Saturday, January 22, 2011

Zoonoses in the bedroom

Pet lovers will be interested in this story that hit the news today -

Why You Shouldn't Snuggle with Your Pooch in Bed

It isn't just dog trainers and the occasional finicky spouse who want you to keep your pets off the bed. A new report in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases found that of the 250 known zoonotic diseases, which are transmitted between humans and animals, more than 100 are derived from domestic pets.

Curiously the paper, Zoonoses in the Bedroom, isn't even available yet so they must have put out a press release ahead of the paper. I was curious to see the paper because they do concede that:

..the health benefits of owning a pet outweigh its risks: studies show that having a pet can lower blood pressure, reduce stress, improve physical fitness and increase happiness.

My dog doesn't sleep on the bed (a Westie like the picture above) but only because he doesn't share well and hogs the blankets too much. However he sometime spends the day sleeping on it if we leave the bedroom door open. I'm guessing this isn't too good either....

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