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Gluten Sniffing Dogs - A Boon For Patients With Celiac Disease

01 Oct 2014 | by | Posted in: Health

glutenDawn Scheu came home one day with a bag of groceries. She kept it on the table and suddenly Willow began pawing one of the grocery bags. Concerned, Dawn checked the bag and found a bag of crackers that had contained gluten. It was just another day of work for Willow but it saved Dawn from an autoimmune reaction caused by consuming packaged foods with gluten in it.

According to the National Association for Celiac Awareness one in 133 Americans are diagnosed with Celiac disease - an autoimmune illness triggered by gluten. Gluten is a type of protein found in wheat, rye and barley and can damage small intestine and interfere with the absorption of the nutrients. Gluten intolerance can be serious and can be triggered  by the smallest of quantities in grocery or health food items.

Willow is a 10 week old German Shorthaired Pointer puppy who was trained by Kathryn Watters, a FEMA certified master dog trainer,to detect gluten in day to day items which many people would not suspect to have gluten in. When a product has gluten in it, Willow begins to paw at it and hence saves Dawn from becoming sick because of the gluten intolerance. Willow has saved Dawn from many such incidents where her sharp nose detected gluten and stopped Dawn from consuming any product that could harm her. ( Read more About How to Train a Dog )

Recently Willow, Dawn and Katheryn have launched Nosey Dog Detection Partners Inc, where they are training more dogs to be Gluten Detectors. Dawn says that she owes her life to Willow and that she wants to help the society especially those suffering from Celiac Disease to live a more easy life!

Source: Dog Time

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