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Pet Limits and Restrictions
Jan 17, 2005

I have been positive for 2yrs and doing quite well. Your website has been a valuable tool for preserving my sanity during the transition, so THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.

My Dr. told me when I was first diagnosed not to have a cat because of the toxins in their litterbox. Luckily, I hate cats. I have been thinking lately about getting a small pet; perhaps a dog or some birds. Are there any advised restrictions on owning or handling of any animals other than felines? And if so, what are they?

I understand my question is rather minute and I appreciate you taking the time to answer it.

Thanks again for all of your help making my living with HIV tolerable.

Sincerely, JJH in Pittsburgh

Response from Dr. Henry

Pets are often a great companion and good idea. I would simply inform your HIV specialist about your interest in a pet dog or bird and let him/her know if you get one. KH



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