Objective—To develop and validate a health-related
quality-of-life scale for dogs with pain secondary to
Animals—40 healthy dogs with no history or signs of
pain, 20 dogs with dermatologic disease but no signs of
pain other than mild pruritus, and 20 dogs with cancer.
Procedure—Owners of all dogs completed a questionnaire
containing 12 questions with 4 options for
each question, and a quality-of-life score ranging from
0 to 36 was calculated. Scores for dogs with cancer
were compared with scores for healthy dogs and
dogs with dermatologic disease.
Results—All owners indicated that the questionnaire
was easy to complete. Scores for healthy dogs were
significantly different from scores for dogs with cancer
and scores for dogs with dermatologic disease.
Scores for dogs with dermatologic disease were significantly
different from scores for dogs with cancer.
Conclusions and Clinical Relevance—Results suggested
that a simple questionnaire may be useful in
assessing health-related quality of life in dogs with
pain secondary to cancer, in that dogs with cancer
had significantly lower scores than did healthy dogs
and dogs with dermatologic disease. (J Am Vet Med