Pricing and Information

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

Veterinary Hospice$250

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.

Euthanasia$250

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.

Geriatric Consultation$250

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.

Additional Appointment Fees

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.

Other 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.

AFTERCARE PRICING

Private Cremation
Pets up to 34 pounds$195
Pets 35 - 74 pounds$235
Pets 75 - 99 pounds$275
Pets 100 - 150 pounds$300

With this option, your pet is cremated privately at a licensed crematory. The ashes are contained in a lovely wooden urn with an engraved nameplate 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.

Communal Cremation
Pets up to 34 pounds$100
Pets 35 - 74 pounds$125
Pets 75- 99 pounds$150
Pets 100 - 150 pounds$175

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 on private property on northern Minnesota prairie land. 

Additional Aftercare Fees

To best honor your personal space, our doctors do not arrive with a vet technician.  Therefore, if your family has elected cremation for a pet over 30 pounds, we may ask your assistance moving your loved one after euthanasia has been performed.  If no additional help is available from friends or family to move your pet, please let our team know so that we can schedule appropriately.  The most important thing is that your loved one does not suffer, arrangements for assistance with cremation can be made at a later time. 

Availability

We are here to answer your questions every day, from 6am - 10pm. 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.

Meet the Doctors

Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians in your area!

Dr. Jessica

Jessica Bollinger, DVM

Easing the suffering of our best friends is my main goal at Lap of Love. My desire to help our furry family members originated from the passing of my grandmother whose quality of life slowly declined due to ALS. As I saw her in the hospital at the end of her life, I knew I wanted to help ease this suffering for our loved ones in veterinary medicine. Our pets deserve comfort and joy during their last days and I consider practicing end of life care my calling. During my adult life, I have taken care of many little creatures that needed help during their stay on our wonderful planet. My furry family included rabbits, guinea pigs, cats and dogs as well as orphaned hamsters, kittens and hundreds of orphaned wildlife (joyful memories you can ask me about that can help ease the pain). Currently, I have the pleasure of caring for my old Rat Terrier (Pepper) and my four cats (Falcon, Trixie and my newest additions, Klaus and Roger). Outside of helping animals and their loving families, I enjoy being outside with my furry and non-furry family, cooking and crafts.

Dr. Kara

Kara Fuchs, DVM

I grew up in the Twin Cities metro area and knew from a very young age that I wanted to be a veterinarian. I didn’t take the most direct route to veterinary medicine but I have really enjoyed the journey. I graduated from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities with a degree in natural resources based tourism and worked as a Corporate Meeting and Event Planner following graduation. After a few years I realized that I needed to follow my heart and returned to the University of Minnesota for veterinary school. I currently live in the west metro with my husband, 1 dog (pug named Winston) and 1 cat (named Doc).

Growing up, I had as many animals in the house as my parents would allow. Pets included fish, birds, hamsters and dogs. When I was 8, my parents brought a pug puppy home and we named him Mugsie. He was the center of my world from that day on. He was my best friend and confidante for almost sixteen years. He taught me the importance of the bond between pets and their humans and I carry that lesson with me to this day. As Mugsie entered his geriatric years, he lost his sight, became intermittently incontinent and confused and seemed to slowly lose his spark. My family began the heart-breaking end of life discussion. All of us had different ideas as far as when was the right time and because of that, we waited too long. I will never forget the guilt I felt watching my best friend suffer but being unable to let go.

As a Lap of Love veterinarian, my mission is to help families like mine navigate these difficult emotions and come to a place of peace. Sometimes the best gift we can give to our loyal companions is a peaceful and painless end and I feel honored to be a part of it each and every time.

About Jessica Bollinger, DVM

Easing the suffering of our best friends is my main goal at Lap of Love. My desire to help our furry family members originated from the passing of my grandmother whose quality of life slowly declined due to ALS. As I saw her in the hospital at the end of her life, I knew I wanted to help ease this suffering for our loved ones in veterinary medicine. Our pets deserve comfort and joy during their last days and I consider practicing end of life care my calling. During my adult life, I have taken care of many little creatures that needed help during their stay on our wonderful planet. My furry family included rabbits, guinea pigs, cats and dogs as well as orphaned hamsters, kittens and hundreds of orphaned wildlife (joyful memories you can ask me about that can help ease the pain). Currently, I have the pleasure of caring for my old Rat Terrier (Pepper) and my four cats (Falcon, Trixie and my newest additions, Klaus and Roger). Outside of helping animals and their loving families, I enjoy being outside with my furry and non-furry family, cooking and crafts.

"I can't thank you enough for the invaluable service you provide. I take such comfort in knowing that he wasn't scared for even a moment and he was able to transition peacefully on his own bed, with his favorite humans around him. On what was one of the worst days of my life, it was perfect for him. It was all I could have ever hoped for. Thank you.

What you do makes a difference...

Thank you,

Amy and Zeus"

Amy Hamann
Minneapolis, Minnesota

"I hardly know where to begin...

