Is there a REAL threat??

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My dd starts 2nd grade next week. I found out last night her teacher will have a dog in the classroom! The dog is in training to be a seeing eye dog. I have no clue how this will work but I guess they've figured it all out. Anyway, this AM I got to thinking and remembered about peanut hulls in dog food and peanut butter treats. I have a call in to Johns Hopkins but I was wondering if anyone here had any real info. What are the risks to having a dog consume a pb treat and licking a pa child? What if the dog eats food with peanut hulls? Will it effect the pa child if she is licked or if she pets the dog? anyone know??

On Aug 28, 2003

Why don't you call the school and ask/express your concerns as well. Perhaps they can better express what exactly a seeing eye dog is trained to do/not do.

What I am getting at is, that I thought that assistant dogs were trained not to lick so this might not be a problem.

On Aug 28, 2003

I don't know much about what could happen from the dogs diet. I know with my dd she has had hives from certain dogs saliva, not all. However, my DD is also allergic to dogs and we could never allow this to happen at her school. I would be surprised if none of the children in the class have a dog allergy.

I would think that changing the dogs diet to avoid any foods or snacks that contain peanut products should be a pretty easy task for the school. (I would hope [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Good Luck!

On Aug 28, 2003

I would always assume there is a risk. You could talk to the teacher and ask her to read the labels on her dog food and possibly change her brand to a safer one. If one exists. Do the research for her, get the brand name and make the phone calls yourself.

My son sat in a science classroom right next to the gerbil cage. The food sack was next to his desk and had peanuts galore. DS spoke to the teacher and she told him "I took the peanuts out of the sack" My son explained to her that was impossible to entirely remove peanut dust.

I did the research, found her safe food, paid for it and tossed her old food. She was busy busy and would have never done it herself.

No problems after that although I objected to animals being in a small un-airconditioned classroom. Who wants to smell gerbil poop all afternoon?

If the dog vomits his food that will pose a problem not to mention licking your child.

I'd do the research for the teacher and present her with the options.

Peggy going off to read the label on our dog food!

On Aug 28, 2003

My ds's dog allergies seem to be worsened by dogs that eat foods containing things he's allergic too (soy,peanuts) and they definitely get hives when licked. Seeing eye dogs are generally fed quality food, so if they use Iams or Pro plan food AND biscuits exclusively, both lines are peanut/tree nut free. Definitely check out what they're feeding the dog, even if it doesn't lick, residue would be on it's face from being in the bowl.

On Aug 28, 2003

if no one in the classroom is bothered by dogs (allergy wise or asthma wise) i would think they could just be very strict with its diet so that peanuts are never an ingredient in food/treats for it. i think a dog could be a wonderful thing for a classroom full of children. i remember when we got our new puppy and bryce's teacher wouldn't let us bring it to show the class. i was a little upset until i realized there might be an asthmatic child for whom dogs were a trigger or a dog allergic child. then i realized i was being ridiculous for being upset. if the food issue with the dog is the only thing though, i would think that would be pretty simple to fix and keep safe for your child.

joey

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