Canine friends help kids’ health, especially in the hospital

Few parents would question the benefits a dog brings to their child’s life. Exercise, a sense of responsibility, empathy, reduced anxiety and compassion are among just a few.

Now, the healing benefits of a furry friend is evident with the increasing number of hospital dogs throughout the country — dogs that put in their eight-hour shift visiting and helping patients while they receive much-needed care.

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