Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Can I Get Dog Diseases?

Tuesday, 31 Jan 2012 09:36 AM

Dear Dr. Hibberd: Our dogs sleep on the bed with my husband and I. I’ve wondered for many years: Are there any diseases we can catch from them? And are there any diseases we can give them?

Question:
Many families let pets sleep in their beds without any problems. But according to emerging evidence, veterinary scientists say sleeping with your pets increases the chances of contracting everything from parasites to the plague. They say that the risk for transmission of zoonotic agents by close contact between pets and their owners through bed sharing has even been documented for life-threatening infections such as plague, internal parasites. It is reasonable to stop sleeping with your dogs.

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