Serving the Greater San Francisco Bay Area
- Drive Time, Home Visit Time, Sedation, Euthanasia $400 – $450
- Body Transport, Cremation, Nothing Returned ADD $200-$250
- Body Transport, Cremation, Ashes Returned ADD $400-$450
- Optional Clay Paw Print and/or Fur Clipping by request FREE
- +$50 may be charged due to certain situations, at times.
Call Pet Loss At Home San Francisco
- Have your zip code ready (for example 94062)
- Our Smart 800# connects you with a mobile veterinarian in your area
- Dr. Allegra Liu & Dr. Erica Anderson service the entire greater San Francisco Bay Area.
- More vets and more service areas being added regularly
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How To Prepare For A Home Visit With Pet Loss At Home:
- A home visit usually lasts 60 minutes.
- Please set aside a box of Kleenex for tears, a food distraction for dogs (ice cream, chicken, ham, cheese, peanut butter), two large bath towels that can get peed on and a very large blanket or bed sheet that the vet can keep. Please arrange for 1-2 family members or friends or neighbors to help lift the dog stretcher out to the padded bed in the vet’s vehicle.
- Signature and payment are handled first. Cash or check (made out to the mobile vet’s name) are preferred. Credit card available with free processing.
- The goodbye setting can involve friends, family, neighbors, Skype, FaceTime, other pets, candles, quiet music, dim lighting, flowers, photos, telling stories, sharing fond memories, kleenex and towels/soft blankets/pillows. Most home visits take place inside the home on the floor, couch, or bed or in the yard on blankets. Meeting at a beach or park is an option.
- The most painLESS euthanasia method requires sedation first using the smallest needle possible in the most comfortable under the skin location. Don’t ever let your pet be catheterized or euthanized without sedation first. Sedation completely eliminates and avoids a painful vein failure nightmare.
- The euthanasia process works as a massive anesthesia overdose and is started with a sedative injection. Most pets hold still for this administration, some squirm a little, some vocalize from the pressure of liquid going under the skin. A food distraction can work very well here for some dogs (ice cream, chicken, ham, cheese, peanut butter) and even cats (milk, tuna). If you are worried about your pet’s sensitive personality, chronic pain overload or unstable failing medical condition, the vet can discuss that with you.
- Once your pet is unconscious and under anesthesia, then a back leg vein is used for the final overdose. Accomplishing unconscious anesthesia first guarantees that your pet will not feel or experience or know about any painful vein issue. Please be aware that open eyes and quicker breathing are normal to see at death.
- Please request a clay paw print and/or fur clipping if desired. Those keepsakes are free and optional.
- You can keep your pet’s body at home with you or the vet can take the body and arrange for cremation service. The vet’s vehicle has a large padded bed in the back and comes equipped with a stretcher. Please arrange for 2 – 4 family members or friends or neighbors to help lift the stretcher. There are two options for cremation: group/no ashes saved OR private/yes ashes saved/returned to you via personal delivery or shipping. Return usually takes 1-2 weeks. Rush cremation/return can be arranged. You can also attend/view the cremation.
- There are issues to be aware of that are out of our control when it comes to working with elderly animals that are riddled with failing body parts. Cats are often more difficult to work with by nature than dogs. When it comes to the sedative injection, many cats are reactive and not the most cooperative by nature. Using the smallest needle possible in the most comfortable under the skin location is very helpful but not a guarantee that the sedation injection with go perfectly smoothly. Because every pet we are working with is overwhelmed with old age deterioration, debilitation, failure, and often cancer, it’s not uncommon to see some more dramatic body reactions while the failing body attempts to process the sedative drugs. For example, a seizure can occur when cancer has spread to the brain, muscle tensing or tremors or twitching can occur when blood salt levels are unbalanced, and quicker breathing or vomiting can occur as well. The vet’s explanations during the home visit will help prepare you for what is going to happen. It’s very important that we manage your expectations of what is medically realistic when working with a failing pet’s painful and debilitated body. Keep in mind, we are doing everything medically available to minimize pain and maximize peace by sedating first using the smallest needle possible in the most comfortable under the skin location. Most euthanasias are relaxed, quiet, peaceful fading. Some involve more dramatic body reactions because the body is in such unstable failure from old age and cancer.
