Pricing and Information

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

Veterinary Hospice$250

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$250

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$250

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 Appointment 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), and aggressive pets.

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$250
Pets 40 - 79 pounds$285
Pets 80-99 pounds$325
Pets 100-150 pounds$365

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.

Communal Cremation
Pets up to 39 pounds$125
Pets 40 - 79 pounds$150
Pets 80-99 pounds$175
Pets 100-150 pounds$200

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 by the crematory. 

Additional Aftercare Fees

There may be a fee if addtional assistance to safely carry your pet out of your home is needed. 

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, so we do our best to accommodate same day appointments with a few hours notice when possible.

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. 

Melissa Carter, DVM

I dreamed of becoming a veterinarian ever since I can remember. Animals have always held a special place in my heart despite not having a pet of my own as a child. I pestered my parents for 15 years before they relented and got me my first dog, an adorable poodle/beagle mix named Pico. He and I were inseparable and this relationship allowed me to experience the true depths of the human-animal bond. 

While practicing veterinary care, I came to understand how important it is to preserve that bond, and I developed a growing appreciation for in-home hospice and end of life care while helping families in South Florida. Those house calls were never easy, but I always took pride in being able to counsel families and aid in a peaceful transition for a beloved family member.
 
As a University of Florida School of Veterinary Medicine grad, I am excited to return to the Gainesville area and offer end of life care services to my neighbors. With each unique companion I meet, I feel increasingly humbled and honored to be able to provide an intimate and peaceful transition while being surrounded by love and family. 

About Melissa Carter, DVM

I dreamed of becoming a veterinarian ever since I can remember. Animals have always held a special place in my heart despite not having a pet of my own as a child. I pestered my parents for 15 years before they relented and got me my first dog, an adorable poodle/beagle mix named Pico. He and I were inseparable and this relationship allowed me to experience the true depths of the human-animal bond. 

While practicing veterinary care, I came to understand how important it is to preserve that bond, and I developed a growing appreciation for in-home hospice and end of life care while helping families in South Florida. Those house calls were never easy, but I always took pride in being able to counsel families and aid in a peaceful transition for a beloved family member.
 
As a University of Florida School of Veterinary Medicine grad, I am excited to return to the Gainesville area and offer end of life care services to my neighbors. With each unique companion I meet, I feel increasingly humbled and honored to be able to provide an intimate and peaceful transition while being surrounded by love and family. 

"Dr. Melissa was very soft spoken and kind to us all. We appreciated her calming demeanor during a very stressful time."

Kristine Selck
Gainesville, Florida

"We will always be Grateful for the compassionate service provided by Dr. Melissa at our home, January 31 2018, for the loving and peaceful sendoff that Talley deserved. We highly recommend Lap of Love. No detail was overlooked.

Thank you, Leslie and Argil Clifton , for making Talley’s last moments about love and peace."

Leslie Clifton
Hollister, Florida

"Dr. Carter was quiet, gentle, and seemed to be a truly compassionate individual. I was very appreciative that she made a heartbreaking experience as easy as it could be given the circumstances."

Laura Sellers
Gainesville, Florida

"Dr. Melissa was just wonderful. She was patient and kind, and very aware of the difficulty we were experiencing. We are so grateful for her loving care."

Laura & Jack Shaw
Gainesville, Florida

"I wanted to thank Dr. Carter for her unending empathy and compassion. The loss of our beloved family member was difficult but Dr. Carter created such a peaceful, loving and respectful environment for our dog during her final moments, which made this difficult time easier. I cannot thank her enough for the tranquil passing of our dog."

Rachel Touroo
Gainesville, Florida

"Although meeting Dr. Melissa Carter wasn't under ideal circumstances by any means, she made one of our most difficult days much more bearable. She came to our house and met Toby thereby eliminating one of his most stressful activities, going to the Vet's office, She was so kind and loving to Toby which I know made him more relaxed during the process. She even recommended we give him some of his favorite treat prior to starting. She took her time with us and we never felt rushed. I'm forever greatful for her understanding and kindness to Toby. We highly recommend Dr. Melissa and the other Vets at Gainesville Lap of Love."

David and Patricia Black
Silver Springs, Florida

Local Resources

Pet Life and Loss Support Services

  (352) 392-2235

University of Florida School of Veterinary Medicine

  (352) 373-4444

Affiliated Pet Emergency Services

  (352) 512-0886

UF Small Animal Hospital in Ocala

Service Area

Helping families in the following areas:

We assist families with in home pet hospice and euthanasia in towns in and around Alachua county including the following listed below. Travel fees may be assessed based on distance and ranges from $30-$60.

  • Gainesville
  • Hawthorne
  • Alachua
  • Newberry
  • Micanopy
  • Hawthorne
  • Ocala
  • Starke
  • Archer
  • High Springs
Pet Memorials
“Today we made the very difficult decision to have Lap of Love come and help our Bishop leave his old, failing body behind. If his estimated age at adoption was correct he’s almost 14, which makes him a ripe old 90-95-ish in human years. I firmly believe in letting them go on a high note and not waiting until it’s "too late". We’ve had a few scares ...
Kristine Selck
February 15, 2018
“We miss you so much “little old doggy” as we had taken to calling you. The house is so empty. We keep looking in your closet cave but you are not there. Oddly, we both think that we have heard you snoring, as you were prone to doing. We thought you had beaten the odds, that you would live to 15. We know there was something very wrong with you and ...
Leslie Clifton
February 2, 2018
“My sweet Milo...can't believe you're gone. Losing you was more than losing my best friend. It was losing my study buddy, my copilot on countless road trips, my kitchen cleaner, my escort on trail rides, my snuggle buddy, my nanny, etc. After 16 yrs of having you by my side, I feel so incomplete without you. You were handsome, sweet, intelligent, ...
Laura Sellers
January 25, 2018
“What can i say about our dear Annie girl--free spirit, naughty but nice, mind of her own. She was the most unique dog we have ever lived with. We are retired, so spent a lot of time with our girl--we were truly a "team of Three," especially during the last six years after our son's family moved out of state.

Annie is likely our last dog ...
Laura & Jack Shaw
December 28, 2017
Payment Options

Preferred methods of payment are check (made to 'Lap of Love') or cash.


Most pet insurance companies cover Lap of Love services. Please have any paperwork ready for the veterinarian to complete so that you can submit it for reimbursement.

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