Quality of Life Consultation

You may be unsure about the timing of euthanasia.
No one wants to make this important decision either too soon or too late.

Quality of Life Consultation

Travel fees may apply, see map for details.
(up to 60 min. in your home)
Nothing can replace the value of sitting down with an experienced veterinarian, face-to-face and without distractions, to have a conversation focusing on you, your pet, and your unique situation.  There are so many things that are brought to bear on such a profound and complex decision, and no two situations are the same.  Sometimes it is not only helpful, but also comforting, to be able to talk those things through with a veterinarian.  Our veterinarians have many years of experience assisting people with pets facing end of life and based on that experience, we can help you know when the time is right.

Our veterinarian will visit your home to listen to a thorough history of your pet’s illness and discuss with you several things that may help clarify the timing for a euthanasia decision.  Two important reasons for scheduling a Quality of Life Consultation are:

    • Confirmation that your decision is appropriate at this time
    • Confirmation that there is nothing you’ve missed

We will also take time to discuss:

    • Is your pet suffering (due to pain, loss of mobility, arthritis, loss of appetite, etc)?
    • What will be the deciding factors for you in making the euthanasia decision (lack of appetite, inability to get up on their own, etc)?
    • What do you hope to do with the time you have remaining with your pet?
    • Valuable ways to assess your pet’s Quality of Life (daily, weekly)

Our Quality of Life consultation visit can conclude in two ways. If you and our doctor decide that the time is right, the visit can end in euthanasia. If you and our doctor decide that euthanasia is not appropriate at this time, the doctor will leave you with helpful resources to monitor your pet’s quality of life in the coming days or weeks.

Pearl2J-O-U-R-N-E-Y-S: A Quality of Life Scale
The JOURNEYS scale, developed by Dr. Katie Hilst, DVM, is meant to get you thinking about the factors that affect your pet’s happiness and sense of well-being.  Please use this as a starting place to explore your pet’s quality of life, and address your concerns with a MN Pets veterinarian or your pet’s regular veterinarian.  Read more.

We are passionate about improving the quality of life for older pets and helping loving pet owners know when it’s time to say goodbye. As your pet ages or faces a serious medical condition, you may notice that their quality of life begins to suffer.  Your dog or cat may no longer enjoy many of the activities they used to and you may have concerns about pain and suffering. If you decide that you would like to pursue medications and other supportive care options, we’ll discuss with you and put together an ongoing treatment plan to address your pets quality of life, as a part of our in-home Comfort Care Program.

The right decision at the right time could make all the difference in the world to you and your pet.

Call to schedule a consultation (612) 354-8500.