Sharing your bed with your dog

Sleeping with pets in your bed isn’t classed as unusual for many of us; however there is an ongoing debate whether it is healthy to share your bunk with your beloved pooch. Ultimately it is down to personal choice, so we have outlined below the main reasons for and against this argument…the rest is up to you.


Establishing the alpha position?
While the validity of the alpha role has been challenged it is important that your dog understands household rules. If you decide to let them into your bed, you could well be also letting them think that they are in control – and this could not just be in the bedroom, but elsewhere too.

If you own a wolf hybrid dog, they have a requirement for structure and key boundaries. Rather like the rules in a wolf-pack. In order to eradicate any behavioural issues, they need to be aware that the owners bed is out of bounds, as if an alpha position has been established by them initially, it will be very difficult to change at a later stage.

Sleep patterns
Many dogs have short sleep cycles and snore loudly, and if you share your bed with them, this can affect your sleep pattern, which in turn can have knock on health effects. (Not to mention how cranky you will be functioning on broken sleep)! The lack of sleep in a person can reduce reaction times, awareness and how alert you may be to name a few symptoms, so with this in mind, many have to say goodnight at the door to their fury friends.

Pets can carry all sorts or parasites that may infest humans. They run around and lie down outside collecting all sorts of detritus and debris. Whether you have allergies to your pet or not, pollen and other particles that stick to their fur which can affect you or your partner at night further aggravating any allergic symptoms you may have.

Building a divide
Dogs can come between you and your partner. If there is a differing view in the house that the dog should/shouldn’t be allowed in the bedroom, it can often lead to disagreements. Dogs may get in the way of intimate relationships in the bedroom. For this purpose, many couples decide against it.


Providing comfort
Some argue that it provides comfort for the pet whilst they have been at home alone for most of the day while the family are at work or school. Separation anxiety can occur with many dogs if they have been left alone for long periods of time over many days. Sharing a bed may make them feel more included and still feel as part of the family.

Relieving stress
Sleeping with your dog is known to relieve anxiety and stress with many owners. It has been proven that having a dog can most certainly reduce the feeling of depression within humans as touching and stroking pets is known to release oxytocin in the body…also known as the ‘cuddle chemical’. With the dog in the bed, there is a calming affect that often comes with the rhythmic breathing which offers a sense of tranquillity and trust.

The feeling of safety when your dog is with you at night is probably the main reason many owners bring them into the bedroom. Having restful night’s sleep whilst your dog is around to guard you and the family is usually the case for the larger breeds. Be sure that if you need to visit the bathroom during the night that your dog will let you back into bed!

Keeping you warmer. Having your pooch in with you to bed is almost like having a soft, fluffy hot water bottle that never gets cold! Dogs, with their body temperature being higher than that on humans (101 to 102.5° F) can most certainly be a significant source of heat. However some dogs can get too hot sleeping with their owners and if they have health issues this can become a problem requiring them the bedroom to be kept cool with wide open windows and fans which may not suite their owners.

Whatever you decide, you can see there are plenty of pros and cons to sharing your bed – but essentially it is up to you whether your four legged furry friends get to share your bunk with you.

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Preparing for Autumn with your pet

As autumn rolls around, many of us can be sad to say goodbye to summer with its long days, light nights and warm weather. And that goes for our pets as well, who notice and are impacted by the change in season too; so it’s a good idea to take steps to prepare them for autumn and observe any ways that they might be affected.

Seasonal Canine Illness
Autumn generally sees a rise in the number of cases of Seasonal Canine Illness (SCI) a mystery illness affecting dogs that can be fatal. In the period between August and November, SCI can affect dogs of any size, shape or sex and it causes them to become quite ill, very rapidly after being walked in woodland.

The cause of SCI is largely unknown and there are no known preventive measures. In terms of common warning signs to look out for, your dog will become sick, have diarrhoea and lethargy typically all within 72 hours of walking in woodland.

