Did you know that your pet's bed contains toxic chemicals? Your bed too? Of the toxic substances in our beds are flame retardants, the most unhealthy of which is PBDE, polybrominated diphenyl ethers.
Highly respected integrative wellness veterinarian and animal advocate, Dr. Karen Becker, warns of the dangers of PBDE and other toxic chemicals found in non-organic pet beds. As PBDE is used to treat the surfaces of pet beds, respiratory, skin, and oral contact are the vehicles through which your pets become endangered by these toxins. And PBDE is not the only toxin used in pet bedding. Dr. Becker found that "Other flame-retardant chemicals include boric acid, a toxic respiratory irritant; antimony, a metal potentially more toxic than mercury; and formaldehyde, a well-known hazardous toxin," are also present.
Studies reported by the National Toxicology Program reported the effects of PBDE on rats and mice and found they were subjected to "neurotoxicity, developmental neurotoxicity, reproductive toxicity, thyroid toxicity, immunotoxicity, liver toxicity, pancreas effects (diabetes) and cancer (penta and decabromodiphenyl ether)." Additionally, studies on animals and humans "show that some PBDEs can act as endocrine system disruptors and tend to deposit in human adipose tissue." via
Though PBDE, boric acid, antimony, formaldehyde and other chemicals used as flame retardants may also be used in your carpeting, furniture, electronics, and other objects around your home, pet beds are likely the most toxic to your pets if that's where they spend the most time. Cats are especially vulnerable to the dangers of toxic pet bedding because they lick themselves so frequently while grooming and spend a good deal of time in their beds.
Very young pets have not developed immunities to these toxins and older ones are more vulnerable because their immune systems may be weakened. But, in short, why expose any pet to more toxins if you don't have to?
Dr Mercola Premium Silk-Filled Pet Bed (extra large)
That's why Dr. Becker developed a toxin-free pet bed as a Dr. Mercola product, the Dr Mercola Premium Silk-Filled Pet Bed, a bed made with the finest, yet toughest materials for the comfort of your pets... and without toxic chemicals. The bed has an outer layer of organic cotton, then layers of organic silk (tougher than you think!) and a poly-microfiber fill that is also non-toxic. There are no flame retardants! Cotton and silk are actually allergy preventive, as they allow air to circulate to your pet's skin and resist dust mites and other critters that might nest in other fabrics. Those 'critters' don't like silk!
For those of you who think this bed might be too fragile for your pets: Dr. Becker has two pit bulls who play pretty rough with their Premium Silk-Filled Pet Beds and carry them around in and outside of their home, and the beds are good as new, according to their mom! The covers come off for easy cleaning, and Dr. Becker suggests that covers be washed often. You wash your sheets, right?