A myriad of stories recently in newspapers and on blogs maintaining that sleeping with your pets might kill you, including this piece on AOL News.
I agree with Dr. Kornegay...and I believe the authors worked hard to
find examples of
people who have suffered, some dying, as a result of their pet in bed
with them. For example, a 9-year old Arizona boy died of the plague
after sleeping with his flea infested cat. Well, if that cat is
appropriately protected against fleas, nearly impossible for the cat to
have fleas. The fleas transmitted the plague, not the cat.
if you are a really light sleeper, or your pet is a restless sleeper,
maybe it's not a good idea to sleep with your pet. Also, I favor only
allowing pets up on the bed with permission.
I mean what if you and your partner want to "dance" in bed. And don't
want company during the intimacy. Also, as pets age incontinence may be
an issue, so this way your not suddenly excluding the 15 year old dog
from the dog since you've periodically done so all along. To suddenly
not allow the dog to be there after all those years will be traumatic
for all involved.
I believe sleeping with a pet is a great way to bond, or to enhance an
existing bond. Also, even in our heated homes, when it's that cold
outside, having a warm furry body can feel good - even if you don't
have three dogs, a one dog night is helpful.
To learn more about zoonotic disease, and how to protect your pets and
human family members from intestinal parasites, check out the Companion Animal Parasite Council.
The study suggests with pets off the bed people are safe from intestinal parasites just isn't so. There are lots of ways
more likely to get those intestinal buggers, and you can protect
yourself and your pets simply by using appropriate products for your pets.
I agree is your physician says keep the pet off because you've just
undergone chemotherapy...well, of course. But for most of us, the
benefits to our health, and our relationship with our pets outweighs
the risk (assuming we are taking appropriate precautions), which is
pretty much what the President of the AVMA says.
Full disclosure: You'll find our bed quite crowded. Aside from me, my
wife, there's one dog (the other at nearly 16-years old is
disinterested) and often a cat (let's face it - cats choose to share
the time with you, if THEY desire). Our lizard does not share our bed.
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