North Carolina, The Triangle
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 pounds, 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 guinea pigs, rabbits, ferrets, and birds. Call for pricing and availability.
With this option, your pet is cremated privately at a licensed crematory. The cremains are contained in a lovely wooden urn and will be returned to your primary care veterinarian within 3 business days. They can also be made available for pickup directly from the crematory, or mailed to you for an additional fee.
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 by the crematory.
For pets over 35 pounds, the doctor will need your assistance to her car.
For pets over 99 pounds, special arrangements will need to be made for transport. Other fees apply for pets over 200 pounds.
Lap of Love veterinarians do their best to assist families when needed. We help families 7 days a week from 9am to 9pm. Dr. Dana, Dr. Betsy, Anna and Maureen, our administrative assistants, answer your calls from 8am to 8pm Monday through Thursday, and 9am to 5pm Friday to Sunday. We encourage you to avoid a crisis situation and schedule an appointment before your pet takes a downturn. But sometimes, pets take a turn for the worse overnight, so same day appointments are almost always possible with a few hours notice. If this is a medical emergency, please contact your local veterinarian or see Emergency Clinic information under Local Resources.
Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians in your area.
Dana Lewis, DVM
Growing up on Long Island, I was the kid taking care of the baby bird that fell from the nest, rescuing the turtles from the road, walking the neighbors’ dogs for fun, volunteering to clean cages at the shelter. I moved to North Carolina to attend Guilford College in Greensboro and have lived in the Triangle since graduating from Guilford. I have been a small animal veterinarian since 1997 after graduating from NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine. I am married and have two growing boys, one dog, three cats, and a snake.
As a small animal veterinarian, I am very fortunate to have a career that I enjoy. Positively impacting the lives of my clients and their pets gives me a great feeling of satisfaction. I take great pleasure in the relationships that I have built serving clients.
I am honored to serve my clients in a way that eases their grief and their pet’s life as peacefully as possible. Lap of Love allows me to help my patients move on to a place with no tears. Neither the family nor the pet should be in an anxious position at that very last moment. I try to create an experience so that it's the very best that a bad moment can be. If the pet can be kept comfortable and his or her quality of life maintained through nursing care and pain management, then pet owners may be able to extend the quality time they have with their cherished companions. Every being deserves a comfortable end. Having the pet at home enables the animal maximum comfort, hospice care allows the pet to enjoy the last days of life in familiar surroundings in the company of loved ones, and it allows the family to have more time with their pet and prepare for the loss of this beloved family member.
Betsy King, DVM
From the time I was very young, I was surrounded by four legged companions of all types including horses, dogs, cats, and pocket pets. My love for animals and science lead me to become a veterinarian. In 1987 I graduated from NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine.
After graduation, I enjoyed 17 years in small animal practice and 11 years as a shelter veterinarian. I have had the pleasure to care for many pets throughout their entire lives, and I have a special fondness for grey faced patients. I currently share my home with my husband, four dogs, and two cats.
Our animal companions add so much joy and warmth to our lives. Dealing with end of life decisions can be very difficult. I feel blessed to be in a position to help families be as comfortable as possible with their choices. Euthanasia should be, and can be peaceful and compassionate. Saying good bye at home is the ultimate gift of love.
Dana Lewis, DVM
"It's so devastating to say goodbye to a best friend, but saying goodbye at home makes it a bit more bearable. Thank you to Dr. Dana for sharing such a precious moment with us... your compassion and professionalism are such a blessing to pet lovers.
Laura and Brad CooperRaleigh, North Carolina
"Our sweet old Basset hound, Belvedere, had congestive heart failure. We signed up with Lap of Love about a month and a half before we needed them because we wanted to be prepared. The online resources that explained how to know when it is time and recommended that we not to wait until he showed great suffering (especially because Belvedere is a stoic dog who seldom showed that he was suffering). We called Lap of Love at about 4:46P on a Friday, and Dr. Betsy was at our house by a bit after 6P. She evaluated Belvedere and validated our decision by explaining what she observed about his health and well-being, which helped us tremendously. Dr. Betsy listened to us tell ridiculous stories about Belvedere and our other dogs (and even included our other dogs in Belvedere's memorial). She patiently guided us through the process and enabled Belvedere to transition peacefully in his own bed. He was with his sister Basset (Tippy) and us at the end. The sedation allowed him to breathe more easily and rest before he went to the Rainbow Bridge; seeing him breathing peacefully, rather than being anxious and stressed out, made the transition easier us. Dr. Betsy was gentle and respectful.
