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% sales tax will be added to the total invoice.
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.
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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
"Lap of Love was such a blessing to our family and provided care and comfort for our loved 13 year old German Short Hair Pointer. They even provided same day service when we truly needed them when our dog could no longer stand. Dr. Kendra was absolutely wonderful and took great care of our dear girl, Jenna, as she peacefully passed at home and we said our final farewells. From the moment Dr. Kendra arrived we sensed her genuine concern and empathy. She took her time visiting with Jenna, clearly explained the process to us and was very supportive even after her visit. Dr. Kendra was first rate and we highly recommend Lap of Love and are truly grateful for their service!"
James EndicottWilmore, Kentucky
"All I can say at this time as it is still so painful is this was absolutely the right way to give my Baby Girl the peace she needed and deserved. Dr. Healy is absolutely perfect for this hearbreaking job. thank you from the bottom of our hearts."
Elizabeth StephensonLexington, Kentucky
"This service was an answer to our prayers as our Jackie girl got so stressed at the vet in her later years. Dr. Healy was a sweet, soft spoken, true animal lover. She treated us with patience and care and our girl with dignity and respect from the time she arrived and graciously listened to our Jackie stories in between sobs and tears, until she snuggled her up on a stretcher in soft fuzzy blankets. Dr. Kendra gave us a little peace on one of the saddest days of our lives with her kindness, understanding and advice. Thank you Dr. Kendra Healy from the bottom of our hearts. Matt and I know that the world is a better place with people like you in it."
Angie HoltLexington, Kentucky
"Dr. Healy provides a much-needed service for people who love their pets so much and want to be able to give them the final gift of love by helping them cross over rainbow bridge. She put me at ease, explaining step by step what was going on. The process of passing and the way she would assist and make it a smooth and pain free transition from this life here on earth. Thank you so much for your kindness and compassion."
Emily BainLexington, Kentucky
"My heartfelt thanks to Dr. Kendra Healy for her kindness, empathy and skill. My sweet, old Harley cat had come to the end of his time and clearly needed help. He was a big, strong boy and had always resisted both car trips and vet visits. The idea of having to force him into a carrier and subject him to that on his last day was hard to swallow. As soon as possible after receiving my call, Dr. Healy came to the house, put both me and my cats at ease and settled down beside Harley as he lay in his favorite spot on the sofa. There was plenty of time for final farewells and affection as my old friend first relaxed into a dreamy state for a few minutes and then was transported to a place beyond pain and suffering. Dr. Healy was wonderful throughout and I can give both her and Lap of Love unqualified endorsement. Having your pet pass away in the comfort of home is the last gift of love you can give them."
Eric FurrLexington, Kentucky
"Our cat Angel started breathing heavy one night. We rushed her to ER. They took x-rays and stabilized her, They told us her lungs had been filled with cancer. She was dying. She had to be put down. It did not feel right. I found a card for Lap of Love on the desk on our way out. We were given medication from ER that night to keep our Angel comfortable at home while we thought.
I have never lost a pet or anyone close to me ever. A couple days later we reached out to Dr. Kendra Healy with Lap of Love, We knew the right thing to do was to have Angel put down at home with her siblings. Our other rescues.
Angel was only around 9 years old on estimate from our vet appointments. We had her for many years. But not enough.
Dr. Kendra and Lap of Love are amazing. The comfort they give to you, The support even after our Angel is gone. Dr. Kendra called, She talked, answered my email , she supports, She cares. I would recommend Lap of Love and mostly Dr. Kendra to anyone struggling with such a hard decision as to when? When is it right?
Losing a pet is harder then I could ever imagine. These are our babies. Our children. I did not expect the grieving. Dr. Kendra has been so helpful.
Thank you Dr. Kendra and Thank you Lap of Love.
Although I pray I will not need the services again, Chances are Dr. Kendra will cross our paths again in the future. When? I do not know. I pray not for a long time.
I know Angel is in Heaven and at peace now.
Thank you so much Dr. Kendra for all your kind compassionate caring support.
We love and miss our Angel , She truly has her wings now."
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
BGVS + Animal Emergency
University of Florida-Gainesville
The Ohio State University
University of California-Davis
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