Sunday, February 07, 2016

Sleeping With Pets...Deadly Nightmare or Sweet Dreams?

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Sleuth is a pretty lazy dog and he likes nothing better than climbing up in bed with his owners.  Unfortunately, some recent new reports are saying that his closeness to his owners is a BAD thing.  Whatís the real story here?  We checked with the Veterinary News Network for the bottom line!

1)    A large number of pet owners admit that they allow their pets to share their bed.  Itís all part of the continued movement that makes pets a part of our family.

2)    A recent article in the Emerging Infectious Diseases journal from the Centers for Disease Control encouraged people to stop sleeping with their pets because of zoonotic disease risk.

3)    Zoonotic diseases are illnesses and parasites that you can catch from your pets.  There is a risk of zoonotic transmission anytime you own a pet.  Examples include roundworms, hookworms, ringworm, the plague, cat scratch disease, Leptospirosis and rabies.

4)    Thankfully, the good news is that veterinarians and good common sense can help you minimize or even eliminate these risks.

5)    First, follow your veterinarianís guidelines for preventive care.  Regular vaccinations and deworming protocols can help minimize any chance of certain viral or parasitic diseases affecting your family.

6)    Next, use effective, veterinary approved flea control products.  Many of the bacterial zoonotic problems are spread by fleas.  Dead fleas canít spread disease!

7)    Finally, use good hygiene practices.  Wash your hands after playing with or cleaning up after your pet.  ANDÖif you are sick, it might be best to let someone else take care of your animals for a day or two.

8)    Anytime you sense a problem with your pet, contact your veterinarian.  Finding problems early can help avoid serious, long term issues for the WHOLE family.

9)    Whenever you are confused by stories like these, always check with your family veterinarian.  He or she will have the best source of information and understands you and your family best!

10)    Trust a site like to provide you with accurate and unbiased pet health information.