The District and surrounding Maryland area

  (202) 919-9449

  [email protected]

COVID-19 Update: We are still honored to join you in the home so that your pet can be safely surrounded by loved ones during this time.

PRICING AND INFORMATION

All services are available in the comfort of your home.

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.

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 (normal business hours are 9:00am - 5:00pm), 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 49 pounds$275
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$295
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$310
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$360

With this option, your pet is cremated privately at a licensed crematory. The ashes are contained in a lovely rosewood urn with a brass nameplate and will be returned to you within two weeks via mail.

COMMUNAL CREMATION
Pets up to 49 pounds$160
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$185
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$205
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$255

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 at a pet cemetery. 

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

COVID-19 Update: We are still honored to join you in the home so that your pet can be safely surrounded by loved ones during this time.

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 Doctors

Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians in your area!

Dr. Chelsea

Chelsea Van Thof

I grew up in Newton, NH- a town so far south it's almost Massachusetts, while still reaping the benefits of no sales tax and real maple syrup. Being a veterinarian is the only thing I have ever wanted to do, although ballerina and painter came close when I was a little girl. I've always felt that we owe something to the animals of this world, which was made evident in the third grade, when I would donate my lunch money to the local SPCA donation box in my classroom, every day. I found out about the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University around the same time that I learned what a vet was, and it became my life's goal to be accepted to the program.

After attending the University of Massachusetts Amherst, I achieved my goal, with the intention of working with wildlife. Although I spent much of my time focused on wildlife and conservation medicine, my appreciation for the human-animal bond grew during my time at Tufts. I volunteered for the pet loss hotline, and I especially came to value the gift of at-home euthanasia during my clinical year. I was struck by the humane euthanasia's performed in the ICU- feeling so deeply for those patients who didn't know where they were or why they were there, some of whom passed on without their family surrounding them. During my ER rotation, I considered it an honor to be a part of every euthanasia that came to us. Having dealt with death, myself, as a child, I know that those final moments remain in our hearts and minds long after our loved ones are gone. As a veterinarian, having the ability to guide families through such an unprecedented and difficult time is something I consider to be a very important part of my job and incredibly rewarding.   

After graduation, I moved across the country with my partner, our geriatric miniature poodle, Annie, and two rabbits, to join a mixed general practice in southern Oregon. Less than a year after we arrived, Annie, at eighteen years old, went into acute kidney failure and things took a turn for the worse. I am forever grateful to my colleague, who was willing to come to our home so Annie could be put to rest without leaving my lap or the comfort of our living room. Having had the opportunity to give this peaceful goodbye to my own beloved pet, I was moved to join Lap of Love in the DC and Maryland area, where I can provide the same type of experience for other families in need.

Dr. Karen

Karen Meyers

For as long as I can remember, animals have always been one of my most favorite things in life, and they still are to this day. After growing up in South Florida and Cape Cod, Massachusetts, I spent my 20’s going to college, working, and moving around the country until finally settling in Northern Virginia. Along the way, I have enjoyed the company of a wide variety of pets and have grown to greatly appreciate the strength and depth of the human-animal bond.

Following graduation from the Michigan State University - College of Veterinary Medicine, I enjoyed working in a private animal hospital in Northern Virginia, where, in addition to the rewarding practice of general medicine, I found it very fulfilling to help families navigate their way through the difficult time faced when a furry loved one is nearing the end of life. Having been there myself, I know it can be a huge struggle to know when and how to say goodbye. I was first drawn to Lap of Love because it seemed a great idea to put more emphasis on hospice and end of life care for pets, a specialty that had not existed in veterinary medicine previously. The extremely high-quality care and devotion that exists at Lap of Love is what led me to join their team. It is an honor to help families through these difficult times, and to help a beloved pet transition with peacefulness, caring and respect.

When enjoying free time, I can usually be found relaxing with my husband and two teenagers, doing needlework, reading, dining out, or caring for my menagerie, which currently consists of 4 dogs (2 Collies, a Cavalier, and a Rat-Chi), 4 angora rabbits, 1 mini-lop rabbit, and a feisty parrot.

