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UC Veterinarian Warns Against Pets in the Bed

by Dr. Chris

February 6, 2011 A UC Davis veterinary professor has a warning for people who kiss their pets or allow their into their beds with them. Doing so increases your chances of catching disease from your pets. Although the chances are low, some of these potential diseases can be quite severe.


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Published in the scientific journal Emerging Infectious Diseases, Bruno Chomel, DVM, says that since more and more people share beds with their pets and kiss them more, odds are that more people will end up with zoonotic diseases.

50% of dogs and 62% of cats share beds with their owners according to a report by the American Pet Products Association. This makes ample opportunity for bacteria, viruses, and parasites to transfer from pets to humans.

An example of some of the diseases that could be transmitted include staphylococcus infections, cat-scratch disease, plague, and ringworm.

The most common infection people get from pets is roundworms and hookworms. In severe cases these can cause people to have gi problems and anemia.

Young children, the elderly, and people with impaired immune systems are most at risk of zoonosis.

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by: Tracy James

I have a dog but I dont know his breed. I have found him near my work place on the road. He was in the miserable situation so I took him home. Now he is the member of family and I am worried afte reading this warning about pets in bed. If you are stuck in paper writing, try online help.

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by: pep

In my home there are two pet dogs and both of them lie on my bed when they have to sleep. I have no objection in that. They are like my kids and I love them very much. I don’t understand why the Veterinarian warns against my attitude. ICD 10 Codes

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Dogs DO have diseases! NEW
by: Anonymous

I am amazed that dog lovers say they dont get anything from their dogs. Dogs have fleas and ticks and where do they go to if both dog and owner sleep together? What happened to the ringworm and other worm eggs in the dog's mouth and saliva and also in their fur?

If thats the case why not have a pig for a pet? Or any other animal that eats raw meat or scavenges in the bush?
I would like to know which husband or wife or partner would lick and kiss where the dog has been. Or directly go and smell the kangaroo or bandicoot poo since the dog just went to roll over its body and lick it and then you get kissed!
I would like a professional vet to proof that it is dangerous and there is a likelihood of picking up diseases from a dog. Dont get me wrong, I do love dogs and do have a dog. But no kissing and no in bed business!

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by: Anonymous

Both my xlrg dogs sleep in bed with us.when we bought a new bed we got a king so there was more room 4 them.when we go 2 bed at night.both dogs follow us up the stairs.they both like 2 be covered with blankets o only their nose sticks.

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Oh please!
by: Anonymous

I have had dogs all my life cats too and really are you trying to scare people? I am 52 have a daughter and two grandkids all around dogs and cats. I tell you the kisses go on and on and of course the bed sleeping. I think it is healthier to be among them then to be sterol from them. They are cleaner than most people.

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PETS IN BEDS
by: BUffy

Dont think you will ever stop people having their pets in bed with them. My cats are indoor and two sleep at the bottom of the bed.... 50 and never caught a thing.

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Problem with my rabbit
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I bought a rabbit last week & noticed yesterday that her front leg has a bald patch which has crusted what should I do

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More likely you would catch something from another human!
by: Haley

I am in total agreement with comments 1, 2 & 4. Have had pets all my life - dogs and cats. They always sleep in my bed and I love it. They are family. If you are saying it's a risk to let them sleep in your bed then it would also be a risk to hold them and pet them at any time. Pets make people happier and the chances of getting a sickness from them is so low, it's more likely you would catch something from another human.

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Pets in Your Bed
by: Susan Minnie

I am 60 and have had cats since I was in my early 20's. My cats have always been house cats and have always slept on my bed. Right now, I have eigt of them. My health is excellent, I enjoy their company, and they enjoy time on the bed with each other and with me. No problems here!

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