As well as being man’s best friend, it now seems that your favourite four legged companion may actually decrease the chances of children getting the common cold, according to new research from the University of California. Researchers at the university found house dust from homes that owned dogs served to guard against a common cold strain, known as the respiratory syncytial virus.
Mice that were exposed to the dust did not display the symptoms of RSV, which include lung inflammation and the production of mucus. Whilst everyone is exposed to RSV in the early stages of life, it can be detrimental and in certain cases fatal to premature infants. It has also been linked to the development of asthma in children.