A University of Alberta study found a positive correlation between exposure to furry pets in infancy and a reduced susceptibility to allergies and obesity. A sample of just under 750 infant subject’s information was pulled from the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development Study (CHILD) cohort between 2009 and 2012. The information acquired was used to study the impact of pet exposure during third trimester and 3-months postpartum development. Over half of the infants studied were exposed to furry pets during these stages, and based on fecal samples, a majority were found to have increased levels of Ruminococcus and Oscillospira, “which have been negatively associated with childhood atopy and obesity.” The takeaway: We now have scientific proof that it biologically benefits your infant to have a furry family member.
“Pet Exposure may Reduce Allergies and Obesity“-University of Alberta