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Pet Visitation


All pet visits must be pre-arranged.  Pet visits are limited to dogs and will be restricted to the following units:

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

All personal visits to patients meeting the criteria above must be pre-arranged with the unit nursing staff.


Pets visits from registered agencies, such as St. John Ambulance, have approval for scheduled visits to OSMH as part of animal assisted therapy and activities.  These dogs are identified by the uniform that they wear. 


Guide dogs and service animals are also allowed to accompany people with disabilities in all areas of the hospital.  For reasons of infection prevention and control, the service animal must remain with their owner at all times. Interaction with others is discouraged. In the event that a service animal and/or owner enters an isolation room or is unable to comply with infection control measures, Infection Prevention and Control must be consulted regarding any special precautions and/or recommendations required. An up-to-date vaccine certificate may be required. 

If you have a guide dog or service animal and will be a patient at the hospital please make sure to inform one of your care providers about the emergency contact information for your service animal in case of an emergency. 

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