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Sleeping With Pets Could Be Dangerous

Sleeping With Pets Could Be Dangerous

Does your pet sleep with you? If so, you may want to reconsider that habit. The Centers for Disease Control has released a report indicating that sleeping with pets and letting them lick your face could spread germs that cause diseases.

In one case cited by the study, an adult male and his wife were infected with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections repeatedly until it was determined their dog was the carrier of the disease. After four months of treatment, the disease was finally cleared from them. They were fortunate because MRSA can be deadly. From 1999-2005, the average number of yearly deaths caused by MRSA in the United States was approximately 5,500. The dog was not affected by the disease the whole time its owners kept getting dangerously sick. It slept in their bed and was allowed to lick their faces.

A 2009 study found meningitis in newborns can be caused by even incidental contact with domestic dogs or cats. Researchers reviewed 38 cases in published research studies on meningitis and newborns. Of those babies that were a month old or younger with the disease, 27 had been exposed to pets in the home.

An adult woman who contracted meningitis in 2010 kissed her dog and fed it from her mouth.

Another possible source of infection from pets: roundworm. Roundworm is very common in young puppies, and can cause vision loss in humans, typically young children. About 700 people suffer vision loss each year from roundworm infection in the United States. Roundworm eggs are typically found in puppy and kitten feces, though adult dogs and cats can also pass them. “The importance of roundworm egg contamination of the yard is exacerbated by the fact that eggs can remain viable for many months (even for several years if in a protected location), and it is virtually impossible to kill the eggs with chemical disinfectants. Thus, the backyard is the major source of infective eggs to children. Once the yard becomes contaminated with roundworm eggs, there is little that can be done to remove or kill the eggs other than waiting for eggs to die naturally or physically removing the surface soil layer. Good hygiene, hand washing, and prevention of pica is extremely important in reducing the risk for infection on a contaminated property.” (Source: Medscape.com)

In 2008 a Centers for Disease Control study found sleeping with a dog could increase the risk of contracting the plague. The Centers for Disease Control also says most plague cases are transmitted from fleas that carry the disease from biting rodents, so it is important to keep all rodents away from your home. If they are near, fleas that bite them could transmit plague to you or your pets.

Risk of infection from your pet is still relatively small, though it pays to be informed. Proper care and safe practices will keep both you and your pet healthy.

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12:47PM PST on Jan 15, 2014

I have a Shih-Poo and she doesn't shed or have dander. She does sleep with me every night.
I have read and been told that canine saliva is healthier than human saliva. I brush my dog's teeth every morning and night.
I must agree with Candice S. the risks that are listed are much too far fetched. My dog helped me fight off Cancer and gives me unconditional love no matter what. When I was going through my treatments, she gave me reason to go out and walk.
Dogs can be the best friend anyone can have (which I can't say goes for humans). They are reliable, trustworthy, loving, cuddly and very funny. This benefit is very important to me because I have been suffering from Depression for a very long time.
As Candice mentioned, I too could go on forever but I won't. I think there should be more research and testing on the benefits of sleeping with pets of all types.

10:58PM PDT on Mar 22, 2013

Why is Care2 not posting the entire comment from me? What is going on? Please check out the article written by Brad Kollus "The Power of Petting", its on the website TheCatSite.com.

10:56PM PDT on Mar 22, 2013

In the article >The Power of Petting

10:54PM PDT on Mar 22, 2013

In the article >The Power of Petting

9:37PM PDT on Mar 22, 2013

People who sleep with their animals in bed together under a blanket are much healthier than people who do not sleep with animals in bed. Several recent scientific studies have been conducted on this subject all with the same results. True love makes us healthier, stronger, and happier.

5:46PM PDT on Aug 18, 2012

Candice S: "With all due respect for Care2, I am VERY disapointed in this article. These so called risks are far fetched.........what isn't far fetched is the BENNIFITS of animals allowing humans to share sleeping space. I have sleep appneia (sp?) and my Sylvia-Star used to jump on my person when I would stop breathing........Both my cats give nightly massages and the weight of Jaspier is very healing to my lymphpandemopathy. What about insomia? How common is this and how does this have an adverse effect on too many people? I could go on forever......Try studying the benefits of sleeping with pet. Closing thoughts: 1) why would pets choose to climb into bed with us, if it is dangerous? 2) Ellen Degenereas and Portia De Rossi have a bed full of animals, so you know it has to be right!!!!!!!!!!!!"

That's one of the dumbest comments I have ever read on Care2.

First of all, it is sleep "apnea", not "appneia". You cannot even name your own disease?

The "bennifits" (AKA benefits) of "animals allowing humans to share sleeping space"...? Then, I suppose your dog is allowing you to sleep in his doghouse next to him? Because if you were referring to the comfortable, for-humans bed, it would be the owner who allows the pet to share the same sleeping place. In the reasonable part of the world, I mean. I don't know what part are you from, but it must be very far from that.

Pets worsen insomnia? Not at all! Your cat wakes you up every night? That's because he loves you so much,

8:21AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Wringing of hands here, oh me, oh my!

Most people with newborns generally do not let the pets sleep with the baby.

Yes, children can get worms from pets and also by playing in any local sandbox because often dogs/other animals will trek across it or whatever. Yet we will not shutdown every sandbox across the world because at one point in time it could harbour worms of some sort & other problems. Same goes for back and front yards folks!

Sleeping with other humans can place one in jeopardy if the partner has recently visited a friend or relative in the hospital or elsewhere--with all sorts of super bugs, MRSA et al now lurk outside the home and a person can bring it home if not washing hands properly or wearing a medical mask while visiting, etc.

The moment.we step out that door we can bring home all sorts of things, even on the soles of our shoes.

The risk of living is filled with all sorts of potential germ/parasite laden disasters!

Grew up sleeping with more than one cat, sometimes even 4 at the same time. Have not croaked yet or caught worms. Most responsible pet owners deworm their pets every 3-4 months if the pet is taken outside. If you don't and your pet goes outside-get into the habit!

French kissing no doubt spreads germs and what not but some partners are not going to give that up. Letting Fluffy or Fido kiss you carries some risks but so does everything else on the planet.

Am now allergic to my cat but she is a blind 16-year-old so she

8:21AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

To add to my comment above since I ran out of space-maybe Care2 can adopt a Twitter approach and show us how many words we have left before completing the comments!

Here is the tail end of my comment from below which got lopped off.

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Am now allergic to my cat but she is a blind 16-year-old so she will not be turfed out, am also now allergic to grass, tree pollens, ragweed but will still enjoy the rural outdoors and Nature because who wants to be stuck inside anyway?

Yes, Life is filled with all sorts of potential germ laden possibilities but what else is new?

12:54PM PST on Feb 13, 2012

OMG!

10:29AM PST on Jan 11, 2012

With all due respect for Care2, I am VERY disapointed in this article. These so called risks are far fetched.........what isn't far fetched is the BENNIFITS of animals allowing humans to share sleeping space. I have sleep appneia (sp?) and my Sylvia-Star used to jump on my person when I would stop breathing........Both my cats give nightly massages and the weight of Jaspier is very healing to my lymphpandemopathy. What about insomia? How common is this and how does this have an adverse effect on too many people? I could go on forever......Try studying the benefits of sleeping with pet. Closing thoughts: 1) why would pets choose to climb into bed with us, if it is dangerous? 2) Ellen Degenereas and Portia De Rossi have a bed full of animals, so you know it has to be right!!!!!!!!!!!!

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