PRICING AND INFORMATION

APPOINTMENT PRICING

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.

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.

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 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$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

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 wonderful. She called us about 20 minutes before arriving. Once she got there we had already decided that Our Zoey was going to be euthanize outside at her favorite spot that she liked to sit. Dr. Rachel met Zoey and we talked for a bit. She was very caring and not pushy with lets get this done. She explained everything that she was going to do. Once we were ready she started the procedure. Our dog was very calm and not like she would have been if we did this at the Vets office. once Zoey was at peace, Dr. Rachel gave us all the time we wanted before taking her away. I feel she made this entire process very smooth for us as well as our dog. We highly recommend Lap of Love as well as Dr. Rachel.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!!!

The Filintarakis Family."

Bill Filintarakis
New Britain, Connecticut

"On June 14, 2019 I said goodbye to my 6 year old Big Handsome Fella Marley, aka Big Kitty, my tuxedo boy.

His health had declined rapidly in a 2 week period and exactly 2 weeks after our first ER visit I said goodbye.

Dr.Rachel came out and Kitty immediately took to her which comforted me.

She made it clear that everything was on my terms, everything would be done when I was ready.

At 1:04 PM on June 14, 2019 he took his final breath in my arms as I sat on the bed.that he slept on every night with me.

The only ones in the room were me, Dr.Rachel, Marley and Maxwell. the little orange tabby that Marley raised from 6 weeks. He is now 2yrs.

It was a beautiful, intimate and personal passing. Dr. Rachel is an angel and I will forever be thankful to her and Lap of Love for making what is one of the most horrible, heartbreaking choices we ever have to make into a beautiful, loving experience."

Lisa Driscoll
Middletown, Connecticut

"Dr. Rachel was amazing and we thank her for her compassion and time. We had no time limit, no distractions, no worrying if we were holding her up. Most of all, Tak was comfortable, happy and within his warm bed with mommy and daddy surrounding him. Dr. Rachel was incredible in guiding us through the process. She’s an angel to parents and their fur babies in helping them cross over in peace. Blessings."

Mellanee Harmon
Simsbury, Connecticut

"Dr. Carly Billeaudeau was so sweet and kind and helped us through this very tough decision. Lap of Love is a wonderful service and we highly recommend them if you are faced with this most difficult decision."

Gregory Riley
Zachary, Louisiana

""This was the absolute hardest decision we had to make. Our beloved family pet, Kirby our Welsh Corgi, had been suffering from canine degenerative myelopathy. He couldn't use his back legs and we realized it was time to say goodbye. Dr. Carly Billeaudeau is an angel. She was so calm, professional, courteous, gentle and kind with us and our questions. She helped us say goodbye to Kirby in the easiest way possible. I recommend Lap of Love wholeheartedly for anyone having to go through this painful experience. Dr. Carly and this service are truly from God when you have to make this decision."

Greg Riley

Zachary, Louisiana

June 3, 2019"

Greg Riley
Zachary, Louisiana

"This was the absolute hardest decision we had to make. Our beloved family pet, Kirby our Welsh Corgi, had been suffering from canine degenerative myelopathy. He couldn't use his back legs and we realized it was time to say goodbye. Dr. Carly Billeaudeau is an angel. She was so calm, professional, courteous, gentle and kind with us and our questions. She helped us say goodbye to Kirby in the easiest way possible. I recommend Lap of Love wholeheartedly for anyone having to go through this painful experience. Dr. Carly and this service are truly from God when you have to make this decision."

Greg Riley
Zachary, Louisiana

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
“Today, i felt like I was losing my breath never to catch it again. “We’ve had so many happy years , what iis to come can hold no fears, you do not want me to suffer so, the time has come, let me go”
We selfishly wanted more time, but time was not on our side. We couldn’t bear the thought of him suffering from the horrible effects of degenerative ...
Mellanee Harmon
June 14, 2019
“In Memory of Kirby Riley our faithful family friend for 15 wonderful years. A great family dog, companion, and faithful friend. Our lives were made so much better because of you and we will never forget you.”
Gregory Riley
June 11, 2019
“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
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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