Nashville Middle Tennessee
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 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 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.
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.
Suzanne Gibson, DVM
Growing up with divorced parents, my pets provided companionship. I learned at a young age the importance and strength of the human-animal bond. As a child, like most aspiring vets, I always had pets growing up. When I was nine years old, I was playing with my dog Freddie in the back yard on my swing set. Freddie’s back legs got stuck and being a hound dog, he howled and cried until I could get him loose, and in the process, he bit me. I didn’t mind that I got bit, or that I had to get stitches. I was just relieved that he was no longer in pain. To this day, I still have scars, but I knew, that day, I was going to be a veterinarian.
Born and raised in middle Tennessee, I received my BS from Cumberland University and my MS from Tennessee State University. After graduating from The University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003, I worked in a variety of settings, including research, mixed/small animal medicine and emergency/critical care. My professional interests include pain management/hospice care, preventative medicine, and toxicology. Over the past 13 years, my primary focus has been emergency medicine and critical care. Working in emergency and critical care, I see the struggles that families go through when making tough decisions when a pet is sick or injured. I truly understand the stress, anxiety, and fear that families face when making these choices. In these tough times, I am able to use my extensive training and experience to help families navigate through this difficult process.
I know first-hand how painful it is to lose your fur baby. The guilt and uncertainty that comes along with trying to decide when the time is right to let go and how and when to say goodbye is always difficult, even for me. In November of 2015, our family lost our beloved 10 year old boxer Graham. Graham was an 80lb lap dog who loved everyone. When his behavior started to change abruptly, our worst fears were confirmed, and he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. His rapid decline was a shock and very unexpected as he had always been healthy. This was so hard on our family and his canine brothers, but we were so grateful that he drifted peacefully to sleep outside in his favorite spot with his favorite treats. It was difficult for me to say goodbye to Graham, but it was also an honor. It is truly a privilege for me to be able to provide this gift to middle Tennessee families, so that they can have a peaceful, stress free euthanasia experience in the comfort of their own home with their fur babies.
In my free time, I like being outdoors, working on my farm and in my garden. I enjoy camping, traveling, and snorkeling. I have 3 boxers -Cracker Jack, Rocco, and Homer that love playing with squeaky toys and chasing turtles. I also enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I am an avid sports fan that loves cheering on the University of Tennessee (especially the Lady Vols).
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.
Suzanne Gibson, DVM
"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
"Right before Christmas, we had to put our 15 year old dog to sleep. Thank you is not a big enough word for everything Dr. Gibson did for us. It was a relief not to have to drive her to the vet and it was very peaceful. We will be forever grateful for the care she had for Clarice and for us."
Brenna BihlerNashville, Tennessee
"It's been almost a year now and I am finally able to leave my testimony. Lindsay was my first dog, and she lived to be 15 years old. I knew that it was time when she stopped eating-she had always been obsessed with food. It was one of the hardest things I've ever had to do, but I called Laps of Love to set up a time with a vet. Dr. Suzanne calledme immediately and we set up a time for her to come out. It was the last day of February 2016, but it was a beautiful Spring day. The night before, Lindsay had eaten filet mignon, and for the first time in a long time, she slept soundly next to my bed. Dr. Suzanne was right on time, and we stayed in the back yard where Lindsay had had so many good times.Dr. Suzanne took all of the time I needed and was so patient and sweet. She quietly explained each process and procedure, and It was a blessing to see Lindsay finally at peace. Dr. Suzanne put her in a nice basket and as I walked out to the car with her, I asked her if I could open the back door for her so she could put Lindsay in the back seat. I'll never forget it when she said-"Oh no, she's riding in the front seat next to me." I highly recommend this sensitive and gentle spirited vet and this wonderful service. Thank you, Dr. Suzanne and may God bless you."
Lynn HardisonNashville, 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
"I would like to thank Dr. Gibson for helping my little girl have a peaceful passing. She let us know what she was going to do through the whole process and let us set the pace.
Dr. Gibson was kind and caring and allowed us all the time we needed to say our goodbyes."
Patti TitusBrentwood, 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 all of Middle Tennessee including the following counties: Nashville/Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Sumner, and Wilson. Appointments outside of these counties may be accepted, please call for more details.
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 LoveP.O. Box 2374Lebanon, TN 37088
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