Pet Loss

Complete Health Care for Pets since 1968

Fear Free Certified

Mon - Fri: 7.30am - 6pm
Sat: 8:30am - 12pm
(Open two times per month)
Sun: Closed



Monday – Friday:
7:30am – 6:00pm

8:30am – 12:00pm

(Open two times per month)

Sunday: Closed

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.rainbowbridge

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body begins to quiver. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together…


From Veterinary Hospitals Association:


Companionship. Joy. Love. Your pet has brought you all this, and more. It is difficult for us when our pets die. Paying tribute and commemorating your pet is a wonderful and important way to cope with your grief and feelings of loss.

Veterinary Hospitals Association (VHA) is committed to providing the Minnesota Veterinary Hospital with a respectable method of transitioning you through the loss of your pet. For more than 20 years, VHA has provided a dignified, caring, and reliable cremation service.


Mass Cremation: In mass cremation, pets are cremated together and the cremains are not returned to the owner. The cremains is buried off-site.

Individual Cremation: In individual cremation, the pet is cremated separately and the cremains is returned to the owner through the Minnesota Veterinary Hospital. A range of urns and containers are available for purchase.

VHA offers a large selection of urns that can be ordered through the Minnesota Veterinary Hospital. Feel free to browse to help you select the option you desire


By all means, take some time to read about our patients’ stories and their emotions towards managing their beloved partner’s passing. 


Our companion 
Family: Katie W 

It’s been almost a year since I lost my sweet Bailey. I’m thankful for all the wonderful memories and the amazing care he received over the years from MVH. Bailey, you are forever in my heart.


Our companion from January 1, 1998 to August 1, 2012
Family: MVH Posted by: MVH

Our beloved Simone has went to be with our father in heaven.  She was a great companion for our team and we are very thankful to have had the chance to provide her a loving home.  She will be missed by many! 



Traditional Cremation Urns: An elegant and attractive option for pet owners seeking to preserve the memory of their pet. These beautiful memorials are handcrafted from American hardwoods and are available in natural Maple, Oak, or Walnut. A premium leaded brass nameplate is included (custom engraving available). The brass nameplate may be positioned on top center as opposed to the front-center, if desired. Pet ashes are installed through removable bottom which is secured with screws, providing tamper resistant protection.

Photo Urns: Designed to “stand on edge” to accommodate the “front” surface-mount of a Lucite 3″ x 5″ or 4″ x 6″ photo holder. Pet owners can easily insert their favorite photo of their pet for a truly personal memorial.

Figurine Urns: Made from solid hardwood. Available in Maple, Oak, or Walnut. This urn offers a choice of over 700 different purebred dog and cat figurines attached to a beautiful wood urn base. This urn also includes a personal (4 line 100 character) inscription on a premium leaded brass nameplate.


Available in four sizes:

  • Small: 7.75″ x 6″ x 2.75″ (0-45 lbs.)
  • Medium: 7.75″ x 6″ x 3.75″ (46-70 lbs.)
  • Large: 7.75″ x 6″ x 4.75″ (71-95 lbs.)
  • X-Large: 7.75″ x 6″ x 5.75″ (96-125 lbs.)

This urn is designed for pet owners who wish to display their favorite “vertical” or “horizontal” photographs. This urn style is crafted from beautiful Red Oak hardwoods.



Each urn comes in either “vertical” style or “horizontal” style. Shown are the Medium sizes for pets between 1-79 pounds. A Large size is also available for pets between 80-130 pounds, which is 1″ deeper, front to back.

Each urn comes with an acrylic window which slides out of the bottom of each “opened” urn for easy installation of your favorite photo. An optional brass nameplate can be added to create a truly personal memorial.


Choose from oak, cherry, or walnut. Oak is the lightest color and walnut is the darkest color. All three urns are made from premium hardwood and come with a high quality lacquer finish. Wood is a natural product, so some color and grain fluctuations are possible.


Each urn comes complete with a 2.5″ x 3.5″ removable Lucite photo holder which is attached magnetically. With little effort you can remove the door-shaped photo holder, slip your “trimmed” photograph inside and re-attach the photo holder.

A personalized brass nameplate is optional. VHA allows up to 4 lines of engraving (25-30 characters per line). Urn interior is accessible by removing the urn bottom which is secured with (4) phillips-head screws, allowing pet owners to install personal effects such as nametags or other personal remembrances. The urn interior is large enough to hold the ashes of up to a 100 pound pet.


These hollow cat urns are made from a mixture of real granite stone particles and durable resins to form a beautiful in-home memorial container for your beloved pet’s ashes. Available in two attractive “grayish cream” colored styles.

Double resin construction gives these urns the same look and high quality feel of real stone. Outdoor use is acceptable for figurine only.

Easy “screw-on” threaded bottom plug for simple installation and tamper resistant protection of your pet’s ashes.

Available with or without personalized walnut display base and name plate.


  • Laying Cat with Base: 11″ x 6″ x 6.5″
  • Sitting Cat with Base: 7″ x 6″ x 9.5″

These urns are wonderfully designed “brushed-bronze” colored with hand-carved paw prints and a personalized solid brass display base (if desired). These urns are true works of art, as they are hand forged and carved by old-world artisans from India.

Each vase comes with a threaded screw-on top for the easy and safe installation of your pet’s ashes. This solid brass metal vase style is available in Small, Medium, Large, and X-Large size depending on the size of your beloved pet.


  • Small: 6″ tall x 3.75″ diameter (0-30 lbs.)
  • Medium: 7″ tall x 4.75″ diameter (31-65 lbs.)
  • Large: 8.5″ tall x 5.5″ diameter (66-110 lbs.)
  • X-Large: 10.5″ tall x 6″ diameter (111-160 lbs.)

