I developed this Quality of Life Scale after hundreds of conversations over the years with pet owners and their families making the decision to euthanize their pet.
Sometimes, after the discussion, people realize that their pet is enjoying life, and they still have time left with their pet. Other times, people realize their pets are suffering more than they were aware, so they choose the final act of caring. In either case, the JOURNEYS scale is meant to get you thinking and considering the factors that affect your pet’s happiness and sense of well-being.
There are no hard and fast rules, although in general a higher score is better.
- A score of 80 is a happy, healthy pet!
- A score of 8 is a pet that is suffering. A low score on any of the measures may be a reason to consider euthanasia.
Please use this as a starting place to explore your pet’s quality of life, and address your concerns with your veterinarian. I am available to discuss your pet too: Call or Email Dr. Katie