Peanut allergies have become a more common food allergy with the number of this specific allergy has more than doubled in the U.S. over the past decade. Newspaper investigative articles report that researchers have still not found the reason or cause of peanut allergies; they also do not understand why there is such a rise in the number of cases.
Thousands Have Life-Threatening Allergic Food Reactions Yearly
Dr. Patrick Klemawesch, who specializes in allergies and immunology, states that peanuts have become a common food allergen due to the fact that peanuts are used in numerous forms in so many foods. Looking at statistics for one year, there are over 30,000 people who have a severe life-threatening food allergy with up to 200 dying annually.
Medical Detection Dogs Expensive
Peanut sniffing medical detection dogs are specially trained dogs that give an alert for a specific food item that the owner is allergic too. Medical detection dogs are also trained to sniff out seizures, cancer (prostate, breast, lung, ovarian, etc), hypoglycemia or a critical drop in blood sugar levels that can lead to coma and death. The cost for one of these medical detection dogs is between $10,000 and $20,000 depending on the amount of training needed for your specific need.
Remy the Peanut Sniffing Black Lab
The majority of medical detection dogs are rescues from the pound. Remy, a peanut detection dog has saved her “kid” Billy dozens upon dozens of times. Remy is able to sniff out any candy with peanuts still in the wrappers, in a vending machine, or an empty package in a closed garbage can. Remy was scheduled to be euthanized with only a couple days left when he was adopted.
Remy’s kid owner has such a severe peanut allergy that he needed a peanut sniffing dog that could not only smell peanuts, but peanut residue – the residue could be the odor or what was on someone’s hand after eating a candy bar with peanuts inside and what was “left behind” on a door knob, a shopping cart handle, and elevator button, etc. It took Remy six weeks of special training to detect a peanut hidden in the room. It took her 7-months to be able to detect peanut residue.
Where to Find a Medical Detection Dog
Following are some links where you may find more information on where to find a dog that fits your needs:
Medical Detection Dogs
Cancer Sniffing Dogs
Medical Service or Assistance Dogs
Nano the Poodle – UK’s 1st Detection Dog
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