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How Owners of Epileptic Dogs Living in Italy Evaluate Their Quality of Life and That of Their Pet: A Survey Study

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Department of Veterinary Science, University of Messina, 98168 Messina, Italy
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Clinica Veterinaria Clinivet, 98123 Messina, Italy
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Clinica Veterinaria Camagna, 89124 Reggio Calabria, Italy
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Vet. Sci. 2021, 8(8), 140; https://doi.org/10.3390/vetsci8080140
Received: 3 May 2021 / Revised: 13 June 2021 / Accepted: 19 July 2021 / Published: 23 July 2021
Epilepsy is the most common chronic neurological disorder of dogs and requires a substantial commitment by the pet owner. The aim of this study was to evaluate how Italian owners of epileptic dogs receiving long-term treatment perceived their own quality of life (QoL) and that of their pet, using a list of key questions. A questionnaire was sent to owners of dogs affected by recurrent seizures and treated with antiepileptic drugs for at least three months. The questions included signalment, medical history and physical, social and psychological aspects associated with managing an epileptic dog. Eighty complete questionnaires were obtained. Most owners surveyed had a positive opinion on their dog’s QoL and they did not believe that commitment to managing their animals was a limitation of QoL. Dog QoL, seizure, frequency and severity were considered the most important factors in evaluating the efficacy of the antiepileptic treatment. The evaluation of the different aspects of QoL can help veterinary professionals understand the need for correct and exhaustive information provided to owners and the development of therapeutic plans and follow up, corresponding to the needs of dogs and owners. View Full-Text
Keywords: quality of life measuring; canine; seizure; antiepileptic treatment quality of life measuring; canine; seizure; antiepileptic treatment
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Masucci, M.; Di Stefano, V.; Donato, G.; Mangano, C.; De Majo, M. How Owners of Epileptic Dogs Living in Italy Evaluate Their Quality of Life and That of Their Pet: A Survey Study. Vet. Sci. 2021, 8, 140. https://doi.org/10.3390/vetsci8080140

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Masucci M, Di Stefano V, Donato G, Mangano C, De Majo M. How Owners of Epileptic Dogs Living in Italy Evaluate Their Quality of Life and That of Their Pet: A Survey Study. Veterinary Sciences. 2021; 8(8):140. https://doi.org/10.3390/vetsci8080140

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Masucci, Marisa, Valeria Di Stefano, Giulia Donato, Cyndi Mangano, and Massimo De Majo. 2021. "How Owners of Epileptic Dogs Living in Italy Evaluate Their Quality of Life and That of Their Pet: A Survey Study" Veterinary Sciences 8, no. 8: 140. https://doi.org/10.3390/vetsci8080140

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