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The Benefits of Having Pets Growing Up!

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Monday, 09 July 2012 10:57

The Benefits of Having Pets Growing Up!

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Monday July 9 2012

As all of my patients know, I’m a huge dog person!  Growing up, I would always bombard my parents with any tidbit of information regarding the benefits of dogs − if only this study came out way back then!  It *only* took me 16 years to get my first dog, but my Dad finally made my annual birthday wish come true when he agreed to get me a Golden Retriever puppy for my 16th birthday.  Her name was Sandy, and I fell in love the second that I saw her. 

 

A Finnish study followed 400 children between the ages of 9 to 52 weeks, and asked the parents to fill out weekly diaries to record how much time the household pets would generally spend in the house and details on any infections the children would experience.  After one year, it was found that in comparison to children without any household pets, children who lived with dogs:

  • were more likely to be overall healthier
  • have less frequent middle ear infections
  • have less need for antibiotics

Cats were also associated with similar protective effects, although their effects weren’t as strong as with dogs.

 

The researchers speculated that pets could help speed up the maturation of the immune system in infants.  This leads to improved immunologic responses and shorter duration of infections.

 

So there it is Mom and Dad!  This is justification for giving me the best birthday ever − albeit a *tad bit* late. 

 

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If you would like to make an appointment with Moira Kwok ND to learn how a Naturopathic Doctor can help you improve your immune system naturally, please contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or any of the contact phone numbers to her midtown Toronto, downtown Toronto or Mississauga clinics (found HERE) and she would be happy to see you for an appointment.

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