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Hospice & Euthanasia Service

Saying goodbye to your pet is one of the most difficult decisions you may ever make in your life.  Useless Bay Animal Clinic is committed to making the process as easy as it can be.  We are compassionate, empathetic, and non-judgmental.  As veterinarians, we understand the progression of diseases and the suffering that is usually inevitable.  We will assist you in making the decision that is best for your pet and ultimately for your family.  Saying goodbye in your home could be the single most compassionate thing you do for your pet.

Useless Bay Animal Clinic is dedicated to maintaining comfort and quality of life for the terminally ill or geriatric pet until natural death occurs or the family elects peaceful euthanasia.

Hearing those dreaded words "nothing else can be done" does not mean that euthanasia is the only option you have left. Veterinary hospice care is a unique approach to your pet's end-of-life needs.  Extrapolated from human hospice, this specific type of veterinary care is focused on the comfort of your pet, not at finding a cure for his or her disease.  It is appropriate if your pet has been diagnosed with an incurable illness or if further therapy options have been declined in lieu of comfort-oriented care.

Hospice care revolves around the client-patient-doctor relationship.  Education about your pet's medical condition is the most important aspect of hospice care, and it's what UBAC veterinarians spend the most time on.   

You need to know what to expect in those last few weeks, days, and hours in order to make the best decision for you, your pet, and your family.  Although we cannot know for sure, we use our medical knowledge to help you make those decisions.  We assist you in implementing a plan that will meet your pet's needs and respect your family's wishes.

Veterinary hospice care usually includes, but is not limited to:

    • Implementation of a hospice care plan for your dog or cat
    • Education about the end-stage disease process
    • Pain recognition and treatment
    • Intravenous and subcutaneous fluids
    • Supplementary nutrition
    • Management of incontinence