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Keeping service animals out of healthcare settings is rarely legal

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July 27, 2017

When anyone brings an animal into a healthcare setting, it is reasonable to wonder whether the animal’s presence might pose a sanitation risk. Fleas, ticks, mites, and more could threaten to undermine the facility’s infection control efforts. Since some of these animals will be service animals, however, medical and support staffers should be cautious to avoid violating the rights of patients and visitors with disabilities.

When anyone brings an animal into a healthcare setting, it is reasonable to wonder whether the animal’s presence might pose a sanitation risk. Fleas, ticks, mites, and more could threaten to undermine the facility’s infection control efforts. Since some of these animals will be service animals, however, medical and support staffers should be cautious to avoid violating the rights of patients and visitors with disabilities.



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