Pets sleeping with kids

Kim Carvalho, DVM Veterinarian, shares advice for parents on whether or not it is recommended to allow pets to sleep with their kids
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The American Veterinarian Medical Association does not have any formal recommendations on pets sleeping with humans. However, we know that there is a very big animal/human bond that exists. Animals are used every day to help children with ADHD and Autism, with heart patients, to lower blood pressure, and decrease inflammatory mediators in their body. The positive effect of this animal/human bond, far outweighs the risks. These risks are zoonotic diseases that can be transmittable between animals and humans. However, routine veterinarian care; bathing, grooming, dental care, these can all help prevent these communicable diseases very easily. In general, if you have a healthy pet, you have a healthy family.
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Kim Carvalho, DVM Veterinarian, shares advice for parents on whether or not it is recommended to allow pets to sleep with their kids

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Kim Carvalho, DVM

Veterinarian

Dr. Kimberly Carvalho attended the University of California at Davis for her undergraduate studies, then went on to graduate from Washington State University's College of Veterinary Medicine in 1992. She completed a small animal medicine and surgical internship at California Animal Hospital in 1993 and went on to become a partner at Brentwood Animal Hospital in West Los Angeles. Dr. Carvalho became a Board-Certified Diplomat of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in 2002 and is a Clinical Associate Professor at Western University's College of Veterinary Medicine in Pomona, California.

Dr. Carvalho has served on the Medical Advisory Board of PetDrx Corporation, is currently serving as a member of the Medical Advisory Board of Veterinary Centers of America (VCA corporation), and donates a lot of her time and resources to the Friends of Animals Foundation. She also currently serves on the board of The John Thomas Dye School Parent's Association.

Dr. Carvalho is a native of Hawaii and resides in Los Angeles with her husband and two children. When not working in the office or at her children's schools, she enjoys the outdoors, traveling and golfing.

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