Vet Advises No Pets in Bed

Monday, Jan 24, 2011  |  Updated 11:00 AM PDT
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Dr. Barb Rossi, right, examines Murphy, a cat, while talking to Peggy Vanco with her dog Chloe, Monday, April 24, 2006, in Glendale, Wis. Rossi is part of a growing number of veterinarians who make house calls because of the low overhead costs and the freedom that comes with it. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

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If you like to cuddle up next to your pet for a nice long snooze, listen to this advice from the California Department of Health's chief veterinarian -- napping with your pet can make you sick.

Bruno Chomel, a professor at the University of California-Davis school of veterinary medicine, shared the results of a recent study with USA Today.

Among the diseases pet owners can catch from their cats and dogs: plague, chagas disease and cat-scratch disease.

"There are private places in the household, and I think our pets should not go beyond next to the bed," Chomel said.

Chomel said more than 60 percent of U.S. households have a pet. Of pet owners surveyed, 14 to 62 percent let their dogs and cats sleep with them, he told the paper.  

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