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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.

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Nicole founded NorthPoint Pets & Company to fill a void for pet parents: information and transparency. Since 2014, she is proudly leading an incredibly talented team that boasts several national awards as the leader in independent pet retail, innovation, education, health, nutrition and transparency. She is currently working on her PhD at the University of Georgia (UGA), College of Veterinary Medicine in Canine Nutrition & Metabolomics, to study how pet food can influence disease. When not at NorthPoint or UGA she can be found presenting at national conferences, including federal, state, and municipal organizations.

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