In recent years, there has been a dramatic decrease in the number of fatal cases of SCI. The Animal Health Trust reported that in 2010, 20% of cases reported to the AHT resulted in death but by 2012, less than two per cent of cases reported resulted in death. If you suspect your dog is showing signs of SCI then please contact your vet immediately, as they can usually recover within 7-10 days.

The use of topical sprays to ward off mites and bathing dogs after walks have been proven to have a positive impact.

Layer Up
As the weather gets cooler, we start to dig out the layers to wrap up against the elements and some owners may find they need to do the same for their pooch too! If your dog feels the cold then you may want to think about investing in a rain-proof coat for those evening walks. Likewise, be sure to wrap your dog up warm and rub them down with a towel after a walk if you do find yourselves caught out in the rain and wind. Bad weather can mean you sometimes don’t get out with your dog as much as usual, so help keep them fit and active by making up with some indoor exercise. Interactive play and toys, like our Busy Buddy range, are a great way to get them moving and release some of that energy to tire them out in the evenings.

Be Visible
This time of year means the days become shorter and evenings draw in, so it’s likely that many of us will be walking our dogs in the dark, whether early or later in the day. As it becomes darker, it’s important to take steps to ensure both your own and your pet’s safety such as wearing bright colours, and using something like a reflective or fluorescent collar, coat or lead to help make sure you’re visible to other people and drivers. Battery powered LED’s ensure can be incorporated into coats, collars and leads to enhance night-time visibility so that your dog will be easy to locate in the dark and will enable road users to see them too.

Although it spells the end of the warmer months (and holidays!), autumn is a great season in itself, and you can help your pet be prepared for the changes it brings to enjoy it together and keep them happy and healthy as winter approaches.

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Keeping outdoor cats safe

Most cat owners face the dilemma of whether or not to let their cat outdoors. And with ever increasing risks associated with pets roaming outside, there is a rise in the number of indoor cats. Our feline friends do, however, instinctively like to roam, so for those who choose to let their cat outside, there are ways to help make outdoor exploration as safe as possible for them and more reassuring for you.

Absolute musts for outdoor cats include ensuring they have all the necessary up to date vaccinations, such as vaccination against feline leukemia, if they are encountering other cats, and also that they’re identified with a microchip should they stray too far from home. It may also be appropriate for your cat to wear safety collar with an identification tag.

If you live near a busy road and fear there are extra dangers for your cat when outside, but still want to give them the chance to explore, then a solution for this is to secure your garden and provide a safe outdoor area for your cat. There are various cage like enclosures or fence options available to help owners do this (and discourage cats from climbing over them!), so it’s worth researching the best one for you depending on your home and garden. Another advantage of an enclosed garden is that it will also stop other cats from coming in, which can be another source of worry for owners. If you do choose to secure your garden, then you also need to make sure that the area is safe for your cat and has suitable areas and sources of entertainment for them. Places to enjoy the sunshine, climb  to vantage points in high places, take shelter or hide in vegitation are ideal for cats. It’s also worth thinking about whether you need an outdoor litter area in addition to an indoor litter tray, so your cat knows where to do their business! Even some common garden vegetation can be harmful for felines, so check that any plants and flowers that you have are cat friendly, to avoid any health hazards.

For many owners, a big disadvantage of allowing their own cat to come and go from the home as they please means the possibility of other cats entering their home via the same access points, bringing with it possible dangers and risks. Most owners use a cat flap to allow dedicated access, so upgrading to a secure cat flap can help to stop any unwelcome intruders. An example of such a solution is our Microchip Petporte Smart Flap, which reads your cat’s microchip to allow them entry to your home without the need for a collar. Designed to read the most common type of microchip, the Petporte Flap is both wall and door compatible, making it suitable for most homes. These clever cat flaps have helped to revolutionise the lives of thousands of pet owners and their pets, guaranteeing peace of mind for their cat and their home by preventing any unwanted visitors.

With all the various options available for cat owners nowadays, be smart when it comes to your cat’s safety and there’s no need to deny them the enjoyment and freedom that the outdoors can bring.

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