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Take Preventative Measures When Sleeping With Pets

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Share Sleeping Space With Pets - Not Disease!

Use easy to remember prevention methods to keep your sleeping area pest and parasite free when you share it with your pets.  All family members can be affected by bacteria or parasites, so prevention is critical - and it's possible!

  • Prevent parasites
  • Treat for ticks
  • Keep flea treatment consistent
  • Wash hands frequently
  • Cover litter boxes
  • Pick up yard feces often
  • Cover skin wounds
  • Discourage pet licking
  • Vaccinate as recommended
  • Brush teeth daily

Remember to discuss household habits with your veterinarian.  Your doctor may have other suggestions to make based on your own specific circumstances.

Adults and children oftentimes enjoy sleeping with household pets.  They can keep us warm, feel comfortable, make us feel safe and loved.  They may lick our faces, hands or other exposed areas before or during sleeping time.

Scratches and bites, wounds, abscesses, ulcerations or other breaks in the skin can allow bacteria to enter the body.  Pay special attention to these areas when they are present.  Eliminate bacteria transmission and infection by keeping them covered to heal quickly.  Also, take measures to prevent your pet from licking these areas.

What happens when the pests traveling on our pets begin to travel on us?  This is an issue of particular concern for family members with compromised immune systems.  If someone in your family has a reduced efficiency immune system due to disease, illness, treatment, aging or other factors you'll want to take special care when your pets stretch out beside them.  Good pet practices are important for all members of your family.  Those practices are critical for family members with reduced immunity to infection or disease!

Zoonoses in the Bedroom places particular attention on several good pet habits that owners must take to maintain the health and well being of their family members when sharing sleeping space.  The Center for Disease Control, vigilantly paying attention to the social-emotional role of pets in households, stresses preventative measures when owners choose to sharing sleeping space with their pets.

Flea Free
Take special care to treat your pets for fleas.  This should be a lifetime habit you're already consistently addressing with your veterinarian.  If not, talk with your vet to determine the best course of flea reduction and elimination for your family's household.  Your vet can help you decide which product to use to keep your loved ones safe.  The doctor may also have recommendations to make about treatment options that will provide additional support for your pet's health and well being.

Tick-Tock It's Time to Treat
Treating for ticks will be a discussion you need to have with your veterinarian.  Your doctor will be able to recommend treatments and alternatives as appropriate for your pet's health status and your home's location.  You may already be treating for ticks and you'll want your vet's feedback about other concerns and the impact sleeping with your pets may have on your family.

Scrub-a-Dub
Remembering to wash your hands frequently will support your family with reducing or eliminating bacteria that may be shared between you and your pets.  Human hands are probably the area of our body that have the most frequent opportunities to transmit disease.  Typically, you may not give much thought to the places your hands have been before they appear in your kitchen preparing food or handling your child's toys.  Scrub-a-dub with lots of suds whenever possible!

Pearly Whites Need to Stay Bright
Dental care for your pet is important.  When your pet is sharing your sleeping space keeping the pearly whites bright will have additional importance for the health and well being of your family.  Tartar and buildup on your pet's teeth will gather bacteria in their mouths.  Happily licking you or your family in bed can share that bacteria.

Very Vaccinated
Keeping your pet's vaccinations current will help it maintain good health.  Those shots will also minimize chances that you or your family will become ill from something that can be prevented.  Your family veterinarian has a schedule for your pet's shots and can advise you as to necessary vaccine updates and out-dated practices.

Prevent Pests
Preventing parasites in your home can be fairly easy when all members participate in preventative practices.  These practice include good hand washing during meal preparation, carefully handling feces and hand washing after handling, keeping litter boxes covered and clean, and maintaining a feces-free yard.  Pet owners who implement flea and tick treatment measures will also help to prevent parasites in their homes, beds and on their skin.

Infectious diseases can be transmitted from dogs and cats to owners that share sleeping space with them.  Notable examples include: Pasteurellosis in Japan and the United Kingdom, Cheyletiella dermatitis in France and cat-scratch disease in Taiwan.

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Testimonials

  •           8/29/2017

    I love Balboa Pet Hospital! Balboa Pet Hospital's staff is amazing! The staff is knowledgeable, caring and above all honest! I feel confident that my pets are getting the best possible care there. The staff has always taken time to answer all of my questions and if I think of something after my appointment, I can just email! I know I won’t have to wait too long for response.

    Unfortunately, this year I’ve had to make some really difficult decisions. The compassion the staff showed to both my pet and I made these unbearable times tolerable. I am indebted to both Dr. Del Rosso and (the wonderful) Dr. Ravn for their kindness, compassion and dedication.

    If you are new to the area or just looking for a new vet, please give Balboa pet Hospital a call!

  •           6/5/2017

    LOVE everything about this place!!! The people are all super nice & caring. I never feel like they’re trying to sell me stuff I don’t need. The vets (especially Dr. Alice Chan) are wonderful, I always fee; comfortable coming here whenever Walle has an issue. They even help me file the insurance claims after each visit! Would highly recommended any pet owners to see them for their fur-baby needs.

  •           6/5/2017

    My dog has been a regular patient since 7 years ago. Once in a while we visit other hospitals due to time conflicts. However, we always go back to Balboa Pet Hospital. My dog has bad allergy and the doctors and assistants always follow up with us after the treatments or visits, help us submit the insurance claims. It’s not a cheapest place to go but their patience and caring are irreplaceable.

  •           4/28/2017

    I’m glad to have found Balboa Pet Hospital near my home. It’s definitely a hidden gem! Dr. Chan saw my dog, Oreo, for her skin problem last week, and my three cats, Pepper, Tofu and Cola, today for annual check-up. She’s very patient (especially with Oreo who’s shy to strangers), knowledgeable and approachable. The front staffs are also very friendly and helpful. They are so prompt to reply my email (within a few hours when I checked back my mailbox). All my pets are about 1-year-old and I’ll definitely bring them here for their health issues/checkup in many years followed.

  •           5/4/2017

    Brought my dog here for a checkup and some minor concerns. Dr. Chan was very professional. She got my dog the treatment he needed and answered all my questions regarding my concerns. The rest of the staff were very friendly and gentle with my dog. You could tell that the staff are genuine animal lovers; definitely something you want when you entrust the health of your pet to someone.

  •           5 of 5

    Been bringing our animals to Balboa for over 25 years and will continue because they provide great advice and care. We love Dr. D and staff are really helpful and friendly. Now if I can find medical care for myself like my animals get at Balboa...

  •           5 of 5

    I have been a patron of Balboa Pet Hospital for almost 500 years now (wink). I love Everybody there and feel they are have always been a great resource and the BEST support system for everything pertaining to my pets.

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    The staff is very kind and gentle, the doctors are very caring and patient when dealing with my scared cat Lulu. I appreciate the time they took to put her at ease and making this procedure as painless as possible for the both of us. Will definitely be spreading the word. Thank you Balboa Pet Hospital.

    Linda P.

    San Francisco, CA

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