No, if your dog is sleeping in YOUR bed. From my personal experience and the research I did for this article, I can say your pet dog is good in his own bed.
It’s truly more than 50 percent of dog owners in the U.S sleep with their dogs. But there’s another truth that you might not know- 100 among the 250 diseases passed from animals to humans have come from domestic animals.
We cannot argue that having a pet can essentially keep your blood pressure, cholesterol and feeling of loneliness low to a certain extent. But that has nothing to do with sharing the bed with them.
So, what you can do? Buy your dog a comfy bed that he can claim his own.
Let’s dive deeper on this!
Why people sleep with their pets?
Most dog owners start sleeping with their furry buddy out of habit. This happens when they feel lonely, or just the weather is very cold.
Keeping a dog in your bed can reduce the loneliness and provide a sense of companionship. This can be very addictive and good for mental health.
But once you start living in such a way, it’s pretty hard to break the cycle. As dogs have long hair, it feels warm to sleep with them and knowing how unconditionally they love you, it becomes even harder to live without them.
But let’s face it there is a number of other potential harm that you can get sharing your bed with your dog. It’s up to you to choose head or tails.
Why dogs can’t sleep in your bed?
Bubonic plague can cause disaster.
Bubonic plague might be rare but when it happens may cause death. Dogs carry fleas and bubonic plague transfer from fleas to the dogs and then to humans.
When dogs are allowed to sleep in the same bed with you, these pesky fleas can easily come in contact with you. Plague infection in the U.S has been found to be transferred through dogs in many instances.
So, for loyal dog owners keep your pets free from flea and make frequent appointments with your vets.
While not all types of allergies are borne by dogs but certainly asthma and hay fever are just a few to mention.
Dogs are outgoing and animals and are exposed to allergens in the form of dust most of the time.
If you are not allergic, then it’s quite safe to have pets in your bed. But dog owners having asthma should remain a particular distance from dogs. It would be dangerous to keep them even in your room, keeping in bed would be the last thing you want to do.
Dangerous when kids or your spouse sleep with you.
You don’t want to make your bedroom a place of a nightmare for you and your family.
Yes, you and I both know people who live with their kids and the dogs together in a bed. But let me tell you those owners know how to handle their dogs and probably have years of experience in training dogs.
In a report of CDC, 11 out of 109 dog bite victims were sleeping infants found in 1989-1994 dog attacks.
Dogs are very protective, and certain acts of children can provoke aggression among dogs. What’s more? When you want to cuddle with your spouse that can also signal aggression in your pet. He’s just a loyal pet looking to protect you.
Remain safe and make him a separate bed before it’s too late.
Bad for personal hygiene.
If you are extra careful about your personal hygiene, it’s never a good idea to sleep with your dog. They are natural scavengers and also have a tendency to eat their own poop.
If you have managed to train him on that, there still might be a possibility of bits of poop sticking to his paws or fur. The last thing you want is your toddlers eating those thinking as chocolates. EWW! That’s sick!
Yes, there are certain benefits for keeping your dog in your bed. If you are alone and need a cuddle you can get it anytime you want. Their body warmth boosts sleeping, making you feel more comfortable and cozy.
Keeping pet dogs always brings in loads of fun, mental stability, and soul in your life. But who said you need to keep them in your own bed.