PRICING AND INFORMATION

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

EUTHANASIA$350

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$450

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$150

Using phone or Zoom, 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.

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 49 pounds$250
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$325
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$375
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$425

With this option, your pet is cremated privately at a licensed crematory. The ashes are contained in a lovely wooden urn 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 your home or office.

COMMUNAL CREMATION
Pets up to 49 pounds$150
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$200
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$225
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$250

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 at the crematories cemetery in Newmarket, which is open to public. 

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 additional help is needed outside what is available in the home, we may request that the crematory come to assist us.  In this case, an additional fee will be needed to cover their charge. 

AVAILABILITY

We are here to answer your questions every day, from 7am - 11pm. 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 Doctor

Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarian in your area!

Dr. Carolyn

Carolyn Leahy

Like most veterinarians, my love of animals began at a young age. I grew up with our family’s Shetland Sheepdog and fell in love with every new animal-related Disney film (101 Dalmatians, All Dogs go to Heaven, and Lady and the Tramp, just to name a few). There were so many to love back then! So, it should come as no surprise when and after careful character study, I decided I was destined to become a dalmatian for my career. Of course, as I grew up and became more realistic about my career goals, I landed on the more attainable field of veterinary medicine.

I spent my childhood north of Boston, MA and admired our family veterinarian as a role model. I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of New Hampshire, where I focused on pre-veterinary medicine and met some of my dearest friends following the same career path who are now my respected colleagues. I then packed up my stethoscope and a pair of flip flops and headed to Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in Saint Kitts. After completing the didactic portion of my training on the island of St. Kitts, I moved to Raleigh North Carolina to finish my clinical year at North Carolina State University. Upon graduation from veterinary school, I followed my heart back home to New England where I took part in internships primarily related to emergency care and neurology.

Since then, I have worked in general practice and emergency medicine, meeting and treating a wide array of patients and conditions. I’ve met veterinary staff and clients from all walks of life who share a commonality of wholeheartedly loving their pets. I’ve been part of both the joy of curing illness and the grief of guiding pets through the end of their lives. I’ve also personally been present for the transition of two of my own family pets over the Rainbow Bridge and understand the delicacy from both the pet-parent’s and veterinarian’s perspective.

Pet parents share the unique position of being advocates for their furry family members while having the decision-making ability to relieve their pain and suffering. As a veterinarian, providing end of life care is one of the most profound and humbling responsibilities. I have found that my deepest connections with families often transpire when guiding them through the most difficult conversations and decision they will ever make regarding their fur baby. I am honored to help families in Southern New Hampshire and Massachusetts through these delicate moments.

Outside of my professional life, I happily share my home with my husband, our son, our two Kittian “Coconut Retrievers” (Zara and Gypsy), and an orange street cat turned contented couch potato (Carlos). We enjoy spending time outside hiking and running, and have dreams of living on the beach someday! We are avid concert goers (“Fins to the Left!”) and cherish every free moment we can spend with family and friends. 

Dr. Darryn

Darryn Remillard

I remember when I first realized just how much animals mean to me - in the words of Dr. Temple Grandin, "animals make us human." It was a hot Sunday morning in the summer of 2005 and I was deployed in Fallujah, Iraq. I was sitting on top of a vehicle and the image of a dog running off in the distance caught my eye. As my vision remained fixed on that particular dog I found myself thinking back to my many fond childhood encounters with my family dogs: Arthur, Lance, Naja, Jesse, and Chipper. I remember thinking to myself "I hope you find your way home, buddy...wherever that is." 

After completing eight years of active duty service, I was honorably discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps. During my time in the military, I was a night-time and weekend undergraduate student at Hawaii Pacific University and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Business Management. After that I went on to complete a post-baccalaureate pre-medical studies program at Brandeis University where I met my incredible wife. I attended veterinary school at Tufts University in Grafton, Massachusetts while my wife attended medical school at the University of Massachusetts Medical School nearby in Worcester, MA. Upon graduating from veterinary school I began working at a feline exclusive veterinary practice and also did veterinary relief work. 

