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Old 03-31-2009, 03:17 AM   #1
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Dogs or cats safer to live with?

Q. Which are safer to live with, dogs or cats?

A. Maybe dogs - but only by a hair. The message from experts in zoonotic diseases - infections spread between animals and people - is that both dogs and cats are not only safe to live with, but actually enhance human health.
Many of the germs carried by pets are far more likely to be transmitted through contaminated food or water than from a pet, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And the benefits of pet ownership are legion - lower blood pressure, reduced stress, even better social lives, says Dr. Lisa Moses, a veterinary internal medicine specialist at MSPCA Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston.
"The reality, fortunately, is that transmission of infectious diseases from pets to people is a relatively rare event," agrees Dr. Ed Dubovi, a virologist at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Dogs may have a slight safety advantage because they have no part in the zoonotic disease experts worry about most: toxoplasmosis, a parasite that pregnant women can pick up from cleaning cat boxes. The parasite can cause birth defects, but can also lie dormant for years; if it then becomes activated in the brain, it can cause blindness.


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Old 03-31-2009, 05:07 AM   #2
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Old 03-31-2009, 12:27 PM   #3
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Very interesting. I have 3 cats and a dog so this thread caught my eye. I absolutely know the mental health benefit of their presence in my life and see the benefits in action at the nursing home we visit. It's so obvious there.
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Old 03-31-2009, 02:01 PM   #4
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Children raised in households with dogs or cats are generally healthier overall because of a boosted immune system. They also have lesser incidents of respiratory diseases, ear infections and other common illnesses. Allergic reactions are reduced or eliminated in children raised with pets as it has been proven that long term exposure to animal dander and the pollen/dirt on their bodies causes an adaptive response in many children (there are severe cases where this is not the case).

If you look at childhood ailments today as compared to 20-30 or more years ago, more children have respiratory illnesses and infections than ever before. It is believed that an over use of antibiotics, antiseptics and a 'too clean' lifestyle is resulting in children with weaker immune systems. As I always say..."Let the kids eat dirt, their immune system needs the workout."
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Old 03-31-2009, 03:12 PM   #5
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Children raised in households with dogs or cats are generally healthier overall because of a boosted immune system. They also have lesser incidents of respiratory diseases, ear infections and other common illnesses. Allergic reactions are reduced or eliminated in children raised with pets as it has been proven that long term exposure to animal dander and the pollen/dirt on their bodies causes an adaptive response in many children (there are severe cases where this is not the case).

If you look at childhood ailments today as compared to 20-30 or more years ago, more children have respiratory illnesses and infections than ever before. It is believed that an over use of antibiotics, antiseptics and a 'too clean' lifestyle is resulting in children with weaker immune systems. As I always say..."Let the kids eat dirt, their immune system needs the workout."
I completely agree. On a personal note, my allergies have been less severe each spring since I got Junior. Although we also moved so it could be because of that...but I like to think it's because of Junior

Oh, and of course dogs are safer than cats. No doubt in my mind about itjk
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Old 03-31-2009, 06:59 PM   #6
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Just so know one freaks out this study is only talking about bacterial infections not airborne pathogens. You can't pass a cold or flu or other viruses to each other...
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Old 05-20-2009, 11:13 AM   #7
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I agree totally with the above, my girls have had their dog around for 16 years and I am a firm believer as well that children need to get dirty and they rarely get sick. On the other hand I get sick very often and I put it down to the chemicals we now have to clean the house that are antibacterial that have reduced my immune system.
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