There is never a good or easy time to say goodbye to our beloved pets. It's often one of the most difficult decisions you may be faced with making but when old age progresses, or unexpected injury or terminal illness hits, our four-legged friends have no choice but to depend on “Mom” or “Dad” to protect them from needless suffering. Despite this weighing heavily on us, no one wants to say their goodbyes too soon or too late. This often makes knowing when it's time very distressing.
Pet quality of life scales are used to determine a more objective measure of your pet's quality of life based on how your pet is feeling. A quality of life questionnaire helps you address different aspects in your pet's life to assess their overall comfort and happiness. These aspects can include mobility, appetite, presence of anxiety, and breathing difficulties. These questionnaires are typically used when a pet has a terminal illness or is at an end life stage.
When considering the answers, try to limit the time frame for your pets symptoms to within the last 7 days or less.
It is strongly recommended to take the questionnaire at least 3 times at different times of the day to get a better assessment, or have a family member or friend who understands your pet's daily activity help to complete the questionnaire as well.
If you feel ready, the Quality of Life Assessment questionnaire is a tool designed to help you make a more objective assessment of your pet's overall quality of life.
Remember to consult closely with your pet’s regular veterinarian. They can evaluate your pet’s condition, estimate the chances for recovery, and discuss any potential disabilities, special needs, and long-term problems. Ask questions. Take time to review the facts, and then discuss them with your family and friends before making the decision. Expect to feel a wide range of emotions during the process. Sadness, anger, guilt, numbness, inability to focus are all very common and understandable. You may be hit with many of these feelings at once or you might cycle back and forth through them. Unfortunately, working with this questionnaire will not alleviate these feelings, but know that thousands of pet parents who have been in your shoes have found quality of life scales extremely helpful.
Please review other common frequently asked questions here.
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