There comes a time in many pets’ lives in which their owner needs to decide if, or when, euthanasia is the right option for their furry friend. Our hope is that reading this will help you when it’s time for your family to consider this option for your pet.
The definition of quality of life is a continuum and very individual. You should discuss as a family your definition of quality of life so that you may more objectively evaluate your pet. We suggest taking into account your pet’s activity level, response to activities that they would normally enjoy (i.e. going for a walk, playing with a ball or Frisbee, etc.), the ability and desire to eat and drink, the ability to walk, urinate and defecate normally and doing so without significant pain or discomfort. It may be useful to rate how well your pet is doing (1 – doing very poorly, 10 – doing very well); if you notice a steady decline in your assessment of quality of life, it may be time to consider the option of euthanasia.