In a movement lead generally by veterinarians, more and more pet owners are learning about and using hospice care for their dying pets.
One example of hospice care for animals is pawspice.
According to Alice Villalobos, DVM, “the pawspice program provides comfort care for both the family and the patient. Pawspice provides clients with end-of-life care and staff with a protocol that validates a mutual willingness to endure its special purpose…”
According to the website Veterinary Practice News, they have developed a guideline or sorts to …”help clients determine for themselves when a pawspice plan is good for the pet or when it is time to make the final call for euthanasia…”
The vets use a HHHHMM Quality of Life (Q of L) Scale to measure seven special parameters. The acronym stands for Hurt, Hydration, Hunger, Hygiene, Happiness, Mobility and More good days than bad days. Each parameter is measured from zero to 10. Evaluate each parameter and try to alleviate each problem by at least 30 percent to 50 percent.
This scale is to help the pet owners monitor their terminal pets on a daily basis.
Go to their site here and read further information on the pawspice plan and see if it is something that you need to discuss with your family and your vet.