End of Life Decision Making Score Sheet

A Numerical Score Sheet To Help You Decide If It Is Time To Put Your Pet To Sleep

This is one of the hardest decisions you will make with your beloved pet family members.  Most of us need help in making this critical decision.  We are very emotionally close to our pets and we do not want to be “too early”, or “too late” in this decision. This is a numerical scale (Click To Download) I’ve constructed to help you in this decision.  It is by no means a guarantee, but meant to simply help all of us when making this critical decision.  Score each category with a 0 to 10 number with 10 being a good or acceptable level of the symptom and 0 being the worst possible score.  At the end, if your number is below 50 then it may be time to consider euthanasia.   


Dr. Jim Humphries has been a veterinarian for 40 years and provides hospice and end of life care for pets in the Colorado Springs area.  He has served in the US Army Veterinary Corps, and as the veterinarian at CBS News and CNN. He is a consultant for several veterinary pharmaceutical companies. In addition to practice, he also serves as a Visiting Professor at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University. www.HomeWithDignity.com.