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

"Having just lost my husband in the last month to cancer, it was a difficult decision to make on my own about what to do for our beloved Golden Retriever Velma. She was diagnosed with bone cancer and had her leg amputated about a year ago. She recently started showing signs that the cancer had spread, and getting up had become almost impossible for her. Dr. Rene was so kind and the whole experience at home was as good as it could be for me and my two daughters. We know that she is now reunited with her cancer buddy in Heaven, and the both of them are so loved and will be missed immensely. Thank you for making the transition for Velma so peaceful."


Fairfield, California

"We had a beloved dog named Pippin. A dog with a glass always full, even if it was half filled with air. When we realized that it was time to help him pass our minds were fuzzy with emotion. The staff at Lap of Love patiently and kindly talked us through all the decisions and set up. Dr. Rene was so kind and thoughtful. She patiently and thoroughly explained the whole procedure and then at each step let us know what she was going to do and what would happen. It is never easy to say good bye to a loved one but the memories we have of him passing help us be at peace. We are deeply grateful for your assistance and kindness. Thank you seems hardly enough to say."

Nanc and Brian Langendorf
Benicia, California

"Dr. Rene performed an in home euthanasia service for our 14 year old Labrador, Handsome Harley. My father was leaving for an unexpected work trip within 24 hours of needing her service and she was very accommodating and came first thing in the morning. She gave my family all the time we needed to say goodbye to Harley. She answered all of our questions about the process and what would happen to Harley. She made a very heartbreaking experience feel the best that it could feel. She played with and handled Harley as if she knew him. Gave him lots of yummy treats and they quickly became friends. Her care and love for animals was evident in the way she treated and handled our Handsome Harley. We are so happy we chose to do this in home instead of at a vet. We received a condolences card in the mail with kind words shortly after Harley passed. Harley’s ashes were ready within 2 weeks.

Thank you so much,

The Bartlett’s"

Tom Bartlett
Vacaville, California

"She was very nice and very helpful. She let me do things my way, and even though she never knew Athena, I'm pretty sure even she was crying; letting me know she knew exactly how hard this was."

Shane Entzel
Fairfield, California

"Dr. Rene,

It has taken me this long to respond to your kindness. It took me months to get rid of my beloved Elmo's hair, toys, food, etc. I still tear up at the grocery, vet, and groomer. He loved everyone as he only received love in our home for 7 years. His 8th birthday was March 5, 2019. Bentley (my Yorkie) has been fine- I think because he was allowed to participate with our friends and not hidden away. You made crossing the bridge better for my Elmo and myself- I will never forget that !

Love,

Ramona, Elmo and Bentley

March 13, 2019"

Ramona Matthews
Vacaville, California

"We, as humans, often try to project our own thoughts and experiences of death onto our pets. At the same time, we think that our pets are, well, animals...in a tough as nails kind of way. And they are tough. Very tough.

Humans are able to describe to physicians what hurts and where it hurts. Animals cannot verbalize that. Humans are given targeted pain medication. Animals often endure because they display no outward signs of pain.

Even when the signs of distress are so obvious to others, we as pet owners tend to want our pets to fight on. We want them to fight on because we cannot bear to lose their adorable presence. And in true majesty they do. With all of their non-judgmental, undying loyalty.

When it becomes a question as to whether a pet has reached the end it is best to reach out to a third party. I did. I'm glad I did."

Paul Palfey
Fairfield, 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
“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
“Missing and loving our girl everyday!! Saying goodbye to our Molly dog (aka: the molg, snow wolf & MOOSE) was the hardest decision I've ever made. But adopting her was one of the BEST decisions I've made in my life! She was a California dog that went with us to New York and back. She loved her pack - Bo, Lukey & Daisy, and loved loved loved ...
Kelli Courson
January 10, 2019
“Blondie was truly a gift and her absence has left a hole in our family. Originally from a farm in Bakersfield CA, she was forced to leave her family of 4 small children in addition to her own two brothers due to the housing crash in 2008, which is when we adopted her. She developed spleen cancer, and left us only 4 days after diagnosis. She was a ...
Maria Cunning
October 21, 2018
“Kody, you were not only beautiful, you were the most loving dog we have ever had. You always wanted and always gave so much affection. You were always ready to go-go-go- whether a walk or a most desired car ride. You will most be remembered for your love of swinging in the covered swing. From the time you were a puppy until your last day- the ...
Wendy and James Lynd
October 15, 2018
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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