Pet Dogs May Protect Against Asthma

Dogs in the house protect against asthma, infection


There have been several studies suggesting that when exposed to a dog regularly in early infancy, children’s risk for developing allergies and asthma decreases. And now, researchers point to changes in gut microbes as the mechanism behind this safeguard. The researchers, from the University of California-San Francisco (UCSF) and the University of Michigan, published the results of their mouse study in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. They explain that when mice were exposed to dust from houses in which dogs lived, the community of microbes in their gut – known as the gastrointestinal microbiome – was “reshaped.”

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