Lexington & Surrounding Areas
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), aggressive pets, and some exotic 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.
With this option, your pet is cremated privately at a licensed crematorium and returned in a cedar box. The cremains (ashes) will be ready in approximately 10-14 days and delivered to you by Dr. Kendra or they can be certified mailed to your home. Please speak to the vet directly for more information.
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 additional assistance to safely carry your pet out of your home is needed.
Appointments are scheduled throughout the week, please call for availability. For appointments nearer to Louisville, please call our doctor in that area: 502-443-0339. 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 refer to our local resources section.
Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians in your area.
Kendra L. Healy, DVM
Having been in general practice for over 25 years, I’ve had the joy of seeing many fluffy young babies become faithful and beloved companions. As they’ve aged, I have been there to help many of them live happy and healthy lives, long into their golden years. I truly believe that no one wishes to have their time end in an unfamiliar environment. Sharing those last moments in a favorite place, where both the pet and the owners are comfortable, should be available to everyone. This is why I have chosen to devote the remainder of my career to helping our furry friends live out their golden years comfortably in the warmth and love of their homes.
I became a vet in 1987, when I earned my degree from Ross University. I’ve wanted to be a veterinarian ever since I can remember. I’ve always loved animals, biology and just “icky” things, so it’s the perfect fit. I grew up in Cincinnati and have lived in South Florida as well as Colorado Springs. I am happy to be with family here in Lexington, and love being back in this part of the country where the grass is green.
I share my home with two house cats; Maui, the DSH who loves to spend her time in a bowl and Sparkle, the regal Bengal who prefers to be glued to a lap. The two cats earning their keep in the barn are James Bond and Pussy Galore along with 4 beloved horses who only sometimes earn their keep.
Kendra L. Healy, DVM
"Dr. Kendra was awesome and made a very difficult day much easier. She has a mild, delicate manner about her and is very soft spoken and reserved. She explained everything before she did anything so we would understand completely what was going to happen and when. She too is an animal owner and lover and shared stories with us to help put our minds at ease, although we knew it was the right time and the right decision. My summation is......IT WAS A PERFECT ENDING TO A PERFECT LIFE....and that perfect ending was ALL Dr. Kendra's doing....as I told her....."You must love your job, because you are awesome at it".....Thank You Dr. Kendra for who you are and what you do...."
"Dr. Kendra was absolutely amazing. She was patient and kind to me as I broke down on the phone asking for an appointment and her professionalism is beyond expectations. She gave comfort to me and my sweet Otis. As horrible as losing your best buddy is, she made it the most peaceful moment. I only wish we could all be so blessed, as to go out like that. I will always be grateful to her for her kind words and how she was so thoughtful and respectful to me and my dog. Thank you so much..xoxo"
Dana banksLexington, Kentucky
"Our family is so grateful to have found Kendra. What a gifted, compassionate person! She helped us say good bye to Buster, our geriatric beagle, and then, sadly, a couple of weeks later, our elderly cat, Gusto. She handled our pets with utmost respect and gentleness, was truly interested in hearing about their lives, and helped us feel comfortable with the whole process. Thanks to Kendra, they both had peaceful deaths. She gave us the peace of mind that they didn't have to be traumatized with a trip to a veterinarian's office at the end of their lives, but could pass on peacefully at home. I very highly recommend Kendra Healy with Lap of Love."
Linda CombesCynthiana, Kentucky
"After months of struggling with severe arthritic/back pain, a couple of nights ago my sweet Mel stopped being able to get up. Even with assistance, his back end wouldn’t work. His pain medications were not enough. I tried different ways to calm and comfort him. Nothing worked. He was so stressed it broke my heart. He was such a fighter. He tried over and over to get up, but just kept moving his body around in a circle. He panted and whined continually. By 2 am I became desperate and looked online for options. I found Lap of Love. I called the number and an angel, Dr. Kendra Healy, answered my call. She was at my house by 3 am. She gave Mel a shot and he relaxed. Bless his heart, he was so worn out. Then she gave him a shot that sent him to heaven. No more pain for my precious Mel. Dr. Kendra was such a blessing. She was so kind, so gentle. I will be ever thankful for her. I will cherish the locks of hair and paw print she left with me. The booklet she left gave me ideas for how to help my other two dogs deal with the loss of their friend. Thank you. "
Susan FisterLexington, Kentucky
"I was referred by a friend who knew Dr, Kendra and shared with me how much she helped them with their older pet. I called her and explained how we were unsure when the time was right to make that difficult decision to say goodbye to Tanner. We were having a few break through seizures and she shared with me that she would come when I was ready. I actually canceled her once thinking more medications would control his seizures. When I woke up to him having several small seizures in the night, I called her and she came that morning and he passed peacefully and I am so grateful to her."
Cecelia BradleyLexington, Kentucky
"It was amazing to be able to have Dr. Healy come into Mr. Rogers' home to allow him to pass peacefully without suffering. This took a lot of stress away from both myself and Mr. Rogers on his final day."
Angela BeumelLexington, Kentucky
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
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Helping families in the following areas:
Local Service Area: 0 - 20 miles (no additional fee): Georgetown, Paris, Lexington - North of Man O War Blvd, Stamping Ground, Midway
Extended Service Area 1: 20 - 30 miles ($30 additional fee): Lexington - South of Man O War Blvd, Corinth, Sadieville, Cynthiana, Frankfort, Versailles, Nicholasville
Extended Service Area 2: 30 - 40 miles ($60 additional fee): Carlisle, Dry Ridge, Lawrenceburg, Mt Sterling, Owenton, Wilmore, Winchester
Extended Service Area 3: Greater than 40 miles (to be quoted): Berea, Danville, Elizabethtown, Lancaster, Harrodsburg, Morehead, Shelbyville
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 Love1088 Nandino Boulevard # 11611Lexington, Kentucky 40576
Lexington Herald-Leader: Veterinarian specializes in expanding field of end-of-life care for pets