Monday - Saturday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM | Sunday: Closed

Helping You Decide

Treating Pain Is Often Overlooked and Underdone

Treating Pain Is Often Overlooked and Underdone

Modern Veterinary Medicine Has Made Great Advances in Pain Control – WHY Has it Not Found its Way to Most Clinics? As a chronic severe...
Read More
How to Assess Respiratory Rate

How to Assess Respiratory Rate

Does your pet seem to be breathing more rapid at home and with increased effort? An easy way to assess for normal respiratory rates at...
Read More
Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome in Dogs

Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome in Dogs

Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome in Dogs (CDS) Cognitive dysfunction syndrome is a condition related to the aging of a dog’s brain, which ultimately leads to changes...
Read More
Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome in Cats

Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome in Cats

As they age, cats often suffer a decline in functioning, including their cognitive functioning, which ultimately leads to changes in awareness, deficit in learning and...
Read More
The Covenant of Compassion

The Covenant of Compassion

On the surface, the decision to put your ailing pet to sleep seems like it would be simple. I’ve heard it discussed by pet lovers...
Read More
The Dreaded Diagnosis

The Dreaded Diagnosis

CANCER is a word that strikes fear into our hearts, whether it is about our health, or that of our beloved pets. Unfortunately cancer is...
Read More
Why Is There So Much Cancer In Our Dogs?

Why Is There So Much Cancer In Our Dogs?

I know in advance, this writing will be controversial. For as long as I can remember our recommendations on neutering pets has been to do...
Read More
Dr. Humphries and Taylor

Dr. Humphries and Taylor

My Dog’s Special Day For everyone who has recently lost their dog friend! Today was my dog’s special day. It is the day when she...
Read More

When Is It Time?

While advances in veterinary medicine are allowing your pet to live a longer, healthier life, the most difficult decision you can make regarding your best friend’s care is when to let them go. There’s rarely a clear-cut answer as to when is the “right” time to put your beloved dog down—rather, it’s a culmination of a variety of factors. While no one can make this difficult choice for you, there are a few things that can help. When faced with an older pet who is slowly declining, knowing the exact time to end their suffering is much more difficult. Use the aid of our quality-of-life scale to help determine how comfortable and happy your pet is on a daily basis.

Quality of Life

Assessing your pet’s quality of life is subjective and highly dependent on their disease process, their personality, and your personal beliefs. It is important to understand the disease process your pet is experiencing to properly evaluate their quality of life, making it important to have discussions with your veterinarian. No one knows your pet like you do, so we created these Quality-of-Life (QOL) Scales to help guide you in your decision-making process. The QOL scale is designed to walk you through a series of questions to help turn a subjective decision into more of a quantitative one. You can use the scale day by day and mark the score on a calendar so that you can look back after a couple days, weeks and see if your pet is having more good than bad days.

Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome in Dogs

Quality-of-Life

Use the Quality-of-Life sheets when you feel you are following a chronic illness and to keep tabs on your pets health.

View Now

Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome in Cats

End-of-Life

Use the End-of-Life sheets when you feel your pet has reached the last few months of its life and you need help knowing when to call for a euthanasia, or even a consult

View Now

Helpful Resources

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions that may arise as you assess the quality of your pet’s health. Our Care Coordinators are passionate about providing the information needed to help you walk through the scales and be a sounding board for your concerns judgement free.