San Bruno Pet Hospital 1111 El Camino Real
San Bruno, CA 94066
Phone: (650) 583-5039
Fax: (650) 763-8620

Hospital Hours
M-F: 7:30a-6p
Sat: 8a-5p
Appointment Hours
M-F 8:30a-5:30p
Sat: 8:30a-4:30p

After Hours Emergency
Emergency Clinic

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NOTE: These are offered
as general information
only and NOT a substitute
for a visit to your
veterinarian. If you feel
that your pet has a
problem that may require
urgent attention
call us at (650) 583-5039
immediately. If after hours,
contact the emergency
clinic (650) 348-2575.
How Do I Know When It’s Time to
Put My Pet to Sleep?

If you have any questions or concerns, you should always visit or call San Bruno Pet -- they are your best resource to ensure the health and well-being of your pets.

While it is true to say that "old age is not a disease", it does merit special attention. This is important so that if your dog or cat develops disease, we can recognize and treat it as early as possible, thereby maintaining its quality of life for as long as possible.

The time may come when he or she grows sick or infirm, and it is our unavoidable duty to do what is best for the pet, despite the heartbreak that it may personally bring to us. In doing that, euthanasia is our last and most profound act of love and stewardship. In making this decision we must step beyond our own feelings, and do what is best for the pet. And it now all comes down to quality of life.

One of the most common complaints we hear is that people fear they may have waited too long (or not long enough) before having their beloved companion animals euthanized. If it is feasible, we suggest filling this scale out at different times of day to note fluctuations, because most pets do better during the day and worse at night. Also repeat the scale three times, on three successive days, to get a more accurate appraisal. Ask multiple family members to complete the scale; compare their observations. Take periodic photos of the pet to help remember his or her physical appearance.

We can be too emotionally involved and subjective to easily make a clear decision alone. This Quality of Life Scale is a means designed to help you make a more objective evaluation.

It is strongly suggested that you confer with your veterinarian, in deciding on that last accommodation.

For more information, please see this article written by Dr. Eric Barchas for Dogster.com.

by Jen Kronkright
Hospital Manager of San Bruno Pet Hospital