range: $$$
- Inner liner protects the mattress
- Dense mattress for comfortable support
- Good value for money
- Cover isn't designed to withstand heavy chewing or digging
2. Brindle Designer Bed
If you're looking for a cheaper waterproof bed than the DogBed4Less, the Brindle Designer is a great alternative for small or medium breeds. It has a zippered cover, water-proof layer and non-slip bottom - plus it's available for a great price.
The biggest difference between this bed and the DogBed4Less is that the Brindle isn't solid memory foam dog bed. Instead, there' a 2" layer of high density foam below the 2" layer of memory foam. While this means it may not be quite as effective at molding to your pet's body shape, it's still a comfortable option that's great for dogs with joint pain.
I wouldn't recommend this bed for the largest breeds though. The density may not be enough to prevent these dogs sinking through to the floor, which puts extra pressure on joints. For small or medium breeds up to 65lbs, however, it's a brilliant mattress.
A waterproof layer is included beneath the removable cover. This is designed to protect the mattress without being too noisy or changing how the bed feels. It certainly doesn't crinkle like a crib mattress, which is good for nervous dogs who might be disturbed.
One downside is the liner is not removable, so you won't be able to buy a replacement. It can be cleaned with anti-bacterial wipes after an accident though. The external cover is removable and machine-washable for easy cleaning.
As with many orthopedic beds, the Brindle isn't designed to be chew-proof. If your dog is a heavy chewer, or you have a puppy going through the teething stage, take a look at my list of the best chew-proof beds instead: https://www.thedogclinic.com/dog-beds/chew-proof
Considering the low price, the Brindle provides excellent value. The density isn't quite high enough for big breeds, which is why the largest size is 46"x28". For small or medium breeds, the foam provides great support and a comfortable sleeping surface. You could also use it as a crate mat.
Why We Recommend It: The Brindle Designer is a brilliant bed for small or medium breeds. It's supportive without being uncomfortably firm, and the waterproof liner protects the mattress.
- Type: Rectangular
- Material: 2" memory foam and 2" high density foam
- Sizes Available: 22 x 16 inches, 34 x 22 inches, 46 x 28 inches
- Price Range: $$
- Comfortable support for small or medium breeds
- Liner protects the mattress
- 2" memory foam top layer molds to your dog's body
- Not chew proof
- Mattress isn't dense enough for big breeds
3. Coolaroo Elevated Pet Bed
For dogs that often overheat, an elevated bed can be a cooling (and cheaper) alternative to regular beds. The Coolaroo is a highly durable option that's built with a steel frame and strong fabric, so it's easy to hose down if your pet has an accident.
The Coolaroo elevates your dog to approximately 7 inches. This increases airflow, allowing your pet to keep cool in warm conditions, while keeping him off the cold and uncomfortable floor. The fabric surface is also designed to be breathable to prevent warming.
While it isn't waterproof in the same way as the other beds on this list, the tough steel frame and polyethylene cover are easy to hose or wipe down after an accident. These materials don't absorb urine, so it won't smell as long as you clean it properly.
The Coolaroo is also highly durable. There are few dogs that can chew through steel bars, so the frame is almost 100% dog-proof. The fabric isn't as strong, but can withstand the occasional chew or scratch (although if your dog is a determined chewer there are stronger elevated beds).
There are downsides to this type of bed though. The simple design means they don't distribute your dog's bodyweight as evenly as soft mattresses, so aren't the best option for dogs with joint problems. The Coolaroo also doesn't fold down.
Even so, the low price, cooling design and durability of this bed means it's an option to consider for dogs that overheat. It's also easy to clean and won't absorb any toilet accidents. Click here for my full review.
Why We Recommend It: The Coolaroo is an elevated bed that's great for dogs that overheat. The lack of foam stuffing means it's also a good choice for incontinent dogs, as it won't absorb the urine smell and can be washed with a hose. It's not suitable for dogs with joint pain though.
- Type: Elevated
- Material: Powder-coated steel frame and polyethylene fabric
- Sizes Available: Small, Medium, Large
- Price Range: $
- Steel frame and polyethylene cover won't absorb toilet accidents
- Easy to clean with a hose
- Highly durable and cooler than a foam bed
- Not as supportive or comfortable as a foam bed
4. Milliard Premium Orthopedic
The Milliard Premium is another excellent waterproof memory foam bed. It's made with a combination of memory and support foam, has a waterproof cover that's machine washable, and is available in a range of sizes. It's also very reasonably priced.
There are two layers to the Milliard. The first is a 2" layer of high density foam, which provides a solid foundation. The second is 2" of memory foam with a medium/firm feel. This layer molds to your dog's body and takes pressure off the hips and shoulders.
