Dogs are more than Man's "Best Friend".
There is a new article out that explains why dogs are great for babies and toddlers.
The study done in Finland shows that babies who lived with a dog spent fewer weeks with ear infections, coughs or running noses. They were also less likely to need antibiotics than infants in pet-free homes. To make a long research paper short, the explanation for the finding is that dirt and allergens brought in by animals are good for babies' immune systems. In my personal experience, they are barking up the right tree.
I think there are two possible success stories here. One, your child could benefit from the dog being there health wise but the dog will benefit as well. We rescued our Gracie from a shelter in Alberta and is now 4 years old. She is the happiest and healthiest dog I know. With a little training and a lot of patience, Gracie and our son Jack have become the best of friends. Dare I say at times they are "Thick as Thieves".
It seems to me that the unconditional love that Gracie gives Jack (and the rest of the family) will far outweigh the health benefits that this new study says a dog can do for a baby.
If there is room in your heart and your home, think about adopting a pet from your local shelter. In SD&G the link is http://www.sdg.ontariospca.ca
Feel free to e-mail me anytime at email@example.com or comment below.