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Study links dogs, not cats, to kids' asthma risk
Reuters ^ | Apr 7, 2010 | Amy Norton

Posted on 04/07/2010 1:13:30 PM PDT by decimon

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – For children at higher-than-average risk of asthma, having a dog around the house may increase the chances of developing the lung disease, a new study suggests.

The study, which followed 380 children at increased risk of asthma due to family history, found that those exposed to relatively high levels of dog allergen at the age of 7 were more likely to have asthma.

In contrast, there was no relationship between cat-allergen exposure and a child's risk of asthma, according to findings published in the journal Pediatric Allergy and Immunology.

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"Dogs tend to have a lot of endotoxin on them, because they're dogs,"...

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TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: allergy; asthma; eczema; kittyping

1 posted on 04/07/2010 1:13:30 PM PDT by decimon
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To: neverdem; DvdMom; grey_whiskers; Slings and Arrows

Dog breath ping.


2 posted on 04/07/2010 1:14:20 PM PDT by decimon
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To: decimon

By nature of the way they hunt, cats are stealthier and take care of eliminating their odors through grooming and burying their waste.

If blindfolded with earmuffs on I could smell my dogs enter the room (even when they’re relatively clean/freshly showered.) No way I could smell the cat.

So this makes sense with that.


3 posted on 04/07/2010 1:18:29 PM PDT by Sax
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To: decimon
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4 posted on 04/07/2010 1:20:55 PM PDT by b4its2late (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: decimon

Funny. As a kid we always had dogs, no allergy issues to them at all.

If I even saw a cat while waiting for the bus to go to school, or God forbid, touch one, instant redeye, clogged nasal passages and the need for a bottle of SineAid.


5 posted on 04/07/2010 1:22:05 PM PDT by dmz
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To: decimon

"he he he, a few well placed numbers can throw any study askew...he he he"

6 posted on 04/07/2010 1:22:28 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)
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To: decimon

That’s ‘cause cats will smother you straight away.

/just kidding— I have one myself. Though, come to think of it, she does tend do move closer to my face as the night wears on...


7 posted on 04/07/2010 1:53:31 PM PDT by green pastures (Cynicism-- it's not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: decimon

Clearly a study by cat worshippers.

Cats provoke allergies in me like no other animal. And unfortunately few have any desirable redeeming qualities.

I think the cat spittle from “washing themselves” is a part of the problem. That tongue’s been LOTS of other places.


8 posted on 04/07/2010 2:30:35 PM PDT by jimt
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To: decimon; Mother Abigail; EBH; vetvetdoug; Smokin' Joe; Global2010; Battle Axe; null and void; ...
immuno ping

Indoor allergen exposure, sensitization, and development of asthma in a high-risk birth cohort

Elevated cord blood IgE is associated with recurrent wheeze and atopy at 7 yrs in a high risk cohort

9 posted on 04/07/2010 3:23:08 PM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: decimon

Must be the nasty Pit Bulls. Hey Chetttttttttttt!


10 posted on 04/07/2010 3:25:32 PM PDT by verity (Obama Lies)
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To: decimon; Slings and Arrows; Glenn; republicangel; Bahbah; Beaker; BADROTOFINGER; etabeta; ...
So there.


11 posted on 04/07/2010 4:09:00 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (FUBO! FUNP! FUHR! FUBS!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Thanks for making my day and birthday week! Birthday was Saturday. :)=^..^=


12 posted on 04/07/2010 4:45:37 PM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!=^..^==^..^==^..^==^..^==^..^=)
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To: Slings and Arrows

You can breath easy now.


13 posted on 04/07/2010 4:47:48 PM PDT by decimon
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To: 2ndreconmarine; Fitzcarraldo; Covenantor; Mother Abigail; EBH; Dog Gone; ...

Ping...(Thanks, neverdem!)


14 posted on 04/07/2010 10:04:22 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: Biggirl

Happy birthday!


15 posted on 04/07/2010 10:08:09 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (FUBO! FUNP! FUHR! FUBS!)
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To: decimon
Smiley - Rimshot
16 posted on 04/07/2010 10:09:44 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (FUBO! FUNP! FUHR! FUBS!)
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To: Smokin' Joe

Thanks for the ping!


17 posted on 04/07/2010 10:12:13 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Alamo-Girl

You are Welcome, Alamo-Girl!


