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.

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 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.

"When we were faced with the harsh, rapid decision to say good bye to sweet Finnegan, we were given Lap of Love as a referral through our veterinarian. We were relieved to find this service as we didn’t want to have to make it more stressful for Finnegan to go to a clinic. He’d been through enough. Dr. Kara Fuchs came to our home and was an absolute angel. We felt like I had known her forever. She was incredibly kind, considerate, understanding, patient and respectful of our situation. She handled everything very professionally but very personally as well. She took the time to sit with us to talk about Finnegan, then shared the whole procedure so we knew what to expect. We have the utmost appreciation and adoration for her and the service she provides to people in this situation with their beloved family members. For such a sad experience, we would have not expected the it to be as beautiful as it was because of the care and concern of Dr. Fuchs. Not only did she take care of our boy in such a loving way, she followed up with a nice note the next day to check on us. We are thankful for Lap of Love in such a heartbreaking time and would recommend to anyone faced with this incredibly tough decision.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, Spencer, Lori, Forrest and Finnegan."

Lori Knisely
Eden Prairie, Minnesota

"My 15 year old angel was all worn out and ready to cross the rainbow bridge. I reached out to Lap of Love for guidance for an in home euthanasia. I was met with compassion, empathy, understanding and emotional support. At our chosen time, Dr. Kara Fuchs came to our home. With her professional soft spoken care, we helped my angel cross over. I was able to hold her. She wasn't affraid. She just quietly went to sleep. I am at peace with our timing and decision to have an in home euthanasia. And I can't express enough gratitude to Lap of Love and Dr. Kara. They truly care, for both you and your 4 legged family. Thank you."

Kandis Storm
Champlin, Minnesota

"When we found out our dog Lily had cancer, we knew that when it was time to send her to the Rainbow Bridge we wanted her to be in her own home, in her own bed, with her family around her. When I called Lap of Love they were so caring and sympathetic to our situation that we knew we found the right people to help us. Dr. Kara made the whole experience peaceful and made sure Lily was comfortable and in no pain. It was such an emotional experience for all of us, but Dr. Kara gave us the time and support we needed. I highly recommend Lap of Love when you’re faced with the difficult decision of having to put a beloved pet down."

Gloria Ross
Brooklyn Park, Minnesota

"Dr. Kara came out to my house to help with the passing of my boy, Floyd. She was very attentive, and sensitive his needs and ours. I'd rate her 10/10 for her services. Very professional and also very comforting."

Matthew Cooper
MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota

"Yoshi's time came to pass on August 28, 2019. She was part of our family for 14 years. Thank you Dr. Bollinger and your compassionate staff for helping us transition Yoshi to a better place with dignity and love. We miss you, Yoshi, we will love you forever. The keepsakes are a beautiful reminder of Yoshi and the love we shared. By far the experience was far beyond what we expected and more than we could ever have hoped for."

Charlene LaMar
Maple Grove, Minnesota

"Dr. Kara was absolutely amazing. I am so grateful that she was available on such short notice to come help with Brock's passing. Brock has never been a fan of strangers, but Dr. Kara has such a gentle presence that he wasn't upset. The last thing I wanted to do on Brock's final day was to force him into an uncomfortable, at best, car ride that he couldn't even enjoy. Lap of Love let me focus on Brock's best interests right until the very end. Thank you <3"

Mandi Studler
Brooklyn Park, 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 boy Finnie,

There are some who would say that writing this note makes no sense. After all, you aren’t a reader; preferring the outdoors as a source for entertainment and knowledge.

Those holding that view, though, don’t know you the way we do, your mom and me.

Like any communication between us, the language and format are ...
Lori Knisely
October 16, 2019
“Oh, Brockadoo, Bubbawubs, our handsome Mr. Fluff'n'stuff, striker of fear into the hearts of small furry things. You will be forever missed. If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever <3”
Mandi Studler
September 24, 2019
“We miss you buddy so much.”
Stinky, Buddy, babes Ribar
September 20, 2019
“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
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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