A study published by the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics followed 397 kids up to the age of one and found that those who lived in households with dogs suffered from 44% fewer ear infections, 31% fewer respiratory tract infections, and needed antibiotics less often than kids who were "dogless."
And what about those fuzzy furballs of the feline persuation? Cats also help strengthen kids' immune systems while providing hours of entertainment and purr-ific snuggle-fests. Cat owners are also 40% less likely to die from heart attacks.Here's another bit of kibble to help flavor your winning "get a dog" argument - Research out of the University of California, San Francisco found that children in homes that have both dust and dogs are less likely to develop "respiratory syncytial virus, a common cause of potentially severe cold-like illnesses." So, Mom...adopt a shelter puppy, dust less, and have healthier kids! It's a win-win-win proposition!