Calculate your Pet's Quality of Life

Use the following scale as an estimate of your pet’s quality of life1.  Score your pet for each of the seven signs below, using a scale of 1 to 10; 10 being ideal.  Compare the scale at different times of day, as many pets do better in the day than in the evening.  In addition, have multiple pet caregivers use the scale as well and then discuss your results with each other, and then with your veterinarian or Dr. Berkshire.

*A total of 35 or greater suggests that your pet has a good quality of life.

Please use this scale only as a guideline, and discuss the findings with your veterinarian for a more accurate determination and to review options for your pet’s continued care.

1Adapted by Villolobos, A.E., Quality of Life Scale Helps Make Final Call, VPN, 09/2004, for Canine and Feline Geriatric Oncology Honoring the Human-Animal Bond, by Blackwell Publishing, Table 10.1, released 2006.