Caring for a chronically ill pet is often thought to be less involved or less difficult than caring for a sick family member, but, it can bring some of the same emotional and financial burdens. A team of researchers recently discovered that, according to a psychometric test that measures burden, owners of sick pets experience a level of burden that is considered significant for human caregivers.

Mary Beth Spitznagel, a clinical neuropsychologist at Kent State University and lead author, said, "I wouldn't equate pet caregiving with human, and certainly don't want to minimize what family caregivers go through, [but] we are seeing similar patterns in terms of a greater level of burden, higher level of stress, depressive symptoms, and a lower quality of life."

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