Is It A Good Idea To Sleep With Your Dog?

  • 22/06/2017
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Opinions vary on this subject. Some go so far as saying that sleeping with your dog can make you ill, while others say it won't hurt to let your dog sleep in your bed. It has been well established that having a dog has many benefits. They give you companionship and comfort, and even a will to live. Pet owners have to make the decision if sleeping with their dog is what is best for them. A lot of dogs spend a good portion of time sleeping. But is a dog sleeping too much a sign of some underlying issues?

A recent survey by the American Pet Products Association has shown nearly half of pet owners sleep with their dog. Some pet lovers insist they sleep better with their beloved pet, but it can be a real problem for owners that have allergies or asthma. Allergies can be much more severe when your dog sleeps with you.

Another problem with sharing your bed with your dog--interrupting your sleep. Some dogs move around, scratch, get in and out of the bed, bark, or even snore. If you are not a sound sleeper, this can be a problem for the pet owner. It does affect your health when you do not get a good night's sleep.

If you do decide to sleep with your pet, you must be sure he is well taken care of. Dogs can have fleas, ticks, and possibly worms that can be transmitted to you. It is uncommon with healthy pets, but there is a risk for transmission of zoonotic agents by having close contact between dogs and humans due to licking, kissing or sharing the same bed. There is a concern about the spread of zoonoses, which is defined as an infectious disease that can be transferred from animals to humans. Dog owners that have a weak immune system should be extra careful. Your pet needs to be kept clean and has regular visits to the veterinarian so they may be treated for fleas and ticks, and also checked for worms.

A possible solution to avoid problems with sleeping with your dog may be to get your best buddy their own dog bed and place it next to your bed. Pet beds come in many different sizes and styles that will fit the size of your dog and accommodate they way they like to sleep. It may help to put their favourite dog toy in their bed. It can take a while to make this transition but in the end, you may both get a better night's sleep and perhaps you will have fewer health problems.

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