I was slightly alarmed this morning after reading the dog-related headlines, especially The Week’s headline – Why Loving Your Dog Too Much Is Dangerous. Previously I thought of myself as one of those fringe people, the canine parent equivalent of the “helicopter parent” but I never thought of it as particularly dangerous. I do sleep with my dogs. I do worry about every little sniffle. I do check my dog’s stool for changes. You get the drift.
So when I read that the Center for Disease Control came out with a report complete with stories of Strep, MSRA and of course parasites being shared across species, I read on with trepidation. Would I have to kick someone out of bed? Would giving kisses be a thing of the past? Yikes!
Time To Worry?
Dr. William Karesh, a vet at EcoHealthAlliance put it in perspective nicely, suggesting “it’s probably more dangerous to sleep in a bed than it is to sleep with your pet.” If that is the case, with only slightly over 100 deaths a year from falling out of bed, I will continue to live recklessly and boldly by sleeping with my dog. And I’m in pretty good company if a Sealy Mattress survey is correct. Over 67% of people sleep with their pets.
Have you ever wondered what infectious disease YOU could give your dog?