A recent study in Finland found that babies who live in houses with pets are usually healthier, suffering from fewer colds, ear infections, and respiratory tract infections and symptoms. The study also found that the babies with cats and dogs received fewer antibiotics in their first year.
Noting that the families with dogs had healthier babies than the families with cats, the researchers are theorizing that dirt brought in by dogs, who are more often outside, exposes the children to more germs, building up the babies’ immune systems. (See, my non-cleaning is for the children.)
The study followed nearly 400 Finnish children from the mother’s third trimester through their first 12 months of life, reports WebMD.
This is all really, really good news for those of us with both pets and kids, since it’s virtually impossible to keep kids and animals separated. In fact, it seems that babies, kitties, and puppies find each other mutually delicious.
Check out these 14 photos of babies nomming on pets and pets nomming on babies.
Bath time! 1 of 14
Who needs a tub?
(GIF Credit: Cheezburger)
You’re right, Mommy. Kit-Kats ARE delicious. 2 of 14Not what you meant when you said, "gimme a break"?
(Photo Credit: Guzer)
Kitten dentist. 3 of 14"I see your lateral incisors are coming in nicely."
(Photo Credit: College Humor)
When I’m done nomming this one, I have one more! 4 of 14Ooh! A two-pack!
(Photo Credit: Cute Overload)
When I’m done nomming this one, I have two more! 5 of 14Puppy snacks available in bulk at Cosco.
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I no longer have to take the dog to the groomer. 6 of 14Now that I have the new, improved, Baby! As seen on TV! And just look how her coat gleams.
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Inaugural meeting of the Puppy-Baby Mutual Admiration Society. 7 of 14You're more delicious! No, YOU are!
(Photo Credit: NoWeevil)
I’m so excited to eat you! 8 of 14I mean meet you! Really. I meant to say 'I'm so excited to meet you,' delicious kitty.
(Photo Credit: Main Street Journal)
Finally, a face I can reach! 9 of 14I've waited so long for this moment!
(Photo Credit: Babble.com)
Sir Licks-a-Lot. 10 of 14Does not have to be face-to-face, apparently.
(Photo Credit: Cute Doggs)
Mmm…bacon. 11 of 14Mmm...kid.
(Photo Credit: trinity.edu)
Zombie baby. 12 of 14That is one tolerant cat.
(Photo Credit: Cheezburger)
You’re the one who said his little hands looked cute enough to eat. 13 of 14Ohhh. You didn't mean literally.
(Photo Credit: Maxie's Blog)
Who can resist those baby cheeks? 14 of 14Not this dog.
(Photo Credit: My Dog's Love)
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