Fairfield County and Surrounding Areas

  (203) 588-0600

  [email protected]

COVID-19 Update: We are still honored to join you in the home so that your pet can be safely surrounded by loved ones during this time.

PRICING AND INFORMATION

APPOINTMENT PRICING

EUTHANASIA$350

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.

HOSPICE$450

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.

TELEADVICE$100

Using phone or Skype, one of our wonderful doctors will walk you through our Quality of Life assessment. This 30 minute conversation is valuable for any family considering hospice care, euthanasia, or simply wanting to understand the end of life process with their pet.

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 39 pounds$250
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$275
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$300
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$325

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.

COMMUNAL CREMATION
Pets up to 39 pounds$150
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$175
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$200
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$250

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 in their private pet cemetery located in Foxboro, MA. 

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

COVID-19 Update: We are still honored to join you in the home so that your pet can be safely surrounded by loved ones during this time.

We are here to answer your questions every day, from 7am - 11pm. 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. Nikki

Nikki Lynch

From as early as I can remember, my life has revolved around animals, and I wouldn’t have it any other way! They have been my passion and purpose, and I, their healer, advocate, and friend. As a little girl growing up in Long Island, NY I could be found rescuing orphaned wildlife, riding horses, or playing with my family’s menagerie of cats, dogs, hamsters, rabbits, turtles, lizards, and frogs. I loved anything pertaining to science and the natural world, and often spent entire summer days collecting and studying specimens of leaves, bugs, seashells, rocks, and flowers, and jotting down notes about them in my little nature journal. I think I speak for all of my colleagues when I say that you don’t just choose a career in veterinary medicine; it chooses you.  

In my years of practice as a general practitioner, I have found that one of the most important aspects of veterinary medicine is the human-animal bond. There is nothing more rewarding and sacred to me than being able to help families navigate the challenging and emotional waters of the end-of-life period. Being there to help families make difficult decisions, provide palliative care, and provide a peaceful and loving passing of their beloved pets, is my mission, and it’s an honor to fulfill.

When I’m not helping families and their fur babies, I enjoy hiking, oil painting, riding horses, seeing Broadway shows, and spending time with my husband, Sean and our baby son, James. We have 4 senior kitties: “Dinah”, “Georgie”, “Piper,” and “Squeak.”

About Nikki Lynch

From as early as I can remember, my life has revolved around animals, and I wouldn’t have it any other way! They have been my passion and purpose, and I, their healer, advocate, and friend. As a little girl growing up in Long Island, NY I could be found rescuing orphaned wildlife, riding horses, or playing with my family’s menagerie of cats, dogs, hamsters, rabbits, turtles, lizards, and frogs. I loved anything pertaining to science and the natural world, and often spent entire summer days collecting and studying specimens of leaves, bugs, seashells, rocks, and flowers, and jotting down notes about them in my little nature journal. I think I speak for all of my colleagues when I say that you don’t just choose a career in veterinary medicine; it chooses you.  

In my years of practice as a general practitioner, I have found that one of the most important aspects of veterinary medicine is the human-animal bond. There is nothing more rewarding and sacred to me than being able to help families navigate the challenging and emotional waters of the end-of-life period. Being there to help families make difficult decisions, provide palliative care, and provide a peaceful and loving passing of their beloved pets, is my mission, and it’s an honor to fulfill.

When I’m not helping families and their fur babies, I enjoy hiking, oil painting, riding horses, seeing Broadway shows, and spending time with my husband, Sean and our baby son, James. We have 4 senior kitties: “Dinah”, “Georgie”, “Piper,” and “Squeak.”

"Dear Dr. Nikki,

I can't express enough how grateful I am to have had such a wonderful experience with you. I felt so much love from everyone that I spoke with yesterday. It was a long exhausting day for me and my husband and he made it home safely just in time to say goodbye to Mandy. I feel blessed that I was in a position to give her such a wonderful goodbye. She was loved so deeply and will be missed by many that knew her. Thank you again for all your support and a beautiful chance to say goodbye to her in the comfort of her own home.

Sincerely,

Melissa & Jack Violette"


Waterbury, Connecticut

"I could not believe the support they gave me during the process. I felt so comfortable through the entire day with the comfort I was given. If I had to go through this again or when I have to I will definitely be reaching out to you again. I still have her sister that is just 5 years old and hope she lives a long time. But when the day does come I certainly hope Lap Of Love is still around. "

Melissa Violette
Waterbury, Connecticut

"Dear Dr. Nikki,

Thank you for so much kindness. You have a gift for making people feel at ease and I do appreciate your help with sending Seth to a better place. You helped make a very difficult time easier and calming.

<3, Lucia"


Monroe, Connecticut

"Dr. Nikki,

Thank you for everything. We really appreciate you. We couldn't imagine having gone through that with anyone else. Seriously, we talked about that afterwards and we were so thankful it was you. Ruby was so much more than a dog, she was a family member. And you made sure her last moments were comfortable, and we can't thank you enough.

Danny & Rachel & Mason & Rocco"


Danbury, Connecticut

LOCAL RESOURCES
Pet Life and Loss Support Services

  (203) 595-2777

Cornell University Veterinary Specialists - Stamford

  (718) 382-0690

Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement - Manchester (National Organization)

  (203) 854-9960

VCA Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center - Norwalk

  (203) 854-9960

VCA Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center Pet Loss Support Group - Norwalk

  (203) 270-8387

Newtown Veterinary Specialists - Newtown

  (203) 303-9412

Healing Hearts Center for Grief and Loss Regional Hospice - Danbury

SERVICE AREA

Helping families in the following areas:

We proudly serve the greater Fairfield county area. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a $30-$100 travel fee based on your location.

Pet Memorials
“Mandy was our whole world. Words can't describe how much love we have for you. Losing you is so devastating. You will forever be in our hearts.”
Melissa Violette
October 13, 2020
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
PO Box 525
Ridgefield, Connecticut 06877

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