Is It Time? Assessing Your Pet’s Quality of Life
The state of your pet’s quality of life is one of the most important factors we need to consider when cat or dog euthanasia is being considered. It lets us see where your pet stands in life and whether further treatment can improve their condition, and it also helps you understand your pet’s situation and make a better-informed decision on their behalf.
As your pet’s primary caregiver, you may know when “it’s time,” but your veterinarian can also offer guidance and help you make a final decision. When we evaluate a pet’s quality of life, these are some of the questions we ask to make the most accurate assessment:
- Is your pet still eating and drinking normally, or is it a struggle getting them to eat and drink?
- Does your pet have difficulty getting up, or are they unable to?
- Does your pet still seem comfortable, or do they move gingerly and sleep often?
- Is your pet less sociable overall? Are they unresponsive to your attentions?
- Does your pet frequently have accidents in the house?
- Does your pet have persistent vomiting or diarrhea?
Contact Us If You have Questions About Pet Euthanasia
We are always here to answer your questions and ease your concerns. Electing pet euthanasia is a challenging decision, but you don’t have to do it alone. In many cases, it is the most compassionate choice for a pet that is suffering. And as your veterinarian, we want to minimize their suffering as much as possible. Call Lindenhurst Animal Hospital at (847) 356-1516 or request an appointment to meet with us and discuss your pet’s options.