(PETS/DOGS) Although many hospitals have pet therapy programs to help patients cope during their stay, very few hospitals actually allow personal companions to visit their pet parents.

However, visits from a patient’s pet can have a dramatic positive influence that far surpasses the risks of having the animal visit the medical center in the first place. Planned visits can help a patient alleviate stress and anxiety, while actually giving patients something familiar to connect with.

Read Ruth London and Harry Grandis’ personal stories at the link below, and see how well-orchestrated pet visits can help patients get through difficult times. — Global Animal

Hospitals that allow pets are actually helping reduce patient stress.
Some hospitals are allowing pets to visit their parents in the hospital, greatly reducing patient stress. Photo Credit: William B. Plowman/Getty Images

Read The New York Times article here: http://newoldage.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/04/10/when-best-friends-can-visit/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0