My daughter who is a senior in high school suffers with asthma. Although it is controlled by a daily routine of inhalers and other medication, when exposed to dogs and cat dander she has a severe reaction which includes large doses of steroids. Katie cannot go to homes, drive in cars stay in hotels where there has been a dog so to avoid a hospital visit or prednisone. Last spring, I noticed an increase of Katie's asthma attacks and allergies after coming home from school. She was put on a few rounds of prednisone and increased her preventative and short acting inhalers. I found out the nurse at the high school had started to bring her dog in with approval by the City's health department school nurse as a "Comfort /Therapy Dog 3 days a week and was kept in her health/nurse room office. Although they new about Katie's asthma , a note from the pediatrician saying Katie had a severe dog allergy and could not be exposed to the dog, administration kept passing the issue and concerns along, and I think they did not know how to handle it. Months later, it continues to be an ongoing issue. If Katie had a medical issue at school, she can not even go to the nurses office because of dog exposure. Meanwhile, the dog has been all over the school and brought into classrooms for months. They have offered to keep the dog in one room and enter and exit through a separate school entrance but still don't understand the severity of having the dog in a building.Last June, KT was at Children's Hospital for jaw surgery. A woman from Boston Childrens Hospital came to the room with a therapy dog for her roommate. I thought I was seeing things! My daughter had animal allergies on her wristband. Which brings me to ask why, when so many people have asthma that are triggered by dog dander and exposure would hospitals, schools and planes allowing this to happen. If there is a service dog at a restaurant or store, my daughter can always leave. She cannot leave school or when she is in a hospital. Is it that people are not educated? 24 million Americans have asthma including myself. I feel with this new wave of "comfort" and "therapy" dogs being allowed in our public schools, hospitals and planes, there will be a increase in ER visits, hospital stays and Anaphylaxis.