Study Reveals Dogs May Help Protect Babies from Certain Infections

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Leading Australian online pet store Online Pet Accessories confirms report that pets may help prevent infections in babies, and releases products designed to keep pets healthy.

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In a study released by the US Journal Pediatrics, it was shown that babies who lived with dogs at home were actually more resistant to infections compared to those who lived in pet-free homes.

Online Pet Accessories, a leading online pet store in Australia offering cheap pet supplies, has shared a recent study that showed how pets can actually help prevent infections in babies such as respiratory ailments, ear infections and other health problems.

In a study released by the US Journal Pediatrics, it was shown that babies who lived with dogs at home were actually more resistant to infections compared to those who lived in pet-free homes.

The study further noted that a child who plays around with a dog that usually spends time outdoors develops a stronger immune system in the first year of life. The same result was shown for those who spend time with cats – although the effect is not as strong as compared to dogs.

The study included 397 children in Finland as subjects. Their parents were asked to do a weekly record of their child’s health during the first year. They made entries of their child’s development starting from 9 weeks to 52 weeks old.

The results showed that babies who were living in homes with cats or dogs had a 30% lesser chance of suffering symptoms from respiratory infections, such as rhinitis, cough, wheezing, fever, and about 50% lower risk of ear infections.

Experts from the Kuopio University Hospital in Finland explained the results of the study. The study stated, "If children had dog or cat contacts at home, they were significantly healthier during the study period."

The study added, "We offer preliminary evidence that dog ownership may be protective against respiratory tract infections during the first year of life.”

"We speculate that animal contacts could help to mature the immunologic system, leading to more composed immunologic response and shorter duration of infections."

In addition, researchers attested that the improvements provided by having pets at home were still significant even if some factors that heighten the risks of infection were present - such as failure to breastfeed, living in a household with smokers or older siblings, asthmatic parents and others.

They also confirmed that the antibiotics dose needed to help cure infections were lower for babies nurtured in homes with pets, compared to those with none. With these findings, many analysts firmly believe that having pets, dogs and cats in particular, does have its share of health benefits for infants.

In connection with these recent developments, Online Pet Accessories, an online pet store, is providing products and services designed to keep pets healthy, clean and comfortable – as a reward for the enjoyment and health benefits that these wonderful creatures bring.

Online Pet Accessories is one of Australia’s top online pet stores, which offers a wide range of cheap pet supplies, such as dog beds, dog toys, dog collars and many other amenities designed to make one’s pet as beautiful, healthy and lovable as it should be.

For your different pet supply needs, contact Online Pet Accessories now. You may give them a call at (08) 9296 7544 or you may drop by their website at http://www.petshop-online.com.au/about_us.htm.

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