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The Leukemia/Bone Marrow Transplant Program of BC

Your Responsibilities
Your Surroundings & Environment
Plants & Flowers, Pets & Animals

Plants & Flowers

It is not necessary for you to get rid of all your houseplants. However, we do recommend that you do not handle watering plants or re-potting plants or flowers. Also avoid raking leaves and mowing the lawn until your doctor informs you that it is safe to do so. Soil contains bacteria, fungi and molds. When you get the OK to go back to gardening, be sure to wear gloves for at least 6 months.

Pets & Animals

Dogs, cats, and fish do not pose a great risk of infection to you, if you follow the guidelines below. Birds, rodents, or reptiles are not recommended. It is best to let someone else care for them for a while. If you do not have a pet, now is not the time to adopt a young pet or a stray.

  • Do not clean your pet’s cage, litter box, pen or fish tank. Have someone else do it. Check with your doctor before resuming these activities.
  • It is best that your pet does not sleep in the same room as you.
  • Be sure to wash your hands after petting and handling your pet.
  • Avoid being scratched by your cat.

If you or a member of your household has an occupation involving the handling of animals, such as a vet, farmer, or pet store vender/employee, be sure to talk with your BMT doctor about specific safety guidelines.

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