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.

"Dr. Bollinger was a blessing to us during this difficult time. She was compassionate and took the time to get to know Cal. She helped us put our beloved friend to rest and shared the same emotional journey with us. Her kindness and comfort was overwhelming. Our family doesn't have the words to say thank you for all your kindness during this difficult time."

Leisha Thein
Becker, Minnesota

"Dr. Kara was amazing at explaining everything and also giving us the time we needed to say goodbye to our amazing dog Jack."

Holly Smith
WHITE BEAR LAKE, Minnesota

"Today we lost our beloved Cal, family member and best friend. We were blessed to have Dr. Jessica with her tenderness, compassion and beautiful heart to help our family walk through this difficult time. Dr. Jessica helped our family say goodbye with dignity and peace for Cal. For this we are forever grateful for Dr. Jessica and her compassion.

The Thein Family"

Leisha Thein
Becker, Minnesota

"Thank you again for yesterday, helping Baby through her journey so lovingly and expertly. Your compassion for us all is just so appreciated. You are amazing and wonderful - I have thanked my client, who recommended Lap of Love, wholeheartedly.

Thank you again so much. I’m so thankful to be able to look back on this as a loving and comforting experience.

Bless your sweet heart!

<3 Angela"

Angela Svoboda
Saint Louis Park, Minnesota

"Thank you for your kindness. It was very comforting to be able to see Lilly pass peacefully and without pain. You were a true comfort.

I heard a “meow” last night and a friend told me that was Lilly’s way of saying she’s happy and content.

God bless you for what you do. Thank you,

The Boynton’s"

Boynton Family
Excelsior, Minnesota

"Dr. Fuchs was absolutely wonderful. The weather was awful, but she made it to us and made the day we'd been dreading so peaceful and loving. It was the best possible way to say goodbye to Georgia, and we will forever be grateful to Dr. Fuchs for helping our sweet old baby pass without anxiety, without pain, and warm in her home."

Nicole von Buelow
Saint Paul, 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
“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
“Ozzie you were the best! You were so sweet and loving! You were Papas little buddy and he misses you more than ever. You were so strong and your neurological disease eventually won and we knew we couldn’t let that go on any longer. We miss you as do you fur brothers. Wait for us all at the Rainbow bridge so we can hold and love you forever! ...
Joanne and Rick Nelson
February 19, 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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