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Kids Living With Dogs: Health Issues

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Many parents are worried about having baby/kid and dog under the same roof. Mostly this fear is connected with the assumption that home must be absolutely clean while bringing the newborn in and that doesn’t go along with having a dog. But is it really true? We are going to dig a little bit deeper into this topic.

Kid can get bitten by the dog

One of the main risks for child’s health is definitely getting bitten by the dog but this could be prevented by teaching the child how to behave with a dog and also by supervising the kid while playing with a dog. More about dog and kid safety rules you can read in our previous article.

Some diseases can be transmitted from dog to kid

The most important thing is the proper vaccination. Every country has its canine vaccination rules that need to be followed and avoiding it can cause legal consequences. If the dog is vaccinated you can be sure that there is no danger of being infected with a disease such as rabies. There are diseases like flea and ticks that can be transmitted from dogs to kids but for this exists a good prevention. And also never forget to keep your dog de-wormed so that kids don’t contract any roundworm or hookworm.

What about hygiene?

The biggest concern of parents today is the hygiene. People suffer more and more from allergies and it is very difficult to find an effective treatment. Parents consider pets as a threat when it comes to allergies. But more and more studies show that the problem is surprisingly in the exaggerated cleanliness. Kids are growing up in a very clean environment and their immune system is not prepared for external influences.

A study made by American Academy of Pediatrics shows that children having dogs at home are much healthier. And contact with an animal during the first year of life possibly leads to better resistance to infectious respiratory illnesses during childhood.

If your child is highly allergic it is probably not a good idea to have any fur pet but on the other side if your child doesn’t have such a problem, growing up with a pet have mostly positive effects. Aside from a better immunity, having dog has also therapeutical effects. It helps reduce stress and lower blood pressure. And last but not least taking care of a dog keeps the child active and builds a good attitude to sports.

What do you think?