Older pets sometimes have special needs. Dr. Faith Banks of Midtown Mobile Veterinary Services in Toronto explains how to evaluate their quality of life and if it needs to be improved.
If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me this question... I’d have lots of dollars!! What amazes me most about this question, is it is often asked by the people whose home I am in, while we are sitting around their now sedated, beloved pet, as we are about to begin the euthanasia process. I feel the answer is obvious, it is right in front of them. Sleeping peacefully, sometimes even snoring. I do it for their pets, I do it for them, I do it for me.
Many people are afraid of what they’re going to hear from their vet, and they tend to stay away. Dr. Faith Banks, DVM encourages caregivers to be open and honest about their fears, goals, wants and expectations, so they can move forward caring for their declining pet, and together with their veterinarian, can create a good death for all concerned.
Some great advice on how to assess your pet’s quality of life, and tells us what markers we can watch for to ensure that our pet’s geriatric phase is managed well. After all your years together, there are ways of making the end a special and meaningful time for both the family, and the pet.
Helpful advice on how to assess your pet’s quality of life, and discusses some of the quality of life markers we can watch for to ensure that our pet’s geriatric phase is managed well. For dogs, quality of life can be detected through noting changes in their lifestyle; with cats, more changes in behaviour. Ultimately, is your pet managing the changes happily, or more sad, depleted or withdrawn?