Montgomery and Prince George's Counties

  (202) 919-9449

  [email protected]

Our veterinarian cannot help families in the DC area at this time.

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 175 - 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

Our veterinarian cannot help families in the DC area at this time.

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 Doctor

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

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 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.

"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

"Dr. Karen, was very gentle, kind, calming and patient. She helped to make terrible circumstances more tolerable."

Kelly Jabbusch
National Harbor, District of Columbia

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 Montgomery and Prince George's Counties in Maryland.  Our veterinarian cannot help families in the DC area at this time.  Due to the expansive area covered, there may be an additional fee of $50-$100 for extended travel.

Pet Memorials
“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
“On August 2, 2020 I had to say goodbye to the sweetest girl in the world, my beautiful greyhound Stepper. She was perfect.
Stepper came in to my life quite by chance in May 2011 when I was fostering for a local greyhound rescue. She was my third foster, and she was just too good and too sweet to give up--yep, I’m a failed foster. Stepper and I ...
Lisa Rickard
August 8, 2020
“Lily, from the moment our eyes met, our hearts ♥️ were changed forever. You gave us an unconditional love that can never be matched. When cancer struck, you were there for me in a way that no human could ever be. You provided calm and non-judgement everyday. You are so loved. You will be missed. Please find us in your next life. In the ...
Kelly Jabbusch
July 26, 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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