Exemplary Patient Experiences, Always.


Exemplary Patient Experiences, Always.

Pet Visitation Policy

Our Pet Visitation Policy states that all pet visits must be pre-arranged. Pet visits are limited to dogs and will be restricted to:

  • Complex Continuing Care or Rehab patients who have a prolonged hospital stay
  • Patients requesting a visit for compassionate reasons such as palliative care

All personal pet visits to patients meeting the criteria outlined in the policy must be pre-arranged with the patient’s recreational therapist, clinical resource nurse or nursing staff. Appropriate paperwork must be completed prior to the visit.

Pets from registered agencies such as the Oakville Humane Society or St. John Ambulance Therapy have approval for scheduled visits to our hospitals as part of animal assisted therapy and activities. These dogs are easily identifiable by the agency bandanas they wear.

Service animals, such as seeing eye dogs, continue to be welcomed at our hospitals and are excluded from the requirements of the new policy.

Our policy excludes all other pets from Halton Healthcare hospitals.

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