Companion-Animal Caregiver Knowledge, Attitudes, and Beliefs Regarding End-of-Life Care

Roschelle A. Heuberger, Jessica Pierce

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Although awareness of end-of-life care is growing within the veterinary field and there appears to be consumer demand for these services, it is unclear exactly what caregivers know about end-of-life options for their companion animals. Are companion-animal caregivers aware of the range of options for their nonhuman animals? What do they value most highly for their nonhuman animals at the end of life? Answers to these and other related questions about caregiver perceptions are important because what they know about end-of-life care and how they approach decision-making for their companion animals will shape the kind of care an animal receives. This article presents the results of a large survey exploring companion-animal caregivers’ knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs about end-of-life care, including in-home euthanasia, hospice and palliative care, financial commitment to end-of-life care, insurance usage, and level of comfort in providing care (e.g., subcutaneous fluids) in the home.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)313-323
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Applied Animal Welfare Science
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2 2017


  • Companion animal
  • end-of-life care
  • euthanasia
  • hospice
  • palliative care


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