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Paw hygiene is no reason to ban assistance dogs from hospitals – they're cleaner than people's shoes

By Paul Overgaauw, Visiting Researcher, Veterinary Public Health, Utrecht University
Joris Wijnker, Visiting Researcher, Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University
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Well over 10,000 people in Europe use an assistance dog; think of guide dogs for people with a visual impairment, hearing dogs for people with a hearing impairment, medical response service dogs and psychiatric service dogs.

According to article 19 and 20 of a UN agreement, these dogs are…

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