Making this decision for our sweet old guy was very hard, but we left the experience knowing that it was the right choice for our boy. Being able to move through the process slowly, rather than on a schedule, allowed us to honor Belvedere's pace. We miss him terribly; he had so much love for everyone."
Heather KaneDurham, North Carolina
"Dr. Betsy was very caring to us and our boy at this very difficult time. Having her come to our home took some stress from us and our boy was calm and passed in his favorite recliner."
Stephanie StreeterRaleigh, North Carolina
"Making the decision the time was near for my beloved Grabber (tabby cat) , I called Lap of Love. I was greeted warmly by Dr. King and she assured me she would be there for me the same day. What a relief, as I didn't want to feel my cat was lingering if he was in pain. Dr. King didn't make me feel hurried to say my goodbye instead she sat with me and pet my cat admiring how handsome he was with his beautiful fur, even delighting in meeting Grabber's mother & sister. I was glad she waited before explaining the process to take place and was soothed by her explanation. She never rushed and it made me feel like she was honestly there just to help ease such a sorrowful moment. I would use Lap of Love again...but I hope not too soon.
I thank you Dr. King, your warmth was felt and cherished!!!"
Joyce RobertsNew Hill, North Carolina
"I want to thank Betsy for assisting us in freeing our sweet girl Ruby from her suffering. Betsy was so kind and loving and was exactly what we needed to help us through an extremely difficult, emotional, and intimate event. Thank you Betsy.
John CaseyRaleigh, North Carolina
"As both of our animals neared the end of their beautiful lives, Dr. Dana was there to help us say goodbye. At such a difficult and heart-rending moment, she was gentle and respectful of the process and our feelings.
We are so grateful to have had the blessing of letting each of our beloved companions transition quietly and peacefully, where they felt safest - at home.
We wouldn't have had it any other way."
Gary BCary, North Carolina
Pet Loss Support and Emergency Hospitals
APEX: Amy Benton Moulds, MEd, NCC, Lifescapes Counseling
CARRBORO: Bree Kalb, LCSW
CARY: Tracie Barton-Barrett, MS, NCC, LPC
DURHAM: Center for All Seasons, Steve Bradley-Bull, LPC, MEd, MA
HILLSBOROUGH: Unicorn Bereavement Center Triangle Hospice
HOLLY SPRINGS: Hugh Willard, MEd, LPC
RALEIGH: Jeannine Moga, MA, MSW, LCSW, NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine
Wake SPCA Pet Loss Support Group
WAKE FOREST: Sophie’s Gift Animal Loss Support, Amy Pierce, MA
Quartet Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Hospital, Cary
Animal Emergency Hospital and Urgent Care, Raleigh
NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine Small Animal Emergency Service, Raleigh
Triangle Veterinary Referral Hospitals, Durham: (919) 489-0615, Holly Springs
Veterinary Specialty Hospitals of the Carolinas, Cary
Eastern Carolina Vet Emergency, Wilson
Veterinary Specialty Hospitals of the Carolinas, Durham
Veterinary Specialty Hospitals of the Carolinas, Raleigh
Helping families in the following areas without additional drive fees, however planning for pets over 100 pounds will need to be discussed if aftercare is requested.:
Extended Service Area: There is generally a $50-$100 drive fee for the greater Triangle area. Planning for pets over 100 pounds will need to be discussed if aftercare is requested.
If you do not see your town on this list, just ask us for assistance.
Preferred methods of payment are check (made to 'Lap of Love') or cash.
Credit card (VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Discover) is accepted.
Many Pet Insurance companies cover euthanasia services, just have any paper-work ready for the veterinarian to complete so that you can submit it for reimbursement.
Lap of LovePO BOX 1305Morrisville, NC 27560
This Lap of Love location is owned and operated by Dr. Dana Lewis.