Dog lovers, take note. Inviting your four-legged family member into bed may also be inviting other unwanted germs into your sleeping space.
There’s almost nothing more comforting than a good snuggle with a dog and many pet owners are more than happy to share their bed and other furniture with a pet. But did you know there is a whole host of germs that a dog can bring along?
We’re almost better off not knowing this information because once you see it, you may think twice before allowing your dog on the furniture.
In this Inside Edition piece, we meet 19-year-old Leah, who owns three dogs and often snuggles in bed with them. She agreed to have the animals tested for bacteria and fungi, the results of which were quite surprising.
All together, the three dogs had more than 20 different types of bacteria and four different strains of fungi. They also all had E. coli on their paws. E. coli can cause nausea and vomiting in humans, so it’s not exactly the kind of thing you want to invite into your bed.
Inside Edition also tested another owner’s two dogs, Scottie and Angel, who were positive for eight different types of bacteria and one fungus, with one of the dogs testing positive for a strain that could cause pneumonia, meningitis and UTIs.
Of course, dog owners who allow their dogs in bed likely aren’t going to curb this activity, but they might consider giving their dogs’ paws a little cleanup before they hop up.
Those weighing in with comments offered possible solutions, such as: “I just wash up dogs feet (with a damp cloth) before they come inside, so there is no dirt or anything.”
Another person offered this idea: “You realize dog owners don’t care whatsoever,” with one commenter responding “Exactly, I could care less. I just will wash my sheets more often.”
One commenter joked: “Did you swab the human?,” with another answering: “they did this for people who wear shoes inside the home a few months ago, plus the light mostly showed the doggies’ paws, although it may be dumb if she walks barefoot around her apartment seeing as she could pick up fungi.”
Another person posted this helpful information about bacteria: “The average human harbored 150 species of bacteria. Not only do individuals have few types of bacteria in common, the left and right hands of the same individual shared only about 17 per cent of the same bacteria types. So maybe you should have tested your own dirty paws first. You would beat the dogs paws down when it comes to bacteria. And you sleep on the bed too.”
One commenter responded with this thoughtful answer: “that bacteria might be different from the bacteria found out on the street. Obviously, as humans, we harbor so much bacteria because that’s life, but we don’t walk out barefoot. Maybe there should be some foam doggie shoes that they can take off before entering the home again like some humans do.”