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Dog Owners' Homes Have More Bacteria

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Dog owners' homes reportedly have more bacteria.

Dog owners have more bacteria and greater variety of bacteria living in their house than people who do not own a dog.

According to a new study from North Carolina State University that looked at microbe samples from 40 houses in the Raleigh-Durham area, dogs do bring around more microbes, but most of the bacteria are harmless.
Other factors like cleanliness or climate were not controlled in the study, but some bacteria that were found in the houses could be directly linked with the presence of a dog.

TV screens and pillowcases were found to have the most dog bacteria.

Previous studies have found that children who grow up with a dog in the house actually have healthier immune systems than children with no dog, so some of the bacteria exposure can be healthy.

Another study that looked at bacteria on the skin of dog owners found that people who own dogs have similar bacteria living on their skin.

The study revealed the similarity in skin bacteria of dog owners who are strangers was higher than that of a married couple without a dog.

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