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A suggestion on National Pet Day: Don’t let your pets sleep in your bed

Dog Lying on Pillow in Bed sad-ga3d41410e_640As a researcher, I was surprised several years ago when I ran across a study on pets that are allowed to sleep in their owners’ beds. It found E.coli, a bacteria that can cause illness, on the pillows, sheets, and blankets.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends taking precautions to help reduce the risk of getting sick from germs pet can carry whether you’re playing with, feeding, or cleaning up after your pet. Wash your hands with running water and soap.

In addition, make sure your pet gets regular veterinary care. Provide your pet with a good diet, fresh water, clean bedding, and plenty of exercise. Keep up with vaccines, deworming, and flea and tick control.

In addition to hand washing, practicing good pet hygiene can help prevent the spread of germs between pets and people. Keep pets and their supplies out of the kitchen, and disinfect pet habitats and supplies outside the house when possible. Never clean supplies in the kitchen sink, food preparation areas, or the bathroom sink. Pets can contaminate surfaces in your home with germs – you don’t have touch pets to get sick from their germs.

Always remove your dog’s poop from your yard and public places by using a bag, and dispose of it in proper areas. Dog and cat poop can contain parasites and germs that can be harmful to people.

Keep children away from areas that might contain dog or cat poop to prevent them from getting roundworms and hookworms. Cover sand boxes so cats don’t use them as a litter box. Clean the cat’s litter box daily to lower the chances of exposure to harmful parasites. Pregnant women should avoid changing a cat’s litter box if possible.

In summary, if I had a pet, I wouldn’t let it sleep in my bed. Along with germs and ticks, your pet also can disturb your sleep. In addition, it’s difficult to train a pet not to sleep in your bed. It may become necessary as the pet gets older and develops problems such as a leaky bladder.

If you do let pets sleep in your bed, be sure to wash everything once a week in hot water. Fecal matter on your pillow. Yuck.


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There are many different e.coli most are harmless to humans, "Escherichia coli (E. coli) is a bacteria that is commonly found in the lower intestine of warm-blooded organisms. Most E.coli strains are harmless, but some can cause serious food poisoning." E.coli are used for some kinds of research (metabolic pathways) because there are so many harmless (to humans) strains.
Also, there have been some studies indicating that children who have pets when young are less likely to develop allergies. My own experience with cats, dogs and later horses (not much danger of them sharing a bed, of course) was that pets were great companions--& the only pet I or my sister was ever sickened by was a turtle--but that was from salmonella & I didn't get sick, only my sister did.

Humans carry alot of bacteria, et al too, "human bites can occur directly or indirectly. Biting among young children is the most common type of bite. But you can also get an indirect injury if your fist makes contact with another person’s mouth. Although most human bites aren’t serious, you should have any bite that breaks the surface of your skin looked at due to the risk of infection" . . . . . "Healthcare providers treat about 250,000 human bites each year. Among bitten children, 10% develop an infection resulting from bacteria found in human saliva.
Since human bites are risky, and children are the most likely source of human bites should people avoid playing & interacting w/children, particularly small children?

I agree w/your article regarding pet care, and being careful when dealing w/animal waste products (just as one should w/human waste products, right?). Too bad more people don't pick up after their dogs, particularly in Oregon state parks, & the beaches on the OR coast, obviously they don't care about bacterial or other contamination, possibly contributing to the number of bacteria & viruses surfers are exposed to and sometimes sickened by. But then, sewage treatment plants don't always function well either, and there are plenty of towns & cities in the US that have yet to make sure that storm & sanitary sewers are separated (they weren't at one time in a substantial number of towns/cities). Two more reasons why surfers run the risk of bacterial & viral infection when surfing.


Hi azure,

You make some good points. I read these arguments before I posted my article. I chose to go ahead with my take on not sleeping with your pets because I don't think people are going to wash all their bedding in hot water every week, which is the recommendation if you allow pets to sleep in your bed.


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I agree the media is hyping it up. I’m all for survival of the fittest.


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