A new study released this week is sure to cause cat owners everywhere to bristle with envy. As it turns out, Man’s Best Friend may be able to do more than fetch and protect your family from intruders. Having a dog in the house could also protect your family against respiratory infection linked to asthma, as well as lessen your chances of catching the common cold.
It’s not so much the dogs themselves which protect against these microbial attacks, simply their presence in the house. New research from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) suggests house dust from homes with dogs can work to protect against these infections. The research was presented at the 2012 General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology.