Is it good or bad to sleep with our Pets?

Many times pets become one more member of the family and surely in your bed, you have that special place that your pet loves and where it huddles to accompany you at night. However, have you ever wondered if this is good or bad for your health?

Well, it has pros and cons; between the positive is that it reduces the level of anxiety and stress. Having your pet nearby increases levels of oxytocin (a hormone that causes stress), so you will normally feel more relaxed sleeping with your pet.

A study recently conducted by animal specialists has found that most people investigated stated that it is easier for them to feel sleepy when they had their furry friend sleeping next to them.


This is a reality above all for those who suffer from allergies or asthma since animals (even if healthy) can harbor many microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi or mites. Think of all the corners of your coat! In addition, if our dog goes for a walk, it is more likely that their feet have stepped on dirt or mud. But beyond the hygiene of our animals, many experts are so-called it zoonosis diseases (that can be transmitted from animals to humans). Oh, and let’s not forget about the possibility of being bitten or infected by wounds.

Although all this sounds very catastrophic, if your pet keeps the vaccines up to date and takes preventive measures, your health does not have to be at risk. You can make sure that your furry companion is not a source of dirt in your bed by washing it every month or month and a half, cleaning its legs after walking and brushing the hair. And, above all, do not forget to deworm it!

The only people who are not recommended to sleep with animals are those with allergies, as we have already mentioned, and with a weaker immune system, such as the elderly, young children and people with HIV or cancer.

Wireless fences for dogs: What are they and how do they work?

Wireless dog fences can be a safe and effective way to keep your dog inside your garden. The manufacturers of these products claim that they do not harm dogs and are an easy way to control their behavior. Opponents believe they are inhumane, even dangerous.

Most invisible fences work with a wire that is buried several centimeters deep around the perimeter of your garden. These parameters are generally 150 to 200 meters long, as a minimum and can be configured around any area where you want to limit your dog’s access, such as orchards. A transmitter in your garage or terrace sends a signal to a collar around your dog’s neck, which sounds a signal when the perimeter approaches.


There is the possibility that an animal, when sleeping in bed with its human, experiences an increase in aggressiveness and stress, which can lead to problems with separation, depression, and anxiety. In addition, one of our biggest concerns can be realized: when we do not want our animal to get into bed, do not pay attention to us.

To avoid problems of this kind, you have to learn to set limits , teach them when you can and when you cannot get into bed (when there is a baby, when we have our clothes clean and folded over, when our animal needs a bath after having played in a puddle, etc.).

In short, is it good to sleep with our animals? It depends on you and your preventive measures. If you are a person with a weaker immune system or if you have allergies, it is best if your animal sleeps in another bed. And if you are a light sleeper, it may not be the best idea either. If not, all you have to do is to keep the vaccines and the deworming schedule of your animal strictly and follow hygiene guidelines and make him understand the rules about sleeping and getting into bed.

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