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 Ultimately, is your pet managing the changes happily, or more sad, depleted or withdrawn?
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.
Pet loss is staggeringly difficult. Moving from Post-Traumatic Stress to Post-Traumatic Growth by using the concept of “reinvention" is a truly helpful mechanism. Ask yourself how could do you take this loss forward, by re-inventing or creating something new and positive as a result? What can you now do, in your pet’s name, that would help other animals?