There's a meme circulating on Facebook right now that says "Should dogs be allowed in hospital beds? Share if you agree." Here's my response:
No! I see this as a dangerous trend. Asthma can be a life-threatening condition, especially if the patient is already in the hospital for other respiratory conditions. Patients and hospital staff with allergies must take priority, especially since regular cleaning does not remove animal dander. My health insurer says a place must be animal-freefor 6 to 12 months before it is safe for me to stay there. Even if a hospital could manage to maintain separate animal and allergy-free rooms over such a long period, it can't prevent hospital staff from tracking dander from one room to another. It would also mean that pet owners would be denied some of the best medical care because doctors and nurses also suffer from animal allergies. This is a case where other patients' — and the staff's! — health most take priority over the emotional comfort an animal can provide.
What are your thoughts?