What if adopting a dog prevented your children from developing a disease?

If you needed another reason to succumb to adopting a dog, here’s one more.

For once, these assholes of cats will not be able to show off. No, this time, let’s make way for dogs, these good big cushy, who in addition to being among the best animals on Earth (just that) would allow the little ones not to develop, in particular, a particularly painful disease for them. those who carry it.

Another good reason to adopt a dog! Credits: Jonathan Steele

Dogs and Crohn’s disease

This is a recent study published by Mount Sinai Hospital and which was presented during Digestive Disease Week (DDW) 2022, which would show that young children who grow up with a dog may have some protection against Crohn’s disease, widespread inflammatory bowel disease.

Williams Turpin, study physician and lead author and research associate at Mount Sinai Hospital and the University of Toronto, said:

Our study appears to add to others that have explored the “hygiene hypothesis” which suggests that lack of exposure to microbes early in life may lead to a lack of immune regulation towards environmental microbes.

Williams Turpin for the DDW

According to the study, children who had a dog between the ages of 5 and 15 would have healthier intestinal permeability, reducing the development of inflammatory bowel diseases. The association between this healthy gut permeability, combined with the balance between the body’s immune response and the microbes in the gut, could both help prevent Crohn’s disease — a disease that most often develops in young adults. and whose symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal pain and weight loss.

Dr. Turpin also adds, regarding these stupid cats:

We haven’t seen the same results with cats, although we’re still trying to figure out why. This could potentially be due to dog owners going outside with their pets more often or living in areas with more green space, which has already been shown to protect against Crohn’s disease.

Williams Turpin for the DDW

That’s another good reason to adopt a dog for your children, don’t you think? On the other hand, we don’t mess around: we don’t adopt a doggie and then abandon it, be aware of the burden that this implies, in the long term, we can never say it enough.


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