Quote from TAKOO01
I do not work in a hospital. I did not even know this was a thing. It is a sign of the sense of entitlement that people have, the complete disregard for others. If I were a patient, I would hate to know that I am in a hospital room that just housed a dog.
People are allowed to do whatever they want in their homes. Dogs are part of people's families, eat at their tables and sleep in their beds. That is fine. It is not okay to force that on other people. There are people who are afraid of dogs. There are people who are allergic to dogs. Dog hair, dander, feces and urine are not things that need to be introduced in a hospital environment. With MRSA and other infections affecting many healthcare institutions, why add the possibility of more germs? And where does it stop? Perhaps I have anxiety, and only my pet anaconda can soothe me. Does he get to come in? How about budgies or a ferret? It is fairly easy to have an animal declared a therapy pet.
Also, who cares for the pet while the patient is in bed? Will the nurse have to walk the dog and pooper scoop? Not only will nurses have to bring ginger ale and pillows for the family, now you have to have jerky and treats for the dog. Patient satisfaction!
Part of living in a civilized society is respecting others. If someone needs pets at a birth or while sick, that person has to stay home. It is unfair to expose others to animals when they are unable to move.
A service animal is not a pet. They perform a service to an individual with a disability and, by law, they go wherever their owner goes. It's not a sense of entitlement, it's needing the service the dog provides. I have a patient whose service dog accompanies her to the hospital when she is admitted. Her spouse takes the dog out for potty breaks and feeds it. When I was in nursing school
there was also a regular patient on the unit that I did my psych clinical on who always had her service dog with her because of hearing loss.
You are confusing 3 very different things-
A service animal- has specific training to provide a service to an individual with a disability. Examples include seeing eye dogs, dogs that assist with mobility for people with cerebral palsy or I know several children who are hemiplegic post brain tumor surgery who have one, dogs that can warn about seizures, allergies, hypoglycemia, etc. Per the ADA, a service animal is only a dog or a miniature horse.
An emotional support animal- an animal that is registered to provide emotional support to its owner that may have anxiety, depression, etc. The law only permits them to live anywhere the owner lives and travel on an airplane with the owner. For example, if a college student has an ESA, it can live in the dorm with him but cannot accompany him to class. A service dog would go to class or the dining hall.
A pet therapy dog- a dog that has gone through therapy dog training and volunteers, with its owner, at places like hospitals or nursing homes to bring joy to hospitalized individuals. At children's hospitals, these dogs visit regularly.
I ride the elevator with dogs all the time at work, mostly therapy dogs that are there to volunteer but occasionally service dogs as well.