Dr’s Sherman and Debra Canapp are world-renowned veterinarians. Below are reviews of their favorite pet products.


Sherman O. Canapp Jr., DVM, MS, CCRT
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation


Debra Canapp, DVM, CCRT, CVA
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation


Dog beds. I know what you’re thinking: I’m an Orthopedic Sports Medicine specialist, why am I talking about dog beds? Let’s start from the beginning: My journey to learning about dog beds started when I was talking to a dog owner about a procedure we were going to do on her dog and she simply asked, “Should I get a special dog bed for after the procedure?”. My initial thought was “No, a dog bed is a dog bed,” but as I continued to consider the question I decided that this was a topic I should dig into deeper and try to understand.


If you think about orthopedics, across both the human and veterinary markets, there really are different kinds of beds for different health considerations. In nursing homes there are different beds than you find at your everyday mattress store. And if there are different kinds of beds for humans based on your rest needs, why not for your pet too? I came to find out there is a difference between different dog beds. This was a very humbling experience for me because there’s a whole world out there that I didn’t know about, that I should be aware of because orthopedics is my speciality, but I wasn’t.

The key to comfortable sleep in the human long-term care market is “dry flotation technology.”  This isn’t something I made up, it’s well-documented in the literature. Now with the UnderDog orthopedic pet bed this technology is available to your pet. Essentially this technology provides your pet with extra support and can be beneficial for both post-operative pets and for everyday rest. This technology stimulates blood flow and minimizes pressure points. Watch the video for a detailed breakdown of the benefits of the six degrees of freedom.

Initially I thought, this sounds great but is this really just a gimmick? I am a fan of data and evidence-based medicine, so I went to Pub Med to learn more about dry flotation technology and there is a ton of literature out there on it. The conclusion that I came to is that this technology is great for post-operative, arthritic, and athletic pets (think field work, schutzhund, fly ball, agility). All of these pets have sore spots from either activity or age-related conditions that can greatly benefit from this bed technology. At a recent conference I held we had an UnderDog pet bed at the front of the room and our demo dogs were very happy to come up front and take their naps on the bed.

Bottom line – there is a lot of evidence that this bed is clinically superior and dogs think it’s comfortable.