18 posted on 04/07/2010 10:27:31 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: neverdem

Pastor Henry Wright has facilitated complete healing of many hundreds, likely many thousands, of allergy and asthma sufferers . . .

INCLUDING THE HYPER SEVERE SORTS OF:

MULTIPLE CHEMICAL SENSITIVITIES/ENVIRONMENTAL

cases.

His book A MORE EXCELLENT WAY

and his website:

http://www.beinhealth.com

are good places to begin.

God has been showing him for 20 years the root causes of such things whether inherited spiritually or genetically via generational paths or otherwise.

I have had quite serious allergies all my life until I began applying his teachings. PRAISE GOD FOR HIS SOLUTIONS.


19 posted on 04/08/2010 3:27:30 AM PDT by Quix (BLOKES who got us where we R: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2130557/posts?page=81#81)
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To: dmz

Yes, that’s an allergic reaction, not asthma.

Nothing to do with you, but one time we had a party for our coworkers, and one of the spouses was sitting comfortably in our living room and enjoying herself. About an hour into the conversation, the subject of pets came up, and Hubby mentioned that our cats were upstairs in a bedroom to keep them from getting excited or getting outside. The woman instantly started choking, and she gasped, “You have CATS???” as her eyes watered and turned red. She and her husband beat a path to the door and left the party.

That was psychosomatic if I ever saw it. No one said anything.


20 posted on 04/08/2010 3:56:52 AM PDT by TheOldLady (CLKD: Commie Loon Kenyan Dictator)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Once again, cats rule, dogs drool. Except your dog, of course.


21 posted on 04/08/2010 3:58:16 AM PDT by TheOldLady (CLKD: Commie Loon Kenyan Dictator)
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To: Smokin' Joe

Thanks for the ping.


22 posted on 04/08/2010 3:13:32 PM PDT by nw_arizona_granny ( garden/survival/cooking/storage- http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2299939/posts?page=5555)
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To: b4its2late; LucyT; CottonBall

Ping,.,.,.


23 posted on 04/08/2010 3:19:17 PM PDT by nw_arizona_granny ( garden/survival/cooking/storage- http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2299939/posts?page=5555)
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To: jimt

Clearly a study by cat worshippers.

Cats provoke allergies in me like no other animal. And unfortunately few have any desirable redeeming qualities.

I think the cat spittle from “washing themselves” is a part of the problem. That tongue’s been LOTS of other places.


Let me preface this by saying that I am NOT "a cat lady" -- I'm a cranky old bastard who has owned many dogs and cats over the numerous decades I've walked this earth. I'm probably the LAST person that anyone would think of as the classic "cat lover."

That said, I have a house full of cats -- mainly "throwaways" and "drop-offs" that were abandoned by my farm, and I took in, out of pity. Hard to say "no" to a starving kitten that's scratching by the glass door in below zero weather, pleading for some shelter and something to eat -- a kitten that will die a miserable death if I do not open that door -- while I stand there warm and well-fed.

Now, THAT said, some observations: MY dogs -- perhaps not representative of ALL dogs -- would have given PIGS a bad name, had they been born with pug snouts and short curly tails and dumped into a pigpen.

My first realization of just how, um, "unique" their tastes ran was about a week after I'd killed, cleaned, and cooked a snapping turtle.

Snapping turtle, for those who have never tasted it, is -- properly prepared (parboiled, peeled, gutted, cleaned, then cut up into sections, boiled, and THEN breaded and deep-fried) is absolutely delicious. A true delicacy. Does it "taste like chicken"? Hell no! More like LOBSTER if you ask me.

Well, anyway, about a week after I'd cooked that turtle -- having taken the guts, scales (each shell section has one huge scale), head, and so forth far from my home, and buried it, my dog came into the house, and the aroma was deadly.

The dog was in absolute... gee, I almost said "hog heaven" but the stench would have sent hogs fleeing, screaming into the woods.

You have not smelled "disgusting" until you've smelled week-old fully ripened turtle guts, which, having rotted to that state, have then been ROLLED in by your dog, who made sure to really work at rolling in them, to ensure that his fur absorbed as much of that aromatic canine goodness as possible.

He then came inside to share the blessing.

It was beyond the "bad enough to peel the paint off the walls" level. Words cannot express HOW vile that stench was. (A can of "Fresh Skunk Aroma" air freshener might have been an improvement. Literally!)

