How do pets affect cystic fibrosis symptoms?
One of the more applicable studies on the effects of pets on people with cystic fibrosis were collected from 703 cystic fibrosis patients through the US CF Twin-Sibling Study. The study involved cystic fibrosis families who raised cats and/or dogs.
An important finding showed that the rate for respiratory infection for cystic fibrosis pet owners was no different than in households without pets. This suggests that, given the proper precautions, pets can be a part of life with cystic fibrosis.