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Pete's Pet Posse Pet Safety and Wellness


  • Pets should live in the house and be a member of the family.  No outdoor pets will be considered.
  • Pet should be micro chipped, wear a collar with a tag, and all contact information should be kept up to date.
  • Pets should live in a smoke free environment.
  • Pets should not be on a raw dog food diet.
  • Pet should be crate trained and housebroken.  An appropriate sized crate should be provided for use at the office.  In addition, food and water bowls shall also be available.
  • Pets must be kept up to date on all wellness care.  
  • When working, the pet must wear a specially designed vest, collar, and leash.
  • When traveling, pets must be properly restrained in the vehicle.  If traveling in a truck, the pet shall be kept in the cab.  If that option is not available, the dog must be properly crated and the crate must be tethered to prevent injury.  The crate must also be enclosed (no wire crate) to protect the dog from the elements of nature.


  • OSU Veterinary Medical Hospital will make recommendations for appropriate therapy dog trainers if needed.
  • Yearly wellness visit, necessary vaccinations, monthly heartworm/flea/tick preventatives, and high quality dog food will be provided by the OSU Veterinary Medical Hospital. 
  • Any visits to a veterinarian outside of the yearly wellness exam will be determined a medical visit, and will be at the expense of the owner/handler. 
  • Regardless of the reason for a vet visit, all visits must be documented and kept on file at the OSU Veterinary Medical Hospital.
  • Owners/handlers may use their existing veterinarian but again, all documentation regarding treatment must be on file with the OSU Veterinary Medical Hospital.  If owners/handlers use their existing veterinarian for yearly wellness visits, vaccinations, monthly heartworm/flea/tick preventatives that will be at the expense of the owner/handler.  The OSU Veterinary Medical Hospital cannot cover the costs of an outside veterinarian.
  • The OSU Veterinary Medical Hospital will schedule yearly in-service re-training for the animals if necessary.
  • The OSU Veterinary Medical Hospital will evaluate disposition of animals every two years, as long as they are in the OSU Pet Therapy Program.


  • If the OSU Veterinary Medical Hospital is not the pet’s primary care veterinarian, it is essential that the owner/handler understand the absolute necessity of having all medical records up-to date with the OSU Veterinary Medical Hospital; this is important for liability purposes as well as in case of an emergency.
  • At the preliminary visit, a medical record will be made for each pet therapy dog for ease of access at any time.
  • If any veterinary care is received elsewhere, the owner/handler must insure that the OSU Veterinary Medical Hospital has received updated medical records within 48 hours of the event.
  • The Pet Therapy Program is not responsible for any yearly wellness costs incurred outside the OSU Veterinary Medical Hospital.
  • Owner/handler is responsible for the costs of the pet’s continued care; with the exception of an annual examination as stated above, the owner/handler will be expected to maintain the pet’s health at their own expense.  The students and faculty of the OSU Veterinary Medical Hospital are great resources, and are available 24/7 through the emergency service if issues arise.  Owners/handlers are encouraged to consider pet health insurance to help with any unforeseen costs of care.