PRICING AND INFORMATION

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.

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.

HOLIDAYS

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

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 veterinarian 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.

"Hello, I am writing to you today to express my sincere gratitude fro Dr. Kara and share how much she impacted me and my sister on the hardest day of our life. I adopted Oliver when I was 12 years old and he was our family dog throughout the duration of my childhood journey into adult hood. I was so very blessed to share 17 wonderful years having Oliver as my best friend. He was an old man with the typical problems you face as you age. He was a bit creaky and wobbly bit his spirit was fierce. Oliver passed suddenly from Tuesday night at 6:00 pm until we were lucky enough to have Dr. Kara come to my home at 9:30 am Wednesday morning. I cannot express my gratitude to her. I will never be able to thank her enough for her love and support. Thank you, Dr. Kara, from the bottom of my heart."

Robyn McGrade
Saint Paul, Minnesota

"Thank you so much for making Bozo's passing as comfortable as possible. You were very professional, kind and sympathetic, what you do and how you do it is a testament to your love of pets and your heart."

Nate & Tara Van Sickle
Saint Paul, Minnesota

"Your kindness and expertise helped to ease our hearts and minds during this difficult time. We will miss Minnie, but know that she is without pain and with all of the pets that have gone before her."


Woodbury, Minnesota

"Thank you for your patience, caring, understanding, and taking good care of our Koda. We are very appreciative of the service you provided us and Koda. Thank you."

Ashley A
Saint Paul, Minnesota

"We were so glad to have this service available when we were dealing with the last days of our cat. We knew that taking her out of the house would have been so difficult for the cat, as well as for us, in what was already a stressful time. Being able to have Dr. Kara come in, sharing all of the information about what was happening, and giving us the time that we needed to have with our pet was really a wonderful gift in a difficult time. She was such a comforting presence with all of us, and I appreciate the work she does so much. I've already had another friend use Lap of Love, and they were also so relieved to be able to have someone come to their home to make these difficult times much easier for the animals and their humans."

Kent L
Minneapolis, Minnesota

"Dr. Kara was amazing! She was reassuring, kind and thoughtful. She was so gentle and loving with our boy...you can tell she deeply loves animals and is doing something noble for them. Putting your pupper down is such a hard thing to do, but with doctors like Dr. Kara, you know is the most loving thing you can do for them."

Gabby Nelson
Minneapolis, 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
“Thank you for the smiles and laughs everyday. How lucky we are that you were our dog. You were a part of our small family and will forever have a paw on our hearts. You will be missed on the water, on walks, in the garden, and most of all I will miss you by our side for everything. You brought joy in our life for almost 15 years. I will miss you ...
Ashley A
August 5, 2019
“Buckle was a big, goofy, sweet, gentle 10-yr old boy who loved cheese, naps, walks and watching TV with his hoomans! He lighten the mood in the house, loved greeting people with a friendly shift, and had the sweetest (and rarest) roo. When he wanted to go out, he’d take his long Greyhound snout and poke you until you got off your bum! He was the ...
Gabby Nelson
August 2, 2019
“I was so thankful for Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice, Inc.. Their in home service was invaluable. Tank and I were together in our own home when he passed the Rainbow Bridge. Dr Kara Fuchs was at my home at 11P. She had to have been exhausted after a long day of home visits that were undoubtedly extremely emotional. She was an angel as she gave ...
Kerry Collins
July 13, 2019
“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
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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