Pricing and Information

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

Veterinary Hospice$300

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$300

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$300

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 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 39 pounds$225
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$250
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$275
Pets over 150 pounds will be quoted

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 over 150 pounds will be quoted

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.

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, DVM

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, DVM

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 an amazing support during an incredibly difficult time. She gave our dog a beautiful and peaceful end. She was so calm and caring. I can not say enough good things about Lap of Love and Dr. Rachel."

Valerie Varanelli
Madison, Connecticut

"Dr. Rachel was a blessing. I can't thank her enough for helping my husband and I during this time. She was the perfect person for this important job. I am forever grateful."

Jennifer Steiner
Vernon, Connecticut

"Stella’s passing would have been much more difficult to handle had it not been done with the ultimate care and compassion of Dr. Rachel. She has a gift with animals and I will be forever grateful that she shared it with Stella and me."

Patti Donovan
New Britain, Connecticut

"From the moment Dr. Rachel walked into my home I felt the weight of the world lift away. It was as though I knew her forever. Her calm manner and soft spoken words provided me the emotional support I desperately needed. She was kind and gentle ~ she knew just what to say and do to make my Holly’s final moments perfect. Not only was she there for Holly, she was there for me. I will forever treasure Holly’s in home end of life experience. Dr. Rachel provided Holly with the most comfortable, peaceful passing in the comfort of her own home ~ on her favorite blanket.

Thank you Lap of Love for the extraordinary service you provide !"

Judy Smotas
Plantsville, Connecticut

"Dr. Burns was amazing!!! I couldn’t have asked for a sweeter person to put my baby to rest. She made the experience beautiful and peaceful and I would recommend her to anyone. Thank you so much for everything!"

Emily Caron
Uncasville, Connecticut

"Dr. Rachel was patient and kind and communicated with us every step of the way and gave us lots of time to be together. I couldn't do what she does, but am thankful that she does what she does - she is kind and patient and gentle. It's never easy to have to help a critter you love so much leave this earth, but she definitely helped us."

Kristi Duchscherer
Wethersfield, 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

  (860) 646-6134

Bolton Veterinary Hospital

  (203) 569-9070

Gentle Goodbye's Virtual and In-Person Grief Support Groups

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
“Stella lived the life of the Diva that she truly was. She did mellow, though, through the years, and let others in as she aged. She was my best friend , and I sorely miss her, but her sister, Princess is providing comfort.

Rest in peace. I love you and miss you, Stella.”
Patti Donovan
April 14, 2019
“12 years ago I spotted a little fluff ball in the middle of a field chasing butterflies and rolling around in a patch of white bluets. I approached it carefully, not wanting to scare it away, and quickly won its trust and affection with a bowl of milk and a can of sardines.

I was so happy when my parents agreed to let me keep her under the ...
Jennifer Steiner
April 14, 2019
“Gidget- I miss you so much and I will always love you. You had a way of brightening up any room you walked into. My home feels so empty without you and I feel so lost. I hope you are at peace in heaven and I know one day we will be together again.”
Emily Caron
March 7, 2019
“Grace - Not a moment went by that she didn't touch our lives and not a moment goes by now, that she is not missed. We miss you (and i'm sure you know) terribly and are so thankful that we had you for the time we did. WE WERE SO LUCKY TO HAVE YOU! We hope you have endless walks, sniffs, treats and belly rubs - and no more pain :) We love you, ...
Kristi Duchscherer
March 5, 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
P.O. Box 2087
Meriden, CT 06450

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