Dogs often visit nursing homes to help the residents. There is something about a snugly, wriggly, warm blooded animal that gives a person a warm fuzzy feeling inside. We took Snickers to visit Grandma and both were excited to see each other. This time Grandma is on oxygen so there is the noise of the compressor that is strange to Snickers. As we continue to visit, she will become accustomed to this noise and not be frightened. We reassure her that it is not a scary sound and won't hurt her. You can see she is a little nervous and wants to stay close to dad. As soon as we told Snickers that she was going to visit Grandma, she couldn't wait to see her. Here we are as we get ready to go and as we visit.
Before you bring your pet to visit family or friends at a long term care facility, be sure you check ahead of time to find out what the rules and regulations are. In our case, we needed to bring in a copy of rabies and vaccination schedule to show proof of compliance. We also needed to avoid the food tray schedule so that we didn't interfere with meal time.