Zoo Med Laboratories of San Luis Obispo, California since 1977 tells us that this week starting April 19th is International Turtle and Tortoise Week. They should know since they raise so many in San Luis Obispo. They are noted for their 100% USA-made terrariums. They are offering free materials and Instagram videos to educators to teach kids and groups about turtles and tortoises all week. You can check out their info here: https://zoomed.com/
On another note it is time to prepare our pet friends for the upcoming summer heat according to The Bark Magazine (https://thebark.com). They have a great article in a recent issue on dogs in this regard and signs of over-heating to watch for. They note that heavy saliva, intense breathing, and bright red tongues may be signs of over-heating. Be sure to have cool water handy. You might also consider protecting their paws if out on hot tarmac areas (aside from pet shoes there is a special coating you can get to protect their paws at your retail pet store). And always have their water bowl full. Also, K&H Products (https://khpet.com) is a USA-made manufacturer that offers cooling beds for both cats and dogs.
Another interesting article in The Bark is about sleeping with our furry friends (from https://blog.casper.com/sleeping-with-your-dog) – as follows:
“13 Researched-Back Reasons to Sleep with your Dog
- Sleeping with Dogs Reduces Depression
Contact with dogs increases the flow of oxytocin, the love chemical.
- Promotes Theta Brainwaves
The release of oxytocin from theta brainwaves, which occur during REM sleep.
- Sleeping with Dogs Increases Sense of Security
Having a pet in the bed improved sleep quality for women in one study.
- Sleeping with Pets Eases Insomnia
Sleeping with a dog mitigates anxiety and reduces hyperarousal.
- Maximizes Comfort
Support animals diminished nightmares in PTSD patients.
- Decreases Loneliness
41% of pet owners say sleeping with their pet provides companionship.
- Sleeping with Dogs Improves Sleep Quality
Sleeping with your dog result in a higher sleep efficiency score.
- Sleeping with a Dog Reduces Stress
74% of pet owners report improvement in their mental health from pet contact.
- Lowers Blood Pressure
Human-dog interaction led to lower pressure readings when tested.
- Strengthen Bond with Your Dog During Nap Time
Sleeping together helps with socialization and makes training easier.
- Promotes a Healthy Heart
The American Heart Association found a link between pet interaction and decreased hypertension.
- Reduces Allergies Later in Life
One study found infants who slept with their pets were less likely to develop allergies.
- Get Better Overall Health by Sleeping with Dogs
Close contact with pets has an array of benefits like lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels
When Co-Sleeping with Your Pup Doesn’t Make Sense
• If they aren’t house trained
• If you have severe allergies
• If you are a light sleeper
• If you have a new dog
• If you or your dog have health issues”
One last note to add: I couldn’t pass up sharing this great bird video with you from UTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Dfk6YHxAxI
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