Baton Rouge & 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 crematory. The ashes are contained in a lovely wooden urn and will be returned to your primary care veterinarian within two weeks. They can also be made available directly from the crematory or mailed to you.
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 in a memory garden on their property.
There may be a fee if additional assistance to safely carry your pet out of your home is needed.
We are here to answer your questions every day, from 8am - 8pm. 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 one of the emergency clinics listed in the Local Resources section.
Carly Billeaudeau, DVM
At the bold age of 5 years old, I informed my mother that I was going to be a veterinarian, and I have never looked back. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else! I was born and raised in Monroe, a small town in northeast Louisiana, where I grew up with a myriad of pets.
I attended Louisiana State University for both my undergrad and veterinary school. After I graduated in 2008, I began working in a small animal private practice. I am currently living in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with my husband, our three small children, and our two furry children.
Working in private practice, I began to recognize the need for end-of-life care for our pets. I realized that many people feel uncomfortable about knowing when it’s "the right time” or not. No one wants to say goodbye, but no one wants to allow their pet to suffer either. When my beloved pet, Sophie, was diagnosed with a brain tumor, I was devastated. When "that time" arrived, I said goodbye to her in our home with her snuggled in my lap. It was terribly sad, but it was peaceful and loving, and she deserved that. It made me realize that this was the kind of experience that I wanted for all of my clients and patients. Everyone deserves a peaceful goodbye, full of grace and dignity.
"We would like to thank Dr. Carly for her gentleness and compassion with Jake, and with all of us during this difficult time. We had never heard of Lap of Love until Jake took a turn for the worse. Dr. Carly was a calm and comforting presence for all of us and there aren' t enough words to express our sincere gratitude for her and what she does. Thank you so much."
Kevin, Angie, Meghan, Hannah, Chloe and Bear LukerBaton Rouge, Louisiana
"Having Dr. Carly come and help Ricola end his life peacefully at home was the best thing we could have done for him. We were so lucky that she was able to quickly reply to my email on a Sunday evening and that she could offer us an appointment the next day. She was so gentle with him and showed such warmth and compassion to all of us. Thanks to Dr. Carly our sweet Ricola was spared the stress of being transported out of his room and being euthanized in his vet's clinic. Her kindness and sympathy is greatly appreciated by Mom and me. Knowing there are veterinarians who provide such a necessary service to pets in need of hospice care or more is a great comfort!"
Trellee BermudezBaton Rouge, Louisiana
"We knew our cat Inky was not going to make it long after we took him home from the vet. We thought we would have longer with him, but when his chest cavity began refilling with fluid from the lymphoma, we knew he would soon be in pain. We put in a request overnight and Carly started texting us at 5:50 in the morning on Mardi Gras Day. She came out for 7 before all her other appointments.
The comfort, care and concern she gave us was second to none. She helped us through what has been the hardest transition Sherry and I have ever been through. Inky died in Sherry's arms the way he loved to be cradled. He passed so peacefully. He was a black cat with a white spot on his chest and Carly was so accommodating to cut both the black and white hair for his lock of love.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
(the picture of him shows how laid back he is, basking in the warm sun--I hope that's how his spirit feels forever)."
Neil and Sherry MelanconBaton Rouge, Louisiana
"I called Dr.Carly with Lap of Love, and she made the trip out on a Sunday evening. She arrived and explained everything to me. She examined him and agreed that it was the best for him. The process was tough for me, but yet I felt at ease. I got to say goodbye to my boy while he was no longer in pain. I would like to personally thank Dr. Carly and the Lap of Love for making it such a good experience for such a sad day for me."
Scotty CanezaroPort Allen, Louisiana
"I'm so grateful that Dr. Carly was able to come to my home when it was time to let me 18 year old cat Xavier go. She spoke to me on the phone to help me talk through my decision, and suggested we make an appointment a few days later. Dr. Carly is one of my cats' regular vets, so she was familiar with his history and knew how much I loved him. She also knew that he had been sick for awhile and that it was likely his time.
This experience gave me a lot of peace over the loss of my beloved boy. Dr. Carly was caring and gentle to Xavier, and she also took really good care of me."
Sue WeinsteinBaton Rouge, Louisiana
"Dr. Carly was amazing and treated Sweet Pea as if she were her own. The understanding and care Dr. Carly showed toward Sweet Pea and us was deeply appreciated. She guided us thoughtfully through this very difficult time."
Don HaydelPrairieville, Louisiana
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Best Friend Gone Project, LSU School of Veterinary Medicine
Sherwood South Animal Emergency and Critical Care Center
Baton Rouge Pet Emergency Hospital
LSU School of Veterinary Medicine
Helping families in the following areas:
We proudly serve the greater Baton Rouge area, including, but not limited to, those listed below. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a travel fee of $30 - $100 based on your location and further distances can be arranged.
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 Love9618 Jefferson Hwy Ste. D-204Baton Rouge, LA 70809