Greater Jacksonville Area

  (904) 508-0323

  [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 provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

EUTHANASIA$300

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$400

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$300
Pets 100 - 200 pounds$340

With this option, your pet is cremated privately at a licensed crematory. The ashes are contained in a lovely wooden urn (engraved nameplate is included) 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 49 pounds$175
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$200
Pets 100 - 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 by the crematory. 

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, 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!

Dr. Rhett

Rhett Bridger

I was born and raised in Albany, Georgia. My fondest childhood memories involve the many pets- dogs, cats, horses, rodents, and fish- who not only brought joy to my life but also taught me many of life’s most important lessons.  

I attended college at the University of West Georgia and majored in History. Since then, my life has been a wonderful adventure that has taken me around the world. I’ve served as a Peace Corps volunteer, teaching English in Mozambique. After returning home for a few years, I returned to Mozambique while completing a Master’s degree in Public Health. It was during this experience that I saw the writing on the wall and decided to combine my passion for human connection, education, and animals by pursuing veterinary medicine.

I began my education in veterinary medicine at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts, then completed my clinical training at Cornell University.  Since graduation, I have slowly drifted south from Alexandria, Virginia to Chattanooga, Tennessee, and now my newest path has led me to Jacksonville, Florida with Lap of Love. 

I know how hard it can be to say goodbye to a beloved pet and am honored to have the privilege of helping families during their time of need. 

Dr. Sarah

Sarah DeLoach

I grew up in Essex, Maryland, which is just outside of Baltimore. My love of animals began early on and for as long as I can remember, I wanted to be a veterinarian. When I first made this determination, my mother took photographs of me “doctoring” our very tolerant cocker spaniel Buffy. They remain some of my most cherished photos to this day! 

In high school and college, I worked as a veterinary technician, which validated my decision to become a veterinarian. While working as a tech, I learned that being a vet was more than just caring for the animals, it was also about the humans who cared for them.  After graduating from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Biology and a Bachelor’s Degree of Arts in Ancient Studies, I attended veterinary school at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (Virginia Tech).  

For the past 10 years, I have worked in general practice beginning in Parkville, Maryland, then in Jacksonville, Florida after moving to the area with my husband a few years ago. In that time, I’ve witnessed my patients grow from infants to seniors and learned how the human-animal bond evolves throughout different life stages. Helping families make the decision of when it is time to say goodbye is always difficult and being able to provide them with peace during this process is one of the most rewarding aspects of my job. Recently, I had to euthanize my own three-legged cat, Clementine, when she developed cancer and rapidly declined. I was able to help her pass peacefully in our own home, in my husband’s arms, and I will forever be grateful that her last memory was in a safe place that she loved. I feel incredibly honored to be able to provide this gift for my patients and their families as well.  

When not assisting families with end of life care, I can usually be found planning our next trip with my husband Rick (we love traveling abroad!), playing with (or chasing) our toddler, Evelyn and our rambunctious cairn terrier PGT, or reading and snuggling with our cat Greta.

About Rhett Bridger

I was born and raised in Albany, Georgia. My fondest childhood memories involve the many pets- dogs, cats, horses, rodents, and fish- who not only brought joy to my life but also taught me many of life’s most important lessons.  

I attended college at the University of West Georgia and majored in History. Since then, my life has been a wonderful adventure that has taken me around the world. I’ve served as a Peace Corps volunteer, teaching English in Mozambique. After returning home for a few years, I returned to Mozambique while completing a Master’s degree in Public Health. It was during this experience that I saw the writing on the wall and decided to combine my passion for human connection, education, and animals by pursuing veterinary medicine.

I began my education in veterinary medicine at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts, then completed my clinical training at Cornell University.  Since graduation, I have slowly drifted south from Alexandria, Virginia to Chattanooga, Tennessee, and now my newest path has led me to Jacksonville, Florida with Lap of Love. 

I know how hard it can be to say goodbye to a beloved pet and am honored to have the privilege of helping families during their time of need. 

"Dr. Bridger was so kind and caring - it’s hard to put into words the comfort she brought into our home on such a sad day. Pisces immediately felt relaxed in her presence, which made the circumstances much more bearable. We can’t thank her enough for giving her the gift of a calm and dignified passing."

Mary Jurczynski
Ponte Vedra, Florida

"She was great. Extremely patient and kind. I was a mess so it was nice that I didn't get judged. Moxie was a big part of my life so just going through that was challenging for me. She was really sweet. Thank you"

Leisa Albritton
Jacksonville, Florida

"On 11/7 our sweet girl Lena crossed the bridge. This was a very difficult decision to make. We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful,peaceful transition. She had a great morning,went outside, played with her “brother” Charlie, and had a special cooked breakfast made by her “Mom”. Ashley,myself and my husband loved on her!!Dr. Sarah was so wonderful,kind and sympathetic. We were listening to soothing music for dogs, had candles lit and Lena went to sleep while eating her ice cream. Dr.Sarah .... you made an extremely sad day into a calm, peaceful and dignified goodbye to Lena. Ever grateful."

Sharon Eichensehr
St Johns, Florida

"We couldn't have asked for anyone better than Dr. Rhett. Her pervading kindness and patient, calm explanations made the process the best it could possibly be for us. Thank you, Dr. Rhett!"

Katie Hazes
Jacksonville, Florida

"I Can not Say Enough Respect And The Love

Ms.Sara Had For Our Baby Casey.

We Had Our Baby For 18 Years,

She Was So Very SPECIAL TO US.

And The Love And Respect She

(Ms.Sara) Showed Our Baby,

Was Something That I Will Never

Forget.

I Got To Hold My Baby til

She Went Over The RainBow,

And I Will Always Miss Casey.

Thank You Ms.Sara For the

Respect And Love And DIGNITY

You Had For Casey.

Being A Vet Is TRULY Your

Calling.

Thank You,

Wanda Thompson"

Wanda Thompson
Jacksonville, Florida

"I Can not Say Enough Respect And The Love

Ms.Sara Had For Our Baby Casey.

We Had Our Baby For 18 Years,

She Was So Very SPECIAL TO US.

And The Love And Respect She

(Ms.Sara) Showed Our Baby,

Was Something That I Will Never

Forget.

I Got To Hold My Baby til

She Went Over The RainBow,

And I Will Always Miss Casey.

Thank You Ms.Sara For the

Respect And Love And DIGNITY

You Had For Casey.

Being A Vet Is TRULY Your

Calling.

Thank You,

Wanda Thompson"

Wanda Thompson
Jacksonville, Florida

LOCAL RESOURCES
Pet Life and Loss Support Services

  (904) 493-4573

Jacksonville Humane Society

  (904) 647-7481

Capital Veterinary Specialists

SERVICE AREA

Helping families in the following areas:

Our veterinarians proudly serve the greater Jacksonville area. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a travel fee of $30-100 based on your location.

Pet Memorials
“Pisces, you were only with us for a short time, but you brought lots of love and simple joys into our home. You served as a daily reminder about what truly matters in life. You asked for very little and gave your unconditional love and loyalty in return. We suspect you were a mommy before you found us, because you cared for us like we were your ...
Mary Jurczynski
November 30, 2020
“Miss Moxie Jennifer. My Little Shadow.”
Leisa Albritton
November 19, 2020
“Up there herding the angels. And now, you can actually hear them sing!”
Katie Hazes
November 6, 2020
“Napoleon loved going boating on our sailboat and riding in the dingy.”
Vivian Smith
October 23, 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 13134
Jacksonville, Florida 32206

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