Should You Allow Your Dog in Your Bed?

By Wyatt Myers | Medically reviewed by Jennifer Garcia, DVM2016_09-09_ppllc_blog_should-you-allow-your-dog-in-your-bed-01

Plenty of people share their beds with their pets. But is this really a good habit? Here’s how to ensure your bed doesn’t turn into the dog bed.

A growing number of Americans spend their nights snuggled up with their dogs. In fact, a recent survey by the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association found that 42 percent of all dog owners allow their pooches to sleep in the bed with them at night.

And it’s easy to understand why many pet owners do this. “Dogs add companionship if you are single or in a bad relationship,” says Susan Nelson, DVM, a clinical associate professor at the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine. “They provide extra warmth on a cold night. They evoke a sense of security, especially for children who are scared of the dark. They give an added sense of safety from potential intruders. It may also create a greater bond between you and your dog. Let’s face it: It’s hard to beat a warm, furry bundle of unconditional love.”