Compassionate end of life care for your beloved companion
Servicing the entire San Francisco Peninsula and South Bay
Assessing Your Pet’s Quality of Life
Peaceful Pathways In-Home Pet Euthanasia is a mobile service devoted to ensuring your pet’s final chapter is written to include as much comfort and dignity as possible. We provide compassionate, personalized end-of-life care in the privacy of your own home. Our hospice care services aims to alleviate pain and discomfort in those pets for whom age or illness have caught up. When it is time to say goodbye to your elderly or terminally ill companion, our in-home euthanasia service affords grace and serenity in their final moments, devoid of fear and anxiety. We understand the difficulty and grief involved when dealing with the loss of a pet and we are here to offer guidance and support through the decision making process.
вЂњI wanted to tell you that you made us feel much more comfortable about the whole process. The way you handled everything was very gentle but professional at the same time. Mia deserved to be taken care of with love and respect, which you provided. Thanks again for everything.вЂќ вЂњThank you for your sympathy during our time of loss. Your kind words are a comfort to us as we grieve our вЂBest Friend’sвЂ™ death.вЂќ вЂњI wanted to write and thank you so very much for your help with Fred earlier this month. I was so incredibly sad and anxious about the decision, and how the process was going to be, and you made the experience extremely loving and peaceful. Your calm, caring demeanor, professionalism and knowledge helped us move through the process at a pace that was right for us – not too slow and not too fast. We really had no idea what to expect, and your service not only met but exceeded our expectations. Thank you for making a day we were dreading into a day filled with peace, love and compassion.вЂќ вЂњThank you for your help during this difficult time for our family. Bless you for your kindness and services.вЂќ вЂњI want to tell you, again, how much I appreciated your quick phone response, willingness to come over the same day (on a Sunday no less) and, of course, your compassionate care of both Whiskey and me. В I really feel it is such an important service that you provide, and you are clearly the right person for it.вЂќ вЂњThank you so much for everything. You really helped our family with a tough time, and we all appreciate your sensitivity and kindness.вЂќ
How can I tell if my pet is suffering, and what is my pet’s quality of life?
Is your pet able to get up without your help? Do you notice your pet experience difficulty rising or moving with discomfort? Are they able to lay down comfortably or do they just fall to the floor?
Appetite and Drinking
How is their appetite? Are they eating more or less than normal? Increased or decreased water intake? Any episodes of vomiting or diarrhea?
Have they become fecal or urinary incontinent? Do they display an urgency to go outside or do they need to go outside more frequently? Are they having any trouble urinating or defecating?
Is your pet experiencing any respiratory distress? Do they become tired more easily with exercise? Do you notice any coughing or wheezing?
General Pain Level
Do they have a вЂњstressedвЂќ look on their face? Do they make noises or groans when rising or moving around? Do they tend to stay in one location most of the day and show a reluctance to move? Do they act as if they donвЂ™t want to be petted or flinch when you show affection? Often this is a sign they are experiencing discomfort from simply touching them.
Have the sleep patterns changed? Are they having trouble sleeping through the night or pacing during normal sleeping times? Do they seem confused or disoriented when they awaken?
Happiness Mental Acuity
Do they seem less responsive to things they would normally enjoy? Do they seem less alert when you come home or not as engaged? Are they acting confused about where they are in their normal surroundings?
Quality of Life
Is your pet having more bad days than good days? When the bad days outweigh the good days, then their quality of life has become compromised. When this happens, it is time to strongly consider in-home hospice care or in-home pet euthanasia.
Quality Of Life Worksheet
Most quality of life worksheets are based off this one or are very similar.
Using a scale of 1-poor to 10-best, patients can be assessed. Over 35 points is considered an acceptable quality of life. Under 35 points is unacceptable and medical care must be improved or euthanasia considered.
Quality of Life Scale The HHHHHMM Scale
Pet caregivers can use this Quality of Life Scale to determine the success of вЂpawspiceвЂ™ care. Score patients using a scale of 1 to 10.