10 Health Benefits of Owning a Pet

They're cute, they're cuddly--and they're also good for your health! (11 Photos)

Marissa Capodanno on Jul 18, 2014 at 6:44PM

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10 Health Benefits of Owning a Pet

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They Lower the Odds of Asthma & Allergies

It may seem counterintuitive, but researchers have found that having a dog or cat around when raising young children can actually decrease their chances of developing asthma and allergies. A 2004 study at the University of Wisconsin, published in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, showed young children who grew up with a dog in the home had stronger immune systems that were more effective at fighting off chronic respiratory problems. And a 2002 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found kids who grow up with cats or dogs may have a lower risk of developing pet allergies as well as other common allergies like ragweed, grass, and dust mites.

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