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 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 a Saturday morning our family came to the decision that is was time for our beloved cat Ava leave this world. She was 15 years old, her health was failing and she was suffering. She had been a part of our family for 14 years and it was important to us to be present throughout the entire process. We wanted ensure it was as peaceful as possible. One we had made the decision, we were ready to give Ava the gift of a comfortable goodbye that day or the next day, but saturdays can be tough days tog et services. Our regular vet had appropriate corona virus precautions that did not allow us to be with Ava the entire time. Taking her there would also have meant putting her through the stress of a ride in the care and being in the animal hospital with multiple strangers. This was not how we wanted Ava to spend her last moments on earth. We were so thankful Lap of Love was able to come to our home that same afternoon. The vet that came was very kind and patient. She listened empathetically as I shared some aspects of Ava's Life that suddenly felt so important for me verbalize. I never felt rushed or questioned about our decision. The vet didn't just care for Ava, she cared for her humans as well. Ava was quite comfortable the entire time and I absolutely recommend this service to anyone."

Jill Wells
Carlisle, Massachusetts

"Dr. Carolyn was a godsend, as is this service. I couldn't bear the thought of putting Dolly in a cat carrier and hauling her away from her home to end her life. She is of course incredibly professional, and it was a very peaceful, calming experience. I am happy that Dolly is no longer suffering, though I will always miss her. I love that they do the footprints and lock of fur, too--wish I had thought of this for our other two cats."

Andrew Hostetler
LOWELL, Massachusetts

"One thing was for certain, Peggy did NOT like going to the vet. Since I knew her lymphoma was terminal, I was really fearful of what the end of Peggy's life would look like. Lap of Love could not have possibly made this easier (even during a pandemic). Thank you to Vicky who helped to answer all questions and to help us schedule the procedure.

Dr. Carolyn was so kind and gentle with both Peggy and us. She was patient and ensured that Peggy was as comfortable as she could be and I am forever indebted to her. She was so genuine and took the time to talk to us and learn about Peggy and our other critters. She felt like a friend, a friend who is blessed with the strength and compassion to do this important work. Because of her, we were able to give Peggy the gift of a painless and stress-free goodbye. Thank you so much Dr. Carolyn. I will never forget your kindness."

Lisa Cicia
Amesbury, Massachusetts

"I can't thank Carolyn from Lap of Love enough for helping us through the passing of our little Ernie.

I had never experienced making this decision but you not only comforted our Ernie you comforted us and walked us through everything with such compassion.

I am so grateful and lucky to have found Lap of Love online. Carolyn with all my heart thank you for being there. This was always something I wanted for Ernie, no matter when his time came, for him to be at home, calm and with all of us there so say our goodbyes, especially his bother (Edgar the Pug).

We could not have asked for a more peaceful and loving experience for Ernie and for us during this unexpected time. Thank you for explaining everything, thank you for the paw print and hair clippings. Thank you for giving us the time with him alone after everything was over. The care you took Ernie helped us tremendously.

And finally, thank you for reaching out to us, to see how we are and to let us know you're there in case we need to talk.

Truly thank you,

Jessica, Marc and Christian"

Jessica Bourgea
Litchfield, New Hampshire

"Lap of Love and Dr. Leahy were able to respond quickly when needed to assist our family at a difficult time.

Dr. Leahy was compassionate, patient and gentle with our boy and showed the utmost respect for him before and after.

We are grateful that Joe passed in peace and comfort because that is what he deserved as a loving family member he truly was special and we miss him terribly"

Jacqueline Normandin
Dracut, Massachusetts

"We cannot thank Dr. Carolyn enough for being with us when we had to say goodbye to Beau last week. None of us have ever been through this, and having such a warm, caring, professional, lovely presence made a world of difference. We received Beau’s ashes (in their beautiful box) and wanted to thank Dr. Carolyn again for everything she did to make this difficult time a little more bearable. We seriously cannot stop raving about how incredible your services are, Lap of Love is truly a gift."


Middleton, Massachusetts

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
“Dolly was a “sleeper” cat, a slow-burn. What do I mean by this? She used to sit at the far side of the room and stare at me, just stare at me, for long periods of time. She was not particularly affectionate with me, with the strange exception of when I got out of the shower (a pheromonal thing?), and I didn’t think she much liked me. This feeling ...
Andrew Hostetler
January 8, 2021
“Peggy was the cat version of me. Craved attention but only on her terms and like a fair amount of quality alone time. Slightly bitchy when she didn't get her way and a fan of junk food and cappuccino- ok, she only got a dollop of foam, not the coffee ;)

She was feisty and demanding and because of that, there is a deafening silence now that ...
Lisa Cicia
January 6, 2021
“Our little lamb, as we called Ernie passed away peacefully at home. He brought so much Love and Happiness to our lives, it is hard to comprehend he is no longer with us. His brother Edgar the pug, is so sad, we are all just heartbroken as this was not expected.
We miss you so much it hurts. Love you lamby”
Jessica Bourgea
January 4, 2021
“Knowing it was the right thing doesn't make it easier

Joe gave us/me 11 years of unconditional love

It wasn't just me, he won the heart of anyone who met him, there was a undeniable gentle goodness and sweetness about him

He brought a smile to my face & heart every day

He was my snuggler, my protector, my boy, my big brown bear and by ...
Jacqueline Normandin
November 29, 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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