Sleeping with pets is not a good practice or is it? The majority of Milwaukeeans sleep with their pets. It is a common practice in American society.
It is not advisable to sleep with your pet and to kiss your pet or let your pet lick you. It is possible to contract infectious diseases, a term known as zoonoses. Dogs and cats carry allergens picking them up on their fur while outside and bring them into the house and on your bed. They also carry diseases dogs and indoor/outdoor cat can bring in all sorts of undesirable things.
University of California, Davis professor of veterinary medicine Bruno Chomel studied this subject and found that fleas carry the bubonic plague. There was an outbreak in 2008 leading to the discovery that owners sleeping with their dogs were more likely to contract the disease. Pasteurellosis is another disease that could lead to pneumonia and blood infections, contracted by owners kissing their dogs and dogs licking their owners. Other parasitic problems that pets share with their owners are worms.
While the number of these incidents are not specifically known, it has been found that young children and adults with weak immune systems are more vulnerable.
However, if your animals are healthy and flea free and are thoroughly groomed when coming inside the house, the chances of contracting these problems lessen considerably.
Pets in bed cause lack of sleep found in researching the subject. Dogs especially are active sleepers and their owner, bed partners might not be aware that their sleep is being disturbed per a study by the Mayo Clinic Sleep Disorders Center.
Will Milwaukeeans stop sleeping with their pets? Studies show that it is not likely and the probable result will be a little less restful sleep.