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Quality of Life Assessment

Improving the quality of life for dogs, cats and their people is our passion!

When you aren't sure if there are options to improve your pet's comfort and quality of life, or if you are struggling to decide if it’s the right time to choose euthanasia, you may want the opinion of our veterinarians.  While you are always the ultimate decision maker AnnouncementWe'd like to share information about a new support group for people who have pets dealing with age related issues, chronic or terminal disease. The Halo Support Group is meeting at least twice monthly, with alternating meetings for people with cats or people with dogs. Please visit www.petsupportgroup.com for more information. when it comes to your pet, a home visit from one of our veterinarians may help you consider all options for your pet’s comfort, quality of life and end of life care.

A Quality of Life Assessment is a comprehensive evaluation of your pet, their physical and psychological state, and how they are coping with age or disease.  It also considers the care-giver's quality of life as well. An assessment may help you make a decision regarding euthanasia and determine if the most loving thing you can do for them is to say good-bye peacefully in their home.  A Quality of Life Assessment may also help determine if your pet may benefit from palliative or hospice care.  Hospice care may greatly improve your pet’s life  - and often improve your life as well - for a period of time. Sometimes a simple change in a treatment plan can make a world of difference.

A typical appointment may last from 1 to 2 hours as we go through the examination and give you and your A cat resting at home who is happy to have mobile veterinary services to come and visit him. pet our undivided attention.  You will be able to discuss at length your pet's condition, how it affects you, and what you may be struggling with in your decision making process.

Our veterinarians will never recommend hospice strictly for the purpose of lengthening your pet’s life if their comfort, pain or related issues cannot be effectively managed through a hospice plan.  We will always be very open and honest with you regarding your pet's condition and whether hospice care is a reasonable option.

Sometimes a simple change in treatment plan can be made that can drastically alter the course of things......moving you away from considering hospice or euthanasia, and allowing you to enjoy much more time than you expected. When this happens, it is a joyful thing!  It doesn't happen every day, but does happen more often than you would expect.  It can be a real gift to people and their pets, and is our favorite outcome!

If you are interested in a Quality of Life Assessment please contact us at 503-281-1631 or use our contact form.

Some Situations Where a Quality of Life Assessment May Help

  • When you are considering Euthanasia for your pet,
  • When your dog or cat has been diagnosed with a terminal disease and your family would like to learn what is likely to be experienced in the coming days,
  • When family members disagree about whether or not it is the right time to euthanize the family pet,
  • When some aspects of a pet's health are not optimal (severe arthritis, chronic renal failure, other chronic illnesses for example) but other aspects of a pet's health are still good,
  • When deciding between an aggressive treatment plan or a more conservative treatment option for a particular condition (cancer, for example).

A dog resting in his yard at home.Rest assured, we can provide objective, yet compassionate and sensitive help. All of our staff are extremely experienced in this aspect of veterinary medicine and are honored to help you consider the various advantages and disadvantages of the different courses of action. We promise that we will do our utmost to meet your needs and to do so in a loving, supportive and nonjudgmental manner.

You may want to read some of Dr. Mesher's Blog posts on these topics.

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