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Pets are welcome to visit in Alberta Health Services facilities. A visit from a pet can be good for a patient’s health and well-being.
When you bring a pet for a visit, you are responsible for that pet and anything the pet does at the healthcare facility.
For everyone’s safety, follow this guidance for pet visits.
Before bringing a pet into a healthcare facility:
During the visit:
A qualified service or guide dog team is the dog owner and the service or guide dog. The team has the legal right to enter public spaces. They can go anywhere the public goes. Learn more at Service Dogs in Alberta.
Some animals are registered with Alberta Health Services Volunteer Resources. They have been screened to meet certain criteria. These animals and their owners visit many patients for animal therapy.
To see this information online and learn more, visit MyHealth.Alberta.ca/health/aftercareinformation/pages/conditions.aspx?hwid=custom.ab_pet_visitation_guide_inst.
Animals in healthcare facilities: Pet visits
For 24/7 nurse advice and general health information call Health Link at 811.
Current as of: August 30, 2023
Author: Infection Prevention and Control, Alberta Health Services
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