All The More Reason To Cuddle And Snuggle From A Young Age!
By Catalina Barrios
Snuggling your pup is good for you!
How has your life changed since having a dog? As far as I can remember there has always been a dog in my life. Can you remember the excitement of first bringing your pup home?. Our furry friends can become our best and most loyal companions. They get to know us very well; they know when we are happy, sick, tired and when we are ready to play.
A study recently presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) Annual Scientific Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts revealed that the exposure to dogs during early life may protect children against eczema as well as reduce asthma symptoms in childhood. Interesting? Right? No wonder why dogs are called a “man’s best friend”.
Don’t hesitate to let your child pet with the friendly pooch!
Researchers lead by Dr. Po-Yang Tsou investigated dog exposure could help reduce the severity of asthma in children. The team evaluated the consequences of two types of dog exposure. First, the exposure to the protein that causes an allergic reaction in children with dog allergies and second, the exposure to certain particles that a dog might carry, such as a bacteria.
You may be wondering what the results were …
Researchers found that children who were exposed to bacteria and other particles from a dog experienced a reduction in asthma symptoms. Dr. Tsou describes these results as a “protective effect”, adding that the dog bacteria supported the respiratory system and allowed the child to breathe easier.