Children who grow up with pets are at lower risk for obesity and allergies

There is more and more research coming out on the benefits of a wide exposure to a variety of microorganisms. Below is an interesting study about the positive effects of being born into a family with dogs and cats.

Georgia announcing a special offer on ThePetCheckup test strips.

University of Alberta, Canada study of 700 children (published in the journal Microbiome) found that babies exposed in the womb or born into homes with dogs and cats recorded an “abundance” of the microbes ruminococcus and oscillospira, the latter of which is associated with leanness or a lower body mass index.

It is believed that this kind of early exposure to bacteria creates a type of resistance. The study further suggests that exposure to dogs and cats significantly lowers the risk of group B strep – which causes blood infection, pneumonia and meningitis in newborns.

There is more and more research coming out on the benefits of a wide exposure to a variety of microorganisms.

Share with friends:

Cat spring time allergies

I read an interesting article in CNN online today about cat allergies.  Allergies are really tricky to deal with…I have had some experience.

But I think it is always best to go back to basics.  Start simple with your detective work.  According to this article, the number 1 environmental allergen is house dust and house mites.  So a thorough cleaning is the first line of defense.

The article also suggests periodically putting your cats toys in the freezer.  Dust mites on plush toys are killed by freezing.

My house is going to be getting a thorough cleaning this weekend.

Share with friends:

When our pets have skin diseases

Skin problems are one of the imbalances that a pet home urine health test will not be directly helpful with, unfortunately. Usually the problem becomes apparent when the dog or cat is itching like crazy or developing bald spots or scabs somewhere on their body.

My cat Oliver used to have some problems on his paws years ago–he would lick and pull at the hair creating bald spots. I changed the kitty litter and the problem went away.

I did lots of research on skin problems during that time and learned some basic things:

1. The first outward sign of something wrong is excessive licking…so it is best to take action as soon as you notice that change in behavior.

2. A good diet (no animal byproducts) is critical.

3. The immune system is weakened during this time, so find a good supplement that will support the immune system and give it regularly.

4. Administering a vaccine during this time can make the problem worse.

5. Study some of the natural remedies for fleas and ticks and start them early before the flea season starts. I am investigating some of these now and hoping to find something that is effective. I will keep you posted.

Share with friends: