Scamp and Toby

It has been well-known for some time that children living in homes with one or more dogs are much less likely to have allergies. American studies show that the fact that households with dogs have higher levels of microbes than households without dogs and this seems to give babies the gift of an allergy-free life. In this case, having bacteria around the home is a good thing. While there is no known direct causal link between a dog presence and the absence of allergies, it has been suggested that the mother’s exposure to a broader variety of microbes is the difference between a child having or not having allergies later in life.

…   Anne