As a veterinarian I have found that my most memorable and rewarding moments are when I'm able pause and appreciate the human-animal bond. It's awe-inspiring to witness a 60 year old man reflect on his bout with pancreatic cancer and say "My cat was there for me when I needed her and I'm going to be there for her until it's her time." It's incredible to hear the different stories of life events that each and every one of us shares with our pets. We veterinarians have the immense responsibility and privilege of using our medical education and training to facilitate this important bond and to alleviate animal suffering. I am honored to be of service to families in the Merrimack Valley region who require hospice and end-of-life care for their beloved pets. 

Outside of my professional life, my wife and I have two daughters and are expecting our third child in the near future. We also have two lazy, content cats named Cuban Pete and Rozy. My wife is a general practice physician in Salem, NH and we enjoy exploring the New England wilderness as much as we can.

About Carolyn Leahy

Like most veterinarians, my love of animals began at a young age. I grew up with our family’s Shetland Sheepdog and fell in love with every new animal-related Disney film (101 Dalmatians, All Dogs go to Heaven, and Lady and the Tramp, just to name a few). There were so many to love back then! So, it should come as no surprise when and after careful character study, I decided I was destined to become a dalmatian for my career. Of course, as I grew up and became more realistic about my career goals, I landed on the more attainable field of veterinary medicine.

I spent my childhood north of Boston, MA and admired our family veterinarian as a role model. I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of New Hampshire, where I focused on pre-veterinary medicine and met some of my dearest friends following the same career path who are now my respected colleagues. I then packed up my stethoscope and a pair of flip flops and headed to Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in Saint Kitts. After completing the didactic portion of my training on the island of St. Kitts, I moved to Raleigh North Carolina to finish my clinical year at North Carolina State University. Upon graduation from veterinary school, I followed my heart back home to New England where I took part in internships primarily related to emergency care and neurology.

Since then, I have worked in general practice and emergency medicine, meeting and treating a wide array of patients and conditions. I’ve met veterinary staff and clients from all walks of life who share a commonality of wholeheartedly loving their pets. I’ve been part of both the joy of curing illness and the grief of guiding pets through the end of their lives. I’ve also personally been present for the transition of two of my own family pets over the Rainbow Bridge and understand the delicacy from both the pet-parent’s and veterinarian’s perspective.

Pet parents share the unique position of being advocates for their furry family members while having the decision-making ability to relieve their pain and suffering. As a veterinarian, providing end of life care is one of the most profound and humbling responsibilities. I have found that my deepest connections with families often transpire when guiding them through the most difficult conversations and decision they will ever make regarding their fur baby. I am honored to help families in Southern New Hampshire and Massachusetts through these delicate moments.

Outside of my professional life, I happily share my home with my husband, our son, our two Kittian “Coconut Retrievers” (Zara and Gypsy), and an orange street cat turned contented couch potato (Carlos). We enjoy spending time outside hiking and running, and have dreams of living on the beach someday! We are avid concert goers (“Fins to the Left!”) and cherish every free moment we can spend with family and friends. 

"My sweet, beautiful Shimmey went to the rainbow bridge yesterday and Dr. Carolyn Leahy made a heartbreaking situation into the most pleasant one possible. My kitty was 19 1/2years old and lived an amazing and happy life but that never changes how much it hurts to say goodbye. Dr. Carolyn treated him so gently, was so kind and treated him as her own. The entire process was so peaceful and he was able to leave this world in his favorite chair. I am forever grateful for Lap of Love (from beginning to end) for making such a terrible goodbye as angelic as it could be. FOREVER GRATEFUL!!!"

Deanna Dague
North Andover, Massachusetts

"We called on Easter after our 15 year old Yorkie took a turn for the worse and was in unbearable pain and they fit us in the same day at 1pm. Doctor Darryn called to get some more information for our 1 pm appointment at 11am and heard our dog crying while we were talking and decided to leave and come out immediately so he didn’t have to suffer longer. He was so empathetic and kind beyond what we could have imagined and was amazing in explaining every step to us, reassuring us we made the right choice for our family member, and giving us some precious mementos to have after. He sat with us on the ground throughout the entire process and made sure it wasn’t traumatizing to our dog, us, or our children. He truly made a tough day easy for us. It’s something we never want to have to go through, but when we do it’s nice to have someone like Dr. Darryn there and as much as we hope to never have to do this again, I know in the event we do we’re in great hands.

