Kisses From Your Dog Keep You Healthy

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We all know that owning a dog improves our overall being, but were you aware that kissing your dog can also boost your immune system?

It seems that microbes in Buddy’s gut may have a probiotic effect on the human body and can help lessen allergic reactions and other immune responses.

In order to prove that those microbes can do wonders for our health, scientists from the University of Arizona are recruiting participants for their new study, confirmed Kim Kelly, one of the primary investigators on the study.

“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. 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.”

Dr Kelly, along with researchers at the University of San Diego, will basically explore whether sharing a home with a dog encourages the growth of positive microorganisms to that extent that it may improve physical and mental health in older adults.

‘We essentially want to find out, is a dog acting like yogurt in having a probiotic effect.’

Well, you’ve heard the scientists – go and smooch your dog!

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