Pricing and Information

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

Veterinary Hospice$250
Evening or Weekends$300

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.

Euthanasia$250
Evening or Weekends$300

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.

Geriatric Consultation$250
Evening or Weekends$300

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.

Additional Appointment Fees

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.

Other 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.

AFTERCARE PRICING

Private Cremation
Pets up to 99 pounds$225
Pets between 100 and 200 pounds$350
Mailing of ashes to your home$10

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.

Communal Cremation
Pets up to 99 pounds$100
Pets between 100 and 200 pounds$225

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.

Additional Aftercare Fees

For pets over 99 pounds, special arrangements will need to be made for transport.  Other fees apply for pets over 200 pounds.

Availability

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.

Meet the Doctors

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.

About 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. 

"In our time of need with our dog's Sophie sudden decline, Dr Betsy came to our house to help us through Sophie's final passage. She was gentle, caring and understanding of our needs.

She made the process smooth and as comfortable as possible given the situation.

I discovered this service by internet search and took a chance calling almost in desperation and am glad I did.

I would highly recommend Dr Betsy and Lap of Love to any family needing such services."

Tom Howard
Apex, North Carolina

"Baxter was a sweet Boston Terrier that brought fun to our lives even when my husband was fighting the cancer that finally killed him. Too soon after that Baxter was himself diagnosed with cancer. When it was time to let go I turned to Lap of Love to give Baxter the gentle ending he deserved. Dr. Lewis gave him exactly the kind and peaceful ending I wanted for my loved companion."


Durham, North Carolina

"We just wanted to say thank you so much for the kindness you showed at a very difficult time for us. Sophie was almost 16 years old and declined rapidly within a matter of days. It was a shock to us but your care and tender heart helped us deal with the situation much easier. Thank you for your patience - it was like you grieved with us. Mere words can not express our gratitude."

Dennis Dasalla
Apex, North Carolina

"Dr. Dana was amazing during our farewell time with Hudson. She called several times to check and see how we were doing prior to her visit. She arrived with a bag full of farewell treats for our Hudson and he immediately felt safe with her. When we were all ready, she explained the procedure and what we should expect during and afterwards. She was so very caring and kind during this extremely sad time. It's been 1.5 years now since she helped our boy find his peace at the rainbow bridge and our memory of his passing was just gentle & beautiful. Thank you Dr. Dana for making one of the hardest thing pass with such ease. We'll never forget you."

Carrie Richardson
Wake Forest, North Carolina

"Dr. Dana was so gentle and compassionate with Otis. She was so respectful of our feelings and the grief that we were experiencing. I am so thankful for her and Lap of Love."

Susan Temple
Apex, North Carolina

"I can not, in words, really adequately define the level of compassion my husband and I experienced with Dr. Dana and the Triangle area's Lap of Love team.

Our 12-year-old rescued English Bulldog, Peabody, had been blind since age ten due to a brain tumor. We had been advised to not expect him to live past age 11, but he remained his sweet, curious, attention-seeking self and stayed a champ even after his sister Betty died of old age in April of 2016. We knew Peabody was old and living with a brain tumor, and we took great care to ensure that Peabody's quality of life was always in the forefront.

In his last two days with us on earth, we knew that certain physiological and behavioral changes were showing that he about to leave us. On Saturday, January 21st at 7 a.m. he went to his crate after a short but sunny outdoor walk and faced the wall, fighting against lying down. Though my heart wanted to think this was simply some "elderly dog" problem, my brain knew otherwise. It was then that I called Lap of Love upon referral from our vet and within minutes spoke with Dr. Dana about Peabody.

Dr. Dana came to our home that same morning with all necessary medical equipment, and she was prepared for any eventuality. She is a very compassionate listener, understanding our fears and grief, and all the while she remained sitting on the floor next to Peabody and gently petting/soothing him. Ultimately, after an examination, it was determined that Peabody was in the death process but due to the extent of his issues, we were advised that his death could be prolonged and difficult for him. So we made the difficult decision to euthanize him. He lay comfortably after he was sedated, and then he passed out of this life without any complication. We were so comforted to have had this done at our home, Peabody in his bed, without any outside disturbance. In peace.

We are so incredibly grateful for Dr. Dana and Lap of Love. Being able to meet with us in a very short time - and not having known us before - so eased our minds. Dr. Dana's calm compassionate demeanor during this extremely difficult time will never be forgotten."

