Nashville & Surrounding Areas
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.
With this option, your pet is cremated privately at a licensed crematory. The ashes are contained in a lovely engraved wooden urn 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 by the crematory.
We are here to answer your questions every day, from 6am - 10pm. 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.
Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians in your area.
Jessica Larson, DVM
My story begins much like other folks’: I decided around the age of 5 or 6 that I wanted to be a veterinarian – and that was it. I’m happy to say that I’m one of the lucky few whose dream came true! I graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004 and went on to pursue advanced training, culminating in achieving board certification in Small Animal Internal Medicine.
By its very nature, the specialty of Internal Medicine lends itself to mystery: often the diseases of the internal organs are challenging to identify and treat. During my years in private specialty clinical practice, I was involved in helping many families through very difficult times with their pets. I would often be the one to find the disease and then have to tell the families that their worst fear has been realized. In many cases the illness could be cured or managed chronically. In other cases, the family and I decided together that euthanasia was the best, most loving gift possible. Yet, even when the choice to perform euthanasia was the most reasonable medical option, I worried about the pet-parents’ emotional state afterwards. In other words, the proverbial “head over heart” internal conflict: you know it is the right choice but why does it hurt so much and what happens next?
I made the decision to join Lap of Love because I believe that when it is not possible to treat an illness, it then becomes our duty to provide a pain-free, peaceful and dignified end-of-life experience. I am so dedicated to a loving end-of-life journey that I founded a monthly pet loss support group led by a licensed clinical social worker – and then I became a member. I lost my “heart dog”, my once-in-a-lifetime dog, in 2015 (Ellie, pictured). I adopted her in vet school, she was by my side for 15 years: she “stood up” in my wedding, she loved and guarded my children, she tolerated the cats and she kept the squirrels in line. I miss her every day and I want to honor her memory by helping families honor their once-in-a-lifetime pet in their final moments.
Regan Harp, DVM
I was born and raised in Florence, Alabama. Located right on the Tennessee River, I had the privilege of growing up in the Muscle Shoals area known for its rich culture and it’s important place in music, past and present. I love where I grew up and I’ve always been a southern boy at heart!
Unlike other veterinarians who had their career planned out at the age of five, as a kid I always had aspirations to be something like a fighter pilot or astronaut – or record a rock album in the Shoals. As I grew older and began planning out my future as a rocker star pilot, I found myself taller than all of my classmates – to be more specific, I was 18 years old, 6’6”, and had horrible eyesight. I quickly realized that being a fighter pilot was definitely not in my future, due to my gigantic size and poor vision. So naturally, I decided to do something crazy and head out West.
On a wild hair, I decided to complete my undergraduate degree at the University of Wyoming. During that time, I had the chance to work alongside several veterinarians, in both a research and general clinical setting, and really enjoyed the hands-on approach that veterinary medicine offered. I discovered that practicing in a clinical setting was as much about helping owners as it was about keeping their four- legged family members healthy.
In 2011, I earned my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Auburn University (Roll Tide, anyway!) and after graduation elected to head back out west to practice small animal medicine in Cheyenne, Wyoming. During my time in Cheyenne, I had the opportunity to work with several experienced veterinarians, including an amazing mentor and boss. He taught me that veterinary medicine was as much about listening and genuine empathy as it was about perfecting my clinical skills. This experience solidified my love for veterinary medicine in a way that surprised me. I learned that my clients’ daily interaction with their pets is special; a truly intimate relationship not meant to be understood. I came to realize within myself, a quiet compassion for owner’s during their most trying times with their pets.
After several years in Wyoming, I decided to move back to the southeast. Making a completely opposite move, I elected to call the beautiful beaches of Pensacola, Florida home. It was during my time in Pensacola that I began taking house calls for patients, the majority of which were hospice calls. I loved being able to keep my patients as comfortable as possible while supporting their owners with trusted advice and empathy during some of their most stressful times.
