Welcome Rainbow Bridge Vet Services provides compassionate, in home euthanasia services for caring pet owners in the San Francisco Bay Area. We recognize that for most people, the end of a loved animal companion's life is one of the most difficult and heart-breaking experiences of their lives. We try to make this experience less painful by offering end of life care in the home, where you and your pet will feel more comfortable. If the need for euthanasia is near, an appointment can be set for us to assist you in providing a peaceful death for your animal in your home (or other suitable location). We will discuss options for disposition, (the care of the body after death) and answer any questions that you might have. If the time of death is not imminent, we may suggest help with hospice, palliative care, or pain management and make appropriate referrals to others who can help.
What We Do We provide only end of life care services for pets. We were one of the very first, and are still one of only a few veterinary practices in the world dedicated solely to this area of veterinary care. Dr. Smith is one of the first veterinarians to be certified in Animal Hospice and Palliative Care.
Areas Served We provide regular service to clients in the San Francisco East Bay Area (Click here for detailed cities listing). Service to other Bay Area Communities (Napa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Solano Counties) may be available on a limited basis, with additional charges for travel. Please call or e-mail for more information. For clients living outside of these areas, telephone consultations are available, or we may be able to refer you to a colleague in your area.
Appointments While we do not provide emergency services, we do have appointments available during the day, as well as limited evening, and Saturday daytime appointments. Ideally, you should call or e-mail at least 1-2 days prior to needing our services. However, if your pet is in need of immediate care, we will make every effort to accommodate your needs as quickly as possible. Please fill out a new client information form by clicking on the link below (there is no obligation), or call us for more information.
A Note About Timing Almost everyone (including us) struggles with trying to find the right time to choose euthanasia. Rest assured that there is no "perfect" time to say goodbye to our beloved friends. We always want to have just one more day, and there can be tremendous guilt associated with making this very difficult decision. In most cases, though, it is best not to wait until the last minute to schedule an appointment. This may result in putting your pet through unnecessary discomfort, and you having to scramble in a crisis to try to find help. In addition, it may be difficult for us to be available for you on short notice, and there may be additional charges. Many times, we have heard the appropriate saying - "better to choose euthanasia one day early, rather than one moment too late." If you are having trouble with making this decision, please feel free to contact us for help via a telephone consultation or home visit evaluation. We are here to help!