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Dogs & Owners May Suffer from Same Allergic Traits

A study published in Nature Communications found that owners and pets who live in a more urban environment were more likely to exhibit allergic symptoms. The reason? Both people and dogs in urban communities are limited in their exposure to healthy microbes that exist in a more rural or wilderness-type environment.

 

Interestingly, the increased ‘risk’ of allergies in an urban environment is largely attributed to lack of protective-effects. The protective effects include less exposure to livestock, western diets (e.g. American diet) and small family size. In other words, households with a lesser number of children, or no children and only 1 pet have a higher risk of allergies. According to another study, pet dogs have a reduced risk of allergies when exposed frequently to other animals as well as when living in a larger family.

About author

Nicole is the founder & owner of multiple-award winning NorthPoint Pets & Company, in Connecticut, USA. She has completed undergraduate work in biological sciences, business and holds an M.S. in Nutrition. Currently Nicole is pursuing a PhD in Comparative Biomedical Sciences (Canine Nutrition/Metabolomics) at the prestigious University of Georgia in the USA. Her background includes experience in the pharmaceutical industry on multiple R&D projects and has had the privilege to learn from leading figures in the human and pet health industries. Nicole has been heavily involved in police canine nutrition within the USA, helping to improve the modern care and feeding of working dogs. Her interests include working dog nutrition, raw feeding, pathogens, metabolomics, and nutrition’s relationship to disease in humans and canines. Her current research involves exploration of the canine urinary metabolome and the relationship to diet.

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