A pet is a truly a best friend. Almost 25 years of research has proved that owning a pet has health benefits. Pets can boost immunity, help blood pressure lower even lessen anxiety and another health benefit. It’s not true that having you own pet always causes a child become allergic. According to researcher James E. Gern, MD, a pediatrician at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a child growing with “furred animals” like a dog, cat and other animals such as in the farms, proven to have less risk of allergies and asthma. Gern analyzed the blood of babies immediately after birth and one year later. He was looking for evidence of an allergic reaction, immunity changes, and for reactions to bacteria in the environment. If a dog lived in the home, infants were less likely to show evidence of pet allergies — 19% vs. 33%. They also were less likely to have eczema, a common allergy skin condition that causes red patches and itching. In addition, they had higher levels of some immune system chemicals — a sign of stronger immune system activation.”Dogs are dirty animals, and this suggests that babies who have greater exposure to dirt and allergens have a stronger immune system,” Gern says.