For most people, this is one of the most difficult decisions you will face for your pet. If the quality of your pet’s life has diminished so that they are experiencing more bad days than good days, it may be time to consider easing your pet’s suffering. There is no greater role for a veterinarian than to prevent animal suffering and to provide a humane euthanasia, when all viable alternatives have been explored. The most important thing that you can do for your pet, irrespective of his or her age, is to minimize any pain or distress being experienced at the end of his or her life. Home euthanasia provides a painless, peaceful end for a pet at the end of his or her life. Caretakers or guardians have the burden of deciding when that time is to be; a prior house call can be made to assist you in making this decision.
Owners are often faced with having to assess the quality of life of their pet. Dr. Alice Villalobos, veterinarian and author, is an authority in the field of ethical decision making regarding pet care. Click here to download the Quality of Life Assessment by Dr. Villalobos. How to interpret the score: A score of greater than 35 means you are adequately caring for your pet at the end of their life according to this scale. Below 35, the scale implies that euthanasia should be considered. Zero means the patient/pet is not doing well in that category and ten means they are perfectly fine and can do these things on their own.