Saying goodbye to a beloved pet is one of the most difficult decisions many people face in their lives. Each situation is different. Our sorrow, guilt, enduring hope, and love for our pet can cloud our judgement. No one wants to make end of life decisions. The guilt and sorrow is often unbearable. All of us need to take comfort that relieving suffering and poor quality of life is okay. When your pet’s quality of life is declining, call us. We will be happy to share our observations of your pet here at the clinic. We have phone apps, rating systems, and other helpful tools that can help document your pet’s daily life quality.
Categories to watch when evaluating quality of life:
- Mobility – Is there joint pain?
- Appetite – Is it declining?
- Attitude and interaction – Are they hiding or seeking seclusion?
- Elimination – Are urination and defecation habits changing?
- Happiness – Are they still greeting you? Are they playful? Are they still enjoying walking, their toys, and their favorite activities?
These categories can be quantified daily. When the negatives consistently outweigh the positives, it provides a basis to make end of life decisions. See www.PetHospiceJournal.com or call us for additional information.
*Grey Muzzle App (an app to help you track your pet’s quality of life on a daily basis)
Dr Greg Windschill
New Ulm Regional Veterinary Center