All services are provided in the comfort of your home.
Includes a brief examination by the veterinarian, a full assessment of your pet's quality of life, and a custom treatment plan to help you care for your pet and monitor their condition.
Includes a discussion with the veterinarian, medication to ensure comfort, gentle euthanasia, pawprint impression keepsake, lock of fur, and Lap of Love's Eternal Pawprints booklet. The additional cost for the varied cremation services are detailed in the Aftercare Pricing section.
Includes a brief examination by the veterinarian to help explain your pet's condition, discuss symptom management including pain and anxiety, and prepare an end of life care plan using the appropriate quality of life scale to manage your pet along with your family's needs and desires.
There may be an additional charge for extended travel (see Service Area below), holidays ($50 - $100), pets over 99 lbs, appointments outside normal business hours (when arranged), aggressive pets, and some exotic species.
Although we mainly see dogs and cats, some of our veterinarians can assist you with other species such as pigs, guinea pigs, rabbits, ferrets, birds, fish, and goats. Call for pricing and availability.
With this option, your pet is cremated privately at a licensed crematory. The ashes are contained in a lovely wooden urn with an engraved nameplate and will be returned to your primary care veterinarian within two weeks. They can also be made available directly from the crematory or mailed to your home or office.
This option is for families that don't wish to have their pet's ashes returned nor wish to bury at home. Pets are respectfully cremated with other pets at a licensed crematory and ashes are scattered at the 17 acre pet cemetery in Foxboro which is open to public.
There may be a fee if additional assistance to safely carry your pet out of your home is needed.
We are here to answer your questions every day, from 7am - 11pm. Appointments are scheduled throughout the week, please call for availability.
Sometimes, pets take a turn for the worse overnight, so we do our best to accommodate same day appointments with a few hours notice when possible.
If this is a medical emergency, please contact your local veterinarian or one of the emergency clinics listed in the Local Resources section.
Peter Gollub, DVM
I have lived in Massachusetts for nearly my entire life. Prior to earning my veterinary degree from Tufts University, I earned a degree in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, studied wildlife and traveled. In addition, I am a former director of law enforcement at the Mass Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, at which I oversaw animal cruelty investigations. I also hold a law degree from Boston University and have practiced law as well as medicine.
To assist children struggling with their grief following the death of their pet, I have written a book. “Remembering Baymore” is designed to help children cope with their grief by embedding predictable reactions and modeling responses into a fable-like story. In addition, I have authored an online course designed to begin animal cruelty offenders’ road to rehabilitation.
In addition to enjoying working with animals and promoting their welfare, I enjoy working with their caretakers to help them make the best decisions possible. The ability to help both animals and owners provides a sense of gratification, even at difficult times – perhaps especially at difficult times.
"Thank you Dr. Gollub! I can not express how thankful I was when I heard you would come to the house instead of taking my dog to the vet at her end of life experience. What could've been such a horrible experience you made a peaceful ending for my little girl. You and your staff, I can't thank enough! I received your card today, and that was amazing. It is a horrible decision to have to make when you love your animal so much. I knew she was suffering and I thank you so much for all your help and support. You and your staff are wonderful! God Bless! Sonja Halliday"
Sonja HallidayWilmington, Massachusetts
"Our red Maine Coon tabby mix Harry was in his final days so I called Lap of Love for an evaluation with the possibility of euthanasia in the same visit. Dr. Peter visited with us twice. He first came over on Thursday morning and after giving a Harry a brief exam - as much as Harry would tolerate - Dr. Peter said that Harry could be euthanized at any point from here on in. He did not push us at all in one direction or another. He gave us an honest evaluation and was extremely patient with us as we publicly discussed our options. We decided we were not ready at that point though, and thanked Dr. Peter for his time. That evening, however, it became evident after a coughing fit that it was time for us to say goodbye to Harry. We did not want Harry to suffer any pain, and we certainly didn't want to be in a crisis point over the weekend where we would have no option but to bring him to the local animal hospital. Dr. Peter came back the next day on Friday afternoon. He was extremely understanding of the situation, explained how the process worked and was genuinely kind and caring at every point. He also sent us a follow up email after the weekend and a handwritten letter which were truly appreciated. We couldn't have asked for a more considerate vet to help us give Harry the best possible care at the end of his life. If you are looking for an at home veterinary service to assist you, I can not recommend Dr. Peter enough."
Katherine GrisetCambridge, Massachusetts
"I can't thank Dr. Gollub enough for helping our family in our time of need. We were blessed to have our dog, Bentley for 13 wonderful years. He was diagnosed with lymphoma this past October and his health declined very quickly afterwards. We called Lap of Love the morning before Thanksgiving as Bentley seemed to be experiencing excruciating pain. We were able to schedule an appointment that day. Watching Bentley suffer in pain was the most difficult thing I had ever experienced having loved him so much. When Dr. Gollub arrived, I immediately felt that Bentley was in good hands. He was sincerely compassionate and sympathetic to our cause. He treated Bentley with much consideration. He was gentle and provided Bentley with a very dignified passing. He explained the process very thoroughly and helped us in understanding that our decision was a compassionate one despite how difficult it was. I highly recommend the services that Lap of Love provide to anyone looking to relieve their furry family members of their suffering. I opted for a private cremation and I received Bentley's ashes much sooner than expected. Thank you again Dr. Gollub, and thank you Lap of Love."
Carina Saint GermainRandolph, Massachusetts
"This difficult day was made so much easier by the visit from Dr. Gollub. My 17 year old kitty, Tuesday, had been struggling the past few days and a trip to the vet in the dreaded pet carrier was more than I could impose on her. Dr. Gollub was compassionate, informative and gentle. The appointment went smoothly and he was so considerate and thoughtful.
I did not realize this service was an option until I contacted my vet. I think it was more humane to have it occur at home. I wish those of you well that face this difficult day. Believe me when I say, it was made easier with the services of Dr. Gollub and Lap of Love."
Erin McDonaldCharlestown, Massachusetts
"We're very grateful for Dr. Gollub's compassionate visit to our home to put down our 15-year companion, Willin. I can't imagine this difficult and sad occasion being handled any better than it was, and wholeheartedly recommend Dr. Gollub to other pet owners in this situation."
Jerry CallenCambridge, Massachusetts
"I highly recommend this service to anyone thinking about putting thier animal down. Dr Peter was wonderful to me and my 13yr old American Bulldog named Lucy. He befriended her and took his time. She went to sleep on her beloved bed eating slices of american cheese. He then gave me some privacy with her and was extremely understanding of how difficult this was. It is the way to go and I wholeheartedly recommend this service and Dr. Peter. Thanks again."
mary tomerquincy, Massachusetts
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Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital - Woburn
Westford Veterinary Emergency & Referral Center - Westford
Tufts University veterinary school
Helping families in the following areas:
We proudly serve the greater Boston area including all or parts of Bristol, Essex, Middlesex,Norfolk, Suffolk, and Worcester counties. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a travel fee of $50-$100 based on your location.
Preferred methods of payment are check (made to 'Lap of Love') or cash.
Most pet insurance companies cover Lap of Love services. Please have any paperwork ready for the veterinarian to complete so that you can submit it for reimbursement.
Lap of LoveP.O. Box 521Natick, MA 01760-4762