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Animal research

12 - 04 - 2017

Pets could help with a balanced intestinal flora

Pets contribute to the wellbeing of children but also to their health. Studies show that children are less prone to allergies and obesity when pets are around during pregnancy, especially dogs and cats. The intestinal microbiota, more commonly called the intestinal flora, could be responsible for this ‘protective’ effect.

A study was conducted in 746 children and has found that exposure to dogs or cats during the pregnancy alters the intestinal flora of the infant. Two bacteria that have a negative effect on obesity are found in a greater number in children born of pregnancies around animals. Thus, contact with pets may reduce the risk of obesity in children. 

 Thierry Battmann