A recent study on human and animal interaction is demonstrating that despite the fact that dogs drink from the toilet, sniff their behinds along with various other unappetizing things, it would appear that dogs may be making you healthier, with their kisses.
Researchers at the University of Arizona (UA) are saying that the microbes in a dog’s gut can encourage the growth of positive microorganisms in humans.
“We’ve co-evolved with dogs over the millennia, but nobody really understands what it is about this dog-human relationship that makes us feel good about being around dogs,” said anthropology doctoral student Kim Kelly.
“Is it just that they’re fuzzy and we like to pet them, or is there something else going on under the skin? The question really is: Has the relationship between dogs and humans gotten under the skin? And we believe it has.”
Other research has shown that dog owners, more often than not, tend to be happier and have a decreased risks of heart disease. Multiple departments at UA will team up with the University of California, San Diego to see if close contact with dogs strengthens health in older adults.
Lets all hope their right, so instead of eating salad and going to the gym, We can just give our pet pups a smooch!