The Twin Cities: Minneapolis & St. Paul Area

  (612) 314-3003

  [email protected]

PRICING AND INFORMATION

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

EUTHANASIA$275

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.

VETERINARY HOSPICE$375

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.

TELEADVICE$100

Using phone or Skype, one of our wonderful doctors will walk you through our Quality of Life assessment. This 30 minute conversation is valuable for any family considering hospice care, euthanasia, or simply wanting to understand the end of life process with their pet.

HOLIDAYS

Holiday appointments can be accepted with approval. The following holidays incur a $100 fee when scheduled: Thanksgiving, Christmas Day & New Years Day. A $50 fee is incurred for 4th of July, Memorial Day or Labor Day.

ADDITIONAL 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 (normal business hours are 9:00am - 5:00pm), 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 - 200 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 or in a short amount of time, so we do our best to accommodate same day appointments with a few hours notice, but cannot guarantee that.

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

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

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

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.

"Thank you for making this difficult situation less stressful. you were very considerate and understanding. Your words helped alot in understanding of Bandit's passing, even though we have gone through this before, it is never easy. You are very caring, bless you for that. I wish we knew of your service for all our animals.

Thank you and Bandit thanks you also.

Don and Vera Johnson"

Vera Johnson
FOREST LAKE, Minnesota

"We could not have asked for a better experience for our cat.

Thank you Dr. Jessica Bollinger for bringing true care, comfort and love to our home. We are so happy that our beloved cat Boone was provided the best possible care and treated with so much respect. Your comforting approach has gone a very long way toward helping our family through the grieving process.

Having never been through this experience, we were reluctant to a) make the final decision, and b) choose how it should be done. I strongly encourage anyone going through that process to give your loved pets the experience they deserve."

Debbie Farinella
Forest Lake, Minnesota

"Our 13 y.o. standard poodle had terminal lymphoma. When it became clear he needed help to pass, we were able to get same day service from Dr Jessica Bollinger. She listened carefully to our concerns and responded with very skillful and gentle work with our Loki. He passed peacefully in our living room with all our family and cat Boo around him. We are deeply grateful for her expertise and compassionate listening."

Karen Kurz-Riemer
Minneapolis, Minnesota

"Thank you for coming to our house after hours to help us. You were very kind and caring, that meant a lot to us. Thank you again."

Nicole Chambers
Vadnais Heights, Minnesota

"Thank you so much for your kind note and the service that you offer. We are so grateful that you put your talent and skill to work in effort of making a very difficult process easier for both us and Fink. I can't imagine putting Fink in a car/bringing him into a veterinary office and further stressing him during an already stressful time.

All of my interactions with you and the care team were very impressive and I really appreciate you. I had meant to ask you not to ring the doorbell when you arrived as it tends to make Fink anxious but of course, you already knew that and softly knocked. You love for animals also really comes through which is so special.

Thank you again for your service and follow up. We miss Fink very much but I know it was the right thing to do and that he is now in a better place. You really made a tough situation much easier, thank you so much for that."

Brigid Isenmann
Lakeville, Minnesota

"Our deepest thanks for the loving kindness Dr. Kara showed to Wolf and to us, and her quiet competence in sending him gently into his final rest. As hard as it was to let this beloved Dachshund go, we knew it was the right time and the final gift we could give him. It made such a difference to have her come to our home where Wolf could be calm and comfortable. He would have been so afraid if we had taken him to the vet's office. As it was, he died without pain or fear, knowing he was loved. What more could any of us ask?"

Lynne Schuman
St. Paul, Minnesota

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
“To our precious Bandit, You will never be forgotten, you brought us such joy in all the funny thing's you did. I know you will be with me on the car rides and walks we took everyday. You still will be our underwear bandit, in-door ball/stuff animal chaser. snuggler on the couch buddy. You were the last of the clan to pass on to heaven. I know you ...
Vera Johnson
March 22, 2020
“Cash you were my best friend not just a family member, I will miss taking you everywhere with me and snuggling with me at night. Our time together was so short and I wish I could've been with you longer. I do not feel you here at home today as write this and it hurts but I know you are pain free and that gives me some comfort, this house is not ...
Nicole Chambers
March 11, 2020
“Missy you brought so much joy into our lives you were my road dog we traveled together where I went you went my Boss Lady I will Always Love ❤️ you”
Judy Thomas
February 18, 2020
“So much ❤️! ...and even though we were blessed to have this beautiful girl care for us for 11 years and 6 months, it will never be enough time. She was absolutely the best buddy I could have ever asked for. I will miss you my sweet baby girl. ❤️ You were my precious snuggler, companion, coach, mama and best friend. I can only imagine how many ...
Tania Briggs
December 4, 2019
PAYMENT OPTIONS

To make the experience as peaceful 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
P.O. Box 17421
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55304

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