Why Sleeping with Your Pet Is Not a Good Idea

Many people sleep with their pets in their beds; trust me, I was most people until I experienced a few things that made me rethink allowing my pets to sleep in my bed. Here are some reasons why you shouldn’t let your pet sleep in your bed:

1. Hygiene – Pets can carry fleas and parasites that can infest your sheets, pillows, blankets, furniture, and other parts of the bedroom. They can also bring dirt and bacteria leading to skin and respiratory infections.

2. Allergies – Even if you don’t have an allergy to your pet, their fur, dander, and saliva can cause allergic reactions such as itching, rashes, sneezing, post-natal drip, and or a cough. Many don’t know this, but your pet’s saliva can cause more immune system disturbances than your pet’s dander and fur. Unless you clean your pet and bathe them daily, chances are that you will develop a disruption in your immune system since pet dander, fur, and saliva are not so visible.

3. Disturbance – Pets can disrupt your sleep. Whether barking, meowing, or just general movement, your pet can make it challenging to get the restful sleep you need, leading to fatigue and poor concentration.

4. Behavioral Issues – Allowing your pet to sleep in your bed can create behavioral issues such as possessiveness, aggression towards other pets or people, attachment issues, separation anxiety, and a lack of respect for boundaries, to name a few.

5. Health Risks – Allowing your pet to sleep in your bed increases your health risk. Some pets may carry diseases that can be passed on to humans through contact with saliva, urine, or feces. These diseases include roundworms, hookworms, and many other infections that are not detectable but can cause symptoms of illness or disease.

Sorry Oliver, Bashy, Louis, Henry, Coco, Benji and Yusimi! I love you pups; but I love me more!