Pricing and Information

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

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.

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.

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.

AFTERCARE PRICING

Private Cremation
Pets up to 49 pounds$300
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$350
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$400
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 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 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

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.  If additional help is needed outside what is available in the home, we may request that the crematory come to assist us.  In this case, an additional fee will be needed to cover their charge. 

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, 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 Doctors

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

Dr. Rene

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

About 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

"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

"Dr. Rene & the staff at Lap of Love....We are so incredibly grateful for your help and support on the day we said goodbye to our beloved pet. It was the hardest decision we've ever made. Dr. Rene you helped us get through it, so kind, so compassionate, so thoughtful and professional. Thank you for the long hug at the very end. It truly meant so much to me. I needed a hug in that moment badly. I would recommend Lap of Love to anyone going through this hard time. My sweet bulldog went in the most peaceful way possible, eating treats in his bed, with us rubbing his belly and telling him how much we loved him.

Dr. Rene was the best, we were so lucky to have her in our home.

Sincerely, The Ferrante family"

Keri Ferrante
Clayton, California

"I did not have the chance to meet Dr. Rene myself, but my father did. He said she was very friendly and knowledgeable regarding pets. He said Dr. Rene took the time to explain the cremation process, and what we could expect next. My father said that Dr. Rene took very good care of moving Kevin and the aftercare. I am so thankful to Dr. Rene and Lap of Love for providing in-home care. I cannot imagine going through this process in any place other than the loving home that my Kevin spend his entire life living in. Thank you so much!"

Laura Bradford
Vacaville, California

"Dr. Rene, and Lap of Love are angels. They helped us laugh, cry and get through one of the worst moments of our lives with grace and ease. I could not be more thankful for their support and kindness."

Laura And Shorty Pants
Napa, California

"Dr. Renee came to my house and was very warm and explained everything in a compassionate way. I've lost pets before but this was the best way. Buddy was happy being at home, in my arms and even gave a wag of the tail just before he left me. Renee was sensitive, kind and very understanding about the position I was in and took great care to tend to every emotional need.

I would highly recommend her. Without a question."

Carmen Whisenhunt
Vallejo, California

"Dr. Butler came to our home to help us say goodbye to our dog Lilly. It was a very difficult decision for us to make to finally let her go. Dr. Butler was so compassionate and talked us through the entire process before we moved forward. At no time did we feel rushed or pressed for time. Dr. Butler talked us through each step and did not move forward until my wife and I and our dog Lilly was ready. She knew exactly how to put Lilly at ease and made us feel like we were the number one priority. I cannot express enough how smooth the entire process was. Nothing about her presentation or process felt artificial or insincere. We felt truly cared for. Lilly calmly and gently passed away in our arms. There were no signs of discomfort or pain which was a big concern with Lilly because she was a very nervous and uneasy dog. We even received a card expressing her condolences. My wife and I will not hesitate to contact Dr. Butler and her team again if we were ever to find ourselves in the same position with another animal as we were with Lilly. Thank you so much for your devotion to this difficult process and making an extremely difficult and painful time so much easier for our family."

Tanja Henkel
Travis AFB, 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
“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
“I write this on the one month anniversary of Buddy's passing. I miss him like it was just yesterday. My life was forever changed when he came into my life and it'll never be the same without him.
Buddy was as loving as any Jack Russell could be but he was a great boy and brought a ton of life into the room. He was my shadow, my protector and my ...
Carmen Whisenhunt
May 19, 2019
“Athena,
I knew that you would eventually have to leave me. After all, 14 in dog years is a long time. But that doesn't make it any easier.
I think the hardest part is that all of these everyday things I used to do with you, I now have to do them alone. Going to work, going to the store, watching TV, playing video games, even going to the ...
Shane Entzel
March 19, 2019
Payment Options

To make the experience as peacful 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. 

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

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