What your score means:
If your pet scored higher than 35 the score suggests that supportive care likely is still appropriate and that both human and animal are still benefiting from the relationship. The goal should be to keep the total at 35 or higher. Look for ways you can continue to improve its quality of life in each category. Can you give fluids under the skin? Are you able to help your pet with hygiene? Are you able to solve your pet's mobility challenges by carrying it or rearranging its living space? Revisit the scale from time to time to help assess when your pet's quality of life begins to decline.
As the numbers begin to decline below 35, the scale can be used to help make a final decision about euthanasia.
This quality of life scale is adapted from "Canine and Feline Geriatric Oncology: Honoring the Human-Animal Bond," by Alice Villalobos, D.V.M.