Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

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?

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3 Responses to “Let Sleeping Dogs Lie”

  1. Michelle S 24. Jan, 2011 at 12:51 pm #

    Would love to sleep with ours, but all that snoring might be counter-productive to my sleep cycle!

  2. Sage 25. Jan, 2011 at 10:22 am #

    We’ve never had a problem and one or another of our dogs have always slept with us and we’ve never gotten sick from it. So, what can I say!!

  3. Patti 28. Jan, 2011 at 1:35 am #

    Ahhh, the family bed – cuddling, comfort and contagion. Greatest sleep aid ever. Well worth the risk of avoiding dependency on medication to get to sleep. For extra comfort – just change sheets more frequently – that always feels good anyway.

    Sleep tight, your little bed bug won’t bite.

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