Quality of Life After Partial Mandibulectomy or Maxillectomy in 45 Dogs With Oral Tumors

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Treatment for oral tumors in dogs may involve aggressive surgery, radiation therapy, and/or chemotherapy. It is of utmost importance that veterinarians can document the good quality of life (QoL) for patients during and after cancer treatment. In this retrospective study, medical records from 2 private practices during a 10-year period (2011-2020) were searched to identify dogs with confirmed histopathological diagnosis of an oral tumor. Owners of dogs who underwent surgery received a questionnaire to assess their perception of QoL before and after surgery, clinical signs from the oral tumor, pain before and after surgery, physical appearance, and drinking and eating ability after surgery. Forty-two of 45 (93%) owners answered the questionnaire. Thirty-eight owners (90%) perceived that their dog had not changed its appearance after surgery after the hair had regrown. Thirty owners (71%) reported that their dog prehended food and water normally within 4 weeks after surgery. Forty owners (95%) perceived that their dog had more “good’’ than ‘’bad’’ days after surgery. Thirty-eight owners (90%) would choose the same treatment again. Our results strongly support that dog owners perceived that their dogs had good QoL after partial mandibulectomy or maxillectomy.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Veterinary Dentistry
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)329-337
Publication statusPublished - 2023

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