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Shae Killey3 years ago

Townsville dog owners, pros & cons of late-night cuddles

Do you let your four-legged friend sleep on the bed with you at night? Sometimes it can be impossible to resist those puppy dog eyes, so if you're constantly caving in, you're not alone! While recent statistics suggest almost half of all dog owners share the bed with their beloved dogs, is it healthy for you and them? Their loving nature and fur coat may make you happy and keep you warm, but they can also disrupt your sleep and aggravate your allergies. If you're on the fence when it comes to letting your dog sleep with you, we've got a few things to consider before making your decision.



If you don’t feel like investing in an electric blanket, just have your pup jump into bed 10 minutes before you get in. Your dog’s body temperature is around 3 to 6 degrees higher than yours and will warm the bed up quickly—especially during cold winter nights.


Obviously the level of safety you feel while sharing the bed with your dog will depend on their breed, but psychologically it has been proven that we feel calmer and safer with a canine at our feet while we sleep.


When we pat our dogs, our body naturally produces more levels of oxytocin. Known as the ‘cuddle chemical’, oxytocin will increase our feelings of trust, relaxation and psychological stability.


At the end of the day, sometimes it comes down to happiness. If your dog loves sleeping on the bed with you and you love sharing the bed with them, then why not? If you can’t see anything wrong with it and it makes you both happy, then go for it!



Whether your dog likes to bark at sounds during the night or they’re just irritable when they sleep, this can have a big impact on your sleeping patterns. If you’re sleep deprived due to sharing the bed with your fidgety dog, then you might need to reconsider.


If you suffer from allergies or asthma, sharing the bed with your dog at night could potentially aggravate these conditions. If your allergies worsen at any stage, we suggest visiting your local Townsville medical centre.


If you’re in a relationship, having a dog on your bed at night should be a mutual decision. If you feel like sharing the bed with your dog may be affecting your relationship, you should be having second thoughts.


Jumping up on your bed can be your dog’s way of displaying dominance. To help counteract this, only allow them on the bed after you invite them up and give them a specific portion to sleep on.


If you’re dog is showing signs of having fleas they shouldn’t go anywhere near your bed! To get rid of them, head to your local veterinary clinic. We’ve done our research and found the best veterinary clinics in Townsville for your pet.

Western Suburbs Veterinary Clinic

For any flea, worm or tick-related issues with your pup, book an appointment with the team at Western Suburbs Veterinary Clinic. For more than 30 years, they have been the go-to clinic for Townsville locals because of their trustworthy service and friendly veterinarians. From routine medical checkups and vaccinations to desexing and flea control, the team here can provide all these services and more! Open Monday to Saturday, bring your dog down to Western Suburbs Veterinary Clinic and have them checked out.
Where: 176 Thuringowa Drv Kirwan QLD

All About Animals Veterinarians

For a veterinary clinic that understands the value of good support, great advice and a personalised service, bring your pup down to All About Animals Veterinarians. Think your furry friend might be itching a bit excessively? Have the team here give them a flea inspection and provide you with all the flea products you need to keep things under control! For passionate and caring veterinary professionals, along with affordable prices, you really can’t look past All About Animals Veterinarians.
Where: 232 Woolcock St Townsville QLD


Do you let your pet share the bed with you? Share your experiences (both the good and bad) in the comments below!