Is it Healthy for Your Pet to Sleep in Your Bed?

by VetDepot on April 24, 2014

dog sleeping in bed blogMore and more pet owners are choosing to share their beds with their four-legged companions. According to a recent survey, almost half of dog owners and over 60% of cat owners allow their pets to sleep in their beds. Cuddling up to your furry best friend may be common, but is it safe?

The answer depends on the person. People suffering from asthma or certain allergies are probably better off sleeping apart from their pets. In fact, for this particular group of people, pets should probably not be allowed in the bedroom at all.

The other issue sometimes associated with pets in the bed is sleep disruption. Not getting enough sleep can contribute to a variety of health problems in people, so if Fido’s scratching or bed hogging is keeping you up, it’s probably a good time to invest in a dog bed.

However, for some people, sleeping with a pet actually reduces anxiety and can help contribute to a restful night’s sleep. A pet’s rhythmic breathing can sometimes induce a feeling of calm that helps people fall asleep faster.

Long story short, if you feel calm and comfortable with your pet sleeping by your side, and you don’t suffer from any of the above mentioned health conditions, there’s not really any reason to stop.

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Jennifer Walsh April 24, 2014 at 2:48 pm

What about the pack order for dogs? I don’t sleep on my dog’s bed and I don’t expect him to sleep on mine. He also does not get up on other furniture. He’s a great dog and well behaved!

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Jordan Walker May 4, 2014 at 10:07 pm

I let my dog sleep in my bed and I just make sure I change or clean my bed. In this way, I am sure that it’s free from his hair fall. My dog has a comfortable bed but sometimes he wants to sleep beside me which is fine with me.

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teri September 9, 2014 at 4:21 pm

I have one dog that sleeps with me and one who does not….it’s by their choice. Probably a good thing one does not since they are both over 80 pounds. As for pack order, packs sleep together, last time I checked….But the one who sleeps with me has to wait to be invited on to the bed.

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