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.



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.” 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.


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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