Childhood Pets Might Lower Risk of Future Allergies

Childhood pets don't necessarily lead to allergies later in life, new study findings suggest. Researchers from Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit assessed more than 550 18-year-olds who were enrolled at birth in the Detroit Childhood Allergy Study from 1987 to 1989. They found that children who had a dog or a cat were not at increased risk for developing future pet allergies. Indeed, the study found that boys who had dogs and teens who had cats during their first year of life had 50 percent...Full Story
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