Dallas Ft. Worth & 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.
Although we mainly see dogs and cats, some of our veterinarians can assist you with other species such as pigs, guinea pigs, rabbits, ferrets, birds, fish, and goats. Call for pricing and availability.
With this option, your pet is cremated privately at a licensed crematory. The ashes are contained in a lovely wooden urn with an engraved nameplate 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.
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 in a pet cemetery.
There may be a fee if additional assistance to safely carry your pet out of your home is needed.
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.
Caitlin Dobecka, DVM
I grew up in North Texas with my parents and siblings, and our home was never complete without a dog (or three). When I moved out of my parents’ home for college, I left them with dogs, donkeys, a cat, a horse and goats that I had added to our family. I decided I wanted to be a veterinarian in high school because I always enjoyed the process of helping animals (any kind) back to health. As soon as I started studying for classes required before vet school in college, I never looked back!
I received my bachelor’s degree at Oklahoma State University while studying my pre-veterinary classes. During school breaks I rode along with an equine veterinarian who became a mentor and I worked as a technician at a local vet clinic. While I loved helping in the clinic with appointments and surgeries, my favorite job was working as a kennel tech. Taking care of families beloved pets while they were away for business, holidays or family emergencies was a really important job to me. I wanted them to feel comfortable while being boarded and couldn't be at home with their owners.
I completed veterinary school at Texas A&M University. After school I moved to Ocala, Florida because I was excited about working on as many horses as I possibly could right away! In the Fall of 2014 I completed a course in Animal Chiropractic and have loved using this tool to improve the lives of many horses and dogs ever since. I moved back to my hometown in the Dallas area after Animal Chiropractic School and have been using my skills to help protect the human animal bond for our families. What I love most about being a veterinarian is that by helping out someone's pet, I am also also helping a pet parent and their family. I am passionate about doing what is best for the animal in need, which is most impactful during the end of life stage. I believe a peaceful euthanasia at home is a gift we can give animals pets at the end of their life. Whether it is a horse, dog or cat, I feel called and it is my calling to serve animals as best as I possibly can through their last days with us.
In my time at home, I enjoy time with my husband and our families. We love to ride road bikes together when the weather cooperates. We live with our two dogs - Izzy and Pink, our cat named Kitten and my precious Irish Sport Horse named Bailey. It is never a dull moment around our little farm between my never-ending to-do list of home-improvement projects and our bucket-list of travel plans.
Erica Fry, DVM
Growing up, my family moved around very frequently (by the time I was a sophomore in high school, I had moved about 12 times) because my father served as an officer in the United States Army. Constantly being the “new kid” can be tough, but it certainly builds character and adaptability, which has served me well! It also led me to foster close relationships with the constants in my life: my family and my beloved childhood cats, Zoya and Lynx. Their unconditional love and affection was a source of joy, companionship, and comfort to me. The bond I shared with my pets coupled with a major interest in biological science made being a veterinarian a natural career choice for me.
I attended veterinary school at the University of Missouri (MIZ-ZOU!!) and graduated in 2005. Prior to joining Lap of Love, I worked in two different small animal clinics—one in northern Alabama, and the second in St. Louis, Missouri. I enjoyed many aspects of private practice, but always felt most fulfilled and helpful when I was interacting with clients, guiding them through making important health decisions for their pets, and witnessing the remarkable human-animal bond.
My family relocated to Texas in 2014 and shortly after we moved, we had to say goodbye to one of our cats. It was my first time experiencing pet loss from the other side and I was devastated. Simon had been with me through most of veterinary school, meeting my husband, several moves, the introduction of new pets, and the birth of two babies. He handled it all with as much grace as his goofy personality could muster, and he was an important member of our family. But amidst my grief, I was also relieved and grateful that Simon passed away peacefully at home, under the care of a hospice veterinarian. Although I had previously provided home euthanasia, experiencing it personally flipped a switch for me; I knew that I wanted to provide the best support possible to families going through the same inevitable phase with their own pets.
I live just outside of Ft. Worth, Texas with my husband, our two young children, and our four pets, three of which are seniors. It’s a busy (and admittedly, sometimes crazy!) household but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love watching my children with our pets and am grateful that they continually demonstrate their unconditional love for us as they age with grace. I’m inspired by my pets and the many pets and people I’ve interacted with through the years. It is my goal is to fully support families and their pets by providing professional care and compassionate guidance so that their pets can also age and die with grace and dignity.
