Quality of Care

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Pet caregivers can use this scale to evaluate their pet’s quality of life. Using a scale of 1 to 10, patients can properly be scored.
Score Criteria
H: 0 – 10 HURT – Adequate pain control, including breathing ability, is first and foremost on the scale. Is the pet’s pain successfully managed? Is Oxygen necessary?
H: 0 – 10 HUNGER – Is the pet eating enough? Does hand feeding help? Does the patient require a feeding tube?
H: 0 – 10 HYDRATION – Is the patient dehydrated? For patients not drinking enough water, use subcutaneous fluids once or twice daily to supplement fluid intake.
H: 0 – 10 Hygiene – The patient should be kept brushed and cleaned particularly after elimination, avoid pressure sores and keep all wounds clean.
H: 0 – 10 HAPPINESS – Does the pet express joy and interest? Is he responsive to things around him (family, toys, etc)? Is the pet depressed, lonely, anxious, bored or afraid? Can the pet’s bed be near the kitchen and moved near family activities so as not to be isolated?
H: 0 – 10 MOBILITY – Can the patient get up without assistance? Does the pet need human or mechanical help, a cart? Does he feel like going for a walk? Is he having seizures or stumbling? Some caregivers feel euthanasia is preferable to amputation, yet an animal with limited mobility may still be alert and responsive and can have a good quality of life as long as the family is committed to quality care.
H: 0 – 10 MORE GOOD DAYS THAN BAD – When bad days outnumber the good days, quality of life might be too compromised. When a healthy human-animal bond is no longer possible, the caregiver must be made aware the end is near. The decision needs to be made if the pet is suffering. If death comes peacefully and painlessly, that is okay.
*Total = * A total >35 points is acceptable Quality of Life for pets