Vet Advises No Pets in Bed
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)
Updated at 11:00 AM PST on Monday, Jan 24, 2011
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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