I remember being told so many years back about a dog licking its wounds and the great antiseptic effect licking has. This is common knowledge with all you pet lovers out there. It may or may not surprise you then, that a recent study is investigating whether dogs saliva can boost immunity in humans. I can just hear the anti dog brigade now, can you imagine allowing a dog to lick a child as its good for their allergies. Well, no doubt when proven they will ‘bottle’ the formula, but just goes to show to those of us that have always known, our dogs are special!
For those of us addicted to our dogs’ heartfelt licks, here’s some excellent news: We may soon have scientific evidence proving they’re good for our health.
An upcoming study at the University of Arizona will explore whether bacteria found in dog saliva can minimize allergic reactions – sneezing, itching, hives – and several other immune responses.
According to ABC News, the study will assign several people between the ages of 50 and 60 to a dog companion, and then, over the course of 12 weeks, measure each person’s immune response.
The study’s lead researcher, professor of psychiatry Dr. Charles Raison, hypothesizes that dogs’ saliva (and thus, their kisses) could act as a “probiotic” that could have a significant impact on humans’ immune health.
Do you know what’s so funny about all of this? This is a huge scientific breakthrough that has the potential to change people’s life and yet it would appear that some people (even animal lovers) can’t see past the ‘grossness’ of dogs licking people! The following is a few quotes from people that replied to the article