Exotic animal-assisted therapy could put people and animals at risk: Experts

Dogs and horses have long been used in therapy, but experts are raising concerns about a more recent trend that has some Canadian companies offering exotic animals for therapeutic services in hospitals and nursing homes for a fee.

Before a dog can officially join the University of British Columbia's animal therapy program, it has to be vetted by 25 people and go through training with its handler, a mock session and a three-month probation period.

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