These urns are designed for pet owners who wish to display their favorite “vertical” photograph. Each urn includes your personal (4 line 100 character) inscription on a premium leaded brass nameplate centered below each photo holder.

The size of urn is generally determined by the size of your pet. Each urn size is available in solid Walnut, Oak, or Cherry. The Small size comes with a 2.5″ x 3.5″ vertical photo holder, the Medium size comes with a 3.5″ x 5″ vertical photo holder and the Large size comes with a 4″ x 6″ vertical photo holder.


  • Small: Approximately 4″ x 4″ x 6″ (0-30 lbs.)
  • Medium: Approximately 5″ x 5″ x 8″ (31-85 lbs.)
  • Large: Approximately 6″ x 6″ x 10″ (86-190 lbs.)

These beautiful poly-resin reproduction stones can be placed in a flower garden or displayed on your mantel. Their mobility makes landscaping easier and you have the flexibility of taking them with you should you ever have to move.

Ashes are installed through the bottom of hollow urn and sealed with a 3″ threaded plug (silicone sealant included).

Durable poly-resin construction provides reliable long-term outdoor protection for your pet
Quality detailing makes these imitation granite stones look and feel like the real thing
Blank outdoor UV protected poly nameplate included (custom engraving available).


  • Small: Approximately 6″ x 6″ x 5″
  • Medium: Approximately 7″ x 6″ x 7
  • Large: Approximately 10″ x 7″ x 10″
  • Extra Large: Approximately 15″ x 10″ x 13″

These 100% real stone urns are carved from solid pieces of marble by true old-world artisans. After carving, each vase is polished to produce a high gloss finish. Included with your purchase is a beautifully contoured walnut display base and personalized brass nameplate.Vase Series

Each vase is unique. Colors and patterns will vary with each urn, as they are natural products.

Each color is available in small, medium, or large size depending on the size of your pet. Choose from white, black, or random rose. White vases are primarily white with cloudy grey patches of color. Black vases may contain white or grey veins of color. The random rose colored vases are the most diverse and come with varying amounts of rose and white stone. Each hollow urn is accessible via a removable top which is later secured to the vase with silicone sealant (included).


  • Made of brass, then electroplated to a slate or pewter finish
  • Can be used as a keepsake with or without cremains
  • Available in two beautiful finishes
  • Bottom-loaded for a flush, clean look
  • Heart does not come with stand


In slate/pewter with a single paw heart, or pewter/bronze double paw heart. Measures 2.9″ x 2.7″, and holds a very small amount (2 tablespoons) of ashes. The remainder will be sent back in a cardboard container.


This beautiful line of urns come in slate/pewter single paw and pewter/bronze double paw print. They measure 5.8″ x 5.84″ x 5″ or 4.9″ x 4.9″ x 3.5″. This container accommodates a small to large sized pet.



Made of solid oak. It is about 4.5″ long x 4.5″ wide x 5.5″ high and will work for a cat or a very small dog. The wood mini urn comes with a brass plate. Engraving not available through VHA.


The wood medallion urn is made of solid oak. It is about 10″ long x 5.5″ wide x 4.5″ high and accommodates up to a very large dog. Comes with a brass plate. Engraving not available through VHA.



The granite urn is about 8″ long x 4″ wide x 4″ high. This container accommodates a small to large sized pet.



100% North American Granite Markers make wonderful backyard memorials for pet owners who choose to bury or scatter their pet’s remains, or for those who simply desire a permanent reminder of their lost friend. They come with durable diamond engraved gold lithochrome filled lettering that will last a lifetime and are designed to lie flush to the surface of the ground with no special installation requirements. Available in black, greenish black, and soft burgundy. Color may fluctuate as granite is a natural product.



Available in two sizes; VHA will select the size that is most appropriate for the volume of ashes. The smaller urns are about 5.25″ high x 4.5″ diameter. The larger urns are about 7″ high x 5.5″ diameter. This container accommodates a small to large-sized pet.


Available in two sizes; VHA will select the size that is most appropriate for the volume of ashes. The smaller urns are about 5.25″ high x 4.5″ diameter. The larger urns are about 7″ high x 5.5″ diameter. This container accommodates a small to large-sized pet.




Available in two sizes; VHA will select the size that is most appropriate for the volume of ashes. The smaller urns are Going Home Urnabout 5.25″ high x 4.5″ diameter. The larger urns are about 7″ high x 5.5″ diameter. This container accommodates a small to large sized pet.



For basic individual cremation, VHA has several different size boxes and will select the one that is most appropriate for the volume of ashes.



This metal can is 5″ high x 4″ diameter. This container will work for a cat or small to medium-sized dog.



This is designed for ground burial if local laws permit it. It is about 10.5″ long x 5″ wide x 4″ high and will hold up to a large-sized dog.




Made from solid steel, and available in silver, gold or copper. Two sizes: 4″ x 4″ x 6″; and 5.5″ x 5.5″ x 8″, sized to fit a small to medium-sized pet.

MN vet is the best. I always trust them with the care of my babies, Hershey and Rio. My dogs love all of the girls who work there! Thanks for always loving my crazy fur babies like I do. 10 stars

Neenah, Google Review

Nulla porttitor accumsan tincidunt. Curabitur arcu erat, accumsan id imperdiet et, porttitor at sem. Vivamus magna justo, lacinia eget consectetur sed, convallis at tellus. Nulla quis lorem ut libero malesuada feugiat.

Anon, 5* Google Review