WHEN IT’S TIME TO SAY GOODBYE...
THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME.
You have done everything possible to give your pet a wonderful, love-filled life. When it is time to say goodbye, there truly is no place like home. We will help honor your pet with the gift of a gentle and peaceful farewell, surrounded by love, in the comfort of your own home.
WHEN IS IT TIME?
Losing a beloved pet is extremely painful. Deciding when to let go is one of the most difficult decisions you will ever make regarding your pet. This can be particularly challenging if your pet is quite old or suffering from chronic illnesses. Because changes are often slow and insidious, progressive loss of function becomes the “new normal” to which future changes are compared. Consequently, we may not fully appreciate our pet’s potential suffering. While we all want to give our pets every possible minute of life to enjoy, we don’t want to prolong our pet’s suffering to stave off the inevitable pain of loss. An honest evaluation of your pet’s quality-of-life is key in making a compassionate decision that puts your pet’s welfare first. The brochure, How Will I Know, is an excellent resource offered by the The Ohio State Veterinary Medical Center.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE IN THIS DECISION. THERE ARE RESOURCES.
The first resource is your veterinarian, so do not hesitate to ask for help. Your veterinarian can provide insight on your pet’s medical condition and the progression over time that you are likely to see.
QUALITY OF LIFE SCORES
These scores can help put your pet’s condition in perspective. For chronic conditions, you may wish to complete the questionnaire every month to look for trends.
PERSONAL CONSULTATION WITH
DR. MEYER/DR. BOLCH
For more personalized guidance, we offer a 30-minute evaluation ($150) via Zoom or telephone with Dr. Meyer or Dr. Bolch. This includes a written synopsis with recommendations.
Please email us to schedule.
IN-HOME EUTHANASIA +
Cats & Dogs up to 44 lbs
Dr. Meyer or Dr. Bolch will guide your pet’s final goodbye in a caring and unhurried way. Afterward, she will take your pet with her. Your pet will be cremated privately and the ashes will be returned in your choice of a cedar or rosewood box. A framed, clay paw print is available at additional cost ($55).
IN-HOME EUTHANASIA +
Dogs 45 to 100 lbs*
Dr. Meyer or Dr. Bolch will guide your dog's final goodbye in a caring and unhurried way. Afterward, she will take your dog with her. Your dog will be cremated privately and the ashes will be returned in your choice of a cedar or rosewood box. A framed, clay paw print is available at additional cost ($55).
IN-HOME EUTHANASIA + COMMUNAL CREMATION
Cats & Dogs up to 100 lbs*
Dr. Meyer or Dr. Bolch will guide your pet’s final goodbye in a caring and unhurried way. Afterward, she will take your pet with her. Your pet will be cremated with other pets. The combined ashes will be scattered in the apple orchard next door. A framed, clay paw print is available at additional cost ($55).
IN-HOME EUTHANASIA ONLY
Cats & Dogs up to 100 lbs*
Dr. Meyer or Dr. Bolch will guide your pet’s final goodbye in a caring and unhurried way. Afterward, your pet will remain in your care. If you are burying your pet, you are responsible for abiding by local laws and regulations. Clay paw prints are not available with this option.
*Our doctors do not provide euthanasia services for dogs over 100 lbs
A WORD FROM OUR DOCTORS
ABOUT OUR DOCTORS
DR. KATHY MEYER
Dr. Kathy Meyer has been providing end-of-life care for pets since 2017, when she began working with Dr. Karen Randall of Solace Veterinary Services. In May 2022, she established Peace & Comfort so she could continue to provide care for local pets and their families after Solace closed. Dr. Meyer is gratified that she can use her education and experience to help people and their pets at this emotional and poignant time.
Dr. Meyer graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1986. After 9 years in general practice and 5 years at United States Pharmacopeia, she opened the Veterinary Behavior Clinic in Gaithersburg, MD in 2000 and cared for pets with behavioral problems until 2022. Since then, she has devoted her veterinary career to assisting pets at the end of their lives. Dr. Meyer has completed the Companion Animal Euthanasia Training Academy Master Program.
DR. REBECCA BOLCH
Dr. Rebecca Bolch is a 1992 graduate of Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine. Since then, she has been a beloved general practitioner in the DC area, helping thousands of pets and their families over the past 30 years. During this time, Dr. Bolch often cared for patients from the time they were little kittens or puppies up through the very end of their lives. These experiences underscored for her the importance of allowing families to be with their pets in the most comfortable setting possible when saying their final goodbyes.
Dr. Bolch feels fortunate to be able to continue helping families in the DC area by providing compassionate, end-of-life care for their four-legged family members, surrounded by love in the comfort of their own homes. Dr. Bolch has completed the Companion Animal Euthanasia Training Academy Master Program.
GET IN TOUCH
15942 A Shady Grove Rd.
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
GEOGRAPHICAL AREA COVERED
ALTERNATE PROVIDER LIST
In the event you are unable to schedule an appointment with us, the following practices offer in-home pet euthanasia:
Lap of Love
Blue Pearl Pet Hospice
Dawn Veterinary Care
MT. AIRY, MD (45 min radius)