The cover has a TPU coating to make it resistant to water. Unlike most other waterproof foam beds, this is a single cover with a soft exterior and waterproof interior, rather than two separate liners. An advantage of this design is that the entire cover can be removed and machine washed after an accident.
If your dog often has small accidents, the Milliard's cover does a decent job at protecting the mattress. It's possible that fluid might get through if it's left to soak for a long period, but the TPU coating is surprisingly effective considering it's not a separate protector. A bonus is that the TPU coating has anti-microbial properties.
Other features include a non-slip bottom and two-sided cover zipper. The Milliard is also available in a wide range of different sizes, although even the X-Large option probably isn't big enough for giant breeds.
So, while the Milliard isn't the best on this list, it provides excellent value for money. If you're looking for a cheap memory foam bed with a waterproof cover, it's a great option.
Why We Recommend It: The Milliard Premium Orthopedic Memory Foam is a comfortable and supportive bed that provides great value for money. If your dog needs orthopedic support from a memory foam mattress, it's hard to beat at this price. The waterproof cover with TPU coating also does a good job of protecting the mattress from toilet accidents.
- Type: Rectangular
- Material: 2" memory foam and 2" base
- Sizes Available: 24" x 18", 34" x 22"
- Price Range: $$
- High-quality bed for a great price
- TPU coated cover provides protection against accidents
- Supportive for your dog's joints
- Waterproof cover may not be as effective as a separate lining
- May not be thick enough for giant breeds
5. Big Barker Orthopedic Bed for Big Dogs + Waterproof Liner
The Big Barker is one of the most popular beds for large dogs. It features a thick 7" mattress, made from a combination of dense comfort and support foam, and a machine washable microfiber cover. The standard version doesn't include a waterproof cover, but a liner can be purchased separately for the ultimate large dog bed.
As the name suggests, the Big Barker is made specifically for large dogs. The mattress is too dense for smaller dogs, as they aren't heavy enough to sink in. Bigger dogs should sink in just enough to get comfortable without making it difficult to get up though.
A machine-washable external cover is included with the Big Barker. This is made from microfiber fabric, providing a soft exterior that's durable enough to withstand multiple washes.
This cover is not resistant to water though. If you want to make the Big Barker waterproof, you'll need to purchase a separate liner. This is made from hospital-grade materials and is designed to be 100% waterproof. It's also quiet, which is vital for nervous dogs (and for your sanity if the bed is in your bedroom), and can be cold washed.
So, why is this only #5 on our list?
The main reason is the price. The Big Barker is already an expensive product, but needing to purchase the liner separately adds to the cost. On the other hand, if you're spending a lot of money on a bed, it makes sense to protect the expensive mattress.
When it comes to a waterproof bed for a large breed, the Big Barker with extra liner is my top pick. Remember to buy the official waterproof cover if your dog is prone to accidents though.
Why We Recommend It: The combination of a Big Barker bed with the official waterproof liner (sold separately) is one of the best options for large dogs with incontinence problems. In fact, the only reason not to get this combination for a big dog is the price. If you can afford it, neither you or your dog will be disappointed.
- Type: Rectangular or Bolster
- Material: 7" total with layers of comfort + support foam
- Sizes Available: 48 x 30 inches, 52 x 36 inches, 60 x 48 inches
- Price Range: $$$$$
- Outstanding support for big dog joints
- Strong orthopedic foam that won't flatten
- Easy-to-wash external cover
- Waterproof cover must be bought separately - but is great for protecting the mattress
- Very expensive
Frequently Asked Questions
What's the Difference Between Waterproof and Water-Resistant?
A truly waterproof cover should stop all liquid from seeping through to the mattress. While it's debatable whether any cover is 100% waterproof, these models should prevent urine penetrating to the interior.
Water-resistant beds are usually cheaper, but are less effective at stopping water. They are great for preventing moisture reaching the mattress - perhaps after your dog has had a bath - but may not stop a large amount of water.
If your dog has incontinence issues, or just hasn't been house trained yet, a waterproof dog bed is an essential purchase. The best options are easy to clean, have a lining to protect the stuffing, and provide a comfortable sleeping spot for your pet.
My top recommendation for a waterproof pet bed is the DogBed4Less Premium. It strikes a great balance between price and comfort, with a solid memory foam mattress and inner liner.
I hope this article has helped you choose a waterproof bed for your dog. If you have any questions, please use the comments form below.
About the Author: Richard Cross
Richard is a journalist who specialises in dog behavior. He's written hundreds of articles and books related to dogs, including for the Continental Kennel Club, Dog Fest (the UK's biggest dog festival) and various veterinary surgeries. When he's not spending time with Jess and Rudy (his beloved Labrador and Golden Retrievers), he enjoys reading, hiking and watching sports.