PRICING AND INFORMATION

APPOINTMENT PRICING

EUTHANASIA$325

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$425

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), 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 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$225
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$250
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$275
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$300

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$125
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$150
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$175
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$225

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

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. Rachel

Rachel Burns

Growing up in eastern Ohio, I was encouraged to explore and appreciate the natural world at a young age. I played with insects, collected rocks, raised ducklings and pressed flowers. It was far from a surprise when I majored in Zoology at The Ohio State University, where I found myself repeatedly drawn to learning about human and animal interactions, especially when it came to the emotional bond between people and their pets. I decided that this was how I wanted to contribute to a better world - by caring for companion animals that bring happiness and so much more to the humans who love them. 

I attended Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in Massachusetts and upon graduating, I worked as a small animal general practitioner in Portland, Oregon for several years before moving back to the east coast. During those years, I learned a lot about myself as a person and more importantly as a doctor. I learned so much about the aspect of quality of life and about how to help families better understand it. I believe in the importance of the human-animal bond and the power it has to change lives. At Lap of Love, I am excited to have the opportunity to help owners care for their pets in the face of chronic or terminal illness. I want to keep that sacred bond strong so that it can be fondly remembered when it is finally time to say goodbye. We all want our furry (or feathered or scaled) loved ones to be happy and comfortable until the end. It is my honor to be able to strive for that every day as a Lap of Love veterinarian. 

When not working, I love exploring new hiking trails, running, painting like no one is watching, and spending time with friends and family. I enjoy a good pun and would rather write by hand than type. On a nice day, I can often be found in the back yard with my two hens (Hillary and Camilla) and I am joined indoors by my guinea pigs (Piggy Smalls and Gil), parakeets (Marvin and Francesca) and hermit crab (Indiana Jones).

About Rachel Burns

Growing up in eastern Ohio, I was encouraged to explore and appreciate the natural world at a young age. I played with insects, collected rocks, raised ducklings and pressed flowers. It was far from a surprise when I majored in Zoology at The Ohio State University, where I found myself repeatedly drawn to learning about human and animal interactions, especially when it came to the emotional bond between people and their pets. I decided that this was how I wanted to contribute to a better world - by caring for companion animals that bring happiness and so much more to the humans who love them. 

I attended Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in Massachusetts and upon graduating, I worked as a small animal general practitioner in Portland, Oregon for several years before moving back to the east coast. During those years, I learned a lot about myself as a person and more importantly as a doctor. I learned so much about the aspect of quality of life and about how to help families better understand it. I believe in the importance of the human-animal bond and the power it has to change lives. At Lap of Love, I am excited to have the opportunity to help owners care for their pets in the face of chronic or terminal illness. I want to keep that sacred bond strong so that it can be fondly remembered when it is finally time to say goodbye. We all want our furry (or feathered or scaled) loved ones to be happy and comfortable until the end. It is my honor to be able to strive for that every day as a Lap of Love veterinarian. 

When not working, I love exploring new hiking trails, running, painting like no one is watching, and spending time with friends and family. I enjoy a good pun and would rather write by hand than type. On a nice day, I can often be found in the back yard with my two hens (Hillary and Camilla) and I am joined indoors by my guinea pigs (Piggy Smalls and Gil), parakeets (Marvin and Francesca) and hermit crab (Indiana Jones).

"Dr Rachel was so kind and compassionate to our needs. She was extremely professional, explained every detail and answered our questions. It was such a blessing to have her come to our home so not to put any added stress on our dog or our family. Thank you Dr Rachel for making this difficult time as pleasant as it could be."

Heather Herrington
Higganum, Connecticut

"On March 25. 2020 my best friend Greta of 17 years took her journey to rainbow bridge. Dr. Rachel Burns was so kind caring and incredibly compassionate during this difficult time.

Thank you Lap of Love and Dr. Burns for guiding us through this.

Although incredibly painful losing a best friend. I highly recommend this service. Greta was completely happy and at peace."

kimberley angelini
north haven, Connecticut

"So grateful for Dr. Burns listening to concerns and helping Buster have the best couple months that he could before passing. You have been a God sent. Thank you!"

Angela Thomas
Milford, Connecticut

"Dr. Burns was truly a friend during a very difficult time. She walked us through the process and made sure my beautiful Jupiter was not in any pain. Saying goodbye to him was more difficult then I could ever imagine but Dr Burns was honest and compassionate. Thank you Dr. Burns for you loving kindness."

Lisa Christino
Southington, Connecticut

"On March 16 Our sweet Sarah went to sleep for the last time.... peaceful , loved and full of compassion from Dr Rachel Burns....I cant begin to explain the love compassion and pure dedication to the job that has to be the most difficult time in our lives ... Dr Rachel was professional,caring , loving to both Sarah and our family ❤️ We had sweet Sarah for 13 amazing years and her last day more amazing and peaceful thanks to Dr. Rachel... lap of love is an amazing service that I will be forever grateful for❤️🐾 myself and my children thank you for making the passing of our sweet Sarah loving , peaceful and full of love ❤️🐾Dr. RACHEL gave Sarah a loving , peaceful passing and a compassionate loving response to our grief.... will appreciate your help with our transition always and forever ❤️🐾"

Wendy Velez
Waterbury, Connecticut

"Dr. Rachel Burns was so wonderful throughout the process. She was empathetic towards our situation and did everything she could to make sure we were comfortable. She was so sweet with our male dog Ace and was comforting to Abby in her final moments. We appreciated that she took the time to explain what to expect and made us feel better about decision. She made our last moments with our pup special. Thank you!"

Tracie Rod
Colchester, Connecticut

LOCAL RESOURCES
Pet Life and Loss Support Services

  (860) 236-3273

Veterinary Specialists of Connecticut Pet Loss Support Group

  (860) 347-8387

Pieper Memorial Veterinary Center

  (860) 205-8584

Andrea Seader, Association of Pet Loss & Bereavement Certified Pet Bereavement Counselor

  (203) 679-0849

Soul Friends, Animal Assisted Child and Adolescent Therapy

  (860) 646-6134

Bolton Veterinary Hospital

  (203) 865-0878

Central Hospital for Veterinary Medicine - New Haven

SERVICE AREA

Helping families in the following areas:

We proudly serve the greater Hartford and New Haven areas. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a $30-$100 travel fee based on your location.

Pet Memorials
“From the minute I saw your stunning blue eyes I knew you belonged in our family. And your sweet kiss on my face sealed the deal, you were ours to love. You quickly made friends with the girls (not so much with the cat) and many memories were made. We were so lucky to have you with us for over 14 years. You were the best pup anyone could ask for. ...
Heather Herrington
April 3, 2020
“My one and only dog, it was a blessing to try to care for you the best that I could. You were the sweetest dog at times that I ever knew. You’ve been through so much these past couple years. Thank you Dr. Burn for helping him to run free. You’ll see your Mom and brother Maxi in the highest of the heavenlies. Will miss the sweetest little dog face ...
Angela Thomas
March 21, 2020
“Jupiter you are truly missed our beautiful boy. Until we me again at the Rainbow bridge my heart will have an emptiness that only you can fill”
Lisa Christino
March 20, 2020
“Abby, our sweet little girl we miss and love you so much. You brought such joy to our lives and you will never be forgotten. We miss your wagging tail and silly noises you would make when we played together. You will forever remain in our hearts :)”
Tracie Rod
March 11, 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 2087
Meriden, Connecticut 06450

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