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Posted on Apr 23, 2020

Peaceful Paws LA

How do I know when it's time?

Deciding when it's time to say goodbye can be hard to determine. Quality of Life is a large factor in determine the answer to this question, and it includes many factors such as whether or not your pet is suffering, if he/she is still eating, whether there are more good days than bad, etc.
A few suggestions that may help you:
– Remember how your pet looked and behaved prior to the illness. Sometimes changes are gradual, and therefore hard to recognize. Look at photos or videos of your pet from before the illness.
– Mark good and bad days on a calendar. Some may choose to distinguish morning from evening.This could be as simple as a happy or sad face for good or bad. If the bad days start to outweigh the good, it may be time to make a decision.
– Write a concrete list of three to five things your pet likes to do. When your pet is no longer able to enjoy these things, it may be time to discuss euthanasia.
– If you still find it difficult to determine your pet's Quality of Life, you may want to complete the Quality of Life Scale.
If you are not familiar with this scale it is a list of questions that helps put into perspective what type of day to day quality your pet has.
The "learn more" button will link you to this scale, or feel free to email me for a copy of it.
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