Quality of Life
Knowing when to say goodbye is never easy. Your beloved pet may have been diagnosed with a terminal illness or experience a significantly diminished quality of life as they grow old. Dr. Jessica H. Smith will perform a quality of life exam prior to euthanasia to help ensure its time and answer questions you may have. There are a few signs that can help you determine if your pet's quality of life is declining:
Your pet appears painful, unable to walk or rise on their own.
Experiencing chronic pain that cannot be controlled with medication or other alternative methods.
Loss of appetite; no longer interested in food or water.
Frequent vomiting or diarrhea that is causing dehydration and/or significant weight loss.
Loss of urinary bladder control and or defecation
No longer interested in being around the family; constantly hiding.
Chronic labored breathing
When the "bad" days outweigh the good days