PEANUT DOGS - Friday, February 29, 2008
Tara Gidus, MS, RD, CSSD, LD/N

Peanut allergies are on the rise, affecting about 1.5 million people in the United States. For those allergic, a peanut free diet is vital. Peanut allergies account for the largest number of deaths from an allergic reaction. If you or someone you love is allergic to peanuts, you know how serious the threat is. The scary part about a nut allergy is that there are many foods that contain nuts (and not just the obvious ones), causing a reaction in people who are highly allergic. These Peanut Dogs undoubtedly will save many lives!


GMA To Film In Land O' Lakes
A staff report – Tampa Bay Online (
Published: April 28, 2008

The network television program plans to interview a Land O' Lakes family, whose 8-year-old son is severely allergic to peanuts. The family has trained its dog to sniff out peanuts from the child's food to protect him from accidentally eating them.

Allergic? Get a pooch that's snoopy for peanuts
St. Petersburg Times (
In print: Friday, April 18, 2008

Today, dogs are more than just pets. They're saving our lives — finding bombs and drugs, working as companion animals for the disabled, locating disaster victims, even alerting us to our own seizures and cancers.

Dogs are even aiding people with serious food and environmental sensitivities. In Miami, trained dogs find mold problems in homes, hotels and businesses. In Safety Harbor, Bedbug Dogs offers a detection service for homes, hotels and timeshares.

And in April, one of the newest types of aid dogs will debut in Tampa: Peanut-sniffing dogs.