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$150

Using phone or Zoom, 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. 

"Lap of Love was a true God send! I greatly appreciate the guidance from their counselors and videos on their website. Dr. Rhett was the absolute best. She was very patient and understanding. I would highly recommend Lap of Love and Dr. Rhett Bridger for veterinary hospice."

Brian Huggins
Jacksonville, Florida

"Just wanted to say Thank you for you guys and Dr Sarah. She made both of her visits to me as stress free as one could.

She is so caring and compassionate about what I was going through. I am so beyond Blessed that I was able to use lap of love and Dr. Sarah.

She came a month apart from me having to send my two boys two rainbow bridge and if it wasn't for you guys and her I don't know How I would've managed thank you guys so much"

Wendy West
Jacksonville, Florida

"Just wanted to say Thank you for you guys and Dr Sarah. She made both of her visits to me as stress free as one could.

She is so caring and compassionate about what I was going through. I am so beyond Blessed that I was able to use lap of love and Dr. Sarah."

Wendy West
Jacksonville, Florida

"Dr Rhett is one the most kind and compassionate people we have ever met. Even though Yoda was sick, she responded with a bark and tail wagging when she met Dr Rhett. Dr Rhett made one of the most painful, heartbreaking days of our lives bearable giving Yoda a peaceful send off with her angel wings. We are so thankful for having Dr Rhett with us during this difficult experience."

Mike Harrington
Jacksonville, Florida

"Thank you Dr. Sarah for treating us and Eddie with such care. This is the third time we've used Lap of love and I try to encourage all to use the service."

Kris Petersen
Jacksonville, Florida

"Thank you Dr Bridger for being so patient with our family and help making the transition for Cooper a gentle process"

Christy Miller
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
“Prince, my puppy man, you were my best friend and best “buddy”. I miss you so much. It feels so empty without you here. I will never forget the joy you brought to me and my family’s life every day. I know you are better now, not dealing with any ailments that keep you from being able to get socks and Miss Piggy, I wish I were there to chase you ...
Brian Huggins
February 14, 2021
“My Tober was the best big brother to his deaf brother Junior which we lost a month ago , and his sister Amore Who we lost two years ago, Tober survived both of them and although he would still be here today his old me and body just gave out on him he was a strong boy till the end and he to loved me , his Momma”
Wendy West
February 2, 2021
“Junior was a special deaf Boxer that was a super sweet boy that loved his Momma.”
Wendy West
February 2, 2021
“To our beloved Yoda
You will forever be in our heart! Your loving personality, unconditional love, and entertaining antics will be missed. All those times you came running, tail wagging and barking when I came in the door always took the stress out of my work day. You were my constant companion in the car when I ran errands using those "doe eyes" ...
Mike Harrington
January 27, 2021
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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