How do I know when it’s time?
One of the hardest parts about our job and about being a pet owner is the end of a pet’s life. Sometimes pets pass away suddenly, but more often than not, their illnesses are due to chronic diseases, such as kidney failure or cancer. We certainly don’t want our loved ones to have to suffer, but at the same time it is one of the hardest decisions that we have to make about our pets. How can we ever know when the time is right?
In 2004, Dr. Alice Villalobos created what is called the HHHHHMM scale. The purpose of this scale is to give pet owners an objective way to determine their pet’s overall quality of life. In doing so, this scale helps relieve the feelings of guilt associated with making that final decision. The scale is broken down into 7 categories, and each category is scored from 1 to 10. A score of 35 or greater is considered reasonably acceptable quality of life.
- The HHHHHMM scale can be downloaded here.
If you are being faced with this unfortunate situation, we are here to help you. If you have any questions or concerns about the euthanasia process, or what happens to your pet afterwards, please call us and we will discuss these things with you. Hopefully the HHHHHMM scale will help guide your decision process during this difficult time.