For cats, both men and women were half as likely to develop an allergy if they lived with cats as young children.
The research team concluded that pet exposure early in life did not create a higher risk for most children to become allergic to pets later in life. They also noted the key role experiences in the first year of life can have on the overall health of a person later in life.
Reviewed June 16, 2011
Edited by Alison Stanton