I have since then learned that dogs -- well, MY dogs, at least, have a predilection for rolling in stuff that stinks to high heaven. And let's not even think about how they love diaper baskets -- at least when they're filled with "loaded" diapers. Nothing is as tasty as a goopy pantload, if you're a dog.

That is, noting is that tasty except for ONE thing -- the "candy" that the cats leave in the litterbox.

My cats, on the other hand, are pretty fastidious about what they'll eat, and they won't even THINK about rolling in carrion or feces.

And yes, they DO lick their own butts -- like pretty much ALL animals. So, if you refuse to let your cat lick you, because of "where his tongue has been" -- well, try to think of where your DOG'S tongue has been before you let HIM lick you.

And then there was the time when I was laying in bed, "sick like a dog" with the flu, pretty much SO sick that I was unable to move. My dog walked up to me and stopped, looking me right in the face. She had a certain look (dogs CAN show different emotions -- if you doubt it, wait until your dog keeps a stranger in his position by going nose to nose, with his ears pinned back and his fang bared, letting out a low rumble in the stranger's face).

She gave me that look for about fifteen seconds, while I laid there, feeling like death warmed over, wondering what the heck was going on.

And then, my dog decided that yup, I was indeed in VERY rough shape, and thus, she decided to help me. So, she puked in my face.

If I was a puppy, unable to move, that would have been my pre-digested, easy to eat meal.

But, I wasn't a puppy.

My cats have never tried to help me when I'm sick by barfing in my face. But, they CAN tell when I'm sick, and they'll huddle up next to me to keep me warm. I've seen them do the same thing for other cats that were sick. One of our favorite cats, during her last days, when nothing the vet did was able to help her, would ALWAYS have two cats sitting right next to her, one on each side. They took turns, even one normally very timid guy who NEVER snuggles up with ANY other cat (he's a "people cat" rather than a "cat cat"). During her final days on earth, he took his turn cuddling next to her to comfort her and keep her warm, while another cat would take up station on her other side.

In some ways, they show a lot more humanity than most humans, if you ask me.

BTW, my cats and dogs have gotten along quite nicely with each other, too. That whole "fight like cats and dogs" thing must apply only to really maladjusted (or mistreated/abused) pets.

My cats are every bit as loyal and friendly as any of my dogs have ever been. Yeah, cats will SEEM to be standoffish, UNTIL they know that they can trust you. They're not stupid. Once they determine that you're NOT a threat to them, they'll warm right up to you, come over to be pet, play with you (and NOT "just to get you to feed them" -- a happy cat will ignore a full bowl of food so that he can play with you, or just sit by you -- on your lap, or next to you on a chair, or just on the floor by your feet).

They are initially wary, and for good reason. One of my cats is semi-neurotic -- terrified of most children (he will run and hide if possible, or, if cornered, growl and hiss and try to scare them) -- but he's a total fool for grown-up people (purrs, rubs against your hand o get you to pet his head, etc.) All I can figure is that some SOB kids had abused him before we rescued him from under our car, half-starved and terrified.

It bugs me how cats get the shitty end of the stick so much -- how normally decent people will treat them, and how often they're abused (and how "acceptable" it's become TO abuse them).

As to allergies, there's no figuring. I'm allergic to so many things that it's pointless to try to keep track of them (my allergist visits began with most of the grid of "pricks" on my back being inflamed, and ENDED when an allergy shot nearly killed me (literally), AFTER having waited for the required time in their office after the shot, and then hitting me, hard, while driving home (nearly an hour drive, and the office closed after I'd left). After that, I stopped with the allergy shots. It was just too damn scary going through that.

Growing up, spring through fall was "nasal hell" due to nonstop INTENSE hayfever (a real bitch for someone who loves the outdoors, hunting, fishing, picking berries, etc.)

Yet, I am NOT allergic to cats!

Go figure.

24 posted on 05/01/2010 6:04:42 AM PDT by Don Joe ([expletive deleted])
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To: Don Joe
I enjoyed your story, I could have written it, except for the dog puking on your face. That has never happened to me. I have had and slept with dogs AND cats my whole life. About 10 years ago I realized I had developed an allergy to cats, that's how it happens most of the time, allergies develop over time. Itchy eyes stuffy nose and a headache in the morning whenever Motorola slept with me. I felt bad when she would scratch at the bedroom door and I couldn't let her. We sleep with our 3 Jack Russel Terriers and have no allergies to them, thank Goodness!
25 posted on 05/01/2010 6:31:48 AM PDT by Ditter
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