Being able to ease an animal’s pain and suffering is one of the most important aspects of being a veterinarian. I am very happy to be working with the Lap of Love organization, providing general consults, hospice care, and end of life veterinary care. The services that we can provide owners during their time of need can have a long and lasting positive impression alongside the memories of their pets.
Jessica Larson, DVM
"Dr. Regan was the most compassion, understanding vet that we have met. He understood how hard this was for us in making the decision for Meagan. He stroked her fur after it was over. He allowed me to carry Meagan to his car. When I said to cover her paw, he did. Dr. Regan, you not only do this as a job; you do this because of your love for animals. Thank you in making it a little easier for us."
Pat PettyNashville, Tennessee
"Dr Jessica provided a calming, empathetic presence to what was undoubtedly one of the most heartbreaking day of my life. She took the time to explain clearly the process from start to end. Her care and compassion were unsurpassable. Thank you. Thank you."
Arlene MNashville, Tennessee
"My cat, Roscoe, was 11-12 years old. He was diagnosed with stage 2 renal failure in the Fall of 2014 and had done very well with only a change to k/d food until a couple of months ago, when he began losing weight. When he began vomitting every time he ate and then ate less and less in the course of week, I searched and found Lap of Love. Roscoe had become intolerant of trips to the vet, but I thought having a vet come into our home would be less stressful for him. Dr. Jessica came to us on a Sunday morning. Roscoe had stopped eating on Friday and was obviously not feeling well. Dr. Jessica took a lot of time to talk with me about possible supportive care options that may ease his symptoms (but may not). This conversation and time with Roscoe was what I needed to feel confident that my feeling that "it was time" was the right thing for Roscoe and for me and my dog. Roscoe had lost patience for vet visits years ago and did not want to be handled by me or anyone in the last few days of his life, but Dr. Jessica was very patient and sensitive to my and Roscoe's stress levels. She took things at Roscoe's pace. Once he was sedated, Dr. Jessica helped lay him in my lap, and was just a soothing caretaker throughout. She explained the euthenasia process beforehand and described each step as we went through the process. She was calm in the face of my tears and blubbering. After Roscoe had passed, I let me dog out of my office so he could see and smell Roscoe in hopes that it would help his adjustment to the loss. Even when my dog growled at her, Dr. Jessica was calm and kind. I so very much appreciate being able to let Roscoe go in our home and I can't thank Dr Jessica enough for her kindness, patience and care for Roscoe, me and my dog Freddie. Thank you!"
Kelley SmithNashville, Tennessee
"Dr. Jessica did a great job for us as we had to let our beloved dog Sergio go home after 13 years. He was a true family member in every sense. Never having done anything like this before we were unsure and nervous about the process. Then we met Dr.Jessica. Her loving disposition and kind gentle guidance through the process made this as painless as it could have been. She is a great veterinarian and now considered a great Family friend. Thanks Dr. Jess for helping us navigate this extremely difficult time. Emily & Cedric Short"
Emily & Cedric ShortHendersonville, Tennessee
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
The UT Veterinary Medical Center Support Line
Nashville Pet Emergency - 12 South
Buttercup's Bereavement Support
Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners, Cool Springs
Nashville Veterinary Specialists and Pet ER, Nashville
Animal Emergency Clinic of Maury County, Columbia/Southern Mid TN
Murfreesboro Pet Emergency
Animal Medical Center, Murfreesboro
Rivergate Pet Emergency
Helping families in the following areas:
Our veterinarians proudly visits families in Nashville and surrounding areas. A travel fee of $30 - $75 may apply if the distance is over 30 miles from our veterinarian.
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 Love1109 Woodland StreetP.O. Box # 68541
Nashville Paw Magazine: The Gentle Journey to the Rainbow Bridge
News 2 WKRN-TV: Lap of Love Offers Comfort, Hospice Care for Terminally Ill Pets
Lebanon Democrat: Lap of Love to Help Ease Pain of Terminally Ill Pets
Daily News Journal: Veterinarian Offers 'Lap of Love' for Ailing Pets
The Wilson Post: Lap of Love Offers Peace of Mind During Pet's Final Days