The Health Benefits of Pet Ownership

Spotlight: Pets and Health

There is no question that our pets help to bring an incredible sense of support and comfort when we are feeling bad both physically and emotionally. The unconditional love they provide can help to improve our overall quality of life. In fact, some dogs have the ability to sense some of the early signs and symptoms of a migraine attack which can lead to more effectively and quickly taking preventative medication.

However, it is not all about whether or not they can “sniff” out an attack, but for anyone living with a chronic health condition like migraine, the companionship they provide both during and outside the time of an attack, is like no other. Therefore, to acknowledge our furry friends for the wonderful health benefits they provide and the important distraction they provide from the pain, we are highlighting them by having a #LoveYourPet celebration all this month!

Pets and health

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Throughout the month we will be sharing various articles, a special giveaway and opportunities for you share photos!

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Pets and health

Learn more as our contributors highlight the importance of animals to our health.

Pet Therapy and the Healing Power of Pets
By Rebecca—February 5, 2017
As someone who has dealt with migraines throughout my life, one of my biggest triggers is stress. My pets provide me an endless supply of emotional support and comfort which help me reduce stress. As a result....READ MORE

Ode to my cat, Satchel
The Migraine Girl—August 20, 2015
I know, I know. You have a cat, or a dog, or a ferret, or a rat, and you firmly believe that YOUR pet is the greatest. I applaud this. I hope all of us animal lovers can staunchly assert that our own pets are the best pets ever....READ MORE

Got A Migraine? Get A Dog!
By Dr Marcus—December 25, 2010
Doctors tell their patients all kinds of crazy advice about how to improve their migraines. And I’m sure over the years my patients have thought some of my advice was a bit off the wall. But when I started investigating the benefits of dogs... READ MORE

Take Two Aspirin and Pet Fido In The Morning
By Dr Marcus—January 13, 2012
Therapy dogs have been trained to be quiet, calm, and soothing. Therapy dogs undergo extensive training and testing before they can be certified for therapy work. Typical therapy dog work involves the dog standing by or sitting with a patient... READ MORE

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