Bright & Beautiful Coronavirus Notice
The safety of our B&B therapy dog teams is of our utmost concern. We have been in touch with the CDC and 4 major hospitals in our Northern NJ area and we all agree; NO Panic, use good common sense and impeccable hygiene, stay in touch with your facility (e.g., hospital, school, library, etc), and be sure they are using credible methods to separate the potential illness carriers from others.
Handlers themselves, or handlers with family members who are elderly, very young or who have an underlying medical condition, should be especially vigilant. You may want to consider putting your therapy visits on hold for the next 6 – 8 weeks, or until guidance changes.
If you wish to continue your therapy dog work, be sure to communicate with your facility before your visit, and make sure you feel comfortable with the level of precautions they are taking. Handlers should consider limiting their services to one facility. We strongly advise that you avoid long-term care facilities, especially nursing homes, given the immune-compromised nature of their populations.
- Wash your hands before and after each interaction. Ask your facility to provide hand wipes for the clients, staff and patients to be used in your presence before and after any animal interactions.
- Be sure to keep your dog clean, as per B&B guidelines. Disinfect your dog and his/her paws before and after the visit, and between each person if you are visiting multiple people at a facility.
- All gear, bags, collars, leashes, vests and so on should be washed or disinfected after each visit. Special care should be taken with anything that touches the ground, including shoes.
- Wear clothing you can wash in very hot water and put in a hot dryer. Wash your clothes after each visit.
- Per B&B guidelines, do not feed your dog or provide treats during visits. Clients are not allowed to feed the dogs.
If you don’t feel comfortable visiting right now, don’t! Until further notice, we have suspended the mandatory once a month visitation requirement.
The Bright & Beautiful Therapy Dogs, Inc.