Let's be honest: many of us enjoy having our dogs sleep in bed with us. However, according to Katy Alexander, a veterinary research leader at Blue Cross, this could be a problematic mistake.
In an interview with The Telegraph, Alexander explains that small dogs, puppies, older dogs, and dogs with arthritis or other mobility issues may struggle to safely get out of bed if they become too warm.
She notes that dogs naturally have a higher body temperature than humans, making them more susceptible to overheating. Owners of flat-faced breeds like French Bulldogs and Pugs should be particularly cautious, as these dogs are at increased risk of overheating.
Alexander also provides tips on what signs to look for if your dog is in bed with you. "Dogs that start to overheat will pant and become agitated; if you notice this, we recommend removing the blanket or covers immediately," she says.
Especially if you sleep with an electric blanket, your dog should not be in bed with you, as the blanket can quickly become too hot and risk burning the dog.
"Weighted blankets, which may be too heavy to allow safe exit, should be avoided. Heated blankets can risk burns, and the electrical cord poses a hazard if chewed."
Her concerns are also confirmed by another veterinarian:
"All pets should be treated with dignity, kindness, and respect, and should only be placed in situations where they are safe, appropriate, and enjoy it. Therefore, listen to your dog about whether it likes to be in bed or not."