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Homes with dogs have more bacteria

Dog owners may want to give their pooch a bath after reading this.

By Vetstreet May 24, 2013 4:00PM

A new study by researchers at North Carolina State University found that homes where dogs live contain types of bacteria that are rarely found in homes that don’t have dogs, and that bacteria are more prevalent.

Photo: Dog / Sara McDaniel/Getty Images “We can tell whether you own a dog based on the bacteria we find on your television screen or pillowcase,” said co-author Rob Dunn, a biology professor at N.C. State. “For example, there are bacteria normally found in soil that are 700 times more common in dog-owning households than in those without.”

The study was published in the journal Plos One.

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The report states: "We found that the presence of dogs had a significant effect on bacterial community composition in multiple locations within homes as the homes occupied by dogs harbored more diverse communities and higher relative abundances of dog-associated bacterial taxa."

— Read it at Discovery News

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Photo: Sara McDaniel/Getty Images

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