My daughter, 23, was diagnosed with asthma at age 10. She was given an albuterol inhaler to take when an attack came on. I found out albuterol is a steroid, had a side-effect of making her shake and looked for an alternative treatment. I found eucalyptus oil was a remedy for asthma. Out went the albuterol and used eucalyptus oil instead with no side effects, and less attacks. The doctor told me then that asthma in children is more and more common. The rate of asthma has risen steadily since 1980.
What does all this have to do with pets? Well, it turns out now studies prove what I have ‘known’ all along, immunity builds through being exposed to germs.
Moms and Dads, get your kids and dogs and cats together, and get them outside and exposed to the real world, especially in the first year of life. Puppies, kittens and young children will build immunity by so doing, and the research is behind you.
We live in a time when parents shield their children from exposure more than ever before, with unprecedented numbers of vaccinations, germ killing soaps and hand wipes, and limited access to play in the dirt or the great outdoors.
What if exposure to germs is actually beneficial to kids? Specifically, those germs that your pet carries in after being outdoors?
It turns out this is very likely the case, according to a recently published study featured in the very main stream Wall Street Journal. While the study looked at mice, the researchers conclude, based partly on older studies, that exposure of kids to dogs who get outside is actually protective against those kids developing asthma!
An earlier study found that having two dogs in the house of the infant was much more protective than one. And the protection from dog exposure in the first year of life carried forward when testing was repeated at 6-7 years of age! And this study found no significant benefit from a single dog in the family, but a protective effect up till age 32 from having both a cat and dog in the household.
Not surprisingly, kids growing up on farms also have a very much lowered risk of allergies and asthma. Instead of only dogs and cats, these kids are exposed to multiple species of livestock and a much more diverse bacterial flora.
Rescue a Pet, Save A Child from Asthma
It’s a win-win situation. Millions of dogs and cats end up in shelters every year, many of them destined to be euthanized. If you don’t have pets, but want to get one or two as a means of increasing your child’s chances of avoiding asthma, consider getting an abandoned dog or cat and giving them a caring home. You’ll have to be committed to raising a healthy vital animal, but that’s a reward unto itself.
About 2.7 million healthy, adoptable cats and dogs—about one every 11 seconds—are put down in U.S. shelters each year.-The Humane Society