We Know Pets Can Help Keep Us Youthful, But Do They Also Keep Us Healthier?

There has been a lot of research as to how animals can help keep us youthful, but a study from Finland recently found that children who are around pets the first years of their lives are less prone to illnesses, especially ones like the ear infections for which kids are so known.

Although those around cats were still protected, they were a little less so than infants who were around dogs.

No one really knows for sure why and, although officials readily acknowledge that more research is needed, one thought is perhaps that the more time a dog spends outside, the more dirt he or she drags in–and that somehow stimulates the child’s immune response.

This story was reported on CNN; to read the entire story, click here.

What do you think about this?



33 thoughts on “We Know Pets Can Help Keep Us Youthful, But Do They Also Keep Us Healthier?

    • Hi–Thanks for your nice comments! As for inspiration, I’m constantly scouring the news for updates on studies. I’m also board certified as a health and nutrition coach (www.irenefross.com) and I tell everyone that I handle wellness for both the 4-legged and 2-legged. Both are closely related and health experts have been telling us for years about the positive effects of animals on our health–so I watch this issue closely.

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