Quality of life
Your pet’s quality of life
It’s true, isn’t it, that you often refer to your pet as your friend, your companion… even your baby! Your cat, dog, ferret and bird are part of your daily life, part of the family. They share your home and are sensitive to your moods. And have done and been so in some cases, for many years. In return, you care deeply for their health and wellbeing. When they become a source of growing concern, you may start asking yourself questions about their future and how to make sure they enjoy the best quality of life for as long as possible.
What signs should you be looking for in terms of evaluating your pet’s quality of life? Here’s a handy checklist that will help you communicate useful information to your family vet when you need to:
- Does your pet seem to have difficulty moving around, or moving in general?
- Have you noticed a loss in appetite? Maybe she lost weight and drinks a lot of water?
- After eating or drinking, do they vomit or have diarrhea?
- Do they have bad breath?
- Are they experiencing any shortness of breath?
- Do they urinate or “have accidents” on the floor?
- Can they see and hear well?
- Has your pet changed their behaviour? For example, are they lethargic or contrarily, have they become uncharacteristically aggressive?
If you have noticed on or more of these signs, don’t hesitate to consult your vet. They will be able to make a professional diagnosis and help you make the best decisions possible, with a clear understanding of the situation.