Quality of Life – “How will I know when it’s time?”

Choosing when it is the right time to say good-bye to a pet can be heart-breaking experience. Many owners experience feelings of guilt and question if their decision is selfish. There is no firm rule or precise formula for determining when end-of-life decisions should be made. The best way to make this decision is to consider your pet’s overall quality of life. Consult with your veterinarian to evaluate the pet’s history, physical and mental condition, and prognosis. Animals are innately programmed to hide their illness, so signs of pain and discomfort can be very subtle. Some things to consider are appetite, mobility, cleanliness, heart and respiratory rate, and social interaction.

This information has been researched, evaluated, and condensed into the Quality of Life Scale – a very helpful tool for owners who are trying to make end of life decisions for their loved one.