Quality of Life Scale - Is it time?

If you are considering “whether it is time” for euthanasia please view the constructing a “quality of life scale” (Original concept, Oncology Outlook, by Dr. Alice Villalobos). It can assist those who are in the unenviable position to make a considered decision with respects to  various aspects of pain, appetite, toileting habits, happiness, mobility and whether your pets still enjoy more good days than bad.

Quality of Life Scale or the The HHHHHMM Scale

Score patients using a scale of: 0 to 10 (10 being ideal) for each criteria.  A total over 35 accumulative points represents acceptable life quality.

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0-10 Hurt

0-10 Hunger

0-10 Hydration

0-10 Hygiene

0-10 Happiness

0-10 Mobility

0-10 More Good Days Than Bad

Total = N.B. A total over 35 points represents acceptable life quality.

Original concept, Oncology Outlook, by Dr. Alice Villalobos, Quality of Life Scale Helps Make Final Call, VPN, 09/2004; scale format created for author’s book, Canine and Feline Geriatric Oncology: Honoring the Human-Animal Bond, Blackwell Publishing, 2007. Revised for the International Veterinary Association of Pain Management (IVAPM) 2011 Palliative Care and Hospice Guidelines.

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