About Chelsea Van Thof

I grew up in Newton, NH- a town so far south it's almost Massachusetts, while still reaping the benefits of no sales tax and real maple syrup. Being a veterinarian is the only thing I have ever wanted to do, although ballerina and painter came close when I was a little girl. I've always felt that we owe something to the animals of this world, which was made evident in the third grade, when I would donate my lunch money to the local SPCA donation box in my classroom, every day. I found out about the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University around the same time that I learned what a vet was, and it became my life's goal to be accepted to the program.

After attending the University of Massachusetts Amherst, I achieved my goal, with the intention of working with wildlife. Although I spent much of my time focused on wildlife and conservation medicine, my appreciation for the human-animal bond grew during my time at Tufts. I volunteered for the pet loss hotline, and I especially came to value the gift of at-home euthanasia during my clinical year. I was struck by the humane euthanasia's performed in the ICU- feeling so deeply for those patients who didn't know where they were or why they were there, some of whom passed on without their family surrounding them. During my ER rotation, I considered it an honor to be a part of every euthanasia that came to us. Having dealt with death, myself, as a child, I know that those final moments remain in our hearts and minds long after our loved ones are gone. As a veterinarian, having the ability to guide families through such an unprecedented and difficult time is something I consider to be a very important part of my job and incredibly rewarding.   

After graduation, I moved across the country with my partner, our geriatric miniature poodle, Annie, and two rabbits, to join a mixed general practice in southern Oregon. Less than a year after we arrived, Annie, at eighteen years old, went into acute kidney failure and things took a turn for the worse. I am forever grateful to my colleague, who was willing to come to our home so Annie could be put to rest without leaving my lap or the comfort of our living room. Having had the opportunity to give this peaceful goodbye to my own beloved pet, I was moved to join Lap of Love in the DC and Maryland area, where I can provide the same type of experience for other families in need.

"Dr. Karen Meyers was the most caring and patient vet that we could've asked for. Compassion is her character trait and we love her like family. Thank you for understanding the importance of the last moment we had with our Maximillian. I am grateful Karen helped Max cross the rainbow bridge with angel wings of comfort.

Jonnene and family"

Jonnene Williams
Brandywine, Maryland

"Dr. Karen Meyers was wonderful to have by our side throughout the whole process. We had our original Teleadvice consultation with her at one of our most stressful moments. It was right after our cat, Coco, had been in and out of the emergency room and we just weren't sure whether or not we should put him down. We had gotten mixed messages from two different ER vets and we were just praying for clarity. Coco was our first furry pet so we didn't really know what to look for when people said we had to consider his "quality of life". He still looked to eat every day and although he was slowing down, he just overall still looked like he had the will to live. She was so kind and patient in answering all our questions and talked through what to look for when deciding whether it was time to euthanize. She told us everything we were looking for that was missing when we asked those questions of other vets. After our session, she sent us articles and videos to read to help us make the decision. After reading and watching them, we knew it was time to put our dear Coco down. He had been with us for 16 years and was truly a family member so it was the hardest decision to make, but we knew it was the best thing we could do for him. We decided to have in-home euthanasia. Coco hated to travel as he always got car sick and with him already going through the wringer multiple times this year with dental surgery and two ER visits, we knew it was the best option for us to say good-bye in a peaceful way. Also, with Covid we heard that some vets wouldn't allow more than 2 people in the room and there was no way we could leave our daughter out since Coco was her little buddy since she was born. We scheduled the appointment for 3 days later and after we did, something shifted in Coco. It's like his spirit knew it was time to let go because he started to decline a lot more in the days that followed that phone call. By the time Dr. Karen arrived, he was already so weak, but our sweet boy had the strength to climb out of his bed and greet her when she walked in the door. Dr. Karen talked us through everything so we knew what to expect and she gave us privacy to say our final good-byes to him. The paw print and lock of fur are special keepsakes and we loved that Coco was carried out in a beautiful basket with a soft blanket covering him. We couldn't have asked for a better end to one of the biggest blessings in our lives. Dr Karen, with her kind and compassionate personality and Lap of Love made the world of difference in helping us be at peace and creating the perfect end to our 16 year journey together with Coco."

