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Quality of life assessment in companion animals: what, why, who, when and how

Belshaw, Zoe

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Zoe Belshaw



Abstract

Quality of life is a commonly used phrase in veterinary medicine. It describes a complex evaluation that may be difficult for animals to perform, and the phrase “happiness” may be a more crude but useful approximation. Quality of life assessments should ideally be an integral part of our decision making, and should encompass evaluation of aspects of a pet’s life beyond just its health. Assessments should aim both to evaluate an animal’s quality of life, and to look for ways in which it might be improved. This article will discuss the challenges of assessing quality of life in companion animals, and will review the range of different methods available for assessment of quality of life in cats and dogs.

Citation

Belshaw, Z. (in press). Quality of life assessment in companion animals: what, why, who, when and how. Companion Animal, 23(5), https://doi.org/10.12968/coan.2018.23.5.264

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 17, 2018
Online Publication Date May 2, 2018
Deposit Date May 9, 2018
Publicly Available Date May 3, 2019
Journal Companion Animal
Electronic ISSN 2044-3862
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 23
Issue 5
DOI https://doi.org/10.12968/coan.2018.23.5.264
Keywords quality of life; assessment; end-of-life; dog; cat; euthanasia; positive welfare
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/51647
Publisher URL https://www.magonlinelibrary.com/doi/10.12968/coan.2018.23.5.264
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/end_user_agreement.pdf

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