Many dog lovers sleep with their canine companions. While some say it is not hygienic, certain studies claim that it is excellent for psychological health and quality sleep.
However, some animal health specialists advise against sharing a bed with a dog in winter to avoid certain risks for both the owner and the dog.
What are these dangers?
For the animal, the main risk is overheating. During winter, we tend to raise the heating and bundle up in blankets.
When the dog snuggles up against its human, it absorbs heat, which can lead to overheating if it can't regulate its temperature by getting out of bed. So caution is advised, especially with puppies and older dogs.
For the human, the main disadvantage of sleeping with a dog is a likely reduction in sleep quality due to the animal's movements and noisy breathing.
People with respiratory problems should also avoid sleeping with an animal, as the hair in the sheets can aggravate their condition.
Finally, the dog can carry parasites such as ticks into the bed.
On the other hand, some people claim that there are many benefits to sleeping with a dog. They say it brings a sense of security and serenity.