East Bay veterinarian Anthony J. Smith has carved out an unusual niche for himself, making house calls to put down pets. Smith arrives at your door with his doses all measured out, explains everything he's doing, and then helps you give your animal a peaceful end in whatever spot he or she loved. Usually available on one or two days notice, as well as on weekends and evenings (for an extra fee), the Hercules-based doctor is discreet, quiet, and professional. Don't expect him to wipe your tears for you, but do expect to feel you've given your animal the most dignified and comfortable farewell possible. It's not cheap (expect to pay about $250 for euthanizing a cat) but well worth it. Dr. Smith also provides "aftercare," aka cremation, if so desired.