The Good (After)life

The View at Bubbling Well

As we all know, the lives of our animal companions are far too fleeting, and it seems as though as much time as we are given, it is never enough. My first dog lived to be twenty-two, and on the day she passed our family grieved the loss as we would any other family member. One of the hardest conversations a veterinarian may have with an animal parent is the decision to put their pet down, and a part of that conversation includes care of remains. At Encina Veterinary Hospital, we use a company called Bubbling Well to assist us in cremations, burials, and memorial services. Located in the heart of wine country, Bubbling Well has a beautiful facility that rivals any human cemetery I’ve ever seen.

When assisting with the tough decision to euthanize at Encina, we typically offer two options for the care of your pet’s remains. One choice is a group cremation, in which pets are cremated together and the ashes are spread at the Bubbling Well facility. The other option is a private cremation, in which your pet’s ashes are returned in a cedar box with a personalized plaque on the front. You also have the option of disposing of the remains yourself, but you should be aware that it is illegal in many California counties to bury pets in your yard.

One of the Bubbling Well Residents

For more information regarding Bubbling Well and aftercare services not mentioned in this post, please visit their website at:, or call us at (925)937-5000. If you are considering euthanasia for your pet, we are available 24/7, and we always make your difficult decision a priority.