Quality of Life

Are you concerned about your animal's welfare?

Quality of life refers to the overall well-being of an individual animal, taking into account the physical, social, and emotional components of the animal's life.

The assessment an animal hospice provider or care giver makes about how well or poorly an animal is doing, takes into account the totality of an animal’s feelings, experiences and preferences, as demonstrated by the animal. In the context of animal hospice care, these assessments indicate the current or ongoing comfort levels in relation to the diagnosed health problems and severity of symptoms and suffering.

An example of a Quality of Life Scale
The HHHHHMM Scale*
(H: Hurt H: Hunger H: Hydration H: Hygiene. H: Happiness M: Motability M: More good days than bad)
Pet care givers can use this Quality of Life Scale to determine the success of hospice care.

What does a visit involve?

The visits are carried out by your Dignipets vet or nurse. They normally take around an hour and we ask for 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, disease education, pain and quality of life assessment. We will also be able to prescribe (pain) medication at the time of the visit but this is not included in our visit fee. Depending on your animal's condition we would ask you to fill in ongoing questionnaires to assess your pet’s welfare and response to medication and care. This is so we stay updated on your pet’s condition. You will receive a written report and, on request, we can send a copy to your family vet. Ongoing support is a vital part of our services. Our nurse will then work closely with you and play an important role in navigating you through the advice and treatment given. Click here for prices

*Original concept, Oncology Outlook, by Dr. Alice Villalobos, Quality of Life Scale Helps Make Final Call, VPN, 09/2004; scale format created for author’s book, Canine and Feline Geriatric Oncology: Honoring the Human- Animal Bond, Blackwell Publishing, 2007. Revised for International Veterinary Association of Pain Management (IVAPM) 2011 Hospice Statement. Reprinted with permission from Dr. Alice Villalobos & Wiley-Blackwell.


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