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. 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.
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.
"I can't say enough about Dr. Kendra. She was there for my wife (Erin) and I at probably the most difficult time we have had to face. When our little girl, Tallulah, told us that it was time to say goodbye to her, we honestly didn't know what to do. I called Dr. Kendra and she was very understanding and nice, even though she barley could understand me through the tears. I don't know what we would have done with out her.
Between her and Lula, they both helped us be calm.
I sent Dr. Kendra a text message the day after Lula passed and she was very comforting. Saying goodbye to Lula was hard and continues to be hard. We miss our little girl so much. I can't imagine saying goodbye and going through the pain without Dr. Kendra there. She helped our little girl pass comfortably so she could go on to her next life and be a puppy again, running, jumping, swimming, and eating her favorite things (Roasted Chicken and Peanut Butter). Thank you for everything Dr. Kendra."
Todd ClarkLexington, Kentucky
"Dr Kendra is absolutely wonderful. She was so flexible and made a Sunday visit on short notice to help put our family dog to rest. While saying goodbye to our beloved pet of 14.5 years was very painful , the home visit was So wonderful for both my pet and us in our home..... Thank you so much the first rate service and wonderful "bedside" manor. Dr Kendra was wonderful and very compassionate. Thank you..."
"Dr. Kendra was so kind and compassionate at a time when I was very distraught and uncertain what to do for my sick kitty. I can't say enough about the care that was given to my sweet Lilly. She handled things so beautifully, that I am sure Lilly knew she would be taken care of as sick as she was. My heartfelt thanks to this wonderful doctor."
Sandy SmallwoodNicholasville, Kentucky
"I don't have adequate words to express our appreciation for Lap of Love and Dr. Kendra. To have our precious Griz leave this earth in the arms of those who loved him allowed me to survive that sad day. She asked us many questions about our sweet boy, giving us a chance to reminisce some of the happy times of his precious life. I didn't know at the time, but she used all this information to write a beautiful tribute to help us remember the joy this little guy brought everyone lucky enough to cross his path. I told her she might have missed her calling as a writer, but I'm sure glad she chose the profession she did. It is a rare person who can integrate themselves into a family full of grief and actually lighten their hearts. I don't know how I would have survived that day without the compassionate care of Dr. Kendra. Thank you, beautiful lady."
Regina SpurlockLexington, Kentucky
"I want to extend a "Thank You" to Dr. Kendra Healy. My sweet elderly Chihuahua passed in the wee hours of the morning. I had called a couple of other places but Kendra was the quickest to be able to assist me. She arrived about an hour after I called for her services. She is kind, compassionate and understanding. She treated him like a someone instead of a something. It's abundantly clear this is her passion and gift. She was more than supportive, she was patient. I knew right away I had made the right decision in calling her. Toby was in great hands with her and your loved one will be too! I am forever grateful."
Bethany MuncieLexington, Kentucky
"Kendra was there super quick. IT was midnight and I called her in a panic.. She was so kind and caring. Bob finally hit the mark where it was time. I can't say thank you enough for being so quick and caring"
jeff joneslexington, Kentucky
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