How to keep your pets safe during hot summer days.

As we go through the summer months with rising temperatures, it can be uncomfortable and dangerous to not only people, but our pets too. As pet owners, we need to be aware of these dangers and how to keep our pets cool and comfortable.

Here are a few tips to help keep your pets safe and comfortable in the summer heat.

  1. Never leave your pet in a parked car, even if the windows are cracked. Temperatures inside a vehicle rise rapidly. For example, on an 85-degree day the temperature inside a car with the windows cracked can reach 102 degrees within 10 minutes. After 30 minutes, the temperature can reach 120 degrees. This will cause organ damage and even death for any pet.

  2. Limit exercise on hot days. On really hot days, limit your pet to early-morning or evening-hour exercises. Also, be especially careful with pets that have light-colored ears, since they are more susceptible to skin cancer. Pets with short noses, who typically have difficulty breathing, may also have a lot of difficulty in extreme heat. Asphalt gets very hot and can burn your pets’ paws, so walk them on grass if possible. Always carry water with you to keep your pet hydrated. 

  1. A fan isn’t enough. Pets respond to heat differently than humans do. Dogs sweat through their feet, and fans don’t have the same effect on dogs that they do on people.

  2. Give them plenty of shade and water. Make sure your pet has protection from the heat and sun, and plenty of fresh cold water. During heat waves, add ice to water to keep it cooler longer. You may think that a just because a doghouse provides shade it can keep your dog cool enough, but it doesn’t. There isn’t enough air flow in a typical doghouse to keep a pet cool.

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  3. Take your dog swimming. If your dog enjoys water, this can be a great way for him to cool off and get some exercise. If you don’t live by water, you can use a kiddie pool in a shaded area. FullSizeRender.jpg

  4. Watch for signs of heat stroke.  Warning signs to look for include, heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid heartbeat, difficulty breathing, excessive thirst, lethargy, fever, dizziness, lack of coordination, profuse salivation, vomiting, a deep-red or purple tongue, seizures, and unconsciousness.

Certain animals are more prone to heat stroke than others including, Senior pets and very young animals, overweight pets, pets that don’t get a lot of exercise or that have heart and respiratory issues.

Certain breeds of dogs, like boxers, pugs, and shih tzus, have a much harder time breathing in extreme heat.

If you think your pet is experiencing heat-stroke symptoms, move your pet into the shade or to an air-conditioned area. Apply ice packs or cold towels to the head, neck, and chest. Give your pet fresh, cold water or ice cubes to lick and call your veterinarian.

For more information, check out the Humane Society’s website for tips to keep pets safe in the heat. Let’s work together to keep all pets safe this summer.

Are your pets affecting your sleep?

It is 10 pm and I am settling into bed trying to wind down from a hectic day. When I notice my cats are not on my bed, I call for them and they come in and settle in at my feet. Their reassuring purrs help me settle into a relaxed state before I fall blissfully asleep. This made me stop and think, do many pet owners allow their animals to sleep with them? If so, do they find it as reassuring and comforting as I do?

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The Center of Sleep Medicine at the Mayo clinic looked into the impact of animals in the bedroom and how it can affect your sleep. They asked 150 people questions about their sleeping habits, and out of those 150, 49% of them had pets. Out of that 49%, half of them slept with their fur-friends. Some of the people who took part in this survey said that their pets “made them feel more safe and secure, and helped them get a better night’s rest”.

20% of the pet owners said that having their fur-friends in the bedroom with them was disruptive to their sleep, mostly due to snoring, wandering, or just being noisy when trying to settle. 41% believe it was beneficial or made no difference otherwise.

This side-study is providing interesting insight into how your fur-friends can affect your sleep. Since everyone is different and unique, the effects of sleeping with your pets may vary. There are many factors that can impact sleep, such as the number of pets you have and the size of your pet(s).

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A great way to ensure that your furry family member(s) can stay in your room without the possibility of disrupting your sleep is to give them their own organic bed. Our organic pet beds are filled with 100% certified organic cotton and organically-grown buckwheat hulls, sewn inside separate chambers. The separate-chamber design allows pets to customize the bed to their own special shape, and ensures years of comfort. The smaller round bed, great for cats or very small dogs, is constructed with an outer ring of 100% natural rubber.

Along with our pet beds, we make a removable washable cover made from heavy-duty colorgrown organic cotton canvas (colorgrown cotton naturally that grows in colors without bleaches or dyes).

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OMI Pet Beds are available in three sizes:

Small/Round: For pets under 20 lbs. – 20″ diameter – Wt. 7 lbs.

Medium: For pets up to 40 lbs. – 28″ x 32″ – Wt. 14 lbs.

Large: For pets up to 120 lbs. – 36″ x 48″ – Wt. 28 lbs.

Click HERE to find a retailer near you.

25 Facts You May Not Know About Dreaming

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Check out these great and unusual facts, compiled by List 25, that you may have never heard before.

