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Animals at the end of life
Jessica Pierce Ph.D.
As dogs help us weather the emotional storm of a global pandemic, we have an opportunity to reconsider our relationships with them.
Although your cat may not be worrying about catching the COVID-19 virus or missing work and paychecks, their life may still feel a bit topsy-turvy at the moment.
This Valentine's Day, show your dog some love by giving her the gift of enrichment.
Ultrasonic training devices are increasingly popular and easy to buy online. But are they bad for dogs?
There are no guidelines for cat owners outlining how long a cat can be left home alone without compromising the cat's welfare.
A new study explores whether chronic itchiness in dogs might be associated with increased levels of stress and higher rates of behavioral problems.
When that agonizing time comes and you and your veterinarian have decided that it is time for euthanasia, should you remain with your animal throughout the procedure?
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A new research study confirms that there are essential interconnections between our dog’s quality of life and our own.
A recent advertisement for mobile pet euthanasia breeds fear and relies on misinformation.
People who were asked what they most want for their canine companion consistently gave two answers: “I want my dog to be happy” and “I want my dog to be able to 'be a dog.'”
Advocates of "open adoptions" of animals in shelters argue that they are more likely to help animals and people than rigid screening processes.
Photojournalist Ross Taylor's work captures the pain and beauty of in-home euthanasia as families say a final farewell to their companion animals.
A dog trainer explains why we should think twice about the American Kennel Club's increasingly popular Canine Good Citizen test.
We have good evidence that dogs experience jealous feelings. What are the ethical implications? Is it wrong to make your dog jealous?
A dog’s scent identity—his unique olfactory profile—is likely central to his sense of self and is an important component of welfare.
Ever wonder how your dog seems to know what you’re thinking or what you are going to do, even before you do it?
Words meant to comfort pet owners may do just the opposite.
Have you been two-timed by your dog? If so, you are not alone.
A pet body disposal bag doesn't resolve moral problems surrounding pet euthanasia.
Do "open adoption" policies in shelters and rescues put animals at risk?
Would dogs be better off without humans? What are some of the things that dogs might gain and lose if humans were to disappear?
Many pet owners use loss of appetite as a decision point for euthanizing an animal. Is this wise?
There is much we can to do improve pet owner judgments about companion animal quality of life.
Attention to loneliness, social isolation, separation anxiety and other forms of stress should be a key element in end of life care for companion animals.
The emerging science of animal personality is vitally important to end-of-life care for our animal companions.
Even though they may seem aloof, cats actually have a whole repertoire of behaviors to show us that they care.
Have you ever seen your cat at meow at other cats? Probably not. But your cat meows at you, right? Sometimes non-stop? There's a reason for this.
The recent story of an orca mother carrying her dead infant for 17 days should confirm that animals' grief is just as real as our own.
Jessica Pierce, Ph.D., is the author of Run, Spot, Run: The Ethics of Keeping Pets and The Last Walk: Reflections On Pets At the Ends of Their Lives.