Dealing with pets

Author:  Maria Yiallouros, Gesche Tallen, MD, PhD, English Translation:  Hannah McRae, Last modification: 2014/05/20

A patients' contact with pets (for example cats, dogs, birds, sheep) should be limited, because they can often carry pathogens. The recommendations are:

  • pets may stay in the family, but new animals should not be obtained
  • the animal(s), including birds, should not live in the same room or sleep in the patient's bed
  • hand wash after each contact with animals