Quality of life


There are many definitions to quality of life…here are a few criteria that you may want to consider.

 

APPETITE

Appetite is one of the most obvious signs of wellness.

Consider these situtations: My pet doesn’t eat his/her normal food anymore. My pet picks at his/her food now but never used to do this. My pet doesn’t even want good stuff (treats, human foods, snacks) anymore. My pet acts nauseated or vomits. My pet is losing weight. 

PAIN

Another important area of consideration is your pets level of pain.

Consider these situtations: My pet does not express joy and interest in life. My pet does not respond to the people that he/she used to respond to. My pet does not want to play with toys or do other things that he/she used to enjoy. My pet seems dull, not alert, or depressed.

HYDRATION

Hydration status is equally important as appetite. Without adequate water consumption they will not feel well and can become dehydrated.

Consider these situtations:My pet doesn’t drink as much as he/she used to. My pet frequently has dry, sticky gums. My pet is frequently vomiting or having diarrhea.

HYGIENE

Animals that are sick do not have the energy to maintain normal fur and skin. This is especially true in cats.

Consider these situtations:My cat doesn’t groom herself any more. My pets hair is matted, greasy, rough looking, dull, or foul smelling. My pet has stool pasted around his/her fur. My pet smells like rancid urine . My pets skin is irritated from urine (urine scalding). My pet has pressure sores that won’t seem to heal.  

ACTIVITY/MOBILITY

Changes in normal activity can be due to mobility problems, pain, illness, or aging (arthritis).

Consider these situtations: My pet cannot get up without assistance.  My pet lays in one place all day long, rarely moving. My pet does not want to play ball, go for walks, or do the things he/she used to do. My pet falls frequently and has a hard time getting back up.