|Nolte (Retired Guide Dog)|
Guide dog work- is a joyous- thing!
|Barked: Sun Jan 1, '06 11:47pm PST |
|The fact is they CAN be denided, and the hospital, if it comes up with a reason, is exempt from the ADA. And they do come up with reasons, as you've found with the psychiatric facility. You could fight it, but they'll come up with reasons in their favor, and will use the ADA to back them, as it clearly states they CAN deny a SD.
Most people I know have had little or no problems with hopsitals or other health facilities, thankfully, but in most cases it's just because the staff are really dog-friendly and that makes a big difference.
Most people have no problems going into hospitals for tests, outpatient surgery, visiting other people, etc. but for admissions, it can get tricky.
When I'm hospitalized I don't take my dog out to potty myself, I have someone else take the dog for me. Usually the staff argue over who will take my dog outside. LOL! I think they like taking him out because they get a little smoke break.
I've been admitted to the ICU on several occasions and kept my dog with me, no problem at all. I think it depends on the hospital and the staff working at that hospital most of the time.
But, I've been told again and again I'm lucky that the hospital allows my dog to stay, because legally they do not have to do so.
Also, if I'm so sick that I'm not going to be working my dog (which does occur now and then) I leave him at home (well, with my parents at their house). Since he won't be working anyway, there's really no reason to have him with me. It's good to let your dog stay home on occasion so it is accustomed to being separated from you. In a case where the dog may have to be boarded at a vet clinic, for example, if it's ill... it'd be good to know the dog won't become depressed being separated from you, and leaving it home on occasion will help the dog handle such necessary situations better.
I think that you have every right to fight when a facility denies you keeping your dog... but just be aware that though the ADA is wonderful and you'll have it to back you, so will the hospital be able to use it to their benefit.