BSAVA PetSavers is funding a new citizen science research project at the University of Liverpool – aiming to help vets and owners provide the best care for their senior dogs.

 

OWNER SURVEY

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VETERINARY PROFESSIONAL SURVEY

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About the OAP project

Dogs are living up to twice as long as they did 40 years ago which has implications for ageing dogs’ healthcare and wellbeing. As the life expectancy of canine golden oldies increases, so does the amount of time our dogs spend in poor health, but it may be difficult for us to distinguish between normal age-related changes and serious diseases that require veterinary treatment.

To help address this, BSAVA PetSavers is funding a major research project at the University of Liverpool – Old Age Pets – that will help vets and owners to provide the best care for their senior and geriatric dogs.

Over the past year and a half, PetSavers and the University of Liverpool have been working together to investigate owner expectations, experiences and attitudes to ageing in dogs. Pet owners have been invited to submit diaries, photographs and videos, to share their experiences of living with an older dog. There have also been opportunities for both veterinary professionals and pet owners to complete in-depth interviews and online questionnaires.

Veterinary professionals and owners have recently been able to complete online surveys about their experiences. These surveys are now closed, and the data are being analysed. The findings will be used to develop a guidance tool to help vets and owners provide the best care to senior dogs.