Patients & Visitors

Animal Visitation Policy

Family pet visits are not permitted for the health and safety of other patients, visitors, and staff. This policy does not apply to service animals.

Requests for pet visits may be considered on compassionate grounds. In this instance, a pet may be brought into the hospital with the approval of the manager of the patient care unit. There are a number of steps to approve such a visit, including proof of vaccination and completing a pet waiver and release form.

If you wish to bring the pet of a patient to the hospital for a compassionate visit, please speak with a member of the health-care team to start the conversation.

LHSC recognizes the benefit of therapy dog visits for certain patients and has partnered with St. John’s Ambulance to provide a therapy dog program in several units at the hospital. Speak with a member of the health-care team to see if there is a therapy dog visit coming up.