Studies are suggesting that children who grow up with dogs are less likely to develop asthma. Why is this? Because pets, namely dogs, may protect infants from the effects of a common virus, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). Severe RSV infections are linked to childhood asthma.

According to The Atlantic: “The researchers think that exposure to certain microbes in early infancy changes the early composition of an infant’s intestinal flora and this sets the tone for how the developing immune system will respond later in childhood. Asthma is an inappropriately strong immune response to substances in the environment (allergens). Early exposure to and colonization by beneficial bacteria may lead to a generally calmer immune response to the many potential allergens commonly present in the environment.”

Pretty neat, right? Just one more reason to have a dog! 🙂

ONLINE SOURCES:
1) http://www.thedoctorwillseeyounow.com/
2) http://www.theatlantic.com

Tonia
Tonia has owned her own dog walking company and been a full-time professional dogwalker for over 4 years. She is a member of Pet Sitters International and the Pet Professional Guild (the Association for Force-Free Pet Professionals). She volunteers weekly at a local dog shelter where she gets to feed and spend time with many furry friends.
She started Dogwalker World to share her knowledge and passion about dogs and their natural instinct to walk and explore. She believes (and knows) that walking your dog can be a fun activity that will only strengthen your bond with them. This website is her dedication to you to ensure that you find the tools and advice necessary to make walking your dog a success!

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