Q - Quality of Life Scale (QOL)
Many pet parents struggle with when ‘the right time is’ to say goodbye. The QOL scale was created to help with this decision making.
Each part of the scale has a score of 10. 1 being a low score, 10 being the highest.
An acceptable quality of life score would be 35 or above. A score below 35, the pet would be in Palliative care and Euthanasia would need to be considered.
*Hurt. Is your pet in any pain? If they are on pain medication, is it adequate?
*Hunger. Can your pet eat on their own, or do they need assistance? (Tube feeding)
*Hydration. Can your pet drink on their own? If they are not, are they dehydrated? Would subcutaneous fluids or intravenous fluid therapy help?
*Hygiene. Is your pet able to groom themselves? Are they able to go to the toilet without help? If they do need help, prevent urine scalding and pressure sores from laying down on one side.
*Happiness. Is your pet responsive to things around them? (Food, toys, family members) could the pet be depressed or bored, anxious or afraid? Can you move the pet closer to family activities to prevent isolation?
*Mobility. Can your pet get up without assistance? Do they need aid in walking? (Towel sling, cart with wheels) . Is your pet having seizures or stumbling? Does your pet feel like going for a walk?
*More Good Days Than Bad. When bad days outnumber good days, quality of life might be compromised. When a healthy human-animal bond is no longer possible, the caregiver must be made aware the end is near. The decision for euthanasia needs to be made if the pet is suffering. If death comes peacefully and painlessly at home, that is okay.
Your Vet staff are here to help both you and your pet. Please ask for assistance if you need to.
As hard as it is for us, We have to remember the pet’s needs comes first. 🐾