SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -

Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care is making special visits to some of the area's senior care/assisted living homes with their pet therapy bunny, Axel Rose. Axel is a certified pet therapy bunny who participates in VNHC's pet therapy programs for their patients, and they are taking him around to make these special visits to patients before the Easter holiday to spread some love and cheer.

A visit from a pet often leads to both physical and mental health benefits. VNHC nurses notice lower blood pressure, improved cardiovascular health, lower overall physical pain, and that the act of petting produces an automatic relaxation response, sometimes reducing the amount of medication necessary.