A study on human and animal interaction is demonstrating that despite their penchant for sniffing and eating all sorts of unsavory things, dogs may be making you healthier with probiotic kisses. So put down the yogurt and give your pup a smooch!
Researchers at the University of Arizona (UA) believe that the microbes in a dog’s gut can encourage the growth of positive microorganisms in humans. They’re hoping to recruit participants to help them test their hypothesis.
“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.