Health Requirements

The Bright & Beautiful Therapy Dogs, Inc. Guidelines: Health Requirements

1. New registration requires that your veterinarian completes our health certificate. We ask for your veterinarian’s opinion if he/she would endorse your dog to be a therapy dog.


2. Upon registration and yearly registration renewal we require:

        • Confirmation that your dog has been examined by the vet in the past year, along with a health certificate or a shot record confirming your dog is current on these vaccinations:
        • ✓ Rabies
          ✓ Bordatella
          ✓ DHLPP

        • Veterinarian reports of titer levels are acceptable for vaccinations other than rabies.
        • A fecal check
        • Keep your vaccination records current; If they expire during your current year and receive new shots please send us the new shot records.

3. Dogs are disqualified for a visit if they have been ill within the last 24 hours with:

        • Vomiting and/or diarrhea.
        • Any symptoms of a communicable disease. (See our Disease Control Brochure)
        • Open wounds, recent surgery pain or any injury
        • Female dogs cannot be “in season” while testing or conducting visitation.
        • Female dogs must take maternity leave 30 days prior and 60 days after birth.

4. If your dog has a serious accident or illness that disqualifies them from visitation for more than two weeks or becomes disabled:

        • You must notify our office immediately.
        • After treatment, your veterinarian must examine your dog and provide in writing, using our Health Certificate indicating that your dog is healthy, pain free & able to return to therapy work.

5. Before every visit dogs must:

        • Be clean and well groomed and be parasite free.
        • Have short nails, cut and filed to avoid sharp edges.
        • Have clean teeth, eyes and ears.
        • Be in good health.
        • Be allowed to exercise and eliminate prior to the visit.
        • Most facilities require dogs to be bathed before every visit. Adhere to your facilities guidelines, but keep your pet’s well-being in mind. Not every breed is meant to be bathed too frequently. They must be clean!!!
        • Use of flea and tick control products is understandable, but keep in mind that these are strong pesticides and chemicals. Do not use these products within 48 hours of a pet therapy visit, longer if it’s a product like Frontline, which may take longer to dissipate into the dog’s coat.

The Bright & Beautiful Therapy Dogs, Inc.


The Bright & Beautiful Therapy Dogs, Inc. is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) all volunteer organization. We do not accept monetary compensation for our visitation. Testing fees and membership fees are donations and are tax deductible.

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80 Powder Mill Road, Morris Plains, NJ 07950
Phone: (973)292-3316
Toll-Free (888) 738-5770
Fax: (973)292-9559