Having Pets Reduces Risk Of Allergies, Obesity In Children, Study Finds

EDMONTON, Alberta — Children born into a house with pets are more likely to be immune to certain allergies and less likely to be obese, a new study finds.

Researchers from the University of Alberta discovered that babies in homes with pets had greater levels of “gut microbes” that prevent allergic disease and obesity. This was especially true in households with dogs, which accounted for 70 percent of the participants.

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