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 an absolute Godsend to us during our saddest time. She compassionately and professionally gave our French Bulldog, Bella, the gift of a peaceful, loving passage in our home, surrounded by our family. We never felt rushed or hushed, as Dr. Rachel gave us the time we needed and the attention we needed every step of the way. Our Bella felt very comfortable and trusting of Dr. Rachel from the moment she walked into our home. I am forever grateful that we had Dr Rachel here with us at the end of our dog’s life. Thank you!"

Paula Penna
Manchester, Connecticut

"Dr. Burns was compassionate and very understanding of our grief. She took her time and did not rush us in any part of the process. She explained the process and what Chipper would experience. We found her very comforting and kind. Thank you Dr.Burns."

Erika Hallberg-Moule
Windsor, Connecticut

"Dr. Burns was very kind to my elderly mother in this very difficult time for her. Dr. Burns sent a lovely and personal note to her after Lucas' passing, and made herself available to help my mother through this. Thank you for your attentive care."

Ana Lachelier
Hartford, Connecticut

"What a godsend it was to have learned about Lap of Love! My anxiety was heightened by the thought of my little buddy’s last memory in a place he feared most. To have been able to say goodbye in the privacy of our own familiar surroundings was a precious gift. Dr. Burns was respectful, caring and knew just what we needed. Her professionalism allowed for the reverence, calm and peace I’d imagined for our final moments together. I am forever grateful to Dr. Burns; and Shelby (my contact person), for allowing us this privilege."

Leslie Kohnke
Clinton, Connecticut

"Dr. Rachel was comforting and kind. She was respectful and accommodating in our time and sympathetic to the circumstances. In a way she brought peace to the unfortunate time with her gentle and caring touch. We are so thankful for her and Lap Of Love that even during this pandemic granted us the dignified opportunity to say goodbye to Vianca. Vianca meant the world to us and she crossed the rainbow bridge as it should. In my arms, in her favorite plushy comforter and surrounded by peace, love and care. Thank you for granting us that wish."

Eva Segura- Lozano
Connecticut, Connecticut

"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

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
“We Love and Miss you Little Chipper”
Erika Hallberg-Moule
May 2, 2020
“Lucas was a gentle miniature Pinscher, who joined my mother's household eight years ago, from a shelter. His last owner had grown old and unable to care for him, and Mom having a weakness for abandoned furry creatures, took him in. He fit into the family effortlessly, enjoying visitors and loving to be in whichever room where everyone was ...
Ana Lachelier
April 27, 2020
“My sweet, fearless and strong fur baby Vianca crossed the rainbow bridge today. She was 17 1/2 years old, she lived a long and great life. I’m at peace knowing that she is resting peacefully and not in pain. She held on for as long as she could, and in part I always believed that she didn’t want to leave me by myself. In the past 15-16 years she ...
Eva Segura- Lozano
April 17, 2020
“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
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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