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Can Gluten-Sniffing Dogs Help People with Celiac Disease?

Can gluten-sniffing dogs make life better for sensitive celiac patients?


Zeus, an Australian Shepherd like the one pictured here, has learned to warn its owner if food contains gluten. Photo: CC--Paul Schadler

Celiac.com 07/12/2017 - Humans rely on powerful canine noses to do so many things, including sniffing for drugs, bombs and even cancer.

Now, some dogs are being trained to serve their masters by sniffing out gluten.

Trained to help some of the 3 million Americans who have celiac disease, gluten sniffing dogs can be a tremendous boon to their owners, especially those who are highly sensitive.

One such person is Evelyn Lapadat, a 13-year-old Indiana girl with celiac disease that leaves her with joint pain, stiffness and fatigue when she eats even tiny amounts of gluten.

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Now, thanks to Zeus, her Australian shepherd, Evelyn rarely has an issue with gluten. That's because Zeus has been trained to sniff out even tiny amounts of gluten in food. Zeus stays by Evelyn's side throughout the day at school, checking her hands and sniffing her food.

Zeus has learned to raise his paw if he smells gluten. If the food is safe, then Zeus turns his head.

“I haven't gotten sick in a really long time and it's like a really big relief,” Evelyn said.

Maybe one day dogs like Zeus will be much more common.

See more at NBCNews.com

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James
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15 Jul 2017 7:52:06 AM PDT
Where was the dog trained? How?

 
Tara
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18 Jul 2017 12:02:00 PM PDT
I would like to have a doggy that would keep me safe from gluten.

 
KKJ
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18 Jul 2017 12:54:44 PM PDT
Yes, I'd like to know that as well.

 
Wendy Lapadat
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31 Jul 2017 7:44:49 AM PDT
Hi, I'm Wendy (Ev and Zeus' mom). He was trained thru Nosey Dog Detection Partners- trainer Kathy Watters. It took 10 mos of training and he started at age 4 mos!




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