How Do I know If My Pet is in Pain: Quality of Life Questions
You already know your pet’s normal activites better than anyone, and so you are in the best position to evaluate your pet’s current situation.
Quality of Life Questions
Your beloved pet will always show you their best face, regardless of their pain or disease. Evaluating your pet in any of the following areas below should be considered on a timeline. Just as you watch children grow: you know they grow every day but we measure that growth in increments of time. So likewise, your pet’s deterioration occurs daily, but your true evaluation comes after time has passed.
The information and questions below require you to consider the responses as they are today compared to your pet’s “normal” responses as of weeks or months ago. You already know your pet’s normal actions better than anyone, and so you are in the best position to evaluate your pet’s current situation. You may use the categories below to evaluate your pet’s current quality of life, but feel free to contact us with any additional questions you may have so we may help you in this difficult time.
Appetite and Drinking
Is your pet eating regularly? Is your pet eating normal amounts of food? Is your pet drinking adequate amounts of water based on their past history, or drinking too much water?
Does your pet exhibit a lack of control of their bowels or bladder? Does your pet need to relieve itself more frequently, or have accidents before it can get to an appropriate area? Is your pet vomiting and/or having diarrhea and are either of these becoming more frequent?
Can your pet get up without help? Can your pet walk? Does your pet move without pain or with minimal pain? Does your pet have difficulty lying down, or do they just drop to the floor? Arthritis often makes it very difficult for pets to move around, as do many other disease conditions.
Is your pet having trouble sleeping through the night? Is your pet sleeping much more than usual? Is there crying or confusion as your pet awakens?
Happiness & Mental Acuity
Does your pet seem to be inattentive, or non-responsive to normal stimuli compared to days or weeks ago? Does your pet have a normal, “happy” response to seeing you, or has responding become too difficult? Does your pet wander incessantly? Does your pet seem to be very confused about where they are in your house?
More Bad Days than Good
Does your pet have more bad days or bad times than good? When the bad times outweigh the good ones, then the quality of life has been compromised. When this happens, it may be time to strongly consider in-home hospice care or in-home pet euthanasia.