Having a fur baby can mean a healthier human baby!
Researchers say having a pet dog during and after pregnancy can help protect a child against developing allergies and becoming obese in later years.
Much like the theory that a child exposed to bugs and dirt end up developing an immunity to them, the same is said about dogs. But having a dog around while the baby is in the womb and for the first three months after birth increases the likelihood of ‘microbes’ bacteria working.
Microbes are found in the fur of a dog lead to two types of friendly bacteria in humans, both associated with a lower risk of allergies, including asthma and obesity.
The microbes may be passed from animal to human by stroking the fur or simply being in the same environment.