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.
How Owners of Epileptic Dogs Living in Italy Evaluate Their Quality of Life and That of Their Pet: A Survey Study” Marisa Masucci, et al. Vet Sci. 2021 Jul 23;8(8):140. doi: 10.3390/vetsci8080140.