Is a licensed daycare center allowed to have a pet? Do they need to notify parents when they get one or is it just parents know as it comes up? I know some of the in-home daycares do and that they have to have updated vaccinations on record. I'm furious with daycare at the moment. They have a guinea pig and I can't seem to find any other parents in our age range that knew about it (the older kids can obviously talk about it so those parents know). I didn't miss any notes because the children's names are written on them so if you are absent the note is saved until you return. There's nothing on the website about the pet. And I am petty sure the rodent wasn't there when we started. And there is nothing in our booklet of rules that says anything about pets. What should I do about this? Report it to state? I've already told daycare that LO is not to be allowed into that room for now.
And before someone just says to get over it...I am seriously allergic to guinea pigs. I can only be in the room for 5 minutes tops IF there is a HEPA air filter running and even then I am on asthma medications for at least a month afterwards and allergy meds out the wazoo. Touching them is something I won't even consider anymore. The last time I tried, I ended up doped on benadryl to try to control some swelling (the guinea pig clawed his way to my neck before I could get him off) and then I was in my doctor's office getting an emergency breathing treatment (the doctor was closer than the ER and my mom called on the way in so they were waiting in the lobby with it). My brother is even worse. He had so much sudden allergy congestion that it couldn't drain out. He had not-quite-emergency surgery to keep the sinus cavities from bursting into his brain's cavity after only three weeks of being near the rodent.
I really don't mind exposing LO to new animals (we've met all of the dog's a puppies that live in our complex) but I do want to know when she meets a new species because I want to watch for the allergies, especially when there is a strong family history reacting to that one species. The front desk says LO hasn't seen the guinea pig yet but I'm wondering now because my asthma returned this week after years of being off medicines with not even a hint of a wheeze (except during the end of pregnancy but who didn't have trouble breathing towards the end...). I seriously didn't even have my medications anymore because they all expired and I got rid of them years ago. If LO had hair/dander on her shirt then all my snuggling/lovey time with her after daycare would transfer the hair to my clothes which would trigger my asthma. I'm pissed because now I am forking out the money to renew my prescriptions (two controllers, one emergency, one allergy meds).