How can I tell if my pet is suffering, and what is my pet’s quality of life?
Is your pet able to get up without your help? Do you notice your pet experience difficulty rising or moving with discomfort? Are they able to lay down comfortably or do they just fall to the floor?
Appetite and Drinking
How is their appetite? Are they eating more or less than normal? Increased or decreased water intake? Any episodes of vomiting or diarrhea?
Have they become fecal or urinary incontinent? Do they display an urgency to go outside or do they need to go outside more frequently? Are they having any trouble urinating or defecating?
Is your pet experiencing any respiratory distress? Do they become tired more easily with exercise? Do you notice any coughing or wheezing?
General Pain Level
Do they have a “stressed” look on their face? Do they make noises or groans when rising or moving around? Do they tend to stay in one location most of the day and show a reluctance to move? Do they act as if they don’t want to be petted or flinch when you show affection? Often this is a sign they are experiencing discomfort from simply touching them.
Have the sleep patterns changed? Are they having trouble sleeping through the night or pacing during normal sleeping times? Do they seem confused or disoriented when they awaken?
Do they seem less responsive to things they would normally enjoy? Do they seem less alert when you come home or not as engaged? Are they acting confused about where they are in their normal surroundings?
Quality of Life
Is your pet having more bad days than good days? When the bad days outweigh the good days, then their quality of life has become compromised. When this happens, it is time to strongly consider in-home hospice care or in-home pet euthanasia.
Quality of Life Assessment
This type of visit is valuable for families who simply need time and space to address the current quality of life concerns. We will discuss the expected changes that may occur due to your pets condition/illness and how to monitor by providing you tools to help arrive more clearly at an end of life decision. We will discuss how the end of life process occurs and any questions or concerns you may have related to this topic. We will not discuss in depth your pets current medical plan or recommend any adjustments to that. If you would prefer this is discussed, we should instead schedule as a palliative, hospice care, and pain management visit.
Compassionate end-of-life care for your beloved companion
Peaceful Pathways is devoted to ensuring your pet's final chapter is written to include as much comfort and dignity as possible. Please see our service area map below. If you are outside of the area, please contact us for travel rates.
San Francisco, Peninsula and South Bay communities.
Extended travel is possible (may incur an additional fee).
2625 Middlefield Rd #290
Palo Alto, CA 94306
Mon-Fri: 9am - 5pm
Sat: 10am - 2pm
*Requested 1-2 days prior notice will help ensure availability