Growing Up with Pets Reduces Asthma Risk

Did you know that growing up with pets reduces your risk for asthma? Here's the scoop!

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A retrospective study published in March in the scientific journal PLOS One found that Japanese kids who grew up with dogs or cats in the home were about half as likely to develop asthma as children who did not live with pets.

The protective effects were similar for exposure to both dogs and cats, but in the case of dogs, exposure in the child’s first year of life is more critical. For cats, exposure at any age had a protective effect.

Researchers do not yet know the specific reason that exposure to pets might reduce the likelihood of developing asthma and allergies.

2 thoughts on “Growing Up with Pets Reduces Asthma Risk”

  1. I grew up with pets and still developed asthma. Thank God that there is now a cat food that decreases the allergens in cat dander. I love my cat but without the food, I wouldn’t be able to breathe

  2. More reasons to have pets. We know they are good for your health, especially if you live alone. Pets, if parents are properly involved will teach children empathy. And we could sure use a lot of that these days.

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