Interesting article for those of us caring for older and 'special needs' dogs. We love them with all our hearts but sometimes it is so exhausting. We're very lucky to have each other on SF to talk to, just a shame we're all so far apart. https://www.thecut.com/2017/10/the-invisible-emotional-burden-of-caring-for-a-sick-pet.html Compared to participants with healthy pets, study subjects caring for chronic or terminally ill animals scored higher on scales of depression, anxiety and lower on well-being, and a psychometric test called the Zarit Burden Interview used to measure burden in human caregivers (the study authors adapted the test by replacing the word “relative” with “pet”). In itself, the finding that people with sick pets feel more of a burden isn’t surprising — but the intensity of that burden was. “It’s meeting this threshold for what we would consider to be concerning if someone were in a human caregiving relationship,” Spitznagel says.