If you're a dog owner, there's a good chance that you sometimes let your dog sleep on your own bed. There's also a good chance that your non-dog-owning friends think that's disgusting and unhealthy. Well, they're wrong.
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Dogs NSW obviously gets a few queries on this point, as it has put out a media release discussing the issue. The conclusion that its resident vet, Dr Peter Higgins, reaches? It's certainly not a problem from a health perspective:
Dogs carry very few diseases that are transmissible to humans. That is a scientific fact. You would have more chance of catching something from a person coughing or sneezing.
Provided your dog is regularly washed, has its teeth brushed and is toilet-trained, there shouldn't be any problems. That's not to say it's compulsory -- if your dog is happy with its kennel or bed in the laundry, you don't need to change your plans, but it's certainly not a problem if you (and anyone else in your bed) is happy with letting K9 curl up in the corner.