Pricing and Information

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.


Veterinary Hospice$375

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.

Geriatric Consultation$375

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 lbs, 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 pigs, guinea pigs, rabbits, ferrets, birds, fish, and goats. Call for pricing and availability.


Private Cremation
Pets up to 49 pounds$250
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$300
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$350
Pets 150 pounds or more - please call
for pricing
Mailing of urn to your home or work$25

With this option, your pet is cremated privately at a licensed crematory. The ashes are contained in a lovely wooden urn with a printed name label. They will be made available directly from the crematory within two weeks or mailed to your home or office for an additional fee of $25.

Communal Cremation
Pets up to 49 pounds$125
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$150
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$175
Pets 150 pounds or more - please call
for pricing

This option is for families that don't wish to have their pet's ashes returned or wish to bury at home. Pets are respectfully cremated with other pets at a licensed crematory and the ashes are buried in a private location with no visitation. 

Additional Aftercare Fees

There may be a fee if additional assistance to safely carry your pet out of your home is needed. 


Dr. Rene will be unavailable from June 29th through July 20th.  Our Support Team is available everyday via phone or email to answer your questions and to schedule an appointment upon her return.


We are here to answer your questions every day, from 5am - 8pm. 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.

Meet The Doctor

Rene Butler, DVM

I grew up in Southern California, a city girl. My pets were mice, small birds, a rabbit and lots and lots of goldfish. Neighbors would often bring me orphan baby birds and kittens to nurse back to health. My mother's family were farmers in South Dakota, and we would visit in the summer. I was the crazy cousin from California out playing with the barn cats and the calves!

I can't remember a time when I didn't want to be a veterinarian. I was always very focused, studied hard and graduated from UC Davis Veterinary school in 1989. I have worked at several small animal practices in the San Francisco Bay Area, and while the majority of my patients are cats and dogs, I also enjoy treating birds, reptiles and pocket pets.

I have done many euthanasias over the years, primarily in a clinic, but also have gone to the clients home,when possible. Home euthanasia is so much preferable, providing a calm and stress-free environment. My goal is to help both owners and their pets through a very difficult decision. I hope that providing this service with Lap of Love, I can help you honor and cherish your pets life when saying goodbye.

"Death is nothing at all. I have only slipped away to the next room. I am I and you are you. Whatever we were to each other, That, we still are."  Henry Scott Holland

"When that terrible time came to have our beloved almost 15 year old Lab Scout put down, we were in a state of great anxiety, remembering the time years ago when our old dog at that time was put down. That was a terrible experience both for our dog and for us. This time we contacted Dr. Rene Butler to come to our home rather than take our girl to the vet clinic.

We did not really know what to expect and were prepared for a very trying experience. Dr. Rene was a great relief and made a very difficult situation for us a bearable one. Dr. Rene was another visitor to our house and Scout loved visitors. As Scout lay in her favorite spot in the house, Dr. Rene gently did what needed to be done. Scout went to sleep wagging her tail. It was a very peaceful experience.

We will be forever grateful to Dr. Rene for that!"

Ken & Libby Guthrie
Rio Vista, California

"Kaiju (Kai) was a sweet, gentle soul. He was always hesitant around strangers and unfamiliar places so it was very important that he could be home and surrounded by family. He was able to be on the deck, on his bed, in his shady spot. Dr. Rene was very kind and compassionate and explained the process to all of us. Thank you to Dr. Rene for helping Kai pass peacefully and painlessly."

J. Barker
Vacaville, California

""I couldn't have hoped for a better more peaceful and dignified last day for my cat Heidi. I am so thankful Dr Rene was available for the exact time/day Heidi and I needed her.

Dr Rene was so kind and understanding, and I know Heidi was comforted by her. This is a much needed and precious service for people and their pets.""

Annette Cardin
Vallejo, California

""We want to thank the staff and Dr Rene for their kindness and compassion during this stressful and sad time. This was the first for us and everyone made it as easy as could be expected for us, and more importantly for Luke. We cant thank you enough for your tender, caring assistance in helping us make the heart breaking decision to help him pass.""

Pat and Chuck Panighetti
Vacaville, California

"Dr. Rene was wonderful and professional and compassionate. It was the best experience possible considering the circumstances. We would highly recommend Dr. Rene to anyone.

Mark Eastwood"

Mark Eastwood
Kentfield, California

"I did not know such a hospice service would exist at YOUR HOME for our most love companions - our pets.

I am intensive care unit medical director. Life and death is a daily things for me to see in the hospital. However, I never knew that PETS can have the same treatments as us human if not better.

Dr. Renee made the experience very beautiful. I would recommend this service to anyone who loves their pets until the last moment. I dreaded the day that I may have to bring my Bella - German Sheperd- to a VET office. Thank you one of my ICU RN recommendation of Dr. Renee service, I decided to give it a trial.

Dr Renee came right on time as scheduled. She walks in and play with Bella. She makes her feel more at ease.

Then when we are ready, she injected Bella with a sedative followed by anesthetics. Bella appeared pain free and very relaxed. The whole process from start of injection to heavenly escort of Bella took less than 6 min. Bella has never appeared so much at peace and happy toward the seconds of her life.

Dr Renee did a lot more than just injection. There is a paw prints and she will help handle all cremation if requested.

i would not hesitate to use Dr Renee service again and again and again.

Please choose home euthanasia when the time comes and PETS do not ever want to leave us even in the last breath.

Best wishes to all that ever have pets !! they are our children forever."

Michael Luu
American canyon, California

Local Resources

Pet Life and Loss Support Services

Emergency Clinic

  (707) 864-1444

Solano-Napa Pet Emergency Clinic: Fairfield

Emergency Clinic

  (925) 808-3741

SAGE Emergency Care: Concord

Emergency Clinic

  (707) 584-4343

Animal Care Center: Rohnert Park

Pet Loss Hotline

  (877) 474-3310

Service Area

Helping families in the following areas:

We proudly serve our neighbors in the following counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, Solano, Sonoma, and Yolo. Extended service areas are over 25 miles from veterinarian's home and can be quoted upon request.

Pet Memorials
“After 16 years, my sweet Baby is now gone. She fought until her final breath and now is wherever the sweetest souls go to rest from all suffering. I miss her so much. A large part of my heart went with her. 💔😢

Sweet Zorra, my Baby,
I hope I did not betray your trust by deciding to take your life. Although you were able to eat, drink, ...
Mary Edwards
June 18, 2017
“Dear Montana, you will be in our hearts forever. We know you are in a better place, with no more seizures and no more pain. I know your brother Dakota and your sister Ella are with you now and you are running through fields of glorious flowers, finally chasing the birds you were never allowed to chase. We LOVE you!!!!!!!”
Melyna & Andrew Huff Huff
March 10, 2017
“My dear sweet baby boy! You were the most intelligent, patient, loving dog I have ever owned! Your predecessor was just as sweet and lived to be 16 years old...I thought we would have at least that long, too! I never knew you were so sick! You rolled in the grass just yesterday evening, and did your usual dance to be let outside this morning. It ...
Tina Schlaile
March 7, 2017
“Best friend, Exquisite barker, Best in Show, Sunbather, Gardner, Napping buddy, Park lover, Brave canine, Let me out Queen, Let me in Queen, Ambassador of our court, Loved everyone, Our Muse”
Lori Lott
February 13, 2017
Payment Options

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.

Mailing Address

Lap of Love
2401-A Waterman Blvd Ste 4
Fairfield, CA 94533

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