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.

"For one of the toughest and saddest things you'll have to do in life Dr. Kara made the experience the best it could possibly go. I don't have words for how thankful I am for her patience, knowledge and genuine compassion during this sad time. I rescued my old man Oscar (cat) from a local humane society three years ago. Fully aware he was 13 yrs when I got him I knew our time together would be short. Nonetheless when the time to pass on came don't make it any easier. Dr. Kara helped Oscar transition to his next world without pain, which is all we can ask for when our time on earth comes to an end."

Kelli Imdieke
Bloomington, Minnesota

"Dr. Jessica provided such compassionate closure for our family and for Picky Picky. Her caring demeanor helped ease some of the difficulty of losing our sweet kitty. She talked us through everything, answered all of our questions, and Picky Picky went peacefully in our arms. It is inherently difficult to lose a pet, but Dr. Jessica made this process so dignified and compassionate, putting my family at peace. We are so grateful for her care."

Tammy Danielson
MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota

"Dr. Jessica Bollinger is an angel. My Chin Chin was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer three months ago. He was 13 years old and had other problems. Treatment was not an option, but I believed that he still had some good days left in him. Dr. Jessica made those possible. She made a full evaluation and recommended strategies and medications to keep him strong and pain-free. She gave me the confidence to give him the chance to have a good life for a little bit longer. She also guided me to understand and identify the time to let him go. I was terrified that losing Chin Chin would break me. Dr. Jessica made it bearable. She even delivered the ashes personally and talked about possible tributes to my dear boy.

If your animal companion is old or ill, I would strongly recommend veterinary hospice. Chin Chin and I were very lucky to have Dr. Jessica in our team."

Maria Vanessa Cruz
Minneapolis, Minnesota

"Jessica was a blessing.

Her energy is gentle and compassionate; my Margot-a dog who was very attuned to the energies of others- was as content with this stranger's presence as I could reasonably hope she could be.

Additionally, I appreciated Jessica's understanding of the larger spiritual component of laying an animal to rest versus dragging out a life that has little quality. It was reassuring and validating to connect with a practitioner who understood implicitly that one's spirit is housed within an earthly vessel... that when one's body no longer aids the spirit, but rather dims its brightness, one must do the compassionate thing and release their loved one from a painful existence.

Her support- in the myriad ways in which she offered it- was more meaningful than I can put words to."

Zene Finch
Minneapolis, Minnesota

"We were all very touched at what a kind and gentle soul you are and how sympathetic and patient you were towards me in the process of saying goodbye to Sofia.

Thank you again for making it as easy as possible for me."


Minneapolis, Minnesota

"Dear Dr. Kara,

Thank you for providing the most gentle-loving care for Chewbacca during her end of life transition. It was truly such a sweet, beautiful (and heartbreaking) experience. You are an angel for doing this type of work. Thank you for making her transition painless and peaceful.

We are naturally still grieving and we find our home and our life feel so quiet and empty without her. We are doing better and supporting each other the best we can, but everyday life feels so hard right now. I can only hope that our hearts will heal with time. We will definitely contact you if we need more resources or support.

Thanks again for your compassion,

Samantha Shatek & Gretchen Henke"

Samantha Shatek
St. 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
“Our sweet Arda made our world a more joyful place. She was born on Christmas Eve, which made every Christmas more fun, because it was all about her! She would sniff, and knew exactly which packages were hers under the tree. One Christmas she ate a whole plate of cookies left out for Santa, I am sure she thought they were a birthday treat for her! ...
Colleen Mavroulis
December 23, 2018
“Claire was the most loving little kitty! She loved to be around people, snuggle and to be outside with her bunnies and birds. She had a way of knowing you needed some cuddling when you were down and participated in family functions like she was the main reason people were over. Over her 16 years, she helped raise my kids and helped me through ...
Janet Dotte
October 25, 2018
“It's hard to conceive that you aren't with us any longer. You were the constant with all the change that went on throughout your short 9.5 yrs with us. You were such a sweet, sweet boy and loved by everyone. We will miss you every single day, but know that you are now pain free and running in the sun! You will forever be in our hearts and ...
Cathy Harlander
October 18, 2018
“Peanut you were my heart. I loved you more than anything. I miss you so much it hurts.”
Karen Batchelder
July 27, 2018
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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