Pet Therapy The companionship and unconditional love we receive from a loving pet touches our hearts and makes us feel good. This connection is wonderful medicine for hospice patients and their family members.

The health benefits of pet therapy

A simple visit from a calm, gentle dog can provide significant health benefits, including: reducing blood pressure, relieving pain, decreasing stress and fostering relaxation.

The emotional benefits are just as important: reducing depression, anxiety and loneliness; encouraging communication; creating a physical connection through touch; and sparking memories of beloved family pets.

“The same joy my dog brings to me, he can bring to others – just with his eyes, his touch and his presence.”

Physical benefits of pet therapy

A simple visit from a gentle dog can produce significant health benefits.

  • Reducing blood pressure
  • Releasing calming endorphins
  • Relieving pain
  • Decreasing stress
  • Increasing relaxation

The emotional benefits are just as important

  • Reducing depression, anxiety and loneliness
  • Encouraging communication
  • Providing an uplifting break
  • Creating a physical connection through touch
  • Sparking memories of beloved family pets


If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with serious illness, you can rely on the compassionate professionals of Trustbridge.