The study was published on November 2nd in the medical journal JAMA Pediatrics, and over 650,000 children were monitored. Having discovered that children who live on farms with lots of animals have up to a 50% lower risk at developing asthma, the scientists wanted to see what life with a pet dog meant for kids.
Indeed, pets are a common cause of allergy amongst young children. In the US, about 9.3% of the country's children suffer from asthma, a respiratory problem that causes difficulties with breathing. However, it seems that if they are exposed to a dog's fur, dander and saliva (yummy) from a young age, they will be less likely to develop asthma.