At Home Quality of Life Assessment

Being able to make a decision on whether or not is time to say good bye to your beloved pet is not an easy task. There is often many questions, doubts, sometimes feelings of guilt and an incredible burden in making one of the most difficult decisions in your life. Making the difficult decision to humanely euthanize often carries a lot of stress as it is not uncommon to have some family members think that it is time, while others feel that the time has not arrived. While there is no right or wrong answer and each family's situation is different, sometimes having someone else involved can help with having some of those feelings addressed and might help your family make an informed decision.

A quality of life consultation takes 1-1.5h and includes:

One of the benefits of an at home quality of life assessment is that we get to see your pet on their own environment. 

**Please note this form should be completed only once an appointment has been confirmed**

How do I know when is the right time?

Making the Decision for Humane Euthanasia: Navigating a Difficult Choice with Compassion

Facing the decision of humane euthanasia for your beloved pet is one of the most challenging and emotional experiences any pet owner may encounter. As your pet's illness progresses, there will be moments of hope and good days, but there will also be times when their health deteriorates, and their quality of life starts to be negatively impacted. It is natural to feel torn and have doubts about when the right time is, as you want to ensure your pet's comfort and well-being.

Considering Your Pet's Quality of Life:

Assessing your pet's quality of life is a significant factor in making the euthanasia decision. While there is no definitive checklist, you can consider the following indicators:

1. Pain Management: Is your pet's pain and discomfort manageable with medication and treatment? Are they still able to find moments of comfort and peace?

2. Mobility and Independence: Is your pet still able to move around freely, or have they lost mobility and become dependent on assistance?

3. Appetite and Hydration: Does your pet still have a healthy appetite and maintain proper hydration?

4. Joy and Engagement: Does your pet still engage in activities they once loved, or have they lost interest in the things that used to bring them joy? Your pet's personality plays a huge role in evaluating this.

5. Overall Happiness: Assess your pet's overall demeanor and behavior. Are they still able to find moments of happiness and contentment?

Considerations for the Family:

When contemplating euthanasia, it is essential to consider how your family will cope with your pet's illness. Each family member may have different emotional responses and ways of processing the situation. Open and honest communication within the family can help provide much-needed support during this difficult time. Talking about your feelings, concerns, and hopes for your pet can bring you closer together and help make the decision with greater understanding.

Diagnoses and Treatments:

Consulting with your veterinarian about your pet's condition and prognosis is crucial. Understand the nature of your pet's illness, the available treatment options, and their potential outcomes. In some cases, treatments may alleviate symptoms and provide a better quality of life for a period. However, it's essential to weigh the potential benefits against any potential discomfort or stress that medical procedures might cause your pet and the family.

Humane euthanasia is in many cases also a reasonable treatment option.

Finding Guidance:

While there is no black or white answer, there are many tools and resources available to help you in making this decision (see below). Consulting with your veterinarian, who knows your pet's medical history and condition, can be incredibly valuable. They can provide insight, guidance, and support throughout this process. Additionally, pet loss support groups and counseling services can offer emotional assistance during this challenging time.

Your Pet's Comfort and Peace:

Ultimately, the decision for humane euthanasia is made out of love and concern for your pet's well-being. It is essential to prioritize their comfort, dignity, and peace during their final moments. By choosing euthanasia, you are ensuring that your beloved companion does not suffer needlessly and is allowed to pass away peacefully and with the care they deserve.

We are here to support you through this difficult decision-making process. Our compassionate team will provide all the information and guidance you need, allowing you to make an informed choice with empathy and love for your cherished pet. Remember, you are not alone in this journey, and we are here to help every step of the way.

Quality of life assessment tools

Grey Muzzle App  Interactive calendar

Difficult Decisions brochure (Ohio State University)

Quality of Life Assessment (Lap of Love)

You have loved your pet from the moment you brought him/her home. A dignified, compassionate and gentle passing is the last act of love you can offer him/her.