Quality of Life assessment tools

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3. Quality of Life assessment tools

Published 31 August 2021 | Updated 15 May 2024

Quality of life is a complex construct which aims to provide a global assessment of animal welfare.

The papers below describe and demonstrate some of the tools that have been adopted for the assessment of the quality of life of animals. Although these tools all seek to measure quality of life they vary in terms of the types of animals and environmental conditions to which they are applied; whether they relate to healthy or sick animals and whether they are intended to be completed by professionals or owners. There is also a short section on temperament and behaviour testing in dogs, as behavioural problems have a major impact on quality of life and are a frequent cause of rehoming and euthanasia.

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