SERVING 1-HOUR RADIUS OF BALTIMORE – ALL SUBURBS covering central Maryland
- Counties Covered: Montgomery, Prince Georges, Howard, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, City of Baltimore, Charles, Calvert, St. Marys, Frederick, Carroll, Harford, Cecil, Queen Anne’s and Washington or all of central Maryland. We are here to help.
- Drive Time, Home Visit Time, Sedation, Euthanasia
- Body Transport, Cremation, Ashes not returned option
- Body Transport, Cremation, Ashes returned option
- Free call: Doctors will discuss options and quote pricing
- Optional Clay Paw Print and/or Fur Clipping by request: FREE
Call Pet Loss At Home: Baltimore (877) 219-4811
- Have your zip code ready (for example 21061)
- Our Smart 800# connects you with a mobile veterinarian in your area
- Dr. Harrison Foy, Dr. John Slaughter, & Dr. Clare Rathjens service a 1-hour radius of Baltimore, MD down to and including Washington D.C.
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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.
We really appreciated you coming on Friday and taking care of our LEO. I could tell instantly (when I met you) that you are such a kind and caring person. I imagine its so hard at times with what you do. But you do bring peace to those who need your help. Leo didn’t have to suffer at all. It startled us when we finally heard him make the noises he was making that evening. What a blessing that you were coming to Alexandria that night anyways.
Thank you for such great work last night with Lily. I don’t think that could possibly have gone any smoother or more peacefully. I greatly appreciate your kind manner and care through such a tough situation.
Hi Dr. Foy,
I received your kind card in the mail today. Thank you so much for helping me to ease Emma’s passing. It meant a lot to me to be able to have her die at home, and with as little suffering as possible. She gave me a very happy eight years, and made everyone she met smile.
Thank you so much for helping me today. You and your wife were so nice and sympathetic about the loss of a dear friend, a sweet, incredibly intelligent dog who helped me thru some hard times. Susan in Baltimore
This is Imelda Samaniego whose feline son Rudy was assisted across the rainbow bridge by you last Friday evening May 13, 2016 around six thirty pm. When euthanasia service had concluded you requested that I notify you when Rudy’s ashes were delivered. I did receive my geriatric sweetheart’s remains this afternoon. The lovely wood box with brass name plate tucked inside a beautiful green velvet bag was perfect for keeping Rudy’s ashes. Thank you very much in aiding my baby boy out of his mortal coil so he could grow irridesnt wings and fly upwards into that great white light. You gave Rudy a perfect extension of mercy on his last night with me in the comfort of home. I truly appreciate your compassionate service. Imelda Samaniego
Good evening, Dr. Foy,
I just wanted to send you my sincerest thank you for coming out to provided euthanasia services on Miles this morning. It was very early and short notice, I know. But I can’t tell you how thankful we are that you helped us carry out the plan we wanted for Miles at this time. Miles was a wonderful dog. Beautiful, smart, sweet, gentle. Loved to be outdoors watching the birds and sniffing the air (which is why we were outside). I know we did the best thing for him, but it is still so hard to believe at this point. Allison Zegadlo
We wanted to thank you for coming out to our house Sunday morning to euthanize our Roscoe. Especially it being the weekend and Father’s Day. We are very grateful.
Sincerely, Barb Cross and Steve James
I can’t thank you enough for answering the phone at 7am on a Monday and coming to help Jethro pass peacefully. You were professional and so kind.
Jethro was truly the dog of a lifetime and I’ll miss him forever.
Dear Dr. Foy,Just wanted to let you know we received Brandy’s remains on Thursday, July 21st. Everything was nicely packaged and the box is lovely.We are very grateful that it was you who was here with us that day. Your kindness, patience, and empathy helped make the worst day of our lives a little more bearable. Thank you.Warm Regards,Joe & Susan Kidwel
——————————————————————————————On March 12 my daughter had to make the hard decision to euthanize her elderly cat. The cat was immobile and in pain. We wanted to end our cat’s suffering so we found Dr. Foy’s mobile veterinary service. Although he had a very busy schedule he made the time to fit us in. He was pleasant, polite, and professional. He answered all our questions and explained the procedure. Despite his other appointments he gave us his undivided attention and the time we needed. He was instrumental in helping us start our mourning and healing. Dr.Foy is a compassionate and skilled vet, with a wonderful bedside manner. We highly recommend his services.