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Co-sleeping with pets: Yes or No?


cosleepingFor many this is a controversial subject, as traditionally pets have been banned from the bedroom, this tradition though was based on a time when flea and worm ridden animals were commonplace and was therefore a logical decision, and is not to be dismissed in the case of babies or when there is a risk of zoonotic disease.

But what now? Now that most dogs are regularly treated with neurotoxins to repel parasites and nematodes or many others feed a species appropriate diet and use natural herbs to keep these ‘bed bugs’ at bay, and the risk of zoonosis is drastically reduced in the developed world?

Now it is a healthier option: not just because the parasitic risks have been reduced, but because science says so, benefits include:

  • Social Support
  • Social Interaction
  • Increased feelings of personal security (Smith et al. 2014)

This on top of the support to owner mental health of from pet ownership (Cusack, 1998) and the increased human-animal bond formed by providing them with the opportunity to express this natural behaviour.


Cusack, O. (1998) Pets and Mental Health. The Haworth Press Inc. New York.

Smith, B. Thompson, K. Clarkson, L. & Dawson, D. (2014) The Prevalence and Implications of Human-Animal Co-Sleeping in an Australian Sample. Anthrozoos 27[4]:543-551

2 Comments leave one →
  1. 02/07/2017 5:10 pm

    I once shared a large house with flat mates and one of them had two large dogs which slept on her bed. The bedroom stank of dog, so for this and other reasons I am not a fan of the idea of sleeping with dogs, or even giving them (or other animals for that matter) access to the bedroom.

    • 02/07/2017 5:12 pm

      lol, we all have our own reasons for what we like and don’t like, I can understand your reasons.

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