Should dogs be allowed in doctors’ surgeries?

What do you think?

NZ A patient complaint over two dogs in a doctor’s consultation room has sparked a dispute over the lack of legislation governing animals in medical practices, according to a report in Fairfax Media. GP, Dr Anna Dyzel believes her pets are “therapeutic aids” but others claim the animals have no place in a doctor’s practice. The debate over the dogs has resulted in complaints to national health authorities. Patient Peter Power told Fairfax Media he was “disgusted” when he went to the medical centre only a week after open heart surgery and Dr Dyzel checked his wound with one of her dogs sitting behind her on her chair and the other sleeping in a basket on the floor….




About transformational1

I have many interests and I have had a varied career. I am a semi-retired professional dog trainer, specialising in the use of positive reinforcement. I do some consultations, I run instructor workshops and I am setting up a Dogs and Psychotherapy Research Project. I have a law degree from Melbourne University (but have never practiced) and I am passionate about Human Rights. My first degree was in Sociology. I worked as a social researcher on issues such as low income housing, women's refuges and women in the workforce. I live in an inner suburb of Melbourne, Australia, and I have a German Shepherd called Chance.
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One Response to Should dogs be allowed in doctors’ surgeries?

  1. John says:

    G’day Kaye: As you know I’m a great supporter of pets – especially dogs – as ‘therapists’ however since some unenlightened folkses are not ‘dogggie’ people perhaps a sign at the door would help firstly then the ‘human’ patient would have a choice. Regards and best wishes to you and Clancy, luvanwags, JohnanMolly XX


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