The Twin Cities: Minneapolis & St. Paul Area

  (612) 314-3003

  [email protected]

COVID-19 Update: We are still honored to join you in the home so that your pet can be safely surrounded by loved ones during this time.

PRICING AND INFORMATION

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

EUTHANASIA$325

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$425

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

COVID-19 Update: We are still honored to join you in the home so that your pet can be safely surrounded by loved ones during this time.

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, Dr. Kara, for sending our Cookie home with love and compassion. We are grateful that she is no longer feeling pain and that she was with those who loved her most , both human and canine, in her final moments on earth."

Jean Sundlof
Apple Valley, Minnesota

"Thank you to Laps of Love and Dr. Jessica Bollinger for turning a tough evening in to a loving memorable experience for our family. Dr. Jessica was so gentle and caring through the entire process. She explained each step and it felt like a service with Macx in attendance. What a blessing to be able to have our family members together and Dr. Jessica gave us the time we needed at each step. Thank you Dr. Jessica for your kindness and compassion."

Liz Nelson
St. Paul, Minnesota

"My husband and I cannot speak highly enough about our experience with Dr. Kara and Lap of Love. When our dog first started showing signs of needing help to move on in this life, we reached out to Lap of Love (we learned of them thru our vet office). They communicated with us, offering guidance and they were super patient with our timeline as our dog Morgan would get worse then better again with her health. Once Morgan reached a point of no return, Dr. Kara came out and helped us in such a patient and caring manner. The communication couldn't have been better with calls and emails--zero pressure, we picked the timeline. We also picked the physical spot to help Morgan along, and it was a really peaceful and calm place for her to go. We will always recommend Lap of Love to friends, family, neighbors etc. It is the only way to go, instead of putting your pet and yourself through the anxiety of the vet office in their last moments (we've regretfully done that in the past). Thank you Lap of Love, and Dr Kara Fuchs for making our last moments with our beloved Goldendoodle Morgan such a great memory! Gail & Eric"

Gail Bernier
Andover, Minnesota

"Dr. Jessica helped make an extremely painful day much more peaceful. She was gentle, loving and kind. She explained everything to us thoroughly and talked us through every step. She was respectful with giving us time and space to experience our profound sadness. I can’t say enough good things about Dr. Jessica and Lap of Love.u"

Kristin Schmidt
Minneapolis, Minnesota

"Lap of Love and Dr. Jessica are both amazing. Thanks for taking such good care of us and our precious pet in the most dignified way. It was better and more peaceful than I could have imagined for her and for us."

Sheila Harms
St. Paul, Minnesota

"Dr. Jessica was an absolute angel and we are forever grateful to her for her kindness and love."

Kelly Kraft
Linwood, Minnesota

LOCAL RESOURCES
Pet Life and Loss Support Services

  (952) 942-8272

Blue Pearl Veterinary Hospital - Eden Prairie

  (612) 624-9372

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

  (763) 754-5000

Blue Pearl Veterinary Hospital - Blaine

  (651) 788-4624

Animal Humane Society Pet Loss Support Group - Golden Valley

  (651) 501-3766

Animal Emergency and Referral Center of Minnesota (AERC) - Oakdale

  (651) 293-1800

Animal Emergency and Referral Center of Minnesota (AERC) - St. Paul

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
“We will miss our sweet Cookie Monster, our honey badger, my wonderful burrito. We will never forget your sweet triangle head and pretty face. We love you always, Cookie!”
Jean Sundlof
August 1, 2020
“In late June our sweet Macx suffered a stroke. The month of July was tough for him as he worked to adapt to the changes and continued to decline more each week. On Tuesday evening we said our goodbyes and sent him on his way to heaven with tons of love and lots of tears. We miss his adventurous, watchful, spunky, loyal, Houdini like, guarding ...
Liz Nelson
July 31, 2020
“Kelly was the truest companion. My shadow the whole time we had her... She loved swimming, walking and playing in the snow. Whenever she was presented with a new toy or bone, she promptly hid it! She loved to take our socks and bring them to us and then spend lots of time looking for a safe spot for them in the house. She was the combination of a ...
Kristin Schmidt
July 22, 2020
“Masey, our loyal companion for 15 years, passed away peacefully at home today. She will be missed by our whole family, but she was my BFF since I brought her home from a weird rescue situation I stumbled upon randomly. Who knows what she went through before I brought her home when she was about a year old. Just the best dog I could ever have ...
Sheila Harms
July 3, 2020
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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