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Assessing Your Own Quality of Life
As you consider the phrase "quality of life," remember this pertains to the quality of your pet's life as well as your own. It is important to also think of your own needs during this time. Here are some questions to ask yourself that can help you keep track of your quality of life:
 
  • How much of my time will go toward taking care of my pet? How much time do I have to spare?
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  • What cost will I incur to take care of my pet? What other financial responsibilities do I have?
  • What other responsibilities do I have in my life (job, parenting)? Who else do I need to consider (partner, Children, other pets)?
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  • Who can help me?
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  • What other stresses and obligations do I have in my life right now?
Assessing your own life does not diminish the love or care you are giving to your pet, but rather emphasizes which priorities need to be tended to and in which order. While it can be very hard to make difficult decisions based on financial or other limitations, it is important to take care of yourself and also remember that you have done and are still doing the best that you can for your pet. View our suggestions for Ways to Nurture Yourself during these difficult times.
 
If you are gauging the quality of your pet's life, you may be thinking also of End of Life Plans or Euthanasia. This section can be helpful as you prepare for this difficult time.