September 14, 2011

Sniffing for an answer

Posted in Food Allergy tagged at 5:59 pm by 1ElleofaWoman

It’s been a long while since I have posted. Recently, I have been urging myself to work on the blog, but I couldn’t think of what to write.  Then I read an article about a $20,000 allergy-sniffing dog which tells the story of a five-year-old girl with food allergies who now has a service dog. That got me motivated.

Allergy-sniffing dogs are said to be able to detect small amounts of an allergen and allow those with allergies to be confident that what they eat or what they touch is safe.  A friend of mine has wondered if these dogs work. As far as I know, there are no scientific studies regarding the use of allergy dogs. I am a big dog lover, however, and have spent lots of time watching Dogs 101  learning about the feats dogs are capable of, so I will give the canines the benefit of the doubt.

But assuming Fido can detect allergens, a question still remains: Are they necessary? Read the rest of this entry »