Bed Sharing With a Pet Can Kill You

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sleping with dogs killsA very disturbing study for pet-lovers is being published in the CDC journal next month that says your dog or cat can make you sick with lethal diseases if you let them into your bed. Even more so if you kiss your dog, or let your cat lick you. Or all three. (Which, really, come on now, you know that's not sanitary.)

In fact, snuggling up to your dog can give you MRSA, as it did one couple who kept getting the potentially deadly, and decidedly unpleasant, infection before the dog cuddling was found to blame.

Even though it's rare, the veterinary scientists behind this study realize more and more people are sleeping with their pets, so they wanted to ring the alarm that some people can get seriously ill by close contact with their dogs. And cats are even worse.

For example, a 9-year-old boy in Arizona got the plague from sleeping with his cat, who was flea-infested. Fleas being one of the most common carriers of disease, and fleas loving dogs and cats. Cat scratch disease is also more dangerous in children, and yes, it's a very real infection that attacks the lymph nodes. Your cat can even give it to you by walking across the counters if you then prepare food before cleaning the counter thoroughly. I know. Gross.

Communicable diseases are especially dangerous for children or people with immune problems, and those individuals are more likely to contract a disease from a pet than a healthy adult. Even more important for disease prevention is to take your pet to regular check-ups and keep him flea-free.

Are you creeped out yet? Even though my dog gets a monthly flea treatment, guess what dog isn't getting into my bed tonight? Sorry, Eli, it's back to the dog bed ´╗┐until I can prove you won't be spreading the plague to the humans in the household.

Will you still let your dog or cat sleep in your bed after reading this?

 

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lovin... loving_my_hero

Ew... no. My little chihuahua mix, Gunnar, sleeps with me every night.. but not anymore!

Bree1984 Bree1984

I have gotten WAY more diseases from nasty little children than from pets. I'll let my animals in the bed whenever they want thank you very much. None of them are ever outdoors unsupervised and they are all clean and (fairly) well trained. This article proves nothing.

thedg... thedgoddess

Oh please. Scare tactics. People have slept with pets for centuries and I've done it my whole life. What they should say is that if you are immune suppressed or a baby you shouldn't do it.  And if people were responsible, kept their pets' health in check with routine visits and made sure they were treated for ticks and fleas ,it would'nt be an issue. As if we need another reason for irresponsible people to get rid of their pets.

momof... momof3inTN

Thank you thedgoddess. You took the words right out of my mouth. We have 2 cats and 1 dog. Usually, at some point during the night at least 1 cat and the dog will be curled up in the bed with me while the other cat is sleeping next to my oldest son. As long as you are a responsible pet owner (notice, in the article, the boy who got the plague was sleeping with a flea infested cat, that's not responsible pet ownership), taking care of your pet, you shouldn't have the problems listed in this article.

Jesse... JessecaLynn

My dogs have slept with us for the past 7 years, not going to change it now.  They are healthy, go to regular vet visits, and get treated for fleas.  If I haven't gotten sick yet, I am not going to start to worry now.

Lisa Brown-Wherley

diseased sick pets can make you ill i can see but not healthy well groomed pets

Rose McCaskey

This is such BS! I have had my pets sleep with me my entire life. Of course if you dont keep them clean and healthy they can make you sick just like any other person could make you sick if they are not clean or healthy.

Lily Gonzalez

I have had my dog for five years now...but Ive always had pets since I was 4 yrs old. Im 36 now, and my pets are well groomed. Keeping your pets clean is the key. We all get sick at some point and its not from pets. The only way I will agree is that your alergic or have very poor immune and prone to getting sick easily..otherwise Im not worried. In fact I believe more parents should expose their children to pets in an early age, so that it can build a stronger immune system. But I do want to say thank you for sharing your story.

sherl... sherlokke

why wouldn't they treat a "flea-infested cat"...?

take care of yourself through your pets.

Stacy Whitley Cunningham

YEP! My dog will continue to sleep in my bed, has for 7 years I can't imagine kicking her out now...too much drama lol.....and I agree with all the above. PEOPLE TAKE CARE OF YOUR ANIMALS geesh and you won't get nasty diseases. ......Now off to give the pooch a bath lol

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