MSU questionnaires assist owners making end-of-life decisions for pets

06/13/2013 | PhysOrg.com

Michigan State University veterinarian Maria Iliopoulou and colleagues developed questionnaires for owners and veterinarians to use upon the diagnosis of cancer in a pet and during treatment, according to a study in JAVMA. Merging the veterinarian's expertise with the owner's knowledge of a pet's attitude and behavior could improve care decisions, Dr. Iliopoulou said. "By having this tool, we can help owners see what's really going on with the animal to improve decision making and facilitate the human-animal bond under the challenging circumstances of cancer diagnosis and treatment," Dr. Iliopoulou said.

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