PRICING AND INFORMATION

APPOINTMENT PRICING

EUTHANASIA$375

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.

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.

ADDITIONAL 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 (normal business hours are 9:00am - 5:00pm), aggressive pets, and some exotic species.

HOLIDAYS

Holiday appointments can be accepted with approval. The following holidays incur a $100 fee when scheduled: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & New Years Day. A $50 fee is incurred for 4th of July, Memorial Day or Labor Day.

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.

AFTERCARE PRICING

PRIVATE CREMATION
Pets up to 49 pounds$300
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$350
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$400
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$500

With this option, your pet is cremated privately at a licensed crematory. The ashes are contained in a lovely wooden urn with the name engraved. 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$175
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$250
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$325

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

To best honor your personal space, our doctors do not arrive with a vet technician.  Therefore, if your family has elected cremation for a pet over 30 pounds, we may ask your assistance moving your loved one after euthanasia has been performed.  

AVAILABILITY

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 or in a short amount of time, so we do our best to accommodate same day appointments with a few hours notice, but cannot guarantee that.

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
Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarian in your area!

Dr. Rene

Rene Butler

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

About Rene Butler

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

"Dr. Rene was our Angel! She guided us through the process with great compassion. She truly is very caring and our dog somehow seemed to know why she was there. She treated our Cinnamon with great care and Cin loved her chicken jerky! It really helped when she covered our baby with a pink heart blanket afterwards and I felt my baby was in good hands and being loved and cared for even in death."

Dagmar Hesker
Vallejo, California

"It was time to say goodbye to my 15 year old Maine Coon X, but he was not a fan of strangers (to say the least). I started agonizing over how it could be done without me having to sit on him and having at least three people get eaten, not to mention having to put Cookie through that as my last memory of him. Lap of Love to the rescue.

I worked with Dr. Rene and her amazing staff to coordinate everything ahead of time, and when the time came, I snuggled with Cookie and put his muzzle on (it shields his face). Dr. Rene came into the house without saying a word and gave him the injection. Before he could do more than start, she was out of the room, the door was shut, and the muzzle was off. We resumed snuggling until he drifted away.

Everything was coordinated and paid for in advance (an option, but not required), and Dr. Rene did a sweet little paw print mold for me to keep (included, but not required). She made sure Cookie was gone and, even though I thought I didn’t care how Cookie was carted away, she put him in a cute little basket and put a blanket over him. It was a nice image to take with me.

I hope not to need Dr. Rene's services again anytime soon, but when it comes time to say goodbye to my dogs I know exactly who I'm going to be calling."

Amy Consiglio
Vacaville, California

"Dr. Rene had a very calming and knowing energy that brought comfort to me and my dog London. She explained everything before it happened and why, which helped me tremendously as this was the first pet I lifted back up to the angels. Being able to integrate music and candles and manage the energy with which London left was paramount to me -- and it was exactly the way I hoped it would be; peaceful and loving, including the tender care-taking of her body into Dr. Rene's car. Thank you Dr. Rene!"

Lisa Logan
Petaluma, CA, California

"Dr. Rene was a treasure for our family. I was full of fear and sadness when we found out that Sasha had osteosarcoma. With her quality of life quickly fading, I invited Dr. Rene to visit our home and spend time with me, my son, a dear friend of mine, and Sasha. With Dr. Rene's help, I was able to have the peace of mind to make the decision to release Sasha from her pain. The day we said goodbye to our beloved mastiff, Dr. Rene was there along with my husband, my younger son, and several family friends. It was the most bittersweet goodbyes of my life. But Dr. Rene helped ease our pain and helped us through the process. I will be forever grateful to her."

Renee Stewart
Benicia, California

"Today we received the ashes of our baby girl Sheba from Dr Christiansen’s office. The box and engraving are lovely. I want to tell you how much we appreciate the care and comfort you gave to Sheba AND us during her final difficult moments. We will always have an empty space in our hearts where she should be, but you helped all of us to transition to our new normal. It can’t be easy doing what you do, but you do it professionally and compassionately, and for that I will always thank you."

Brian Barry
Vallejo, California

"My 13 year old cat Harriet had been diagnosed with lymphoma and had eight good months with us post-diagnosis. She started declining and we made the tough decision to humanely end her suffering. Harriet had always had a rough time at the vet, and we knew that we wanted to find a vet who could come to our house so she could be in the comfort of her own surroundings when she made that transition.

Dr. Rene Butler's warm, caring, and compassionate demeanor made that very difficult day a little bit easier. She thoroughly explained the procedure beforehand, gave Harriet some love and treats, and then administered the sedative. She explained that the sedative would put our kitty in a twilight sleep similar to a person going under prior to anesthesia. Harriet then chose to curl up in a spot near the window (where she would lie in the sun every afternoon), relaxed, and went to sleep. Dr. Rene then administered the second drug. Harriet quickly and peacefully slipped away as I stroked her fur and told her how much I loved her. Dr. Rene made a paw print impression and gave us a lock of fur as keepsakes. These were especially loved and appreciated by our four-year-old human daughter (who was not present but got to say her goodbyes beforehand). Dr. Rene gave us as much time as we needed with Harriet, and then she lovingly placed Harriet in a basket and covered her with a blanket. The entire procedure was peaceful, compassionate, and loving. I am so grateful for Dr. Rene and the love and care she showed us and Harriet."

Katie Brundage
San Anselmo, 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
“Dear Cinnamon
It was so difficult to part with you, we love you so much! We could not see you suffer anymore and there was no hope to get you better again.
You are in our hearts forever and no words can express how much we love and miss you! I imagine you have crossed the rainbow bridge by now and are reunited with your doggie family and ...
Dagmar Hesker
August 4, 2019
“Sasha Foofoo Godiva
Sasha....I will forever miss happy dancing with you. I will miss your smile. I will miss your sense of humor. You had a way of always knowing how I felt. You were always by my side. We will miss walking you down the street and having everyone stop and say hello to you. Dad and I will forever miss walking you around ...
Renee Stewart
June 24, 2019
“In memory of dear Harriet; we love and miss you so much.”
Katie Brundage
June 12, 2019
“Kevin, our angel, our best friend. There will never be a dog as sweet or a smart as our tiny boy. He was our family's biggest joy. He brought so much love and happiness to every one of us, for nearly 18 years. The house will never be the same without him. Every time we walk in a room, open a jar of peanut butter, or feel the warm sun hitting our ...
Laura Bradford
May 31, 2019
PAYMENT OPTIONS

To make the experience as peaceful as possible, credit card over the phone (before the appointment) is generally preferred. We are also more than happy to accept a check (made to 'Lap of Love') or cash during our time with you.

Most pet insurance companies cover Lap of Love services. We are happy to help complete any paperwork needed to submit for reimbursement.

We also accept Care Credit.

Mailing Address

Lap of Love
2401 Waterman Blvd Ste A4 #197
Fairfield, California 94534

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