Deciding whether or not to euthanize a companion animal can be a difficult and emotional decision. It is important to consider the well-being of the animal and to assess his/her quality of life. Here are some factors to consider when making the decision:
- Pain and Suffering: Are they experiencing chronic pain that cannot be managed with medication or other treatments?
- Mobility: Is the dog or cat unable to stand or walk, or is it in constant pain when trying to move?
- Quality of life: Are they unable to enjoy normal activities such as eating, drinking, or going for walks?
- Incontinence: Is the instances of incontinence and inability to control its bladder and bowel movements?
- Loss of Basic Functions: Has your companion lost the ability to recognize familiar people or surroundings, or has it lost its appetite and ability to drink?
It is important to have open and honest conversations with your veterinarian to determine the best course of action for your pet. They can help you assess your companion’s quality of life and discuss options for managing their pain and suffering. Ultimately, the decision to euthanize a pet is a personal one and should be based on the individual circumstances and what is best for the animal. Below is a chart worksheet to help you determine your companion’s current quality of life.