Healthline.com - Friday, February 29, 2008
Tara Gidus, MS, RD, CSSD, LD/N
I have talked
about my dad before, but just in case you haven't read
it, he is legally blind and has had a Leader Dog for
the Blind for quite a few years. Dusty Dog is quite
invaluable to my dad and has allowed him a lot more
freedom in getting around. This picture is of my dad
and Dusty going out for a walk.
reason I bring this up is because I just heard about
dogs being used for people with allergies, specifically
peanut allergies. They are called Peanut Dogs! The dogs
are trained for obedience but more importantly they
are trained to detect the scent of peanuts and alert
their owner of danger if they sniff it. The most common
types of dogs used are Poodles, Labrador Retrievers,
Golden Retrievers and German Shepherds.
have 45 times the number of olfactory receptors than
humans do, allowing them to smell one thousand times
better than humans. Seems like sniffing out peanuts
is a good job for a dog. Dogs love to be useful and
I can't think of a better job!
allergies are on the rise, affecting about 1.5 million
people in the United States. For those allergic, a peanut
free diet is vital. Peanut allergies account for the
largest number of deaths from an allergic reaction.
If you or someone you love is allergic to peanuts, you
know how serious the threat is. The scary part about
a nut allergy is that there are many foods that contain
nuts (and not just the obvious ones), causing a reaction
in people who are highly allergic. These Peanut Dogs
undoubtedly will save many lives!