Dog Owners Share Skin Microbes with Their Pooches

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If you’ve ever seen the way people interact with pets, it comes as no surprise that there’s some germ-swapping going on there. A new study indicates that dog ownership specifically may be one of the biggest single contributors to what kinds of microbes live on your .

A team of researchers led by Se Jin Song at the University of Colorado, Boulder, took swabs of the tongues, palms, forehead and feces of members of 60 . Some of the families had children or household pets and some did not; dogs were the only pets swabbed.

Researchers then analyzed the DNA of the bacteria they found to determine how diverse the bacterial populations were. Not surprisingly, family members who lived together had more bacteria in common than members of separate households. Bacteria on the skin were especially similar within households, probably because we pass microbes through the air, through direct contact, and via the surfaces we touch.

The most surprising finding, however, was the large bacterial contribution Fido made. The skin bacteria of dog owners from different households was almost as similar as if they’d cohabited without a dog. Put another way, you and a friend across town who both own dogs a skin ecosystem as alike as a married couple does. The study found that cats and other indoor pets, on the other hand, didn’t significantly affect the bacterial composition of their owners. The bacteria of two cat owners were no more alike than the bacteria of strangers.

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    • Xarithus
    • April 20, 2013

    You totally deserve the 6 million views. Hope you get 6 million more!!!  😀

    • Skylar Pincher
    • April 20, 2013

    Amazing dog!!! awesome video. Hey if anyone has time please visit my page and watch the video of my dog Skylar she is in need of help! Either go to my page or type Please help Skylar in the youtube search bar. Thanks

    • kimmobley333
    • April 20, 2013

    Loved it, but then I love all your videos. Great job Heather and Jesse!!!

    • Amelia Alexander
    • April 20, 2013

    has he ever competed he could so own crufts!

    • babbfarrell
    • April 20, 2013

    AMAZING!

    • ctk88ctk
    • April 20, 2013

    The dog is much better than many maids

    • tom80cruse
    • April 20, 2013

    Is he good at math I have a test tomorrow maybe he can take it for me … Hhh

    • SMadre54
    • April 20, 2013

    This dog is the first one – I really like!!

    • AkioEntertainment
    • April 20, 2013

    You don’t see cats doing this!

    • poppy kitty
    • April 19, 2013

    cats can do this i trained my cat to do it

    • Jeffries Pardo
    • April 19, 2013

    1:37 :3

    • Bruna Cavasin
    • April 19, 2013

    FANTASTICO!!! bRAVI GLI AUTORI!!!! BRAVISSIMO JESSE !!! E SUPERLATIVO CHI L’HA ISTRUITO!!! OTTIMA LA MUSICA DI FONDO CHE RICORDA I MITICI FILM DEL MUTO!!!!

    • c7i6abc
    • April 19, 2013

    lol, are you kidding, a cat take instructions? Not a chance, cats own humans and have them serve them at will, you knew that lol 🙂 Jesse is one of a kind as is his assistant. Wow, can’t say enough good about this video and the patience and skill that went into the making of our entertainment in this work. Thanks to all involved.

    • Kaela Klein
    • April 19, 2013

    I love that dog

    • Bellydancearts
    • April 19, 2013

    I LOVE YOU JESSE!!! 🙂
    

    • lisa stunda
    • April 19, 2013

    adorable little dog ,, love your videos

    • StarSnivy
    • April 19, 2013

    so cute

    • Hilary Kunkel
    • April 19, 2013

    Heather, AMAZING job. Now, one question: do you train husbands??!!

    • Patricia Correa Y
    • April 19, 2013

    Hahahah This can’t be true!! I want a dog just like that *-* Haha right now I have a Puddle but is a baby and he do everything wrong xD

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