North Carolina Triangle, Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Cary, Central Carolina

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Hospice And Euthanasia Pricing

  • In-Home Consultation/Hospice-$250 ($300 evenings begin 5pm & weekends)
    Includes an 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, with prompt follow-up for any questions after the visit.
  • In-Home Euthanasia-$250 ($300 evenings beginning at 5pm & weekends)
    Includes a brief consultation by the veterinarian, medication to ensure comfort, peaceful euthanasia, paw impression memorial keepsake, lock of fur, and a Lap of Love Pet Loss Booklet. The additional cost for the varied cremation services are detailed in the Aftercare Pricing section.
  • Holidays - additional $50-$100
  • Additional Fees - There may be an additional charge for extended travel (see service area below), pets over 99 lb, late night appointments (when arranged), aggressive pets, and some exotic species.


Lap of Love veterinarians do their best to assist families when needed. We are available 7 days a week, from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm and late evening appointments are usually available with prior notice until 9:00 pm. Sometimes, pets take a turn for the worse overnight, so same day appointments are 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.

Aftercare Pricing

If you wish, we will take your beloved pet with us and arrange for cremation or burial services. They will be handled with care, as if they were our own.  For pets over 35 pounds, the doctor will need your assistance to her car.  Pets over 99 pounds will incur a special transport fee and arrangements would need to be made when the appointment is scheduled.

PRIVATE CREMATION: With this option, your pet is cremated individually at a licensed crematorium and the cremains are returned to your family veterinarian in approximately 3 business days. They can also be mailed if you prefer for an additional $20-25.

  • $225 for pets up to 99 pounds
  • $325 for pets over 100 pounds 

COMMUNAL CREMATION: are cremated at the same crematorium with other pets and ashes are scattered together.

  • $90 for pets up to 99 pounds
  • $190 for pets over 100 pounds

BURIAL: If you would prefer burial, you can choose to have your pet buried in a woodland field that will not be developed, though visitation is not permitted.

  • $125 for pets up to 99 pounds
  • $225 for pets over 100 pounds

Service Area

The Doctors gladly serve the following areas:

Service Area: 

  • Apex
  • Bells
  • Bethesda
  • Bynum
  • Carrboro
  • Cary
  • East Chapel Hill
  • Durham 
  • Eno
  • Fearrington
  • Fuquay Varina
  • Garner
  • Hillsborough
  • Holly Springs
  • Knightdale
  • Moncure
  • Morrisville
  • New Hill
  • East Pittsboro
  • Raleigh
  • Research Triangle Park
  • Rolesville
  • Wake Forest.

Extended Service Area:  There is a drive fee of $50 for the following towns.  Also planning for pets over 100 pounds will need to be discussed if aftercare is required.  If you do not see your town on this list, just ask us for assistance: 

  • Angier
  • Bahama
  • Butner
  • Chalybeate Springs
  • West Chapel Hill
  • Clayton
  • Creedmoor
  • Efland
  • Erwin
  • Grissom
  • Kennebec
  • Lillington
  • Mebane
  • West Pittsboro
  • Rougemont
  • Schley
  • Siler City
  • Stem
  • Timberlake
  • Wendell
  • Willow Springs
  • Wilsons Mills
  • Youngsville
  • Zebulon

Payment Options

Preferred methods of payment are check (made to 'Lap of Love') or cash.


Dana Lewis, DVM
Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice
PO BOX 1305
Morrisville, NC 27560

Local Resources

We know this can be a very trying time.  Please contact the doctors regarding local grief counselors and support groups in your area:

  • ​APEX: Amy Benton Moulds, MEd, NCC, Lifescapes Counseling: (919) 272-1388 or (919) 303-0273
  • CARRBORO: Bree Kalb, LCSW: (919) 932-6262 ext 16
  • CARY:  Tracie Barton-Barrett, MS, NCC, LPC: (919) 559-4379
  • DURHAM: Center for All Seasons, Steve Bradley-Bull, LPC, MEd, MA: (919) 286-5770
  • HILLSBOROUGH: Unicorn Bereavement Center Triangle Hospice: (919) 644-6869
  • HOLLY SPRINGS: Hugh Willard, MEd, LPC: (919) 429-7735
  • RALEIGH:  Jeannine Moga, MA, MSW, LCSW, NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine: (919) 513-3901 
    Wake SPCA Pet Loss Support Group:  (919)-532-2087
  • WAKE FOREST:  Sophie’s Gift Animal Loss Support, Amy Pierce, MA: (919) 554-2711.

Emergency Clinics in the Triangle and surrounding:

  • Animal Emergency Clinic of Cary: (919) 462-8989
  • Animal Emergency Hospital and Urgent Care, Raleigh: (919) 781-5145
  • NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine Small Animal Emergency Service, Raleigh: (919) 513-6911
  • Triangle Veterinary Referral Hospitals, Durham: (919) 489-0615,  Holly Springs: (919)973-5620
  • Veterinary Specialty Hospitals of the Carolinas, Cary: (919) 233-4911, Durham: (919)600-6600, Raleigh: (919) 861-0109
  • Eastern Carolina Vet Emergency, Wilson: (252) 265-9920

Veterinarians' Biographies

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. 

Lydia Scheidler, DVM

Since graduating from Tufts Veterinary School in Massachusetts in 2011, I have loved working with my geriatric patients and their families. My husband and I moved to North Carolina to be closer to family and are permanently settled here with our Lab-Pit Bull mix, Rudy, and tortoise-shell cat, Pinja.  In July 2015, I will be certified via the Chi Institute in Florida to perform acupuncture on small animals.  I look forward to using this effective holistic treatment modality to help ailing pets. I feel that helping a family navigate their pet's elder years is one of my most important roles as a veterinarian. Like aging humans, pets go through many physical, mental, and emotional changes towards the end of their lives. These changes can be very difficult for loved ones, but I feel strongly that a veterinarian can help pets and families through this process. Part of this care includes being able to provide peaceful and humane euthanasia within a pet’s most comfortable environment, at home with the people who love them.

Jane Ebbighausen, DVM

I grew in rural North Carolina knowing I was comfortable around animals and all that icky medicine stuff never bothered me. What I didn’t know was how much joy I would get from my patients and clients. I’ve worked in small animal medicine since graduating and have many fond memories of beloved patients and clients.

I obtained my DVM in 1997 from NC State University College of Veterinary Medicine and from there things changed more than I could imagine. My military National guardsman husband has taken us too many places in NC as well as out to Kansas for a short time. Despite all that moving we’ve managed to keep up with 2 growing boys, said goodbye to many beloved friends, and now more found us to share their lives.  We currently have 2 dogs – Luke and Jiao and a turtle.

It’s never easy saying goodbye but feel fortunate that I am there to ease the passing of my patients with compassion. Having many friends and patients I’ve said good- bye in a hospital setting, I now realize how beautiful and comfortable the time can be with at home euthanasia. As a part of Lap of Love, I am honored to give pets the peace they deserve and strive to ease the grief of the family that loves them.  

Owned and Operated

This Lap of Love location is owned and operated by Dr. Dana Lewis