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Should Pets Be Allowed In Hospitals?

Animals  (tags: pets, hospitals, patients, healing, dogs, cats )

- 1879 days ago -
Would you want your pet to visit you if you were in the hospital? I'm not talking about the amazing comfort dogs who are currently in Boston, bringing solace to people on the street around the marathon location as well as visiting the injured........

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Tamara Hayes (185)
Monday April 29, 2013, 4:11 pm
Absolutely, depending on how large it is, I mean a horse might be a little much...Thanks Barb!

Barb Knight (1688)
Monday April 29, 2013, 4:18 pm
I agree Tamara, but if you have a horse maybe you could talk to it through a window in your room.

Roseann d (178)
Monday April 29, 2013, 5:08 pm
A dog a day keeps the doctor away. Grrrr!!! ;-d Seems like a great idea, with some of the crazy hospital mistakes I've heard of lately.

Pat B (356)
Monday April 29, 2013, 5:11 pm
If the room is on the first floor, lol. I believe that having your pet visit you would help in the recovery time, and getting home quicker. Look at the nursing homes that have service animals come into visit. I think it's a wonderful idea.!!! In this case, not the cats, but definitely my little Corgi. Thank you, Barb for this.

Animae C (514)
Monday April 29, 2013, 6:25 pm
When i was in hospital for major surgery in '09 i had to be painfully lifted into a wheel chair & taken outside to be with my little dog, i was more concerned with the benefits for him because my daughter said he was fretting so much without me & of course it helped me immensely.

Past Member (0)
Monday April 29, 2013, 9:40 pm
YES...i for one would want my furry kids by my bedside if i were to be hospitalized. I think it would be a wonderful idea if a program was started to use shelter dogs to visit patients...with the hope many could also be adopted!! Just a thought. Thx BarbKnight.

Camilla Vaga (68)
Monday April 29, 2013, 10:01 pm

. (7)
Monday April 29, 2013, 10:02 pm
It would be wonderful if they would allow your dog to visit in the hospital. It would have a healing affect for the patient, and could ease anxiety for the pet. Thanks Barb!

zora b (85)
Tuesday April 30, 2013, 2:38 am
Thank you for this post, dear BarbCat.

Danuta W (1250)
Tuesday April 30, 2013, 2:46 am

P A (117)
Tuesday April 30, 2013, 4:15 am
Hospitals are now allowing pets in (after conditions are met) not only because it has proved so popular - but because it improves their bottom line! It has been proved that patients get better quicker and with fewer complications if animals are allowed in to cheer people up! (Just for once - this may be a win-win situation!).

penny C (83)
Tuesday April 30, 2013, 9:08 am

Ilona V (0)
Tuesday April 30, 2013, 1:33 pm
Definitely yes!

Thanks. I have already poll and comment.


Sergio Padilla (65)
Tuesday April 30, 2013, 4:11 pm

Past Member (0)
Tuesday April 30, 2013, 4:46 pm
No!! Pet slobber, dander, poop, hair, and misconduct have no place in a hygienic and restful environment!

James Merit (144)
Tuesday April 30, 2013, 6:35 pm

Paul Girardin (126)
Tuesday April 30, 2013, 9:55 pm
As long as basic rules of conduct are enforced, separate rooms for animal lovers or redistribution of rooms to accommodate the ratio of lovers/non-lovers, I have no problems with that notion!

Elena Bonati (35)
Wednesday May 1, 2013, 3:20 am
Absolutely YES!

Past Member (0)
Wednesday May 1, 2013, 4:16 am
Of course since they're the best doctor to the heart and soul

Marcel Elschot (347)
Wednesday May 1, 2013, 11:23 am

Tanya G (27)
Friday May 3, 2013, 6:15 am
Definitely! How I wish I had a 4 legged cutie pie to have been with me & comfort me at the start of the year when I couldn't straighten my torso. Dr dogs are the best!

Lydia S (155)
Friday May 3, 2013, 8:41 pm
I would say yes , but really it I suppose it depends on the pets temperament and of course the rules
that would apply .
I hope I never find out !
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