People keep pets mainly for the companionship they offer. That’s why it may come as a surprise to a lot of people when they hear that sleeping with pets isn’t such a great idea. You’re probably wondering now, if sleeping with your pet is healthy and how it’ll affect the relationship you have with your pet.
No matter how much you love your pet, your health should come first. Your pet may be bringing more than love and warmth when it snuggles into your bed.
It could be harboring bacteria, germs, or bugs that may be a danger to your health. The following reasons should dissuade you from sleeping with pets.
Didn’t the bubonic plague end in the dark ages, you might ask. The disease may no longer be in European streets, but it still exists. Sleeping next to cats and dogs puts you at the risk of contracting this disease.
This is because they carry the fleas that spread this disease. There were 23 documented cases of bubonic plague in humans between 1977 and 1998. The cause of the disease was attributed to the family cat!
Being on top of your pet’s health is important to get rid of parasites such as roundworm and hookworm. You don’t want to let a dog with roundworms near your bed. Parasites lay their eggs on your pet’s fur.
When you let your pet lie on your bed, these eggs are easily transferred onto your sheets. They may then nestle onto your skin causing serious health conditions.
You’ve probably heard of Ted Nugent’s song, Cat Scratch Fever. Well, cat-scratch is a real disease and a serious one for that matter. Flea infested cats carry this infection that may not be easily detected.
A person can get the cat-scratch disease from scratches, licks, and bites from a cat. If you’re infected by this disease, your spleen, liver, and kidneys can be affected. The disease can also be spread by a cat that sleeps next to you. Ensure that your cat is healthy and let it sleep in its own space in the house.
Meningitis outbreaks have been reported in college dorms where students live in close quarters. It also turns out that your pets could be carrying this infection with them. The closer they’re to you, the more you’re at risk of getting this infection.
After regularly kissing her dog, a 60-year-old United Kingdom woman was diagnosed with meningitis. Pets are more likely to lick you of you sleep with them, putting you at risk of contracting meningitis.
These are infections caused by the staphylococcus bacteria and the antibiotic-resistant MRSA. The resistance of MRSA to antibiotics makes it very difficult to treat.
The mouths and saliva of cats and dogs carry these bacteria that may be passed on to humans through licking and prove to be life-threatening at times. Such is the case of a 51-year old Japanese woman who let her dog lick her stitches after ear surgery.