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Pet loss and grief: identifying at-risk pet owners during the euthanasia process

By S. Barnard-Nguyen, M. Breit, K. A. Anderson, J. Nielsen

Category Journal Articles
Abstract

Pet owners often experience complex and profound grief reactions when their animals are euthanized. Veterinary staff are increasingly being called upon to be aware of and to respond to the grief reactions of pet owners at this critical time. The objectives of this study were to identify pet owners who are most at risk of grief and to suggest veterinary interventions during the euthanasia process. A convenience sample of 409 pet owners whose animals had been euthanized in the past year took part in a survey. Variables of interest included pet and pet-owner demographics, pet-death characteristics, attachment to pet, and bereavement reactions. Stepwise multiple regression analyses were conducted to identify factors related to the three grief reaction subtypes: sorrow, anger, and guilt. Results indicated that attachment to pets was a strong predictor of feelings of grief/sorrow (p

Publication Title Anthrozoƶs
Volume 29
Issue 3
Pages 421-430
ISBN/ISSN 0892-7936
DOI 10.1080/08927936.2016.1181362
Language English
Author Address School of Social Work, University of Montana, Jeannette Rankin Hall 014, Missoula, MT 59812, USA.keith.anderson@umontana.edu
Tags
  1. Animals
  2. Anthrozoology
  3. Cancer
  4. Diagnosis
  5. Euthanasia
  6. Humans
  7. Interactions
  8. Interventions
  9. Mammals
  10. Men
  11. Non-communicable diseases and injuries
  12. objectives
  13. pathology
  14. Pets and companion animals
  15. predictions
  16. Primates
  17. Psychiatry and psychology
  18. Social psychology and social anthropology
  19. vertebrates
  20. Zoology