CALMING PETS WEIGHTED BLANKET FOR DOGS - REVIEW
Finding them curled up in a ball at night and in the morning, we thought this was the ideal time to put the Australian-made Calming Pets weighted blanket for dogs to the test.
We were very grateful to be offered one for a trial last month but it was difficult to convince any of our dogs to stay under it for very long until temps started diving into single digits.
Why would you need a weighted blanket for your dog?
Weighted blankets for dogs are thought to have similar effects on dogs as they do on humans. There are studies in people that show their benefits in alleviating stress, PTSD, and general anxiety.
How does the Calming Pets weighted blanket work?
The Calming Pets’ weighted blankets can help soothe the body and mind by using Deep Pressure Touch.
Each weighted blanket is sewn with a number of same size pockets, each filled with the same weight of micro glass beads* so the blanket's weight is evenly dispersed through it.
There is no pulling or bunching and your dog gets consistent calming Deep Pressure Touch over their whole body.
* These are a better choice than plastic poly pellets which rustle and make a rattling noise thereby disturbing your dog’s rest and also have uncomfortable edges that poke into your dog's body.
What is Deep Pressure Touch?
When a dog gets stressed, the sympathetic nervous system releases adrenaline into the body. It governs the “fight or flight” response and causes changes in a dog’s body like increased blood flow to the muscles and a faster heart rate.
Constant production of adrenaline drains a dog just like it drains us… It causes fatigue and can cause negative changes physically – including stopping the digestive system working properly, muscle atrophy and makes it more likely that a dog will get sick.
The theory behind it all is that when you put a Calming Pets’ weighted blanket on a dog, the Deep Pressure Touch deactivates the sympathetic nervous system. And so, it stops all these negative physical symptoms of stress.
Some Health Considerations
Please note that pets with breathing issues or flat faces may find weighted blankets oppressive and uncomfortably constricting. Smaller dogs / cats might might feel too restricted by gravity blankets.
It also stands to reason that a weighted blanket is not a good option for puppies or aggressive chewers if left unsupervised as the materials could be potential choking hazards.
✔️ Make sure the blanket is no more than 10% of your dog’s body weight.
✔️ Supervise sessions to make sure your dog is comfortable and is benefiting from being under the blanket.
✔️ Select a high-quality blanket for dogs made from non-toxic materials like the Calming Pets option.
Our dogs have been known to punch holes in lesser blankets but our terrible twins have thankfully settled since the excesses of their youth…