Making the Decision

Should I euthanize my pet? When is it time? How will I know? Is it wrong to euthanize my pet?….

These are only a few of the questions you may be asking yourself when it comes to your aging or ailing furry family member. The decision to euthanize a pet comes with a lot of heartache and doubts, yet it is one of the biggest gifts we can give them. The ability to relieve suffering of a pet and provide a good, peaceful death in the pet’s home surrounded by family, is an act of compassion and love. One of the biggest concerns owners have is knowing when that time has come. At Twilight Meadows, we can help you to determine when that time may be based on a term veterinarians use called ‘Quality of Life’. Some questions that are helpful in determining the quality of life for your pet are:

  • Is your pet still eating and drinking?
  • How about your pet’s potty habits? Is he or she soiling themselves?
  • How is your pet’s mobility? Do they need assistance to stand and walk around?
  • Is your pet in pain? Can it be managed with medication?
  • Does your pet have an illness? If so, is the illness treatable or terminal?
  • What are your limitations? Do you have the time or finances to care for an ill pet?

Our doctors are available to provide a quality of life assessment for your pet. All factors from your pet’s breed to type of illness are considered. In some cases, hospice care can be prescribed, which will increase pet’s comfort and quality of life for a period of time. After hospice care is no longer successful in keeping your pet’s quality of life to an acceptable level, euthanasia is then recommended.

The following links are to a widely used scale for evaluating your pet’s quality of life.

This quality of life scale is a useful tool in determining whether or not hospice care may be helpful, or if it may be time to consider euthanasia. If you would like to speak with a doctor, please fill out the contact form on the contact us page, or give us a call and we will get back to you as soon as possible to set up an appointment to speak with a veterinarian. Phone consultations with our doctors to discuss your pet’s individual situation and needs are complimentary. If you are interested in having one of our veterinarians perform and in home evaluation, please contact us to schedule you an appointment, please see our services page for details on pricing.