54454387 story Want To Fight Allergies? Get a Dirty Dog 147 Posted by Soulskill on Wednesday December 18, 2013 @02:02AM from the or-live-in-one-of-those-awesome-bubbles dept. sciencehabit writes "A dog in the house is more than just good company. There's increasing evidence that exposure to dogs and livestock early in life can lessen the chances of infants later developing allergies and asthma. Now, researchers have traced this beneficial health effect to a microbe living in the gut. Their study, in mice, suggests that supplementing an infant's diet with the right mix of bacteria might help prevent allergies — even without a pet pooch."