If you do not have time to watch the video we have written them out for you:

25. The average human spends 6 years of his or her life dreaming.

24. Ancient Romans submitted their significant or unusual dreams to the Senate for interpretation.

23. The Beatty Papyrus is the oldest dream dictionary in existence. It was written around 1350 B.C.

P._Chester_Beatty_I,_folio_13-14,_recto 22. Birth order influences the world of progression of dreams. Men generally dream about more violence, and first-born females tend to have more aggressive characters. On the other hand, first-born males tend to dream about themselves in a more positive light than their younger siblings.

21. People who grew up watching black-and-white TV when they were younger dream in more monochrome settings while people who grew up watching color TV have more vivid and colorful dreams.

Family_watching_television_1958 20. Visually impaired people dream too. Those who lost their sight later in life can see visual images in their dreams, while blind people who don’t dream visually can dream in sound, smell, and touch.

19.  We only dream of faces of real people we have encountered but might not remember, because people usually see hundreds of faces every day.

18. Between 18 – 38% of people say they have experienced at least one precognitive dream, and about 70% have experienced déjà vu.

17. Daydreaming, according to psychologists, may be related to dreams that occurred during sleep.  However, they require different mental processes.

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16. Within 5 minutes of waking up, half of dreams are forgotten. Within 10 minutes, 90% are forgotten. In just 10 minutes, however, people are more likely to remember their dreams when they are awakened during REM sleep.

15. Dreams of unpreparedness, falling, flying, and public humiliation come from common human anxieties and seem to transcend social and economic boundaries.

Flying_to_Paradise_Stock_7_by_SimplyBackgrounds 14. The inventor of the sewing machine, Elias Howe, said the cannibals who chased him in his nightmares held spears that looked like the needle he designed.

13. Falling dreams typically occur in the early stages of sleep. The muscle spasms of these dreams are called “myoclonic jerks.”

12. Even fetuses in the womb dream.  Even with the lack of visual stimuli, scientists think their dreams come from sound and touch sensations.

11. Experienced by 40% of the population, sleep paralysis occurs when a sleeper awakens and recognizes his or her surroundings, but is unable to move for up to one minute.

10. Around 70% of characters in men’s dreams are other men, whereas women dream of an equal amount of men and women.

9. Plato believed that dreams originate in the organs of the belly. He described the liver as the “biological seed of the dreams.”

8. Research involving students suggests that waking someone up at the beginning of REM stage of sleep can cause irritability and hallucinations, and can eventually lead to psychosis.

7. William Shakespeare used dreams to help develop characters and advance the plot in many of his plays.

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6. The Greeks regarded dreams as messages from the gods, and would sometimes sleep in sacred places to conjure significant dreams.

5. Children tend to have shorter dreams than adults do, and 40% of them are nightmares.  Scientists believe this is because dreams act as a coping mechanism.

4. Studies have revealed that animals (mammals in particular) dream just like humans.

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3. Known as “Dream Incorporation,” while sleeping you may include or incorporate sounds and stimuli from your surrounding environment into your dream. For example, if your brother is playing a loud guitar next door, you may dream you are at a concert.

2. The word “dream” is most related to the West Germanic “draugmus,” meaning “deception,” “illusion,” or “phantom.”

1. Toddlers do not appear in their own dreams until the age of 3 or 4.

Which fact did you find the most surprising?  Comment below!

Man’s best friend deserves a comfy organic bed too!

Do you think of your pet as a part of the family? They need just as much care and adoration as you would give a child, right? I know our National Sales Rep, Whitney, would agree with this statement. I have seen her with her sweet lil’ pup, Tootsie, and she’s like her four-legged daughter. So of course she is going to take extra care of her lil’ lady!

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What would be a better present for miss Tootsie this Christmas than an OMI pet bed?

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Just as synthetic materials outgas in our own beds, these same materials can be hazardous to our pets. Research has found that aromatic oils in red cedar can be a direct cause of respiratory or allergic reactions in small animals. With an added cover made with synthetics and chemical dyes, your poor lil’ guys may not be sleeping as soundly as you might think.

Our organic pet beds are filled with 100% certified organic cotton and organically grown buckwheat hulls sewn inside separate chambers. The separate chamber design allows pets to customize their bed to their own special shape, and ensures years of comfort. The smaller round bed, great for cats or very small dogs, is constructed with an outer ring of 100% natural rubber.

Along with our pet beds, we make a removable washable cover made from heavy-duty colorgrown organic cotton canvas in an attractive sage green color.  (Colorgrown cotton is cotton that grows in colors naturally, without bleaches or dyes.)

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OMI Pet Beds are available in three sizes:

Small/Round: For pets under 20 lbs. – 20″ diameter – Wt. 7 lbs.

Medium: For pets up to 40 lbs. – 28″ x 32″ – Wt. 14 lbs.

Large: For pets up to 120 lbs. – 36″ x 48″ – Wt. 28 lbs.

Click HERE to check out a local retailer for more information on a safe bed for your best friend!