Do You Allow Your Dog In Your Bed? If So Read This!
When Do You Allow Your Dog In Your Bed?As they say in the showbiz world - timing is everything! So, if you are like 80% of the population and work during the day, then you likely allow your dog in bed with you during the nighttime. Why is this important? Depending on the age of your dog, they may have or be developing eyesight issues. Age-related cataracts can begin as early as 6 years of age. Also, if your dog has diabetes, they have a 75% chance of developing cataracts (source). Here are some things to consider for sharing your bed with your pup when it’s dark:
Is Your Bedding Toxic?
Most people don’t think of jumping into a nice warm bundle of toxic bedding to take a nap. But, bedding is not as pleasant as one might think. It truly can be toxic for you - and your dog. And while sleeping in a typical bed made in the typical way with typical material won’t likely directly impact your or your dog’s health in the short-term - it all adds up. Let’s dig into bedding to understand where you can make changes for your dog’s health - yes, and yours too!
Do you allow your dog in your bed? If so, check this out:
VOCs (volatile organic compounds): Some bedding cores are made with polyurethane foam. This can also be called memory foam. VOCs have potentially cancer-causing chemicals that can irritate your dog’s eyes, nose and throat. Polyester: If your bed’s padding is made of polyester then you are laying on a petroleum-based product. These have hidden additives and contaminants. Flame Retardants: Chemicals and material that are flame retardant have toxic chemicals that appear in your dog’s bloodstream and urine. Long term use causes endocrine disruption, thyroid disease and cancer. Covers: This is a layer meant to protect your mattress. It is most often waterproof and made of vinyl. Vinyl has a problematic production process that relies on cancer-causing chemicals.
Forget thread count, one of the most important things about sheets is if it’s wrinkle free. While it sounds divine, wrinkle free means the sheet has been finished with formaldehyde - a carcinogen. Short-term, this chemical can cause skin and respiratory issues - and long-term formaldehyde is linked to cancer.
If your pillow isn’t made of a natural, organic material it is probably derived from polyurethane foam that has been coated in a flame retardant.
What To Look For
So, to answer the question: Do You Allow Your Dog In Your Bed? Of course you do… But now you’re freaked out. Who would have thought bedding could be so anxiety creating! You want your dog to live a long, healthy life - your dog’s health and wellness matter to you. So, here’s what to look for in bedding:
- The healthiest bedding option for you and your dog includes those made with organic cotton, organic wool, and organic latex.
- Look for the Certi-PUR US seal that certifies foam beddings are made without ozone depleters, PBDEs, TDCPP or TCEP (”Tris”) flame retardants, mercury, lead, and other heavy metals, formaldehyde, and phthalates.
- If you want to be cautious about doggy’s bedtime accidents, look for bedding items that are waterproofed with food-grade polyethylene.
- Open windows and sleep with fans where possible, and at a minimum of 10 minutes per night if it's too cold. This helps to reduce built-up VOCs off-gassing from chemicals.
A warm, healthy, holistic bed makes a welcome spot for Fido - and sleeping with your dog makes for a good night’s rest! If you have any tips for anyone reading our article “Do You Allow Your Dog In Your Bed?” leave them in the comments below.
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About Rebecca Sanchez
In additional to being one of our experts and our editor-in-chief, Rebecca Sanchez is a holistic dog consultant and blogger who specializes in collaborating with pet brands and pet parents to advance the health and wellness of their dog. Also, Rebecca is certified wellness coach. To learn more about Rebecca, visit her website, The Pet Lifestyle Guru.