Fellow Creatures: What is Caregiver Burden for People with Pets?

I've got a new post on my Fellow Creatures blog at Psychology Today.

A woman lies on the couch with her Shiba Inu dog
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By Zazie Todd, PhD

We tend to have a rosy perspective on pets and think of the many benefits they can bring to our lives. But for many people, sooner or later there comes a point where the pet is sick or has a behavior issue. As well as being hard for the pet, this is difficult for the pet guardian too.

So I wrote about what this is, and how it can help to talk about it. Read the post here: What is caregiver burden for people with pets? 


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Zazie Todd, PhD, is the author of Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy, winner of the Maxwell Medallion for best book (behaviour, health or general care) from the Dog Writers Association of America. She is the founder of the popular blog Companion Animal Psychology, and also writes a column for Psychology Today. Todd lives in Maple Ridge, BC, with her husband, one dog, and two cats.

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