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Animals at the end of life
Jessica Pierce Ph.D.
Rather than “take the dog for a walk”—which suggests a human-directed task—a subtle shift in emphasis might expand our expectations and create opportunities to make our dog happy.
Lack of control has a significant negative impact on a dog’s mental health. Fortunately, there are countless easy ways to enhance our dogs’ agency.
Dogs have behavioral needs related to elimination that go well beyond emptying their bladder and bowels.
Barbara J. King’s most recent book explores how and why to engage in compassionate actions that help animals at home, in the wild, at zoos, in research labs, and on farms.
New research explores what the caregivers of animal companions want and expect when it comes to aftercare and end-of-life support.
As hard as it is to think about, planning for what will happen after the death of a pet can save us unnecessary stress and heartache.
A new study finds that feeding cats high meat-protein food and offering 5-10 minutes daily of object play both reduced cats' tendency to hunt wildlife.
Like any other physical or emotional crutch that we use to respond to craving, acquiring a pet may only exacerbate our feelings of dis-ease.
New research on pet cemeteries explores shifting patterns of human-animal relationship through the lens of mourning practices.
Like humans, homed dogs may come out of this pandemic more socially awkward than before.
A study in Veterinary Record suggests that as many as one-quarter of all puppies in the UK were acquired before 8 weeks of age.
Hunting dogs live in a diverse range of interrelationships with humans, some mutually enriching and others profoundly damaging to dogs' well-being.
Being able to comfortably wear a muzzle without feeling fear is a skill that should be in every companion dog’s toolbox.
A new book explores how to foster companion animal well-being through understanding and reducing constellations of fear.
New research adds to our understanding of separation-related problems in cats.
On top of all the other challenges of coping with a pandemic, some pet owners are facing the additional strain of having a companion dog or cat who is nearing the end of life.
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?
A new book explores hiking as a form of spiritual pilgrimage, showing us how going out onto a trail can become a journey inward.
A fascinating and hope-inspiring book explores feelings of loss and anxiety triggered by loss of nature and climate change.
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.
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.