Quality of Life Scale – Veterinary

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Quality of Life Assessment for Pets
[select name="Q1" value="Unacceptable=1|Poor=2|Acceptable=3|Good=4|Excellent=5"] <-- Pain/Discomfort
Is the pet in pain, including distress from difficulty in breathing? Can the pet's pain be successfully managed? Is oxygen necessary?

[select name="Q2" value="Unacceptable=1|Poor=2|Acceptable=3|Good=4|Excellent=5"] <-- Nutrition
Is the pet eating enough? Does hand feeding help? Does the pet require a feeding tube?

[select name="Q3" value="Unacceptable=1|Poor=2|Acceptable=3|Good=4|Excellent=5"] <-- Hydration
Is the pet dehydrated? Are subcutaneous fluids once or twice daily enough to resolve the problem? If needed, are subcutaneously fluids well tolerated?

[select name="Q4" value="Unacceptable=1|Poor=2|Acceptable=3|Good=4|Excellent=5"] <-- Hygiene
The pet should be kept brushed and clean, particularly after elimination (urine or feces). Does the pet have pressure sores?

[select name="Q5" value="Unacceptable=1|Poor=2|Acceptable=3|Good=4|Excellent=5"] <-- Happiness
Does the pet express joy and interest? Is he or she 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 to minimize isolation?

[select name="Q6" value="Unacceptable=1|Poor=2|Acceptable=3|Good=4|Excellent=5"] <-- Mobility
Can the pet get up without assistance? Does the pet need human or mechanical help (eg: a cart)? Does he or she feel like going for a walk? Is he or she having seizures or stumbling?

[select name="Q7" value="Unacceptable=1|Poor=2|Acceptable=3|Good=4|Excellent=5"] <-- Good vs Bad Days
When bad days outnumber good days, the pet's suffering is appreciable and quality of life might be too compromised.

Score --> [calc memo="Total" value="score1=(Q1)+(Q2)+(Q3)+(Q4)+(Q5)+(Q6)+(Q7)"] out of 35
Interpretation --> [calc memo="Recommendation" value="score2=(Q1)+(Q2)+(Q3)+(Q4)+(Q5)+(Q6)+(Q7);score2>20?'Acceptable - Higher scores may correspond to higher quality of life':'Unacceptable - Lower scores may correspond to lower quality of life. When a healthy human-animal bond is no longer possible, end-of-life decision making may be prudent.'"]
Quality of Life Assessment for Pets
<-- Pain/Discomfort
Is the pet in pain, including distress from difficulty in breathing? Can the pet's pain be successfully managed? Is oxygen necessary?

<-- Nutrition
Is the pet eating enough? Does hand feeding help? Does the pet require a feeding tube?

<-- Hydration
Is the pet dehydrated? Are subcutaneous fluids once or twice daily enough to resolve the problem? If needed, are subcutaneously fluids well tolerated?

<-- Hygiene
The pet should be kept brushed and clean, particularly after elimination (urine or feces). Does the pet have pressure sores?

<-- Happiness
Does the pet express joy and interest? Is he or she 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 to minimize isolation?

<-- Mobility
Can the pet get up without assistance? Does the pet need human or mechanical help (eg: a cart)? Does he or she feel like going for a walk? Is he or she having seizures or stumbling?

<-- Good vs Bad Days
When bad days outnumber good days, the pet's suffering is appreciable and quality of life might be too compromised.

Score --> Totalscore1=(Q1)+(Q2)+(Q3)+(Q4)+(Q5)+(Q6)+(Q7) out of 35
Interpretation --> Recommendationscore2=(Q1)+(Q2)+(Q3)+(Q4)+(Q5)+(Q6)+(Q7);score2>20?'Acceptable - Higher scores may correspond to higher quality of life':'Unacceptable - Lower scores may correspond to lower quality of life. When a healthy human-animal bond is no longer possible, end-of-life decision making may be prudent.'
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