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Service Dog Trained To Sniff Out Food Allergy Dangers

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PLAIN CITY, Ohio - As students prepare to head back to school, it can be worrisome for parents of students with food allergies.

Millions of kids struggle with food allergies, and some allergies can be deadly.

A Plain City mom is trying to get a new tool to help protect her sons from dangerous allergies.

Carson Gordon, 5, has severe allergies to peanuts and tree nuts. Benjamin Gordon, 3, has even more.

"He has peanut, tree nut, and then dairy, gluten [allergies] and asthma," said the boys' mother, Cindy Gordon.

Cindy has gone entirely peanut and gluten free at home, but she worries when her boys head out the door.

She said she's always on guard, and is going for a new tool in protecting her boys.

A service dog named Gia is being trained through Angel Services Dogs in Colorado to eventually help the Gordon family.

"Very similar to a drug-sniffing dog or a bomb-sniffing dog, it's trained to specifically [search] for their anaphylactic allergies," she said.

Gia is trained to sniff out the allergens that threaten Carson and Benjamin -- at a store, the playground, and school. She is trained to alert the boys before they touch an item including their allergen -- even something as small as a cookie crumb.

"As a mom, you definitely have those thoughts in your head that it can result in death," Cindy said.

She said the idea of a service dog could open up a lot of doors in the activities in which her boys can participate.

"Kids want to be kids," she said. "It'd bring a lot of normalcy back for them."

The highly-trained dogs are expensive with a price tag of $20,000. The Gordon family is trying to raise money for the dog through fundraisers.

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