Hospice Care & Euthanasia

Are you having problems caring for a terminally ill pet at home? Does your pet have a medical condition that is painful or causing poor quality of life? Are you afraid that your sick or elderly pet is suffering?

Our staff of compassionate, caring professionals can help you through this painful experience. We offer hospice services and will work with you to ensure your pet’s comfort and dignity during his or her last days and final moments. Do you have special requests? Do you have questions about the care of your pet’s remains? We can help you with these concerns and will make every effort to accommodate your wishes at this very difficult time.
Deciding when your pet may need hospice care or euthanasia is a very personal and private decision, the process can be emotionally and mentally draining, but that doesn’t mean you have to make this difficult choice on your own. Our hospice and humane euthanasia services are conducted with respect, compassion, and care. Before you struggle through one more day with a sick, elderly, or terminally ill pet that is suffering, call us to learn how we can help.

Is it time?

The single most difficult decision a pet owner has to make is whether or not it is time to euthanize a pet. It is so hard to think about, but sometimes the only compassionate decision is to ease the suffering through euthanasia.

You may want to consider the following questions:

  • Is your pet in constant pain?
  • Can your pet control his/her urine or stool output?
  • Does your pet have mobility issues?
  • Is your pet eating or drinking on his/her own?
  • Is your pet still enjoying daily activities?
  • Does your pet still recognize you?
  • Do the bad days outnumber the good days?

Who decides?

You. The decision to euthanize is always yours to make. If you are unsure whether it is right for your pet, you may want to discuss your feelings with your veterinarian. They will talk to you about the progression of your pet’s disease or condition and offer important information about your pet’s quality of life.

It is never easy for any of us to accept death, but euthanasia can end up being the most unselfish act of love we can offer a pet. Your veterinary health care team will do whatever we can to help you in this difficult time.


The compassionate and professional team at Marina Animal Clinic will be here for you when you want to discuss your decisions. The Marina Animal Clinic will explain the process of euthanasia. We understand each family has its own unique set of wishes when it comes to saying goodbye and memorializing their pet. We will respect your wishes and will try to make the process a memory that you will cherish.

We can assure you and your family that your beloved pet will receive the respect and quality of care that your pet deserves. We believe that families in times of sorrow, desire personal attention, comfort, and absolute assurance that every detail will be carried out gracefully.

When you arrive at the hospital, you will check in with the front office, sign the euthanasia consent form, and pay for the service. Meanwhile, your pet will have an IV catheter placed. You will then be taken to an exam room and reunited with your pet for visitation.

After care

We offer common and private cremation services through local crematories. We have a list that will be given to you so that you can choose the crematory of your choice if you choose private cremation. In common cremation, you do not get your pet’s ashes returned. Private cremation the ashes are returned to you in the urn of your choosing. Clients can choose to take pets home for burial.

Important Information

We do reserve the right not to euthanize a pet if we feel it is not the right decision. Marina Animal Clinic does not perform convenience euthanasia. For example, we will not euthanize a pet for a person who is moving or a person who becomes pregnant. We will help with resources to find a new home for your pet.

Rainbow Bridge

When a beloved pet dies, it goes to the Rainbow Bridge. It makes friends with other animals and frolics over rolling hills and peaceful, lush meadows of green.
Our pets do not thirst or hunger. The old and sick are made young once more; the maimed and the ill become healed and strong. They are as healthy and playful as we remember them in days gone by. Though happy and content, they still miss someone very special, someone, they had to leave behind.

Together, the animals chase and play, but the day comes when a pet will suddenly stop and look into the distance…bright eye intent, eager body quivering. Suddenly recognizing you, your pet bounds quickly across the green fields and into your embrace. You celebrate in joyous reunion. You will never again separate. Happy tears and kisses are warm and plenty; your hands caress the face you missed. You look once more into the loving eyes of your pet and know you never really parted. You realize that though out of sight, your love had been remembered.

And now, you cross the Rainbow Bridge together…