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Animal Attraction: Is there a benefit to sleeping with your pet?

by Stacy Fox

khou.com

Posted on July 14, 2010 at 6:10 AM

Pets have become such an important part of our everyday lives.  Pets have a prominent place in our homes and even our beds.  Sometimes there is nothing more comforting than cozying up with your furry companion in bed at night, but is there an actual benefit to sharing the bed with your pet?  Rover Oaks Pet Resort is hosting a Pets and Sleep Seminar to highlight the challenges and benefits of co-sleeping with your pet as well as ways in which assistance animals are helping those suffering from sleep disorders.

Dr. Mary Rose, Clinical Psychologist, Sleep Specialist and Director of Psycho-Oncology at the Baylor College of Medicine Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center, will lead two educational seminars on "Pets and Sleep" at Rover Oaks Pet Resort’s Houston and Katy
locations. The seminars will focus on how the role of animals in our lives has changed over time; the pros and cons of sleeping with pets; how companion animals may facilitate human sleep and overall well being; the role that dogs can play in treating human sleep disorders including sleep walking and pediatric nightmares; and how humans might negotiate the sleep environment with their pets.

Dr. Rose has been involved in the sleep field for more than 20 years.  She is an Assistant Professor at Baylor College of Medicine and also holds affiliations with M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, the Houston VAMC, and American Sleep Medicine.  “Our relationship with the family pet has been changing dramatically,” says Dr. Rose.  “Co-sleeping with animal companions has become the norm in many households.  Though the benefits of bonding, comfort and feelings of safety to both pet and human is great, co-sleeping may also adversely affect sleep for some.  Understanding the challenges and benefits of co-sleeping may help negotiate the family bed with one’s pet, and ensure a good night sleep for all,” says Dr. Rose. 

Rover Oaks will host the Pets and Sleep Seminar at both their Katy and Houston locations.  “We are excited to offer this seminar to our clients and to animal lovers throughout the community,” says Steve Smith, President of Rover Oaks Pet Resort. “We are passionate about pets and strive to offer informative and educational activities to help strengthen and enhance the bond humans share with their companion animals.”

The Pets and Sleep Seminar times and locations are as follows:

Saturday, July 17, 2010
12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Rover Oaks Katy
1011 S. Katy-Ft. Bend Road, Katy, TX 77494

Thursday, July 22, 2010
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Rover Oaks Houston
2550 West Bellfort, Houston, TX 77054

The fee for each seminar is a $25 donation to Schnauzer Rescue of Houston, the Poodle Rescue of Houston or to Canine Companions for Life. For more information or to sign up for the seminar, call Rover Oaks at 713-662-2119 and select option 6 to speak to a representative.

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About Rover Oaks Pet Resort:

Rover Oaks Pet Resort is the premier destination in Southeast Texas for overnight lodging, doggie daycare, grooming and training.  Rover Oaks has two locations with large campuses of 2.5 and 3.5 acres conveniently located two blocks south of Reliant Stadium in Houston and a short walk from Katy Mills Mall in Katy.  Rover Oaks Pet Resort first opened its doors in 2001 and was built around a philosophy of fun, socialization, and physical activity.  The pet care professionals at Rover Oaks know that pets who enjoy daily playtime and physical activity are more adjusted, less stressed, and healthier.  Per their slogan, that’s why Rover Oaks is “where every pet loves to go!”

 

 

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