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.
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
"Dr. Healy took my phone call at 4am when our dog was clearly in distress. It all happened so fast and we knew it was time for our precious Polo to be put to sleep. We did not want him to suffer! Dr. Healy was at the house by 11am. She was a gift from God at this difficult time. Our Goldendoodle , Polo, was our first ever family dog for 14 years! Our 3 sons grew up with Polo since 2004 when he was gifted to them for Christmas that year. Ever since Polo jumped out of that surprise gift box, he immediately became a part of our family. We have so many sweet memories and we are broken hearted with his loss. Dr. Healy made the process much easier, and we are forever grateful for her!! Thank you Dr. Healy ❤️ 🐾"
Cindy PrestonLexington, Kentucky
"I would like to express my deep appreciation for the compassion and skill of Dr. Kendra Healy. Her quiet composure and gentle manner made all the difference in saying goodbye to my beloved kitty, Gnomekin. As Gnomekin passed peacefully by my side, I told Dr. Healy of Gnomekin's many adventures and what a wonderful companion she had been. Dr. Healy then turned Gnomekin's stories into a memorial, which was a wonderful and unexpected surprise when I read them. I will always be grateful to Dr. Healy for her skill and compassion, and I would highly recommend Dr. Healy and the services of Lots of Love to anyone who is facing this difficult decision."
Caron TandyLexington, Kentucky
"After more than a year battling cancer, our beloved family member Sam was finally ready to rest. It was not something that we were looking forward to but we knew that it was time. We were looking at different options when we found the Lap of Love website, which led us to Dr. Kendra. After reading about the service provided by Lap of Love, we knew that this was the best option for us and for Sam. Dr. Kendra came to our home and from the moment she arrived, she was warm and professional. She took the time to examine Sam and make sure we understood our options. Then we determined that it was time to let him rest. As a family we sat in his favorite spot in the yard, while Dr. Kendra gently ushered him to sleep. Although it was the end of her workday, she never made us feel rushed. She was patient, and kind, and offered plenty of comfort, following up later to see how we and our other dog were coping with the loss.
The loss of a beloved pet is never a pleasant time. However, Dr. Kendra helped to make it easier for us and, we feel, much easier for Sam as he passed in the comfort of his own home.
We highly recommend Lap of Love's service, and in particular, Dr. Kendra Healy."
Fiona and Nic BrownLexington, Kentucky
"Dr. Kendra was so helpful to us on a last minute call. When we got the news from our primary vet that Snoopy's health was failing and there was nothing else we could do, we decided to send him to the Rainbow Bridge in the next few days. But when I woke up the next morning after his primary vet visit, he let me know that he was ready. I called Dr. Kendra (on a Saturday morning of a holiday weekend, no less), and she was able to come out that afternoon. She asked questions about sweet Snoopy and spent about an hour with us, explaining the process, treating Snoopy with respect, and listening as we cried and celebrated Snoopy's life. Her bedside manner is impeccable, and both my husband and I remarked that she made a horribly difficult day much easier. We are thankful that she provides at-home euthanasia, and while I hope I don't have to see her again any time soon, it's reassuring knowing she is available should we need her."
Whitney WilgusLexington, Kentucky
"It means the world to me that a service like this exists. My sweet girl got to cross the rainbow bridge at home surrounded by family and love.
Bella was diagnosed with liver failure at our local animal emergency hospital, she had acute anemia and had lost the ability to create blood clots. After being told that she had mere days left they put me in touch with Dr Kendra; who spend lots of time with me discussing Bella's condition and a plan for hospice care. Unfortunately, Bella went from good to distress in a couple of hours. Dr. Kendra was amazing. She was empathetic, quick to respond and did everything she could to keep Bella from suffering. The whole process was as peaceful as possible. I'm so thankful that an already stressful situation didn't have to become even more traumatic with another trip to the emergency room."
Breck JohnsonLexington, Kentucky
"Dr Kendra is compassionate, professional and patient. If you have to make such a decision, I recommend her highly."
Sheri TrailLexington, 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