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This is a discussion on Is It Healthy to Sleep in a Bed with my Dog ? within the Dogs Health Care and Rescue forums, part of the Dog Forums category; I have a dog and I love sleeping with her in my bed, but I am kind of concerned about potential health issues which this may has so would any please tell me if there is any negative health problem ... Is It Healthy to Sleep in a Bed with my Dog ?


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Is It Healthy to Sleep in a Bed with my Dog ?

 
SarCon
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Direct Link 06-30-2014, 08:36 PM  
I have a dog and I love sleeping with her in my bed, but I am kind of concerned about potential health issues which this may has so would any please tell me if there is any negative health problem with sleeping with your dog in a bed ?

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Dog.L
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Direct Link 06-30-2014, 08:46 PM  
Well we really can not 100% say yes or no ! there are some certain conditions which should be considered before making such decision...

Derek Damin of Kentuckiana Allergy, Asthma & Immunology in Louisville, Ky., says people who suffer from pet allergies or asthma should not sleep with their dog or cat or even allow them in the bedroom. "Use a HEPA filter and keep them out of the bedroom to give your nose a few hours a day to recover," Damin says.
But Damin says most pet lovers won't kick Fido out of bed, even if they discover their pets are causing allergy problems. For those people he recommends allergy shots to build up a tolerance to the pet dander that causes allergic reactions.
"But if you're not allergic, there's really no big issue with having a dog in the bed," says Damin, who for years shared his bed with his miniature dachshund. "It's fine as long as it doesn't disturb your sleep."


In addition there are some other potential downsides as well like Snoring, Kicking, Cover-Hogging dogswhich brings up another problem with sharing the bed with a pet -- they can disturb your sleep. A study released by the Mayo Clinic Sleep Disorders Center found that about half the patients in the study had a dog or cat, and 53% of those pet owners said their pets disturbed their sleep in some way nightly.
"I've had patients that I've spent visit after visit going over their insomnia problems, trying to figure out what's happening, then I find out they have a dog that's scratching all night," says Lisa Shives, MD, medical director of Northshore Sleep Medicine, a sleep center outside Chicago,
Shives recommends that people who have difficulty sleeping consider keeping pets out of the bedroom.


But for people with no problem falling or staying asleep, Shives says it's fine to allow a dog or cat in the bed.
"There are all kinds of medical benefits to having a pet," says Shives, who sleeps with her 45-pound dog. "And some people might feel safer or calmer with a dog in their bed."
Candace Hunziker of Kennesaw, Ga, says that's exactly why she sleeps with her Labrador retriever mix, P.
"She sleeps against me and she has very rhythmic breathing and it just puts me out," Hunziker says. "I have insomnia, my whole family does, and we all sleep with dogs. She puts me to sleep better than an Ambien."


And then there's the whole matter of intimacy, with a pet in the bed. Can it interfere with your personal/sex life? That depends, say Elizabeth and Charles Schmitz, love and marriage experts who wrote "Golden Anniversaries: The Seven Secrets of Successful Marriage."

Internationally known dog trainer Victoria Stilwell says if your dog has no behavioral problems then it's OK to let him sleep in your bed. In fact, from the dog's standpoint, it's a compliment.
"Dogs only sleep with people or dogs they trust," says Stilwell, star of the TV show "It's Me or the Dog."
But, she says, aggressive or dominant dogs should not be allowed on beds. And if pets become a problem, they have to get off the bed.




All in all you should be considering all these aspects before letting a dog to your bed.


I hope it helps.


Good Luck,
Dog.L.
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