The Associated Press has published a story that relates how children who suffer allergies now have help in the form of medical therapy dogs. These  dogs can serve as buffers between the child and a potentially dangerous environment. The dogs are specifically trained to sniff out allergens and alert the owners to their presence.

NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Boo and Riley are more than affectionate, protective family pets. To their owners, the specially trained dogs are a furry layer of security to sniff out peanut products and other life-threatening allergens.

The dogs’ Connecticut owners are among many people nationwide turning to allergy-sniffing service dogs, who accompany their handlers to detect allergens and their residue at school, during social events and in other everyday activities…click for more.

via The Associated Press