William & Annette Varoli
Columbia, Maryland

"We don't have words to express how grateful we are to Lap of Love for arranging to have Dr. Meyers assist Oscar and our entire family.. Karen gave us a gift by gracing our home with kindness and compassion, and helping Oscar go so gently and peacefully. Thank you so much for everything."

Mike Simon
Potomac, Maryland

"There could be no better passing experience. My beautiful boy like her. He was always great judge of people. I am deeply grateful for her sympathetic presence and kind actions."

Emily P.
Silver Spring, Maryland

"Dr. Meyers was so compassionate and thoughtful. She gave me and Bella space to "be alone". She also knew when I got flooded with emotion and gently stepped in. She was absolutely fantastic! Five thumbs up, and tissues, for Dr. Meyers!"

Beverly Wright
Brandywine, District of Columbia

"Dr. Karen Meyers from Lap of Love made one of the hardest days of my life bearable. I had anticipated and dreaded saying goodbye to my sweet Stepper for months. But what I never anticipated was the incredible compassion shown by Dr. Meyers and how peaceful the whole process was. She took time to talk to me and made sure I was at peace with my decision. She did not rush me. She was so patient with me and answered all of my questions--multiple times. She spent almost two hours in my home helping me with my decision. The ability to say goodbye at home was a Godsend. Stepper was so anxious and stressed at the vet, especially as she aged. At home she was completely relaxed with absolutely no anxiety. She died peacefully in my arms with me telling her how much I loved her and what a good girl she was. Dr. Meyers has reached out to me several times this week just to check on me and make sure I am OK. I will never forget her kind care and compassion. It was an honor to have her present with me and Stepper. Thank you Dr. Karen."

Lisa Rickard
Silver Spring, Washington

LOCAL RESOURCES
Pet Life and Loss Support Services

  (202) 363-7300

Friendship Hospital for Animals - Washington, DC

Pet Loss DC

  (301) 770-5225

Metropolitan Animal Emergency and Specialty Center - Rockville, MD

  (202) 966-2171

District of Columbia Pet Loss Resources

  (240) 335-2742

Dogs and Cats Veterinary Referral and ER - Bowie, MD

  (202) 204-5021

Washington Humane Wendt Center for Loss and Healing - Washington, DC

SERVICE AREA

Helping families in the following areas:

We proudly serve DC, Montgomery and Prince George's Counties in Maryland.  Due to the expansive area covered, there may be an additional fee of $50-$100 for extended travel.

Pet Memorials
“My little boy, you will be missed forever and the emptiness can never be filled. Dad said he didn't realize how much he loved you, and the connection you two had. Alisha cries every day missing her main man, Aaron and Alleya miss the little old man, and I've been sick without you.”
Jonnene Williams
December 31, 2020
“Oscar's gentle and caring soul touched everyone’s hearts. Oscar's big brother was a wonderful special and spectacular boy, named Haywoode B. Simon. Oscar revered his brother, and was heartbroken when Haywoode went to heaven in October, 2014. While he grieved with us, he, at the same time consoled us and helped us recover from a devastating loss. ...
Mike Simon
October 30, 2020
“When no people wanted me, I had him and he had me.

He helped me through dark times and new beginnings. I helped him through his difficult old age. Deaf, near blind, covered in growths that routinely bled and became infected, leaky heart valves, painful and limiting arthritis.

He was strong willed, independent, aware and, most importantly, ...
Emily P.
August 30, 2020
“You brought so much joy to my world. When I got home, you were always happy to see me. No, not happy - ecstatic! A gentle soft-eyed Rottie you were. Your eyes told me exactly what you were thinking and what you needed. I miss you Bella-Boo! I had to train you not to do certain things in the house, but you showed me how to calmly operate in ...
Beverly Wright
August 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 3985
Washington, District of Columbia 20027

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