Big Barker Review Video (Dog Bed) and New Research
Our youngest canine hero, Mr. Stix, has NOT been sleeping well for many weeks now. We needed some fresh ideas, then along came some new research from Big Barker dog beds done at the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary Clinical Investigations Center. Here's why our little dude needed a new bed and how it's working so far. Don't miss the end of the Big Barker review video -- so doggone funny.
This is a sponsored review done in exchange for a FREE Big Barker dog bed for Mr. Stix. The new, smaller bed is a medium-sized "junior" bed made for dogs under 50 pounds. Stix weighs about 41-42 pounds. A bed like this currently sells for about $150, which is a lot relatively speaking for a dog bed, but we think it's worth it.
For reference, we normally would NOT do a product review in exchange for a dog product because I cannot pay my bills with dog stuff, but when there is a product we like, sometimes we agree to write / make videos like we did for the Big Barker review video below.
What we love about Big Barker Dog Beds!
- Exceptional quality memory foam, much more like a people bed than a dog bed -- see our earlier review here
- Made in the USA
- Fits perfectly inside the crate
- Easy-to-remove / washable cover (though our dryer did scorch the fabric in a couple spots, so be careful)
- Helps Mr. Stix sleep better at night ... even with all his injuries and orthopedic needs
That new data ...
Essentially, 40 dogs slept on Big Barker beds and wore activity monitors. In addition, researchers used several assessment tools (mentioned in the video) to measure results.
- Significant reductions in pain and joint stiffness
- Significant improvements in joint function, gait, energy, and quality of life
Activity tracker data showed that:
- 50% of dogs had at least a 13% decrease in night-time activity.
- 25% of dogs had at least a 33% decrease in night-time activity.
All that seems to suggest better comfort and restfulness. Here's an infographic recap of the research, if that's helpful.
Our test subject of 1
Now ... as I say in the video, we did recently take Mr. Stix off a medication that we believe was making him restless, and we did also add -- with the okay of our specialist veterinarian -- 2.5 mg of melatonin at bedtime. And, our little man is definitely sleeping better, so perhaps it's the combination of the Big Barker dog bed, getting rid of that medicine, and the melatonin, but we'll take it. We were getting really exhausted from him waking us up 2-4 times every night.
Maybe get one for your dog too?
If you're looking to help your dog -- of any age and with any orthopedic issues -- sleep more comfortably and better, it might be worth getting one of these beds. We hope our Big Barker review video helps you make a decision either way. Let us know if you decide to get one.
And, if nothing else, you got to see our smiling faces and other hilarity right before the holidays in what has been a VERY tough year for us all.
Here is a bonus photo of Mr. Stix in a Santa suit, just because.