If you have a pet, you know that they provide companionship, exercise and love. And now there’s one more reason owning a pet is good for families – a new study in the journal Pediatrics shows that kids who grow up with pets during their first year of life are healthier in some ways than kids who don’t.
The study specifically showed that kids who lived in a house with a dog during that first year had fewer respiratory tract infections, ear infections and used fewer antibiotics than pet-free households. Researchers attribute the findings to the possibility that kids with animal contacts early in life might possibly build a greater resistance to some illnesses. Cats were also shown to have a positive effect on kids’ health, although not as strong as dogs. Cheers pet lovers!