Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Sleeping with pets carries disease risk

Nonsense! Nonsense! Nonsense! Sleeping with and “kissing” your animals on their little pet lips puts you at risk for some serious medical problems — even when those pusses and pooches are seemingly healthy, according to “Zoonoses in the Bedroom,” a study published in the February issue of the CDC journal Emerging Infectious Diseases. “The risk of contracting something is rare, but if you’re that person who gets a disease from a pet, rare doesn’t matter that much,” says the paper’s co-author Bruno Chomel, a professor at the University of California-Davis school of veterinary medicine and an expert in zoonoses, the transmission of disease from animal to human. “I know this will make me unpopular, but pets really don’t belong in your bed.” Source --- Please remember: you can't believe everything you read on the internet. The American Veterinary Medical Association doesn’t have a formal recommendation about pets sleeping with their humans. But AVMA president Larry Kornegay affirms that zoonotic diseases are “uncommon, if not rare.”


Painter Pack said...

Mommy says she does not care! If she catches some dog or cat disease, she will call the CDC...until then, I'm staying in Mommy's bed!


Mya Boo Boo

Angela said...

I don't think so although there are studies from experts that it can cause some disease like skin allergy and asthma. On the other hand, I think it depends upon the owner if he/she has an allergy then it's better to stay away from them. Make sure also to at least give your pet a proper hygiene that way both of you can stay aware from illness.

joeroberts516 said...

I have slept with my cats since childhood and know many others who so the same. Have never heard of anyone catching a disease from a cat.