Exploring the information and support needs of owners caring for a dog with canine cognitive dysfunction

Daisy G. de Meester, Gillian Tabor

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Abstract

Canine cognitive dysfunction (CCD) is an age-related neurodegenerative disease, sharing similar symptoms to Alzheimer’s disease in humans [1], requiring high levels of care from owners. Whilst it is recognized that CCD has a large impact on the owner as well as the dog [2], there is a paucity of research identifying support and information provided to those caring for dogs with CCD, and effectiveness in enabling owners to provide care. The objectives of this qualitative study were to explore the information and support provided to dog owners at the time of CCD diagnosis and investigate the sources of information and support owners engaged with following diagnosis. Additionally, this study aimed to critically evaluate how different sources have impacted owners, how they support their dog and make recommendations to improve support offered.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2022
Event11th Symposium of the International Association of Veterinary Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy - Cambridge, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 Aug 20221 Aug 2022

Conference

Conference11th Symposium of the International Association of Veterinary Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityCambridge
Period1/8/221/8/22

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