It seems like people these days have all sorts of dietary restrictions—no peanuts, no wheat, no lactose, no shellfish, no eggs, no soy. What if we told you that these debilitating allergies could've been prevented if their parents had raised them with a pet or two? Yep, your mom should've bought you that puppy, after all.
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Pets Are Good For Your Child's Immune System
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Your dog can protect you before you're born
If your mother lives with a dog or cat when she's pregnant with you, you're about 30 percent less likely to suffer from allergies as a child.
Key Facts In This Video
Bacteria left around the house by dogs and cats provide pregnant women with unseen health benefits. 00:20
In the past 40 years, children living in the Western hemisphere have experienced overreactions to simple allergens at almost double the rate. 01:42
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