Merrimack Valley: Southeast NH and MA

  (603) 255-3616

  [email protected]

COVID-19 Update: We are still honored to join you in the home so that your pet can be safely surrounded by loved ones during this time.

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$100

Using phone or Skype, 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 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 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

COVID-19 Update: We are still honored to join you in the home so that your pet can be safely surrounded by loved ones during this time.

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. 

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. 

"On Monday we put down our dog Loki after being diagnosed with cancer only two weeks before. It spread quickly, and Loki probably had it for awhile without showing us any symptoms. Our time with Loki was limited, after getting diagnosed it was like he withered away at the blink of an eye. The cancer was eating everything; it was heartbreaking. When we started talking about putting him down I was instantly anxious. Not because of the idea ending his pain, but rather because I knew how the process went in the vets office. I knew how afraid of the vet my Loki was. I knew that only one person could be in the office, and that for everyone else in the family, we would just be left with him being 'gone'. Thank goodness I called for an alternative and found Lap of Love. From start to finish the process was stress free. From the calm voice on the other end of the phone, to doing payment before so I didn't have to worry about it on that day, to allowing my kids and other dog to be present so they could also say there good bye's and to simply saying Loki has his angel wings when they confirmed he passed... the experience was peaceful. The only way I can explain it, peaceful."

Heidi Davis
Pembroke, 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
“Loki - What can I say about you that will do you justice? You were one of a kind - the ultimate dog! You were always by our sides, you listened so well, even with a look sometimes you knew what to do, or where to be. You never needed to be reminded that chasing after kids on a bike is not acceptable, or that the person walking up to us is OK. You ...
Heidi Davis
October 27, 2020
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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