I’m so grateful they came out on a holiday so our dog didn’t suffer more than necessary and the whole team will always be in our hearts for giving our dog a happy end to a beautiful life. Thank you again."

Emily Redwood
Hollis, New Hampshire

"Dr. Carolyn Leahy was amazing during her visit with us. By this point in his life Logan had become very anxious, but Dr. Leahy's calm and soothing demeanor no doubt helped to set Logan at ease with a new person's presence.

The process of letting him go was very difficult for me emotionally and I had been second guessing myself on my decision, but Dr. Leahy was able to reassure me and let me see things from a different point of view. I did right by my boy. Letting him go was so hard, so very hard, but it was a decision made out of love. It was the final gift I could give him.

I feel kind of weird in saying this, but Logan's passing was beautiful. He passed peacefully (and snoring!) in my arms just as I'd hoped in the comfort of his own home. This was my first experience with an at home euthanasia and I'll be using this service for all of my future pets if I'm given the chance.

Thank you Dr. Leahy for being so kind and understanding and for just being here during this difficult time."

Mandy Houston
Bedford, New Hampshire

"Dr. Carolyn Leahy Was amazing and super supportive during this process. I wouldn't change a thing about the procedure yesterday. THANK YOU!!"

Maria Torres
Lowell, Massachusetts

"Dr. Carolyn was so sweet. She explained everything and made us feel comfortable throughout the whole process. I couldn’t ask for a better person to help us through our difficult time. When it was over she bundled Kitty up like a precious package and I knew he was in good hands when he left the house. I wouldn’t have changed anything. So happy we were able to do this for all of us."

Judith Basso
Salem, New Hampshire

"Dr. Carolyn was so sweet. She explained everything and made us feel comfortable throughout the whole process. I couldn’t ask for a better person to help us through our difficult time. When it was over she bundled Kitty up like a precious package and I knew he was in good hands when he left the house. I wouldn’t have changed anything. So happy we were able to do this for all of us."

Judith Basso
Salem, New Hampshire

LOCAL RESOURCES
Pet Life and Loss Support Services

  (603) 666-6677

Veterinary Emergency Center of Manchester

  (603) 926-1440

Christine McNiff Counseling Services - Hampton

  (603) 227-1199

VCA Capital Area Veterinary Emergency and Specialty (CAVES) - Concord

  (978) 745-8311

Natalie Femino, LMHC - Salem, MA

  (603) 433-0056

Port City Veterinary Referral Hospital - Portsmouth

SERVICE AREA

Helping families in the following areas:

Our doctors proudly offer services to families in Merrimack Valley, which includes the greater Manchester area along with northern Massachusetts. Due to the expansive area covered, there might be a $50-$100 fee assessed for travel time. Please call to learn more.

Pet Memorials
“In loving memory of Logan, my bestest boy.

For just over 9 years Logan was my shadow. He was always by my side. He was a true mama's boy from day one. I couldn't go anywhere without him and I wouldn't have had it any other way. I'm still kind of in disbelief that he's gone. Sometimes I'll have that split second where I remember it's time to ...
Mandy Houston
March 8, 2021
“There are no words to begin describing my baby. I wrote something for him and I would like to share it with everyone here.... here it goes:

As I place my hand next to yours, lay on your chest and count your last breaths, wet your fur with my tears, and sit here in silence, for there are no right words for today. People say time heals ...
Maria Torres
March 5, 2021
“Kitty was the best cat. He had an amazing life. Kitty was trained so well. He knew his boundaries
We would take kitty outside only with us and kitty would stay in the yard. He would sit in his favorite place for hours.
We love you so much. You will be missed but always in our hearts and memories. Sleep well my Stupid Baby Kitty.”
Judith Basso
February 20, 2021
“Kitty was the best cat. He had an amazing life. Kitty was trained so well. He knew his boundaries
We would take kitty outside only with us and kitty would stay in the yard. He would sit in his favorite place for hours.
We love you so much. You will be missed but always in our hearts and memories. Sleep well my Stupid Baby Kitty.”
Judith Basso
February 20, 2021
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
PO Box 824
Merrimack, New Hampshire 03054

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