Poignant Questions About Your Pet’s Quality of Life

By April 14, 2012No Comments

Croton Animal Hospital offers invaluable personal advice when you feel the time may be approaching. Consider these questions carefully when faced with the overwhelming decision of euthanasia.

• Is your pet in incurable chronic pain, or does he have an age-related illness that cannot be alleviated and which now causes misery, e.g. advanced senility or incontinence?

• Has he suffered severe pain from injuries from which he will never recover?

• Is treatment of a debilitating condition no longer possible?

• Is he in visible distress from a terminal illness that has now reduced his quality of life to such a point that he is no longer happy?

• Does he have a dangerous behavioral problem that cannot be corrected and that indicates he cannot be re-homed?

• Does he no longer enjoy his usual activities?

• Does he appear to be in much pain?

• Do I have the financial and physical resources it may take to adequately care for him as his condition declines?

• Will the quality of life through the treatment and beyond be good enough for the time it affords?

• Am I prolonging life for my pet’s sake – or for mine?

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