Study: Sleeping next to pets could be harmful

January 25th, 2011 - 12:50 am ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

New York, Jan 24 (THAINDIAN NEWS) A new study that will be published in an upcoming edition of the journal, Emerging Infectious Diseases, claims that sleeping with your pet may be harmful.

The research which was co-authored by the chief veterinarian with the California Department of Public Health, Ben Sun, claims that pets’ body may be home to several pathogens that may be very dangerous when it gets into the human system.

A professor at the school of veterinary medicine at the University of California, Bruno Chomel, warned that there are several risks associated with sleeping with pets.

He therefore warned that, “There are private places in the household, and I think our pets should not go beyond next to the bed. Having a stuffed animal in your bed is fine, not a real one.”

The researchers studied earlier findings of pet studies and concluded that there are several factors that make sleeping with pets pretty dangerous thing to do. For instance if a pet scratches the skin and licks it, it could transmit several pathogens into the system which could be potentially dangerous.

Bruno revealed that he has already received several emails that claim that the findings were not true because according to those that sent the messages, they have been sleeping with their dogs for a long time now with no issue.

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