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Hello. My son has a severe allergy to peanuts and tree nuts. I am very interested in getting a service dog for him. Having a service dog would not make me any less careful or diligent, though it would provide one more factor in our line of defense. I don't want to invest in this option until I feel certain it is legitimate. Does anyone have any experience with this? I appreciate your input! Thank you! Jennifer Norris

By PeanutAllergy.com on Dec 5, 2013

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A service dog can help you and your family to feel more safe and secure when it comes to protecting your son.

Dogs must go through rigorous training before being deemed fit to take care of a child with a peanut allergy. After successfully completing training, the dogs will have the ability to detect peanuts before humans. These service dogs can smell not only peanuts but also peanut residue, aiding in protection from accidental exposure (on human hands, door knobs, counter tops, etc.).

Remember that if you do invest in a service dog, you will need to take care of it as a pet, which can be a great learning experience for your son.

Check out this video about one dog who was trained to detect peanuts.

We posted this question on our Facebook page for other parents to answer. You can read their responses here.

By Mrsdocrse on Dec 8, 2013

Hi There,

I do not have any experience with a service dog of this nature, but have a few questions? How old is your son? A dog is a huge responsibility if you don't have any pets. I am skeptical of this type service dog. If the child is in school it could pose other hurdles to overcome.

I am curious to others response to this avenue. Hope you find a solution.