Household pets (dogs, cats, birds, fish, hamsters, etc.) are permitted in the
nursing facility under the following conditions:
(a) Pets must be clean and
environment of pets must be kept clean;
(c) Small pets (e.g., birds, hamsters) must
be kept in appropriate enclosures;
(d) Pets not confined in enclosures must be
hand held, under leash control, or under voice control; and
(e) Pets that are kept at the facility (or
are frequent visitors) shall have current vaccinations as recommended by a
designated licensed veterinarian (including, but not limited to,
(2) Areas Pets
Prohibited. Pets are not permitted in food preparation or storage areas. Pets
shall not be permitted in any area where their presence would create a
significant risk or annoyance to residents.
(3) Administrative Control. The administrator
or his/her designee shall determine which pets may be brought into the
facility. Family members may bring resident's pets to visit provided they have
approval from the administrator and offer reasonable assurance that the pets
are clean, disease-free, and vaccinated as appropriate.
(4) Overnight Stay. Facilities with pets that
are kept overnight shall have written policies and procedures for the care,
feeding, and housing of such pets and for the proper storage of pet food and
(5) Birds. Facilities
with birds shall have procedures which protect residents, staff, and visitors
from psittacosis. Procedures should ensure minimum handling of droppings.
Droppings shall be placed in a plastic bag for disposal. Persons caring for the
bird(s) shall not have nursing care or food handling
(6) Exotic Pets
Prohibited. Exotic pets (i.e., iguanas, snakes, other reptiles, monkeys,
ferrets) shall not be kept at the facility. If exotic pets are brought in for a
visit, they must be attended at all times by their owners. Skunks, foxes, and
raccoons are not permitted in nursing facilities.