Should you worry about germs if your dog sleeps in your bed?

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If you’re a hooman (as they say on the Internet) to a Fido or Fluffy—or if you live with someone who is—you’re likely aware of the overwhelming number of health benefits associated with dog ownership. From potentially lowering blood pressure to maybe even increasing your lifespan, pups are basically an immunity booster in a cute furry package.

And so it only makes sense that dog people would want to spend as much QT as possible with their pups, including at bed time. Studies show that about 40 percent of dog owners sleep with their pets, but is it really safe to co-sleep?

While dogs can actually transmit some 70 diseases to humans, you don’t need to kick your little buddy out of bed in a hurry, says Jason Stull, VDM, PhD, an assistant professor in the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine at Ohio State University. “The risks for the average population are probably overall low, especially if you do some simple basic things,” he says.

 

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