Robert: Study shows having your pet sleep in your bed has benefits

Published on November 8th, 2021 @ 12:00 PM


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If you love snuggling up with your pet at night, new studies suggest that sleeping with your pet could be beneficial for your furry friend.

“Dogs and cats who are more closely bonded with their humans get additional health benefits, including increases in beneficial neurotransmitters such as oxytocin and dopamine, the feel-good hormones,” Dr. Dana Varble, the chief veterinary officer for the North American Veterinary Community says.

It should be noted however that having your pet in the bed at night may be detrimental to you.

“Animals may move, bark and disrupt sleep. Sleep in dogs (and cats) is not continuous and they will inevitably get up and walk on the bed, stepping on people. All of that activity will lead to sleep fragmentation,” explains Dr. Vsevolod Polotsky, director of sleep research and a professor in the department of medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Dr. Varble also points out that certain pets should stay in their enclosures.

“So while I know people who are very close to their ferrets and their guinea pigs, they need to be in their enclosure for their health at night. Those are not animals that we would want to have in bed with us.”

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