How will I know when?
Due to the gradual nature of most pet health problems it can be challenging to know when the correct time for euthanasia has arrived. This time will also be different for different people.
It can be helpful to try and determine what "quality of life" means for your pet by making a list of things he or she most enjoyed. Such as interactions with other pets and people, playing with a favourite toy, a walk on the beach etc.
Assessing the number of good days compared to bad over time can also be helpful. This can be as simple as putting a marble in a bowl on a good day and removing one on a sad day or putting coloured stickers on a calendar.
Drawing a "line in the sand" such as, if my pet drops below a certain weight or has not eaten for a certain number of days can help.
We would encourage you to download the following "Quality of life scale and diary" to monitor your pet and help your decision making.
A close relationship and communication with your Vet is important at this time to ensure your pet remains as well treated and comfortable as possible.
Your personal quality of life also needs considering. What effect will appropriate treatment have on your finances and family? Do you have time to tend to your pets needs? What other obligations and stresses do you have in your life at this time?