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.*6% Kentucky State sales tax will be added to all fees excluding aftercare.
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.
For pets over 30 pounds, we may ask your assistance moving your loved one if cremation has been requested. 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.
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 refer to our local resources section.
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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 Healy, DVM
"As time ran out for Dickens, my old Bengal friend, I was glad to have Dr. Healy’s help again. Dickens had a life mate, a big cat named Harley, who had passed on just a month earlier. When it became all too clear that Dickens, too, was failing, I was a mess. It is very hard to lose companions with whom you have spent seventeen good years. I knew from prior experience that Dr. Healy would make Dickens’ end of life experience better. Her empathy and people skills made a difficult time better for me as well. The service she provides is outstanding and I would definitely recommend her to others. Lap of Love is a better approach and you will appreciate the difference."
Eric FurrLexington, Kentucky
"Dr. Kendra came to our house on a cold wintry day to help my little dog Buddy end his suffering. He was a wonderful dog and we loved him dearly. It was after the Thanksgiving holiday and it was time for my Bud to end his suffering. He had been so sick and had not wagged his tail in greeting for days. (He was a very friendly dog) when Dr. Kendra got onto the floor next to his bed he wagged his tail at her and lifted his head in greeting. I was so pleased that he was glad to see her. This was one of the most difficult decisions I’ve ever had to make. Dr. Kendra explained the process and was incredibly gentle and he was at peace. My husband and I are still grieving our beloved dog and it will last some time, I’m certain. Words are inadequate to express my gratitude for the gentle kindness we were all shown. I am forever grateful. Gloria and Robert"
Gloria WesterfieldLexington, Kentucky
"Saying goodbye to a beloved pet is extremely difficult. My baby, Bentley had given me 13 wonderful years. He was with me through my Masters program, graduation, buying a new house and moving, and all of life's ups and downs. It was difficult to make the decision to say goodbye, but in the end, I did not want him to suffer. My longtime vet, Dr. Ringle, recommended that I contact Lap of Love for an at home service and I am so thankful that this service exists. All of my pets and close family had the opportunity to say goodbye to Bentley in the peace and comfort of our home. Bentley was able to pass peacefully without the stress of having to go somewhere for the service. I had never met Dr. Kendra before, but she made me feel at peace and at ease during the entire process. We get pets knowing that we will most likely have to say goodbye to them in our lifetime. Lap of Love and Dr. Kendra's services make this process as easy and comfortable as possible. I am so thankful for the service and kindness during a difficult time."
Beth WorkmanLEXINGTON, Kentucky
"This is the second time we have used Dr. Healy for in-home euthanasia. Late last Friday we called her to ask if she could euthanize for an emergency situation. She got to our house promptly. She quickly assessed the situation then proceeded to make our Murphy comfortable with an injection of pain medication. Immediately afterward, my husband and I were able to spend the last few minutes loving on our fabulous dog as he enjoyed relaxing in the comfort of his own home, surrounded by the humans who loved him. We kissed him goodbye for the last time; then the euthanasia was administered.
Death of a treasured pet is rarely a positive experience, but it's one of those unfortunate facts of life. In-home euthanasia---especially with a veterinarian who obviously has a passion for animals and is an expert at what she does--- is definitely the way to say goodbye. It's still hard, but Dr. Healy made the pain so much easier to bear."
Marie PrestonVersailles, Kentucky
"Having to say goodbye to a fur-baby is a terrible thing. Being able to do it on your on terms in your own home makes things tolerable; Not just for yourself but for your fur-baby. There was no anxiety, no panic going to the vet's office, no fright. It was most important for me to have my cat's last day be anxiety free and comfortable. Having Dr. Kendra come to the house provided her that. I asked Dr. Kendra to make things quick to minimize anxiety and she did just that. She was wonderful throughout, kind, gentle, and compassionate. My only advice is if you think it's time, it probably is; you know your fur baby better than anyone. Having someone come to you home is the only way I would recommend euthanasia. It truly allows comfort for your pet, privacy, and allows for a peaceful good bye. I can't thank Dr. Kendra enough for making things peaceful for my beautiful cat."
Jennifer BondWinchester, Kentucky
"Our family is so grateful to Dr. Kendra for her quick response, kind words and extreme professionalism as she took care of our sweet yellow lab, Lily, and our family during a very sad time. Her attention to detail gave us so much comfort and we were pleased that Lily's final moments were peaceful at home. Many thanks to Dr. Kendra and the excellent service she provides. Much love - from the Allens/Six Winters Farm"
The AllensLexington, 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