Peanut Service Dogs

Posted on: Tue, 04/07/2015 - 8:20am
sheriberry13's picture
Joined: 04/07/2015 - 15:15

Hi everybody,
My name is Arielle, and I am an 18 year old college student with a severe peanut allergy. In the past 3 and a half months, I have gone into anaphylaxis 4 times, despite my best efforts to avoid peanuts. I am trying to fundraise to get myself a service dog, which would literally be life saving for me. My story is below. Please consider donating- every little bit helps!

A few years ago, I was baking a peanut butter cake for my dog, Luxi. When mixing the cake with my hands, I noticed that my hands and upper arms broke out into an itchy rash. Throughout my life, I have had a few exposures to peanuts, without a problem.

As I have gotten older, I have developed what is now a severe peanut allergy. Since January 2015, I have gone into anaphylaxis 4 times, requiring 4 ER trips, and 1 hospitalization. Now, immediately when I ingest peanuts, I get tingling in my mouth and lips, and go into anaphylactic shock, a terrifying experience in which my throat closes.

Despite careful avoidance of peanuts, I have still continued to have reactions. Because I am in school, peanuts end up getting into my food from the dining hall. Having a peanut detecting service dog would allow me to eat food from the dining hall and on campus worry free, and hopefully save me from further episodes of anaphylaxis. It would give me the freedom back in eating that I have not had since I have began school.

A peanut detecting service dog would serve a few functions. Primarily, a peanut detecting service dog would be able to smell my food before I ate it, to ensure that there truly are no traces of peanuts or peanut dust in my food (which has been my primary issue thus far). In addition, the peanut dog would be able to prevent a skin reaction, by checking a chair or an area where I am about to enter to enusre that there are no peanuts that could come into contact with my skin (for example, an airplane seat). Additionally, the peanut dog would allow me to eat with my friends at restaurants, as well as possibly allow me to study abroad, which wouldn't be safe with a language barrier otherwise. Lastly, the dog could help me get my epipen or my phone if I was unable to do so. Noelle's Dogs Four Hope would connect me to a service dog trained specifically for me. Noelle's Dogs Four Hope Page:

More Community Posts

Peanut Free and Nut Free Community

create a new community post
Displaying 1 - 20 of 20
Latest Post by eloisapolen761725 Fri, 09/20/2019 - 8:44am
Comments: 0
Latest Post by blprestangen Mon, 09/16/2019 - 1:06pm
Comments: 12
Latest Post by mom2two Mon, 09/16/2019 - 1:03pm
Comments: 18
Latest Post by Kathryn Mon, 09/16/2019 - 1:02pm
Comments: 7
Latest Post by TheDaddy Mon, 09/16/2019 - 1:01pm
Comments: 9
Latest Post by desmond Mon, 09/16/2019 - 1:00pm
Comments: 1
Latest Post by desmond Mon, 09/16/2019 - 12:58pm
Comments: 19
Latest Post by desmond Mon, 09/16/2019 - 12:55pm
Comments: 1
Latest Post by TeddyCan Mon, 09/09/2019 - 4:32pm
Comments: 10
Latest Post by DTurner Mon, 09/09/2019 - 4:31pm
Comments: 5
Latest Post by B.M.18 Mon, 09/09/2019 - 4:30pm
Comments: 3
Latest Post by abolitionist146 Mon, 09/09/2019 - 4:28pm
Comments: 2
Latest Post by nutfreenyc Mon, 09/09/2019 - 4:19pm
Comments: 4
Latest Post by AllergicTeen2 Mon, 09/09/2019 - 4:18pm
Comments: 2
Latest Post by Fri, 09/06/2019 - 1:52pm
Comments: 1
Latest Post by mom1995 Fri, 09/06/2019 - 1:52pm
Comments: 2
Latest Post by mom1995 Fri, 09/06/2019 - 1:52pm
Comments: 35
Latest Post by Fri, 09/06/2019 - 1:52pm
Comments: 2

More Articles

If you have a mold allergy, you’ve likely been advised to remove all sources of mold from in and around your house. But it doesn’t stop there....

You may be surprised to find that peanut butter is used to make many products. Someone who has a peanut...

What if, while attending a summertime family picnic, a food-allergic child shows signs of anaphylaxis. In a panicked instant, adults realize the...

Are the signs of nut allergies different than those of peanut allergies? Many people who have an allergic reaction after eating a peanut butter...

There is much buzz in the news about the potential health benefits of fecal transplants, and some of that benefit may extend to people with food...

More Articles

More Articles

If you or your child has a food allergy, a doctor or allergist might have talked to you about “co-factors.” Allergy co-factors are substances,...

An epinephrine auto-injector provides an emergency dose of epinephrine (adrenaline) to treat life-threatening allergic reactions. Those who have...

Oyster sauce is used for a variety of recipes, including as an earthy dressing for noodles, vegetables, and stir-fries, or as a base for other...

The high incidence of food allergy in children, and the reason many kids eventually...

Parents of children with food allergies often share tips about safe foods, allergy-friendly restaurants, and other experiences and challenges of...

Because food allergies are so common among children today, a great idea for sharing information with other classmates is to incorporate the topic...

When a child is diagnosed with peanut allergy, the implications ripple past the parents to rattle the rest of us - older siblings, grandparents,...

Your best defense against anaphylactic shock is to know what you’re up against. Anaphylaxis is a severe, life-threatening allergic reaction....

Inhalers Sometimes Contain Soy

Many people use inhalers to take the drug albuterol to help their asthma or allergies, and those with COPD...

Some people with shellfish allergy have concerns about consuming sea salt that might be contaminated with traces of shellfish. Though there are...

Nearly 25 percent of children with a peanut allergy will outgrow it. However, there is a small risk...

Many people managing food allergies understand that allergy is an immune system response to a specific food. What people may not realize is that...

Salmonella Is One of the Most Common Types of Food Poisoning

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, Salmonella enterocolitis...

Heading into spring and Allergy and Asthma Awareness month, many people load up on antihistamines and get their inhaler prescriptions renewed. A...