likelihood of recurrence in dogs with various spinal cord injuries, only a few studies 7–9 have examined the effects of spinal cord injury on qualityoflife in dogs.
At least part of the reason for the low numbers of studies on the effects of spinal cord
Qualityoflife has become an important topic in companion animal practice in recent years as dogs and cats are living longer lives and increasingly being thought of as family members. However, there still remains much debate on what constitutes
questionnaire asked respondents to mark an × on a 10-cm VAS to indicate their dog's overall QOL over the past week. The left-hand limit of the VAS was labeled “worst possible qualityoflife,” and the right-hand limit was labeled “best possible qualityoflife
choosing a course of diagnostic testing and treatment. When considering all of these factors, pet owners are evaluating their Family QualityofLife (FQoL).
FQoL in human health has been described as the “dynamic sense of well-being of the family
Professional qualityoflife is a measure of an individual's well-being, specifically in relation to the person's work in helping others, and is made up of 3 components: compassion satisfaction, burnout, and secondary traumatic stress. 13
FETCH Functional Evaluation of Canine Health
HCM Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
HRQOL Health-related qualityoflife
RCM Restrictive cardiomyopathy
UCM Unclassified cardiomyopathy
a. Questionnaire available upon request
data could be used to support the veterinarian's discussion of cancer care with animal owners.
a. Copies of the survey instrument are available from the corresponding author upon request.
veterinarian workforce, more than 90% of whom are private practice veterinarians in the US, 11 is important to producing and delivering high-quality animal health-care services to animal owners. Poor professional qualityoflife could lead to lower
medicine.) Human medicine has been forced by public pressure to worry about qualityoflife as well as its prolongation. Indeed, the movement on behalf of voluntary euthanasia, or choosing to die, is a direct result of society's rejection of the medical
been given to health-related qualityoflife (HRQoL) as a treatment outcome measure in both human and veterinary medicine, and several veterinary studies 15 – 25 have incorporated specific quality-of-life measuring tools for various canine diseases