By Dr. Andrew Jones
A recent University Study suggests that there are RISKS to sleeping with your pet.
The 2 authors of the study, claim that:
“There are private places in the household, and I think our pets should not go beyond next to the bed,” Chomel says. “Having a stuffed animal in your bed is fine, not a real one.”
Chomel and co-author Ben Sun, chief veterinarian with the California Department of Public Health, did an extensive search of medical journals and turned up a hair-raising list of possible pathogens.
There’s plague (yes, bubonic plague, i.e. the Black Death); chagas disease, which can cause life-threatening heart and digestive system disorders; and cat-scratch disease, which can also come from being licked by infected cats.
They reported on several cases of plague in New Mexico over the last 10 years- it was transmitted by fleas found pets who slept with their owners.
A number cases of cat scratch disease linked to sleeping with or being licked by an infected cat.
Other diseases that are commonly shared with people are hookworms and roundworms. These worms are carried by almost all puppies and kittens and it is estimated that about 10,000 people in the US contract roundworms each year.
Though many people love getting licked or planting a kiss on a pet, it may not be such a good idea, the authors say.
It’s rare, but it happens. That’s why good hygiene means keeping Fluffy and Spot next to the bed, not on it, two experts in animal-human disease transmission say in a forthcoming paper.
So WHAT do I think?
That this STUDY is a few University Researchers justifying their positions, not really adding in anything valuable to society.
There are OVER 150 million dogs and cats in Canada and the United States- I suspect nearly 75 million of those SLEEP on somebodies bed.
And that with ALL of those 75 million supposedly potentially disease causing pets, there are a FRACTION of a %, such as .01% that actually cause ANY type of disease.
You have a MUCH HIGHER chance of being struck by lightning.
I would go on to make the point that our pets, our dogs and cats that SLEEP in our bed, give us HUGE emotional support and connection… By doing so give us HUGE health benefits.
Our pets are KEEPING us healthy, and PREVENTING and in some cases even TREATING diseases in the first place.
Can you get sick from a pet?
The chances of this happening?
Virtually NON existent.
The Benefits of Pet Ownership
My ‘non licenced’ Veterinary Advice:
Keep on sleeping with your pets.
Let your children sleep with your pets.
My one dog Jessie now always sleeps with my son Liam, and Lewis ( my other dog) sleeps with my daughter Aliza. My cat Cleo regularly sleeps ON my head ( to my wife’s dismay 🙂 )
By sleeping with your pets you will be HEALTHIER
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