CARING FOR YOURSELF

WHILE CARING FOR A SICK PET

Managing a beloved pet's chronic or terminal disease can be stressful.  Our science blog is dedicated to helping pet owners and veterinarians understand this stress, and finding ways to reduce it, so that people can make the most of their time with their pet.

 

ABOUT

We love our four-legged family members because they bring so much to our lives:  love and affection, constant companionship, they even improve our health.

But what happens when our pets become sick?

 

Pets can live happy lives for months or even years after the diagnosis of a chronic or terminal disease. But no matter how much we love our pets, providing care when they are sick can take a toll on the owner— “pet caregiver burden.”

Petcaregiverburden.com is dedicated to the science of caregiver burden in the pet owner, and the understanding of how the owner's experience impacts others, including the veterinarian and the pet.

 

With backgrounds in clinical psychology and veterinary medicine, our team's research aims to help people decrease the stress and make the most of the time remaining with their pet.

 

Popular media has picked up on the topic of pet caregiver burden, and often gives tips for decreasing stress. But what are those suggestions based on?

December 27, 2018

There are some similarities between human and pet caregiving experiences—we all experience feelings of guilt, are worried about our loved ones, and financial strain is common. But there are probably too many differences to simply take recommendations from what we know...

December 21, 2018

To understand burden transfer, we first need to start with the concept of caregiver burden. Caregiver burden is the strain felt by someone taking care of a loved one with an illness. Facing the problems and challenges of daily life that spring up while providing care f...

Caregiving is a labor of love. Regardless of whether you provide care for a relative or a pet, it is possible to give until it hurts. Our past work showed just how true that is when we found that pet owners providing care for a dog or cat with a serious illness experie...

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If you live with a dog, you’ve heard these sounds. If you live with a dog with skin disease, you’ve had days and nights when you thought they would never stop.

Owning a pet with skin di...

Managing a beloved pet’s chronic or terminal illness can take a lot out of us. Pet owners caring for a sick cat or dog often experience caregiver burden -- strain due to providing care for a loved one who is ill -- in a way that is similar to taking care of a human fam...

Even when the gift is willingly given, providing care for a sick loved one can cause strain in multiple ways--mental, physical, social, and financial, to name a few. Caregiver burden is a term used to describe the stress a person experiences while providing care for a...

I love my pet. Why am I so stressed out?”  If you’ve made a decision to provide care for your cat with renal failure, or manage your dog’s diabetes—you’ve made a choice that not every pet owner makes. You have chosen caregiving over euthanasia.

A common reaction from p...

The phone rang--it was my mother. “Harry passed away.” Harry was a family friend, familiar from my early childhood, part of a core group within my parents’ circle. In later years, Harry was almost like an uncle, often present at the dinner table on major holidays. He w...

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MEET THE PCB TEAM

Meet the team members at the heart of this research and blog. We come together from our backgrounds in clinical psychology and veterinary medicine to create an empirically-based resource for pet owners facing the challenges of providing care for a sick pet, and to help veterinarians better understand the experience of their clients. 

 

Learn more about the petcaregiverburden.com team here!

MARY BETH SPITZNAGEL, PHD

Mary Beth Spitznagel, PhD has a degree in clinical psychology from Ohio University (2003) and postdoctoral fellowship at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University (2005). With specialized training in neuropsychology, she began researching caregiver burden in family members of people with dementia. After providing care for her dog with transitional cell carcinoma, Cushing's disease, and cognitive dysfunction, she expanded her research to focus on how caregiver burden affects pet owners. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Kent State University.     Photo credit:  John Akamatsu

MARK CARLSON, DVM

Mark Carlson, DVM completed his degree at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1983. He practices at Stow Kent Animal Hospital, where he is Chief of Surgery. With more than 100,000 patient visits over the course of his 30+ years of experience, Dr. Carlson's extensive clinical expertise helps ensure our study of pet caregiver burden is relevant to the veterinarian and pet owner.    Photo credit:  Stow Kent Animal Hospital

DANA JACOBSON, DVM

Dana Jacobson, DVM graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. After more than 10 years as a general practitioner, she transitioned to her current position in emergency medicine at Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital. With a background in both general and emergency practice, she is familiar with the acute and chronic issues faced by pet owners. She brings this broad perspective on veterinary client caregiver burden to our research team.   Photo credit: Michael Cinotti

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