Pet Ownership and Prophylaxis of Headache and Chronic Pain
Version of Record online: 18 MAY 2005
Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain
Volume 34, Issue 9, pages 542–543, October 1994
How to Cite
Hirsch, A. R. and Whitman, B. W. (1994), Pet Ownership and Prophylaxis of Headache and Chronic Pain. Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain, 34: 542–543. doi: 10.1111/j.1526-4610.1994.hed3409542.x
- Issue online: 18 MAY 2005
- Version of Record online: 18 MAY 2005
- Accepted for publication March 27, 1994.
- Cited By
- chronic pain;
- pet ownershi
The belief that having household pets promotes good health is ubiquitous among Americans. Recent studies support this belief where certain medical conditions are concerned. To investigate the advantages of pet ownership in the prophylaxis of headache and other chronic pain conditions, we queried 62 patients suffering from such diseases about whether they owned pets and whether children and other adults shared their households. We similarly queried a control group of 38 patients with various conditions not involving headache or chronic pain. We found that statistically, the experimental group and the control group were not significantly different in their household compositions. In fact, those with headaches and chronic pain, on average, owned slightly more pets and had slightly more children and other adults sharing their households than did those without headache or chronic pain conditions. Thus, contrary to our expectations, pet ownership apparently conferred no analgesic benefits, nor did the presence of children or of other adults in the household confer any benefit to headache and other chronic pain sufferers.