Caitlin Dobecka, DVM
"If/when the day comes that you are faced with putting your precious boy or girl to sleep, please know that there is no better way to do it but through Lap of Love, specifically Dr. Erica. Words cannot describe how wonderful this woman is. I had to put my precious dog Nick down this Saturday, and from the minute Dr. Erica walked in the door till the minute she left was peaceful and comfortable. I didn't want to put Nick through the stress of a car ride and the vet's office so decided that doing it at home was the last offering of love I could give him, and I'm so glad I did. His passing could not have been more peaceful and Dr. Erica explained everything as we went. I also had a stray cat that I had taken in who was very sick and obviously dying, she was kind enough to help put him out of his suffering while she was there as well. Having to put one pet down is bad enough but two in one day is rougher than rough. My house (and bed) feel very empty now that my boy is gone but am so thankful I was able to give him a peaceful passing, am so thankful I found Lap of Love and especially Dr. Erica. I count it a blessing to know there are still such caring and loving people out there."
Laurie LindseyFort Worth, Texas
"Thank you Caitlin for making the most difficult day feel full of love. Your kind and gentle manner towards us and our baby girl was much appreciated.
Thank you Lap of Love for providing such a wonderful service allowing us to send our baby off to heaven in the peaceful surroundings of her own home."
Carol CallawayFort Worth, Texas
"Dr. Erica called and gave us her ETA.From the time that she arrived ,until the time she left with our precious Dreamy --she was a healing presence.She guided us through the process and comforted us even as she expertly and compassionately helped Dreamy transition. She exuded respect and honored the
sanctity of the moment.
It truly helped me and my family begin the process of healing properly.Dr.Erica is definitely called to this important ministry.
With much Gratitude,
Nicholas EnoMansfield, Texas
"Bama's last day was so peaceful thanks to Dr. Erica. She is truly an angel for the special love, care and compassion she shows in dealing with such a difficult task. I'll never forget her for how Bama trusted her without question...how gently she eased Bama into a better place...and how she made sure we were all ok. Thank you Dr. Erica...you'll never know what a difference you made for us all.
Daniel CabeAllen, Texas
"There are not enough words in the dictionary to define the gratefulness we feel for Dr. Fry. Her presence in our home is best explained as divine. I truly believe that she is an Angel in human form and was sent to us straight from God, himself.
She was kind, compassionate, and professional. She spoke to our children respectfully and with deliberate intention to sooth their grieving souls.
We will hold her in our hearts forever."
Melissa Espey-MuellerDallas, Texas
"Last Saturday was by far the hardest day ever...
We sent our sweet girl Valentine to heaven. Valentine was a very spunky 18 year old tabby cat that melted our hearts from the first time we saw her. She was our princess. She loved to lay as close to the fireplace as possible on cold days...she loved to lay in the sun for hours....she'd snuggle with our 9 year old son for hours each night when he'd go to bed....she loved to be held in our arms like a baby and would stroke our faces with her little paws. She'd purr when you looked at her from across the room.... We love her and miss her so much.
She started to age drastically over the past year to the point where she wasn't eating and drinking...we think she might have had cancer (the regular doc said she had internal bleeding). She was such a blessing in our family that we wanted to give her the gift of passing peacefully in her own home with her family. We didn't want her to be scared at all. Luckily, we came across Lap of Love by a medical assistant at our vets office. We were extremely pleased with Dr. Erica. Under such hard circumstances, she knew exactly what to say...she was very professional, kind, empathetic, warm and caring. What a wonderful doctor for my sweet girl to have in her final moments. Dr. Erica let sweet Valentine go to heaven while in my arms & the gift of that is priceless. It was so wonderful to have a clay paw print too..it was a nice touch during a difficult time. Further, Dr. Erica followed up with an email, a facebook post and a condolence letter. I had an extremely difficult time in the days following our girls passing and Dr. Erica was nice enough to lend and ear and let me express my grief.
It must be a very difficult job to send such beloved pets to heaven and Dr. Erica is the most perfect, heaven sent, veterinarian for the job. I'd recommend her to anyone! Thank you Dr. Erica for giving our sweet girl her angel wings and being so kind and gentle with these beloved pets."
Brooke MettesFort Worth, Texas
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
SPCA of Texas
Helping families in the following areas:
We proudly serve the greater Dallas Fort Worth area, including Dallas, Tarrant, Collin, and Denton Counties. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a travel fee of $50 based on your location.
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 Love6387 Camp Bowie Blvd, B-405Ft. Worth TX 76116
The Dallas Morning News: Saying goodbye to a dying pet can be less painful