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Features October 2017 Issue

On Whether Being a Therapy Dog is Safe for Your Pet — and for the Patients She Visits

A good idea for both the person and the dog, but are rules in place to make it safe for both?

On Whether Being a Therapy Dog is Safe for Your Pet — and for the Patients She Visits

Tufts survey reveals alarming gaps in both animal and patient safety.

But a new Tufts study led by veterinary nutritionist Deborah Linder, DVM, MS, DACVN, and colleagues just published in the American Journal of Infection Control provides evidence that those visited by therapy dogs — especially the elderly and those with compromised immune systems — are put at risk by a lack of rules about a therapy dog’s vaccination status and other health parameters. Likewise, lax rules potentially compromise dogs’ safety.

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