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Dogs Keep Allergies at Bay

Dogs Fend Off Allergies

If you've ever considered adding a furry friend to your family, I've got a good argument for you to do so.

A recent study published in the European Respiratory Journal examined 9,000 children and found:

Children growing up with a pet trains the immune system to be less sensitive to potential triggers for allergies like asthma, eczema and hay fever.

To see what the lead researcher had to say,

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Joachim Heinrich of the National Research Centre for Environmental Health in Munich said:

Our results show clearly that the presence of a dog in the home during subjects’ infancy is associated with a significantly low level of sensitization to pollens and inhaled allergens

So go to your local pound and pick out a pup to bring home to baby. Your family will get more than a new best friend.

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bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 7 years
And like PetSugar...I worked at my previous job for 8 years, and I never called in sick. The only times I missed school was when I injured myself (I was a bit of a clumsy kid :) )
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 7 years
I grew up with lots of animals and I've never had allergies of any kind. I also grew up with little to no health insurance and my body got over the majority of my minor illnesses (colds and such) on its own. I rarely get sick as an adult, I've never (knock on wood ;) ) come down with the flu, and I can't remember the last time I had a cold. I definitely believe my strong immune system developed because of my exposures as a child.
Pets Pets 7 years
Woohooo! Dare I mention I never missed a day of school for being sick EVER ... either I have a crazy immune system or it's my love of animals!
kikidawn kikidawn 7 years
I just read this to my boyfriend and he had a good point. Bare with me as I try to explain this :) He said that allergies are just a defect in your immune system and that it thinks pollen etc. are invaders ... diseases, so the immune system attacks the invaders and you get allergies. So if living with a dog suppresses your immune system for allergies does it suppress it for actual potentially harmful viruses or diseases (like the flu or infection)? Very interesting point I thought ... :)
CoconutPie CoconutPie 7 years
My brother and I were raised with a dog and a cat in the house and he has asthma and I have big eczema and hay fever problems as well as tons of allergies. I guess it doesn't work for everybody.
Aimeelo Aimeelo 7 years
I grew up with all sorts of animals and I have the worst allergies, especially to cats. I think it is more in your genes, I take after my dad who has bad allergies as well, and my bro takes after my mom, no allergies, no nothing. Lucky. : )
kiwitwist kiwitwist 7 years
Great news!
kikidawn kikidawn 7 years
Wow that's awesome! Definitely going to keep this in mind when we have a kid ... (we'll probably have a dog first anyways lol)
lawchick lawchick 7 years
this is great news, b/c we have two cats and a dog, and want a baby!
schnappycat schnappycat 7 years
Yep, my husband is a pulmonologist (who works with allergists) and has been telling me for years how good it will be for our children because we have a cat. Now that I have a baby, I certainly don't worry if cat hair gets in his face or his stuff because I know it's actually beneficial.
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