Watch Out: That Dog in Your Bed Could Kill You
You might even get the plague from your furry friends
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 20, 2011 1:14 PM CST
Updated Jan 23, 2011 6:24 PM CST
This is more dangerous than it looks.   (Shutter Stock)

(Newser) – Curling up with your dog or cat at the end of a tough day might not feel so warm and fuzzy after reading this: Allowing your pets to sleep in your bed could actually kill you, according to veterinary scientists. A new study shows that those who sleep with their dogs and cats have a higher chance of contracting parasites or any number of illnesses—including the plague, Aol News reports. Also a no-no, if you want to play it safe: kissing your pets or letting them lick you.

Some disturbing examples: a 9-year-old who got the plague from his cat, a couple who got multiple staph infections from their dog, a woman who got meningitis from kissing her pet’s face, and two people who died after their pets, a cat and dog respectively, licked their open wounds. Why the danger? Fleas are a big reason, as does pets' tendency to not steer clear of feces or to chomp on rodents and birds. Click for more, including ways you can protect yourself.

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Mar 18, 2011 11:01 PM CDT
Does Newser "Staff" imply that Evann Gastaldo is a paid writer for this joke of a news source? The only reason I read this ridiculous article is because my mother forwarded it to me, probably because she knows how close I am to my dog, Juju. This is Juju: This is how close we are: I kiss her adorable face all the time and she's been sleeping with me since she was 9 weeks old. She is very well-groomed, has NEVER eaten feces or chewed on birds or rodents, dead or alive, and is cleaner than a lot of humans out there. I imagine most of the pet owners who had the misfortune of reading this drivel feel exactly the same. The Plague?! Are you fucking kidding me? Gastaldo, garnering exposure and recognition as a journalist (and I use that term very loosely in regard to you) by using anecdotal evidence and/or complete bullshit to scare people into reading is NOT the path to a fulfilling career in journalism nor is it in any way a credit to the public. Public enlightenment is the forerunner of justice and the foundation of democracy. You should know this. Those of us who want to be lied to, scared, and (hence) controlled are already watching Fox News. Please learn how to write and then find something worth writing about. Otherwise, GTFO.
Mar 14, 2011 12:04 AM CDT
The author of this story should put on an airtight full body rubber suit with it's own air supply, slather it up with a tub of anti-bacterial gel and never ever go outside or touch anyone or anything ever again, and especially should never get close to any babies, children, or the elderly. And have a full and wonderful life. What an idiot.
Mar 5, 2011 8:49 AM CST
Stupid story. I've slept with a variety of dogs and cats for more than 40 years...never gotten ANYTHING from them! However, peoples' festering, germ pot brats......I've caught PLENTY from just being in the same room with THEM!