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Study of dog and cat owners' perceptions of medical treatment for cancer
  1. L. B. Brønden1,
  2. A. Flagstad1,
  3. G. R. Rutteman2 and
  4. E. Teske3
  1. 1 Department of Clinical Studies, Small Animal Medicine, The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Copenhagen, Denmark
  2. 2 Veterinary Specialist Clinic ‘De Wagenrenk’, Wageningen, The Netherlands
  3. 3 Department of Clinical Sciences of Companion Animals, Utrecht University, PO Box 80.154, 3508 TD Utrecht, The Netherlands


Between April 10 and June 9, 2000, 91 owners of cats and dogs that were being or had been treated with anticancer chemotherapy were given a questionnaire designed to obtain information about their experiences as a result of the discovery and treatment of the disease, the efficacy and side effects of the treatment and their perceptions of the procedures associated with the administration of the drugs. Nearly all of the owners felt that the treatment was worthwhile. The level of observed side effects was low. Well over half of the owners believed that their animal had lived longer than it would have if it had not been treated and that its general wellbeing had improved. In general, they felt that the treatment had been rewarding and that any adverse side effects had been outweighed by the positive experiences during the treatment; they felt that they had been well informed and that their animals had benefited from the treatment.

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