House dust: good for kids? Who knew?

I’m so glad I read this article on MSNBC. I may never dust the house again! What’s this got to do with dogs you ask? Read on!

Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, have found that the dust from homes where there are dogs may actually help to protect children from developing RSV infections and asthma!

Lead researcher Dr. Kei Fujimura says the results of the study support the hypothesis that exposure to animals in early childhood stimulates the immune system to resist the development of asthma and other allergies.

This study was done in rats, but the next step is to see if it translates to humans. I hope so. My middle son had an RSV infection and we were in the hospital with him for several days – it was scary!

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

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