Sometimes, a devout companion in the being and form of a dog can seem to be our link to paradise in this world. The idiom, “a dog is a man’s best friend”, takes the meaning to a whole new level when you begin to understand the link that dogs can have when it comes to enhancing your baby’s respiratory system! For a long time now, mankind has given testimonials and bared witness to all the physical, mental and psychological benefits that dogs can have in our life span.
Recently, an enlightening study published online in Pediatrics on 9th July demonstrates just how the positive aura of a dog can be beneficial for us from the time we first come into contact with this world’s atmosphere from our mother’s womb. Lead by Eija Bergroth, M.D. of the Kuopio University Hospital in Finland, a statistical analysis and survey were carried out on 397 children from the time of their birth to their first year of life. The main objective of the study was to establish a pattern or link in terms of the frequencies of any respiratory illness or disease that the baby contracted to their frequencies of exposure to dogs. Surprisingly, babies with dogs at their residence diminished their chances of being inflicted with any form of respiratory illness or disease. To further elaborate the results of the study, they were 44% less likely to contract otitis and required fewer antibiotic courses. In addition, the chance of an illness arising out of respiratory infections was substantially reduced amongst babies who had shown an elevated level of weekly contacts with dogs. Similarly, having cats also imparted such positive externalities but it is important to note that in case of cats, the results were relatively weaker.
From living each moment of our lives with unbridled exuberance and happiness to appreciating all the simple things life has to offer, we can learn such fundamental ethos from having dogs.