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
The HHHHHMM Scale
Hurt, Hunger, Hydration, Hygiene, Happiness, Mobility, More Good Days Than Bad
go to their website to print off the assessment