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.

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 made this sad day so much easier for us and our cat. She was so thoughtful and caring. We were so happy to allow our cat to pass peacefully at home instead of having to travel to a veterinary clinic. I strongly recommend Dr. Rachel and give her the highest praise for her work."

Dawn Z
Marlborough, Connecticut

"Last night in the comfort of our home, our six year old black and tan cocker spaniel, Cayden was given our final gift of love by Dr. Rachel Burns. He was diagnosed with a rare liver disease that was terminal. We didn't want Cayden to suffer and made the agonizing decision have him put to sleep.

Dr. Rachel was wonderful! She put all of us at ease and answered every question we had. Dr.Rachel explained the process to us and gave us all the time we needed to say our final goodbyes to Cayden. He went peacefully while being surrounded by all of us.

Tears are still flowing this morning but that's just a measure of how much Cayden was loved and what he meant to all of us!He will be missed and it will take some time to heal but Cayden is in a better place. He was what unconditional love looked like on four legs and a great companion! Cayden will always be a forever member of our family and we thank God that he created you for us!

Dr. Rachel is a very special person and helped us through this painful process. She was compassionate, caring and was very sensitive to the needs of our family, including those of Cayden's baby sister, Calleigh. She said that pets also mourn and made sure Calleigh was included in this experience. We are grateful to Dr. Rachel for her guidance and appreciate all that she did to help us through this very difficult time!

Sincerely,

Lisa and David Woods"

David Woods
SImsbury, Connecticut

"Dr. Rachel was so supportive, caring and compassionate. She made the experience peaceful and comforting for all.

I can't imagine to have said Goodbye to my Ramona any other way. Thank you !!"

Anna Jablecki
Wallingford, Connecticut

"Dear Dr. Burns, we appreciate the love you showed our handsome boy, Potter, in his final stages of life. We cannot thank you enough for guiding us through such a difficult time. Your gentle approach and compassionate manner was greatly appreciated. We loved on him for 18 years and had you not shown us the way, it would have been much more difficult letting him go. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you."

Elizabeth M.
BERLIN, Connecticut

"Dr Rachel was absolutely amazing. She was so caring and understanding of our situation and she was great at easing our minds, explained everything and answered all our questions as well as listened to us tell stories of our Carebear. Highly recommend her."

Kari Williams
Middletown, Connecticut

"Dr Rachel,

Being afraid to make the decision was hard but what was even harder was the fact that we did not know what to expect. You truly made the whole process so easy for all of us by explaining it part by part. I would do it all over again the exact way. Your special and have a comforting gift. Max himself even felt content with you! Five stars to the whole team as well, you guys all played a part and made us feel comfortable. Thank you, thank you, and thank you!"


Bloomfield, 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
“Oh sweet Carebear- we love you so much much. We are so glad you found us and called this home. We are so happy to have had the short time with you and show you what love and care really is. You always made us smile in everything you did. From taking walks with mommy, to following daddy around the yard. Your photogenic personality was always there ...
Kari Williams
November 16, 2019
“We will love you forever, Bella!”
November 5, 2019
“Kaiser was our baby, our best friend, our loyal companion. He was such a huge part of our lives and it was impossible to imagine life without him. He has a spot forever in our hearts. Our lives will not be the same since we said goodbye to Kaiser. Our home feels empty. He was truly a part of our entire family. He came on family vacations and ...
Stacy Kurtz
October 1, 2019
“Xavier was my first pet who was all my own. I got him in college and he snuggled me every night while I slept, sat in my lap and watched TV with me, and followed me around the house, even coming when I called. He was the best companion I could ever have found and we were a little team. He was a constant in my life through my early and mid 20s even ...
Kimberly Adamski
September 23, 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
PO Box 2087
Meriden, Connecticut 06450

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