Growing Up With a Dog Lowers Your Risk of Developing Schizophrenia

If you grow up with a dog, your risk of developing schizophrenia drops by 25 percent, according to a study published in the journal PLOS One.

It’s possible that flora in a dog’s microbiome, which may have protective effects, gets passed to young kids. Sorry, cats don’t offer the same mental health perks. (As if you needed another reason why life’s better with a dog.)

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