Why kids with dogs get sick less often

A new study shows children raised with dogs in their first year have more immunity to the common cold.

Kids holding a puppy, sitting in a dog house

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Children raised with dogs in their first year of life may be less likely to catch the common cold. Researchers had observed that pets have health benefits for people but couldn’t explain why. Now they know, thanks to a new Finnish study: The dirt in K9-friendly homes can protect against RSV, a potent strain of cold virus, because it helps boost and mature your kid’s immune system.