Dr. Kara was a consummate professional, compassionate caregiver, and an angel of mercy in a time of need:

• She phoned ahead to say she was on her way

• Noticed and wholly accepted Gracie's characteristic ferocity

• Introduced herself to each of us who had gathered on the lawn with Gracie

• Provided a calm and calming, non-anxious presence for us and for Gracie

• Asked helpful questions and listened (truly listened) to our responses

• Provided clear, helpful information about Lap of Love's usual procedure and recommended an additional step to help Gracie relax

• Talked us and Gracie through each step

• Told Gracie what a good dog she was and how obvious it was she was loved

• Paused after the oral and injected sedatives to remind us to take all the time we needed

• Reminded us (when Gracie appeared super-relaxed and we were quietly kissing and stroking Gracie), "She's still here... She can hear you if you want to talk to her."

• Told us when Gracie had passed and assured us again, "Take us much time as you need."

• Retrieved a beautiful wicker basket from her car and invited me to lay Gracie down on the soft lavender blanket inside the basket

I highly recommend Lap of Love and Dr. Kara, and the two women (Lisa and Dianne) with whom I talked by phone when I called in to schedule. Thank you for all you do!"

Robin Getman
Minneapolis, Minnesota

"Dr. Kara helped us say goodbye to our wonderful dog, Pepper, from the comfort of her favorite bed. Our little Pepper was not the friendliest dog and was usually wary of strangers. Pepper loved Dr. Kara immediately. Dr. Kara's calm, serene presence was exactly what we needed during this heartbreaking time. She was patient with us and Pepper, allowing us to say goodbye at our own pace. She was very respectful of Pepper after she passed. We could not have asked for a better way to say goodbye to our little girl. Thank you for all your help."

Ryan & Jessica Bollinger
Saint Paul, Minnesota

"Thank you for your very kind words and all of your help with us coping with the end of Mini's life. You truly are amazing and quite a blessing to families. I'm not sure I could do that and especially having lost your own dog so recently. I'm also sorry for your loss. Dogs are incredibly special and hard to see go. Sadly they come like a person in one's life and like all leave too soon. Bless you and your work and thank you so much."

Connie Peterson
Maple Lake, Minnesota

"While the day we lost Cali was truly one of the hardest days of our lives, our experience with Dr. Kara and Lap of Love made it so peaceful and personal. We felt the empathy she gave and appreciated the personal questions she asked about our fur baby, giving us the opportunity to reflect on her precious life one last time, even if it was just talking about her favorite treats, or what she was like as a puppy. We always knew what to expect and never felt rushed with our time saying goodbye. It was deeply personal and the support and kindness was so meaningful. Thank you Dr. Kara for your tenderness in our most heartbreaking day."

Chelsea Ritchie
Ham Lake, Minnesota

"A special thank you to Dr. Jessica Bollinger for helping Knight pass in a peaceful and graceful way. Your kindness will always be remembered."

Sue Holland
Zimmerman, Minnesota

Local Resources

Pet Life and Loss Support Services

  (612) 624-9372

Companion Animal Love, Loss and Memories Group (CALLM) Group, St. Paul

  (952) 942-8272

Affiliated Emergency Veterinary Service (AEVS), Eden Prairie

  (763) 754-5000

Affiliated Emergency Veterinary Service (AEVS), Blaine

  (651) 501-3766

Animal Emergency & Referral Center (AERC), Oakdale

  (952) 746-5752

Affiliated Emergency Veterinary Service Pet Loss & Grief Support Group, Eden Prairie

  (763) 489-2205

Animal Humane Society Pet Loss Support Group, Golden Valley

Service Area

Helping families in the following areas:

We proudly serve the greater Minneapolis St. Paul metropolitan area, including all or parts of  Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, Washington and Wright Counties. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a travel fee of $50 based on your location. 

Pet Memorials
“My Knight in shining armor... Knight was my beautiful black german shepherd. He was 12 1/2 years old when he passed on May 2, 2019. He was a one-of-a-kind dog. He was a "gentle giant" - he had the best manners, and loved life. He loved his job - he worked with me as my co-worker in my boarding/doggy daycare kennel and he did his job very ...
Sue Holland
May 7, 2019
“Cal our Calers! We were blessed to have this beautiful boy in our life. Cal was rambunctious and always wanted to run and explore his world. Calers not only was a beautiful friend, but when he knew you were struggling he was right there by your side, or laying on your feet to comfort you. This beautiful soul was always there for this family. ...
Leisha Thein
March 24, 2019
“Jack loved to go on rides in the car, chase our ATV in 4th gear for about a mile. He also loved to chase squirrels, and try to bite water flowing over rocks. He loved young kids and was the most loyal and loving dog a family could ever want.”
Holly Smith
March 23, 2019
“To our sweet Boomer who brought so much love, laughter, joy and craziness to our family. You lived a long life and we have so many sweet memories with you. You can never be replaced. We feel your loss everywhere we look. Sweet dreams Baby.”
Sue and Tim Fronk
February 20, 2019
Payment Options

To make the experience as peacful as possible, credit card over the phone (before the appointment) is generally preferred.  We are also more than happy to accept a check (made to 'Lap of Love') or cash during our time with you.

Most pet insurance companies cover Lap of Love services. We are happy to help complete any paperwork needed to submit for reimbursement.

We also accept Care Credit. 

Mailing Address

Lap of Love
PO Box 17421
Saint Paul, MN 55117

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