Puppy for Health!

New Scientist reports that letting the kids roll all over the place with the dogs and cats may help protect them from stomach ailments…

Considering what dogs get into, is that like “playing with a ferret will cure obsessive-compulsive behavior?”

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  1. Zathras

     /  September 15, 2006

    I’ve heard a similar study saying that children with pets are less likely to develop various allergies. Living in a bubble is just not healthy. Giving your immune system a steady diet of possible intruders keeps it in good shape, producing the right kind of immune responses (such as against the stomach germs) and not the wrong kind of immune responses (allergies).

  2. Be aware that there are other studies saying children who grow up in close proximity to cats and/or dogs are more likely to develop allergies and asthma..

    Jury is totally out on this one..

  3. Anna

     /  September 15, 2006

    Well, form my experience, growing up in an apartment and only getting into contact with cats/dogs during summer vacation at my grandparents’ resulted in all kinds of allergies onset at puberty, though luckily only moderatley to cats anddogs.

  4. I still maintain both sides are off the mark; I don’t believe that someone can be ‘conditioned’ to have or avoid allergies.. You just have them or you don’t..

    That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.


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