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Type of publication: Diploma Thesis
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Year: 2011

Authors: Pallamar, Anna

Title: Die Lebensqualität von Hunden unter Chemotherapie aus der Sicht des Tierbesitzers.

Other title: Quality of life for dogs receiving chemotherapy from the perspective of their owners.

Source: Diplomarbeit, Vet. Med. Univ. Wien, pp. 55.


Advisor(s):

Wolfesberger Birgitt

Reviewer(s):
Kleiter Miriam

Vetmed Research Units:
University Clinic for Small Animals, Clinical Unit of Internal Medicine Small Animals


Graduation date: 22.12.11


Abstract:
This thesis presents insights about the quality of life for dogs receiving chemotherapy for lymphoma from the perspective of their owners. Data were collected using a questionnaire consisting of 19 questions that were answered by the pet owners. The majority of the dog owners reported an improvement in their petÂ’s quality of life during chemotherapy, in comparison with the quality of life observed at the time of the tumour diagnosis of. Also, the frequent clinic visits were not assessed by most respondents as an additional burden for the dog, and thus had no negative impact on quality of life during chemotherapy. The majority of pet owners felt well advised by the veterinarians regarding the chemotherapy process and its possible side effects. Most of the dogs that were treated with a combination therapy consisting of doxorubicin, L-asparaginase, cyclophosphamide and prednisolone showed side effects during chemotherapy. The commonly reported side effects were vomiting, diarrhoea and fatigue. However, most of the side effects were classified as mild and only a few owners reported severe cases. Before their own animal had been diagnosed with a malignant tumour, only 22% of the owners were in favour of chemotherapy as a treatment for animals. After personal experience with chemotherapy, 78% of the dog owners favoured the use of chemotherapy for treating pets. Almost none of the pet owners regretted the decision to begin the course of chemotherapy. On the contrary, many would choose the same option again and would also recommend chemotherapy to other pet owners. The majority of the owners were satisfied or very satisfied with the chosen form of therapy and the results ultimately achieved for their pets. These observations from pet owners provide important information not only for the attending veterinarians, but also for pet owners who are faced with the decision of whether or not to begin a course of chemotherapy for their own animals.


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