Recent research on the dangers of pets spreading diseases to humans when they're allowed to sleep on the bed hasn't swayed the majority of pet owners, 79% of whom said it's not unhealthy to let pets sleep with people. "The benefits of having a pet, whether or not you sleep with it, far outweigh the negatives, which are quite uncommon," said Houston veterinarian and AVMA Immediate Past President Larry Kornegay, who advises common-sense precautions including washing hands after playing with pets and regular veterinary visits to ensure pets are healthy.

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