A bundle of fluff when you’re feeling ruff

Pet therapy animals bring comfort to children and adults in the hospital. They can help lower blood pressure, pain levels and the feeling of loneliness. Photos courtesy of Pet Partners

A visit with a furry four-legged friend is a dream of many. The power of pet companionship extends above and beyond long walks, countless games of fetch and practicing fancy tricks. Behind that fuzzy face lies a powerful gift that can bring healing and happiness.

Basically, pets have way more of a PAWsitive impact on our health than we might have realized.