Experts are also not sure about the effect that pets in the home have on getting asthma. An analysis of several studies found that having a pet cat appeared to protect against asthma. Having a pet dog slightly increased the risk for asthma. The effect of other furry pets on the risk of asthma was not clear.7
If your child already has asthma and allergies to pets, having a pet in the home may make his or her asthma worse.
Risks for very bad asthma attacks
Your child may be at increased risk for severe asthma attacks if he or she: