There are many more benefits to owning a dog than just to reduce to stress, anxiety and blood pressure. An upcoming study posits that dogs can also boost our immune system!
Researchers at the University of Arizona is conducting a study to find out if bacteria found on dog saliva can strengthen our immune system by stimulating growth of beneficial microorganisms, therefore reduce pesky allergic reactions such as sneezing, itching, hives and others.
“We’ve co-evolved with dogs over the millennia, but nobody really understands what it is about this dog-human relationship that makes us feel good about being around dogs,” Kim Kelly, an anthropology doctoral student who is participating in the new research, said in a written statement.
“Is it just that they’re fuzzy and we like to pet them, or is there something else going on under the skin? The question really is: Has the relationship between dogs and humans gotten under the skin? And we believe it has.”