Mary Glasscock Frix
Carrboro, North Carolina

Local Resources

Pet Loss Support and Emergency Hospitals

Pet Loss Support Group

  (919) 272-1388

​APEX: Amy Benton Moulds, MEd, NCC, Lifescapes Counseling

Pet Loss Counselor

  (919) 932-6262

CARRBORO: Bree Kalb, LCSW

Pet Loss Counselor

  (919) 559-4379

CARY: Tracie Barton-Barrett, MS, NCC, LPC

Pet Loss Counselor

  (919) 286-5770

DURHAM: Center for All Seasons, Steve Bradley-Bull, LPC, MEd, MA

Pet Loss Counselor

  (919) 644-6869

HILLSBOROUGH: Unicorn Bereavement Center Triangle Hospice

Pet Loss Counselor

  (919) 429-7735

HOLLY SPRINGS: Hugh Willard, MEd, LPC

Pet Loss Counselor

  (919) 513-3901

RALEIGH: Jeannine Moga, MA, MSW, LCSW, NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine

Pet Loss Support Group

  (919)-532-2087

Wake SPCA Pet Loss Support Group

Pet Loss Counselor

  (919) 554-2711.

WAKE FOREST: Sophie’s Gift Animal Loss Support, Amy Pierce, MA

Emergency Clinic

  (919) 545-1001

Quartet Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Hospital, Cary

Emergency Clinic

  (919) 781-5145

Animal Emergency Hospital and Urgent Care, Raleigh

Emergency Clinic

  (919) 513-6911

NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine Small Animal Emergency Service, Raleigh

Emergency Clinic

  (919) 973-5620

Triangle Veterinary Referral Hospitals, Durham: (919) 489-0615, Holly Springs

Emergency Clinic

  (919) 233-4911

Veterinary Specialty Hospitals of the Carolinas, Cary

Emergency Clinic

  (252) 265-9920

Eastern Carolina Vet Emergency, Wilson

Emergency Clinic

  (919) 600-6600

Veterinary Specialty Hospitals of the Carolinas, Durham

Emergency Clinic

  (919) 861-0109

Veterinary Specialty Hospitals of the Carolinas, Raleigh

Service Area

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.:

  • Apex
  • Carrboro
  • Cary
  • Downtown Chapel Hill
  • Morrisville
  • Durham, except 27712
  • Raleigh, except Southern 27603
  • Research Triangle Park

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.

  • Archer's Lodge, $80
  • Bahama, $80
  • Western Chapel Hill, $70
  • Clayton, $70
  • Durham: 27712, $70
  • Efland, $90
  • Fearrington $50
  • Fuquay Varina, $70
  • Garner, $50
  • Hillsborough, $80
  • Holly Springs $50
  • Knightdale, $50
  • Moncure, $80
  • New Hill, $70
  • Pittsboro, $80
  • Raleigh:  Southern 27603, $80
  • Rolesville, $70
  • Wake Forest, $70
  • Wendell, $80
  • Willow Springs, $80
  • Zebulon $100

If you do not see your town on this list, just ask us for assistance.

Pet Memorials
“Otis was a special animal. He was a mostly Siamese snow shoe and had a heart bigger than life. He was a gentle giant that loved to hug you around the neck and head-butt you if you weren't paying him enough attention. So slow and methodical in nature, never got in a hurry about anything. He was so loving. So many things remind me of him. Calm ...
Susan Temple
February 3, 2017
“My beloved Fievel,
I love you more than you will ever know, and I will carry you with me in my heart every day for the rest of my life. I miss you desperately. It’s been a difficult few days without you. We shared 15.5 beautiful years in this world together. You were born in August 2001. I got you in the fall when I was 21 years old, ...
Jamie Knowles-Griffiths
January 22, 2017
“Our Mugsy was such a sweet and special boy. He was our love sponge, our little buddy. We loved him so much and he returned that love to us. Mugsy will be forever in our hearts 💔”
Stephanie Streeter
January 9, 2017
“Goodbye, our beloved Blackberry.

For 18 1/2 years, you graced our home and our lives with your sweet temper and joyful spontaneity.

Rest peacefully, our SAFEHaven buddy.

See you on the flip side,

K and G”
Gary B
December 18, 2016
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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.

Mailing Address

Lap of Love
PO BOX 1305
Morrisville, NC 27560

Owned And Operated

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