Saturday, March 30, 2019
Pets are furry loved ones for many people and families, and like any loved one, you hate to see them in pain. Though you want them to be around as long as possible, sometimes their quality of life can be so low that it is more humane to put them down. The New York Times has provided a scale that is adapted from "Canine and Feline Geriatric Oncology: Honoring the Human-Animal Bond," by Alice Villalobos, D.V.M. If you are able to provide support that improves certain areas of the animal's life, it may be an option to extend your precious time with them.
Pet caregivers can use this Quality of Life Scale to determine whether to continue supportive care for an aging or sick pet or whether euthanasia is a more compassionate option. Move the slider to reflect your pet's score in each category, using a scale of 0 (very poor) to 10 (best). Your score should be based on the pet's quality of life on its own or with whatever level of supportive care works for you.
See Tara Parker-Pope, Is It Time? Making End of Life Decisions for Pets, New York Times, March 19, 2019.
Special thanks to Lewis Saret (Attorney, Washington, D.C.) for bringing this article to my attention.