Quality of Life Assessment


  •  Doesn’t get up unassisted, can’t walk on his own

  •  Lies in the same position for hours at a time

  •  Falls frequently

  • Gets stuck in corners or behind furniture when alone

  • Can’t get outside (or in litter box) to urinate, defecate. Has accidents


  •  Seems depressed and unresponsive

  •  Doesn’t enjoy being with family members or other pets

  •  No longer enjoys normal routines: playing, going for walks, snuggling

  •  Hides away under the bed or in the closet

  •  Shows changes in behavior, like confusion or aggression

  •  Stays up at night; sleeps most of the day


  •  Only eats and drinks with owner assistance

  •  Shows loss of appetite

  •  Vomits and/or has diarrhea chronically

  •   Shows good appetite but weight is dropping


  •  Shows resistance to being petted, growls when handled or helped up

  •  Shows difficulty getting up or down

  •  Often stands rather than lying down

  •  Paces, unable to settle in one spot, especially at night

  • Exhibits changes in breathing or excessive panting

  • Requires increased doses of medications


  • No longer grooms himself, haircoat matted

  • Urinates or defecates on self; requires frequent cleanup

  • Has sores that won’t heal


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