Sleeping with the Frienemy – Is sleeping with your pet safe?

by on April 25th, 2011 at 7:00 am

If you are a pet owner you know just how dirty your house can become from pets. From litter boxes to dog parks, your pet can unfortunately make you sick. For most, pets are a wanted addition to their beds, but for some pet owners it can be another reason why they are spending their time and money at the doctor’s office. Even though owning a pet can lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, sleeping with your pet may actually cause other issues.

It’s Nothing to Sneeze at

Allergies affect many people and it can be very distressing to know that you may be allergic to your pet. Proteins in your pets’ hair and urine can cause asthmatic or hay fever symptoms like watery eyes and upper respiratory issues.

Since the bed is a place where you want to be most comfortable, allowing a pet who can cause a potential allergy attack may not be your best option. If you’re a pet owner with allergies, consider keeping your pets completely off the bed and even out of the bedroom. Grooming your pet regularly can also help quell allergy attacks.

Bed Hogs

Many pet owners report they really don’t feel as if they get enough rest when their pets sleep with them. Many pets tend to rearrange themselves throughout the night a number of times, causing your slumber to be interrupted. This is especially true for bigger pets that tend to have a hard time getting comfortable in small surroundings. Lack of sleep can cause many issues not only personally but professionally as well.

The best way to combat this is to take your pet off your bed and allow them to sleep on their own bed.  Place a pet bed beside your bed to teach your pet they can still be near you without having to actually sleep with you.

What’s Love got to do with it?

Getting your pet out of your bed doesn’t mean that you love them any less. Sleeping with your pet can cause many different physical issues as they can bring germs into your home on their paws, mouth and hair. If you make the decision to not sleep with your pet anymore your pet may feel some separation anxiety, make a smooth transition and try putting an old shirt with your smell on it on your pets’ bed.

Encouraging your pet to stay on his/her bed can be cumbersome. Remember to give your pet extra love and attention while teaching them to sleep in another place. A great solution for anxious pets is adding a small amount of chamomile tea to their water dish.

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