Pricing and Information

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.


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.


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.


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

There may be a fee if additional assistance to safely carry your pet out of your home is needed. 


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 Doctor

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.

"To my Henry-

Everyday you've been

gone has been one more

day with less joy.

I know you were suffering, and

that it was only going to get worse.

I hope you understand why I had to let

you go; so you could be in peace and no

longer in pain, and that I love you my little

"Baba's" with all my heart. At least with what's

left of it, as everyday still feels like it breaks a

little bit more.

I hope your chasing those squirrels, and eating all the

Cheetos you can get! I love and miss you so much and I'm

so grateful for the times we had as you made my life

better with every day I had with you!

Meet me by the Bridge!!!! I'll see you soon!!


Rachel McCall
Minneapolis, Minnesota

"Kara, from the moment she walked in the door, till it was time to take our beloved CHEDDAR away, She was caring, she was knowledgable and reconfirm that I had made the right discussion to Euthanize Cheddar. My son and I were present. Cheddar was very calm. After the final ejection was administrated, Cheddar took one more deep breath and he was gone.

He was then placed on a stretcher and wrapped in a very lovely blanket. As I write this, Cheddar has only been gone 10hrs. and still miss him dearly, but realize it was time to take his pain away and sleep.

Lap of Love Thank you so much. Kara you did great.

The Bergquist Famiy"

GREENWOOD, Minnesota

"Dr. Kara was so tender and caring as she helped us during a heart-breaking afternoon. Her compassion, understanding and empathy made the loss of our beloved Gordon setter dignified and peaceful. She is truly a healer."

Kristafer Skjervold
Shorewood, Minnesota

"Dr. Kara's compassionate and caring approached helped us through a difficult time with the passing of our Baileydog. Kara talked us through the process of letting Baileydog go and helped us understand what he was going through, and why this was, while not the easy, was the most compassionate thing we could do for our beloved family member. We had all the time that we needed to say goodbye and grieve before Baileydog was taken for cremation.

Baileydog is back with us now and his ashes will be spread at his favorite locations in the spring."

Tom Weber
Jordan, Minnesota

"Kara is amazing. This was a very difficult time for our family. But, Kara immediately gained our dog's trust, kept her calm and was able to assess her condition. Kara was very comforting. She provided us the assurance, based on our dog's condition, that we were doing the right thing at the right time. Kara was able to keep the entire process peaceful and pain free.

We were very impressed by Kara's professionalism and demeanor. We highly recommend this service and Kara in particular."

Bill Kiefer
Minneapolis, Minnesota

"Thank you so much for everything!! Max couldn't have had a better person to help him.

It was a pleasure to meet you..Kara you are so important to everyone you meet. You are

the perfect person for this job. You are so kind, soft spoken, and good at what you do.

I do want you to know that Max has never let anyone outside the family pet him as much as you did. He just knew you

were good."

Sandi Walker
Plymouth, 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
“We honor our beautiful beloved Phoebe. She was our little girl and best friend ever. You have brought so much joy to us and you will never be forgotten. We cherished everyday with you! You will forever be in our thoughts and we know that you will watch over us. We Miss You So Much! My baby girl, I LOVE YOU so much my pretty little angel girl. ...
Annette N
July 4, 2017
“Murphy, you could not have been a more perfect dog for our family for the 14 years that we had you in our lives. You were always loyal to your family and a wonderful protector. Sporting a handsome silky wheat colored coat you were a good looking dog.

You gave us unconditional love and joy, you will forever be in our memories.

May you ...
Rebecca Jann
January 13, 2017
“"Until one has loved an animal, part of one's soul remains unawakened." - Anatole France”
January 4, 2017
Payment Options

Preferred methods of payment are check (made to 'Lap of Love') or cash.

Most pet insurance companies cover Lap of Love services. Please have any paperwork ready for the veterinarian to complete so that you can submit it for reimbursement.

Mailing Address

Lap of Love
PO Box 354
Excelsior, MN 55331

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