|Your dog is an important part of your family and can play an important part in helping your child feel better. To arrange a visit with your dog, please read the information below.
- Dogs only.
- Puppies must be at least 12 weeks old and potty trained.
- Your doctor must write an order for the visit.
- Visits limited to 30 minutes.
Before the visit:
- Talk with your child life specialist to arrange a date and time for the visit.
- Take your family dog to the veterinarian who must complete and sign the health certificate.
- Give health certificate to your child life specialist.
- You will have to sign Release and Indemnification form.
- Do not bring a dog with diarrhea or other illness into the hospital.
- Bathe and brush the dog within 24 hours of the visit. Make sure that the dog is free of fleas and ticks.
- A volunteer or child life specialist will walk with you and your dog to a grassy area before coming into the hospital (please bring a plastic bag for the waste).
- Do not feed the dog within 2 hours of the visit.
- Your child life specialist will tell you where the room to visit is located; visits can't take place in your child's room.
During the visit:
- Be on time for the visit.
- A parent or caregiver must be present during the visit.
- The parent or caregiver who accompanies the dog is totally responsible for the care of the dog while at Wolfson and must stay with the pet the entire visit.
- Dogs may visit their own human companions - not other patients.
- Dogs should wear a standard collar; no harness, chain or choke collars.
- Dogs must be on a leash not more than four feet long (no retractable leashes).
- No food is allowed in the room.
- The parent or caregiver must clean up any pet soil using a plastic bag, discard it into a trash can and wash hands.
- Your child life specialist or a volunteer will accompany your child and family during the visit.
- People who touch the pet must perform hand hygiene at the end of the visit.
- A visit will be stopped if your dog is perceived as a threat.