Recent reports indicate that pet allergies may lessen in homes with pets, especially dogs. Having a pet may reduce the future impact of other allergies.

Some bacteria present in pets is a factor that promotes the bodies of young children to build a “shield” that ends up protecting them from the development of allergies. This was reported in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

So, having a pet, especially a dog, if the right one is chosen, may be a positive factor for health. To read more about other benefits of parenting with pets, read our post “Why Caring for a Pet Matters” by Veterinarian Dr. Warren Riggle.