All services are provided in the comfort of your home.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There may be a fee if addtional assistance to safely carry your pet out of your home is needed.
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.
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.
Melissa Carter, DVM
"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 ShawGainesville, 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 TourooGainesville, 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 BlackSilver Springs, Florida
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
University of Florida School of Veterinary Medicine
Affiliated Pet Emergency Services
UF Small Animal Hospital in Ocala
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.
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.
Lap of LovePO BOX 357794Gainesville, FL 32635