In addition to the above-noted advantages of the present invention, the animal mattress in the preferred embodiment provides an excellent resting surface for animal's recovering from surgery. With the polystyrene beads disposed in loose, free flowing relation within the interior chamber of the mattress, the cushioning material is able to conform to the animal's exterior configuration resulting in an even distribution of the animal's weight with no direct pressure points to any particular area of the animal's body. This type of resting surface is ideal in that it improves the animal's blood circulation and enhances post operative recovery after major surgery. Thus, the chances of trauma during recover are significantly reduced and the animal will most likely recover in a shorter period of time.
Because the animal mattress of the present invention is made entirely of inorganic material which is impervious to both liquid and heat, bacterial growth in the mattress is non-existent. This is due to the fact that neither liquid nor heat are retained in the inorganic mattress material and therefore there is little, if any, opportunity for bacteria to grow in the mattress.
Another important advantage of the present invention is that it is perfectly suited for use with show dogs. The exterior casing, being coated with polyvinyl chloride, provides an extremely smooth surface which, unlike animal mattresses in the prior art, does not catch or break the dog's hair when brushed across the mattress surface. Another common problem with the mattresses in the prior art is that the dog's coat often becomes stained from urine just prior to being shown in competition. If this occurs, the dog owner is forced to withdraw his dog from the competition because of the unsightly appearance of the animal's coat. The animal mattress in the preferred embodiment of the present invention is specifically designed to eliminate this problem. If a show dog lying on the mattress of the present invention was to urinate, the urine would simply pass through the woven mesh fabric of the exterior casing and through the cushioning material, exiting the mattress through the lower side without any absorption in the casing or interior cushioning. Thus, the upper resting surface of the mattress always remains dry and clean so that even if the dog was to urinate just prior to being shown in competition, its coat would not be stained or damaged in any way.
FIG. 1 is a perspective partial top view of one embodiment 10 of the animal mattress of the invention. Mattress 10 is constructed with corrugations 12 along its bottom surface 14 while its top surface 16 is flat. The corrugations provide added resiliency which otherwise depends upon the material used in the essentially flat pad.
|5724917||Cattle mattress||1998-03-10||Dodson et al.||119/526|
|5265558||Foam bed for domestic animals having integrally formed, liquid impermeable outer skin||1993-11-30||Schonrock||119/28.5|
|5226384||Damage- and pest-resistant animal bed||1993-07-13||Jordan||119/28.5|