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We engaged Dr. Allegra Liu of Pet Loss At Home to say our final goodbye to our beloved dog Bella. It was one of the most heartfelt moments of my life, surrounded by those who cared the most for Bella, and being in the comfort of the home she had known her entire life. The kind, gentle and calm approach provided by Dr. Liu allowed us to be fully present for Bella, something that has never been the case when saying goodbye to a dear loved one in a busy Vet clinic. I was struck by the way Dr. Liu gave us the time and space to say our goodbyes, both before and after. She also shared insight on how our other pet might best be able to know and accept what was happening. In addition, she was able to respond the very day we contacted her, and also checked in with me afterwards. I know that I gave Bella the best farewell possible, by saying goodbye to her here at home. Thank you so much Dr. Liu and Pet Loss At Home.
We are so thankful for Dr. Allegra coming to our home last night and helping us do the most painful thing we have ever done. Dr. Allegra was kind, compassionate and more than willing to answer all our questions. She gave us our space to grieve and say goodbye. Thank you "Pet Loss at Home." We wouldn't hesitate to call on you again if we need your help.
Two years ago, Dr. Liu helped my sweet cat, Chloe, end her suffering. I was so sad but Dr. Liu's gentle and kind approach made her passing a calm and respectful time. Recently my beloved 19 year old cat, Lucy, reached her time. I hoped Dr. Liu would be available and she was. She returned my voicemail within 30 minutes and we talked through Lucy's condition. When she arrived she was gentle and kind as we prepared for Lucy's passing and softly shared each step as it was happening. I was very emotional and Dr. Liu was extremely kind and patient with me as well. I'm very grateful for her help. She understood how painful it was for me to to lose my dear cats and honored the bond I had with them.
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“Dr. Allegra Liu was calm, gentle, compassionate and excellent with this very difficult experience. She gave us the time we needed in saying goodbye and was a comforting presence. She also communicated in scheduling by text with quick responses which I found very helpful.”
“Dr. Liu came to our rescue when we realized that our large 14 year old shepherd mix , Buck, was just too anxious a dog to be put to sleep away from home at the vet.. We had made the careful plans with our vet (who we have known and loved for over a decade) and knew the time had come for our dear dog to be put to sleep. It was so stressful because when the dayvcame, he was just too anxious and uncomfortable to put in the car. Pet Loss cane through right away with Dr. Liu. She came out to our home later that day. She was gentle and patient and skillful. Buck was at ease and comfortable, and did not feel afraid or suffer at all. We are so grateful!”
Thanks Dr. Liu!
Jo and Bill
Dr. Liu was so kind and compassionate. It was so comforting to know we could say goodbye to our darling kitty in the privacy of own home. And such prompt, comprehensive and kind services. Thank you for what you do! – Michelle
Good morning. Thank you so much, I am so glad we made the right decision it is still hard and will be for some time, when you open the door we expect him to be there to greet us, but time will heal, you were so sweet and understanding and it made it so much easier. Sharon
Anyone that loves animals knows that one of the hardest things you ever have to do is to end your pet’s suffering. I just had to do that for my cat Bandit who I only had for 10 years. I adopted him and his brother Smokey when they were kittens from a rescue site and Smokey got cancer last year and I had to end his suffering in August 2017. Now, not even a year later Bandit got sick with some “idiopathic” illness that was causing his lungs to fill up with fluid. 4 different vets could not figure out how to fix it so after several procedures of draining his lungs I decided to end his suffering. Being a single person and living alone, it was one of the hardest things to decide because he was my buddy and always knew when I needed comforting but I know he is not suffering anymore and is at peace now. Dr. Liu was excellent. She came to the house and was very compassionate and calm and let me spend as much time as I needed with Bandit before she took him. We all know that we will probably outlive our pets and when they pass it is always heart breaking but I also can’t imagine life without them. I look forward to seeing all my pets someday at the Rainbow Bridge!
We are so thankful to have had Dr. Liu’s help in saying goodbye to our beloved little dog. With her very kind, very calm and patient, and very competent assistance, his passing was incredibly gentle and peaceful. It was the absolute best we could have hoped for in such difficult circumstances and for that we are so grateful.
No words can explain the loss we feel without you around. You were a huge part of our daily lives. You wake us up in the morning especially if we sleep in. You greet us happily each and every time no matter how we look, smell or feel. You know when we’re sad and you lick away our tears. You’ve seen the bad times and you were a part of all the good times. You will always be our 80-pound lap dog and king of the couch cuddles! Our hearts are broken and what keeps us going is the thought that you are no longer in pain. WE LOVE YOUR FOREVER, MOMO! We will never forget you. Thank you for coming into our lives.