We are all used to seeing a stiff old dog, with a greying muzzle, hobbling along – gamely trying to keep up with its owner on its lead. Dog lovers might stop, kindly ruffle its ears and think “poor old thing”. Often though, it’s osteoarthritis and not age, causing the stiffness.
Canine obesity is increasing in prevalence in the UK and raises concerns about dog welfare. This study compares the health-related quality of life (HRQL) of dogs of varying body condition: overweight and obese (BCS 4 and 5) versus non-overweight (BCS 2 and 3), obese (BCS 5) versus non-overweight (BCS2 and 3) and an overall comparison between all four BCS (BCS 2, 3, 4 and 5) using a novel, validated HRQL instrument which is both web and mobile tablet / phone app based.
Our ability to measure pain in a valid and reliable way is a crucial component of effective pain management. Furthermore the current emphasis on evidence-based veterinary medicine requires that appropriate measures of clinical impact are developed and in that regard it is essential that instruments to monitor pain effectively in an individual, while providing data to enable the selection of treatments with know efficacy and impact are developed. In veterinary medicine, many pain scales have been constructed on an ad hoc basis, but the importance of applying rigorous methods to the development and testing of pain measures in order to ensure their validity and reliability is now recognised.
International Animal Health Journal
Recent advances in veterinary science mean that pharma companies can reap the benefits of health-related quality of life (HRQL) surveys and electronic data capture (EDC) for animal clinical trials, as well as those targeted at the human drug market too.
Veterinary medicine is veering further towards prolongation of life at all costs, without the safeguard of being able to robustly measure quality of life. Jacky Reid, Andrea Nolan and Marian Scott discuss major steps forward in the ability to measure changes in health-related quality of life.
We are delighted to have a new colleague join us in the form of researcher, lecturer and experienced veterinarian, Susan Rodger.