Veterinarian Claims Sharing A Bed With Your Dog This Winter Could Be Dangerous

Sleeping with the dog in your bed is not uncommon. About 50% of all pet owners say that they do it regularly.

Some like being by their dog but don’t necessarily want to share their bed with them. Mostly, there has never been a right or wrong way to do it, but a veterinarian may be influencing us to sleep separately.

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Most of the advice we get about keeping dogs out of our beds is for the benefit of humans. During the winter months, however, the benefit is for the dog.

According to The Telegraph, a veterinary research lead, Katy Alexander, talks about the danger for dogs when the weather gets colder. Many dogs tend to snuggle and get close when cold, but when they overheat, they want to get out of bed quickly.

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Getting out from under the covers can be a problem for older or smaller dogs and puppies. Even dogs with mobility problems may struggle to get out of bed if they get too hot. In addition, weighted blankets may be too heavy for the dog, and they may get out of bed slowly.

If you tend to be someone who sleeps with a heated blanket, the dog may be at risk of getting burned, or if they chew on the cord, it could cause electric shock or worse.

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There is also a study from 2020 that shows dogs may not be the best idea for sleeping in our beds at any time of the year. Dogs can interrupt our sleep quality, and we all need a good night’s sleep.

Compare that with a study in 2018 that showed how women who slept with their dogs have more comfort and security. Cats, on the other hand, tended to disturb sleep.

Undoubtedly, there will always be arguments on either side of this issue. As long as we have pets, there will be a debate.

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