May 15 , 2020
Is your pet getting the rest and sleep they need?
Our pets require the right amount of rest and sleep to feel fresh and functional during the day, just like us. Dogs typically spend 12 to 14 hours sleeping or napping per day. This varies depending on breed, size, and age. Older dogs need more sleep since they engage in more challenging and demanding activities.
In contrast, puppies spend their time playing and exploring their surroundings, thus requiring a bit less sleep compared to their elders. But naps are a crucial tool for puppies to fend off crankiness. Puppies are also capable of waking up at a
moment’s notice. Additionally, sleep helps build their immune system, brain function, memory development, and learning capacity. Always monitor your dog for signs of sleep deprivation as this can lead to infections and other health concerns.
A dog’s sleep cycle is different from humans. Dogs often nap during the day. Some breeds more frequently than others. Mat dogs such as Newfoundlands and St. Bernards enjoy countless naps. Logging these hours ensures they will live their best lives.
Pay close attention to your pet’s sleep space and remove any potential hazards. Dogs that nap during the day may have difficulty sleeping at night. If you notice any change in their sleeping pattern, you can help by increasing their physical activities during the day.
The sleep habits of cats are quite different from dogs. Some cats can snooze up to 20 hours per day! But do not be fooled. Even while they are asleep, cats remain alert and ready to play, defend, or attack at a moment's notice. Cats often sleep after an especially enjoyable activity.
You may notice, as your cat ages that they enjoy longer and more frequent naps. This is normal and should be closely monitored for abnormal sleep habits and other health concerns.
Sleep is a vital component of any life. Make sure your pet has a cozy place to sleep and all the essentials by check out the Chow Time shop!