When To Say Goodbye - A Quality Of Life Issue
By orangevilla1514320, Dec 17 2014 03:07PM
When Is It Time To Say Goodbye?
Even after 32 years in practice it isn't any easier to answer people when they ask me how will I know when it's time to put my pet to sleep. I have always directed the way I practice medicine to quality of life not quantity of life.
I try to base my decision on the following guidelines:
Hurt - can the pain be controlled?
Hunger - is the pet eating enough to maintain weight?
Hydration - is the pet drinking enough to maintain normal bodily functions?
Hygeine - does the pet (especially cats) care or able to keep itself clean?
Happiness - does the pet express joy and interest in life going on around it or is it depressed
lonely, anxious, bored or afraid?
Mobility - can the pet get up without assistance and is it able to carry out normal daily activities?
More Good Days Than Bad - when bad days outnumber good days quality of life might be too
Acting as your pet's advocate and looking at what is best for them, I am glad that veterinarians have the option to stop the suffering of our patients.