Is sleeping with your pet a good thing or not? Animal experts say it’s not exactly an open-and-shut case.
Jacqueline Boyd, senior lecturer in animal science at Nottingham Trent University, says it’s one thing to share living spaces with pets, but sharing a bed is a much more personal proposition.
“While sharing rest time with your pet can be enjoyable and relaxing, it can pose risks to pet and human health, not to mention the impact on sleep hygiene and human relationships. To do,” he writes.
Sleep – the two-headed dog
And if you have insomnia, the risks may be higher, Boyd said.
“One challenge of sharing your bed with your pet can be disrupted sleep. The movement of sleeping partners — two- or four-legged — can lead to reduced sleep efficiency,” she said.
If sleep disturbances affect your well-being, it may also be beneficial to encourage your pet to sleep elsewhere in the bedroom. The same applies to our pets, so having a place to sleep for them can also be beneficial.
However, Boyd says that depending on the person, the pet, and the situation, things can change.
For example, if you have a bed big enough to accommodate everyone, this problem loses some of its steam.
She also says that another potential positive is that pets can offer companionship, protection – and if you get one big and woolly – even some warmth.
“More than 80% of the dogs tested in the study preferred to be near people at night, suggesting another mutual benefit,” he noted. “Different types of pets also seem to spend time resting together, so if you have more than one pet, they can all enjoy a shared nap.”
Pets and bugs aren’t exactly strangers and, sometimes, Fido can bring fleas, ticks, lice or lice into your bed and, once there, those parasites are looking for fresh meat to eat. Move around under the covers.
The damage that bed bugs can cause is not annoying, but there are parasites that can lay eggs and make humans sick, and bacteria, viruses and fungi such as Antibiotic resistant bacteria As MRSA It is often fatal. You can also share the infection with your pets – including COVID-19 – So it’s not all one-sided.
Which races are the worst in this regard? One of Boyd’s colleagues – the British doctor Ben Simpson-Vernon, Says that That dachshunds and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are among the unhealthiest dog breeds.
Allergies? Emotional problems?
“Sharing intimate contact with pets increases the risk of allergic reactions or injury,” Boyd said, pointing to minor, unintentional injuries such as scratches.
And if your allergist’s pinpricks uncover the fact that you may have problems with dust and dander, your pet hair may be worse than you’d like.
Boyd points out that just as we can become emotionally dependent on our pets for comfort, some pets also develop behaviors such as separation anxiety as a result of sharing intimate spaces and prolonged contact with their humans. can create concerns.
Here, again, she draws another line in the sand. “Conversely, some owners choose to allow their pets access to sleeping areas to reduce problems such as door scratching or nighttime noises.” Continuous training.
‘Cleaning up’ your process
Boyd suggests that if all your concerns are answered in the good column, do yourself one last favor: keep things clean!
Here are bullet points to ensure a clean and safe sleeping environment for both you and your pet:
Regular bed changes:
Pets are dirt magnets: their paws, especially after being walked, can harbor bacteria and parasites. Clean the claws with pet wipes or a damp cloth when you return indoors.
Preparing for health and happiness:
Regular grooming and bathing will not only keep your pet clean and healthy, but will strengthen your bond and reduce the spread of potential infections.
Consult your doctor about antiparasitic treatment. They effectively control internal and external parasites, protecting you, your pets and other furry friends.
Consider using a pet blanket on your bed.
Vacuum your mattress regularly to remove pet hair and dust.
Wash pet toys frequently.
Maintain good hand hygiene after interacting with your pet and before bedtime.
“With good hygiene and management, choosing to share your sleep with your pet can give you both a good night’s sleep,” she concludes.