Determining your pet’s quality of life can be the hardest thing to do as a pet parent. We’ve come up with some survey questions that will help you rate your pets abilities to see where they fall on the quality of life scale. Use the following scale to rate each question below:.
1. Strongly Agree / All the Time / Severe
2: Agree / Most of the Time / Significant
3: Neutral / Sometimes / Mild
4: Disagree / Occasionally / Slight
5: Strongly Disagree / Never / None
1. Does my pet not want to play?
2. Does my pet not interact with me in the same way as before?
3. Does my pet not enjoy the same activities as before?
4. Is my pet always hiding?
5. Has my pet’s behavior changed since diagnosis?
6. Does my pet not seem to enjoy life?
7. Has my pet had more bad days than good days?
8. Is my pet sleeping more than usual?
9. Does my pet seems dull and depressed?
10. Does my pet seem to be or is experiencing pain?
11. Is my pet panting (even while resting)?
12. Is my pet trembling or shaking abnormally?
13. Is my pet vomiting and/or seems nauseous?
14. Is my pet not eating well? (EX. may only be eating treats or if fed by hand)
15. Is my pet not drinking well?
16. Is my pet losing weight without any change in diet?
17. Is my pet having diarrhea often? How often?
18. Is my pet not urinating well?
19. Is my pet not moving around comfortably?
20. Is my pet not as active as normal?
21. Does my pet require assistance to move around normally?
22. Does my pet’s coat appear greasy, matted or rough-looking?
23. How is my pet's overall health compared to how it was before the initial diagnosis/illness?
It’s important to note that not all pets are the same. To make a standard for quality of life is nearly impossible, however this exercise is built to help you better understand your pet’s general well-being. We always recommend speaking with your veterinarian to discuss your concerns about your specific pet so we can work with you to determine the best course of action.
Once you have rated each prompt, tally up the number of responses for each number and then place an 'X' on a "Quality of Life line" labeled "Good" at one end and "Poor" at the other according to your most frequent response.
Having trouble reading your results? Give our team a call to discuss further. We're always here for you and your pets (845) 878-4833!