Canine Kisses May Be Good for Your Health!
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Some of us knew it all along, while other wince at the mere thought of a lick from their loving pooch ~ canine kisses are beneficial to our health!
Sure, many pet parents get a bit uncomfortable when their pooch puckers up and lands a sloppy, wet kiss smack dab on their lips. The theory of it is cute ~ licks mean love in the doggy world, right? But the reality of it is that most canine kiss recipients can’t wipe it off fast enough. After all, we know where those mouths have been!
It’s a well-known truth that people and their pets have a unique bond, particularly people and their pooches. And researchers at the University of Arizona decided to investigate exactly what it is that promotes this exceptional relationship. Despite their habit of poking their noses in unsavory places, dog’s guts contain microbes that could have a probiotic effect on the human body, and may encourage the growth of positive microorganisms.
Previous research has shown that those with canine companions tend to be healthier and happier, and that dogs and their pet parents share much of the same gut bacteria over time. It’s common knowledge that not all bacteria is good and, unfortunately, over time we’ve managed to eliminate good bacteria along with bad with the use of antibiotics. This led researchers to wonder if dogs serve not only as loyal companions, but also probiotics to enhance the health of the bacteria that lives in our guts. It is their belief that canines might offer probiotic benefits to people that are equal in health to a cup of yogurt or taking a probiotic supplement.
Participants in the University’s study will be paired with a dog from the Humane Society of Southern Arizona, living with the pooch for three months. Before cohabitation, the researchers will evaluate the participants’ gut bacteria, physical activity levels, immune function and their diet, as well as the gut bacteria and physical activity levels of their paired pooch. These tests will be repeated after each month of cohabitation to determine if there has been a positive impact on either participant’s gut bacteria. The researchers will also look for evidence of any improvement in the human’s and the dog’s overall health and emotional well-being.
So, if you happen to be one of those pet parents whose love for your dog knows no bounds and isn’t afraid to show it by receiving a sloppy kiss, perhaps you should keep it up! And for those of you who stealthily dodge the doggie kisses, it will be interested to see the results of this “dog kisses” study, especially if they prove your canine’s kisses can offer more than you ever thought possible!
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