Questions & Answers

How does Patient Paws measure Animal Welfare?

When conducting Animal Assisted Interventions Patient Paws considers the welfare of the human and animal of utmost importance. Throughout preparation, training and during interventions our therapy dogs welfare is continuously assessed. Any situation that may place either human or animal in a jeopardizing situation will be altered or ceased immediately.

The form of measurement used is the ‘five freedoms’ listed below:

  • Freedom from thirst, hunger, and malnutrition by ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigour.
  • Freedom from discomfort by providing a suitable environment, including shelter and a comfortable resting area.
  • Freedom from pain, injury and disease by preventing and/or rapid diagnosis and treatment.
  • Freedom from fear and distress by ensuring conditions that avoid mental suffering.
  • Freedom to express normal behaviour by providing sufficient space, proper facilities, and company of the animal’s own kind.


Can dogs transmit disease?

The most common ways in which zoonosis may occur is by direct contact or by fecal-oral route. Parasite control is extremely important which is why our therapy dogs regularly receive treatments to eliminate the risks of both internal and external parasites. If you would like the exact details of their parasite control regime please feel free to contact us.


How does Patient Paws maintain hygiene and reduce the risk of allergies?

Our therapy dogs have an appropriate grooming regime including daily brushing to reduce the amount of hair lost during work times and they receive a hydro-bath regularly to reduce the potential of allergens in their coat. Prior to seeing clients they are rubbed down with a damp towel to reduce the likelihood of dust and dander escaping into the clients environment. Our therapy dogs ears are cleaned regularly and nails clipped to reduce the risk of sharp edges.


What about Vet checks?

Our therapy dogs undergo routine vet checks and receive preventative medications (including vaccinations, worming and flea treatments) to maintain their health. If you would like to view a copy of their most recent vet check please feel free to contact us.


How much does an Animal Assisted Intervention cost?

As each intervention is unique you will need to contact Patient Paws to discuss individual pricing.


What payment methods does Patient Paws accept?

Patient Paws accepts Direct Deposit, Cash and PayPal transfers.