Pain & Quality of Life Assessment

    Quality Of Life Assessment

    Due to increased demand, we are currently not able to take any more hospice cases till November 2023.

    Pain is better assessed in the pet’s natural home setting. Our vets are trained to unmask pain; by gentle examination in a familiar environment, and by open and honest dialogue with you about your pet’s day-to-day reality.

    You and your Dignipets vet will form a team that anticipates, prevents, finds, and relieves pain in your pet. We will review and adjust existing pain protocols and provide prescription pain relief. Our vets have a multi-modal approach to pain control to guarantee safe, effective care tailored to your pet’s specific needs.

    When it comes to discussing your pet’s quality of life, we have online visits available (click here) with our trained members of team who can guide you and give you tailored support. Quality of life scoring is done within every service we provide as it is the most important part of our training and support at Dignipets.

    These are comments we regularly get from pet owners and they are an indication that a pet might be in pain

    My pet is a bit stiff in the mornings

    My pet has really changed in personality

    My pet is quite anxious

    My pet is suddenly grumpy

    What does a visit entail?


    Visits are carried out by your Dignipets vet. They normally take around an hour and we ask all the carers of the pet to be present if possible. If your pet has been seen by your family vet we would ask you for your permission to request their clinical history. The visit includes a clinical examination, pain and quality of life assessment and prescribing and dispensing medication if needed. This includes documents, online account and ongoing future support.

    Depending on the initial pain score we would ask you to fill in ongoing questionnaires to assess your pet’s welfare and response to pain medication. This is so your Dignipets vet stays updated on your pet’s condition. This could be daily, weekly or monthly depending on your pet’s needs. At the time of the visit we will ask you your communication preferences.

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