#2. Download the BEAP Pain Scale Checklist & Quality of Life Calendar
Keep a continual log of your pet’s pain levels by completing a daily BEAP Pain Scale checklist. Read the descriptions for each of the eight categories and check which ones best apply to your pet’s behavior and responses.
Our checklist helps you quantify your pet’s pain using a 1-10 scale. You’ll notice the checklist includes several numbered sections, ranging from “0” or no pain, to “9-10” or worst pain possible.
Then, make a note of the number from the pain scale on the Quality of Life Calendar to make it easy to keep track and watch for trends in your pet’s pain.
You Know Best
One of the hardest questions you’ll have to ask in your pet’s life journey is, “When is the right time to put my pet down?”
We’re often asked how vets know when it’s time to euthanize, and unfortunately, the answer to this question is complex and deeply personal to each individual pet we treat. In our experience, no two end of life experiences are ever the same.
We can say with certainty, however, the most valuable source of knowledge when it comes to quality of life is you – the pet parent. You are your pet’s number one advocate, and you’re in sync with their daily life and behaviors.
That makes you the best interpreter of their quality of life language. You are best suited to look for subtle changes that indicate discomfort and you can sense when something is “off.”
Quality of life is always evolving, and you’re the one who can help identify your pet’s challenges and support them to live as comfortably as possible.
The tools and information you just learned are designed to empower you to make informed decisions with confidence. But if you’re having any doubts, we are here for you. If you need a helping hand in deciding what’s best for your loved one, please don’t hesitate to book a virtual quality of life consultation.