Should patients undergoing chemotherapy avoid exposure to dogs?

2 answers | Last updated: Dec 04, 2016
A fellow caregiver asked...

Should patients undergoing chemo avoid exposure to dogs?

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A fellow caregiver answered...

I noticed there was no answer for you.

If this is any help to you: I own eight dogs and in 2008 while undergoing chemotherapy, the dogs were close by all the time, as they are all inside dogs.

However, I had to stop allowing the dogs to sleep in our bed. Ring worm is often found in soil, the dogs paws obviously are in the soil and they transferred it onto the bed sheets and my legs!!! So, do be careful!

A fellow caregiver answered...

I own two large dogs. Inside dogs as well. I never had any trouble. As a matter of fact, they were a great comfort to me. They slept with me during chemo, and still sleep with me - on top of the covers - never under the covers, and I keep a clean double folded sheet on top of the foot of the bed where they sleep, so they are not against "my covers". I wash their sheet every other day. Hope this helps.