Pricing and Information

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

Veterinary Hospice$225

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$225

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$225

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 39 pounds$190
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$230
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$300
Pets 150 pounds and over - call for
pricing

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 three weeks. They can also be made available directly from the crematory or mailed to your home or office.

Communal Cremation
Pets up to 39 pounds$110
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$175
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$225
Pets 150 pounds and over - call for
pricing

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 by the crematory. 

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.

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 veterinarians in your area!

Dr. Melanie

Melanie Santspree, DVM

From a very young age when I grew up I wanted to become a veterinarian.  Animals were drawn to me, and even the most grumpy kitty would let me evoke a few purrs.  After growing up in the small upstate New York town of Loudonville, I attended Sarah Lawrence College to pursue the unusual combination of english, studio arts, and science.  After spending some time to truly considering my calling, I returned to my childhood dream of becoming a veterinarian.  I spent time milking cows, working with horses, and cleaning kennels to gain experience.  I graduated from Cornell University with a bachelors in animal science and subsequently attended Michigan State University earning my doctorate in veterinary medicine in 2011. 

After graduation I returned to upstate New York and worked for five years in general practice to gain insight into the most challenging parts of what it means to truly love your pet.  It was during this time I realized that even in general practice my passion always gravitated towards caring for the elderly pet.  I aspired to help families make the difficult decision of when it was time to let go.

Through the painful loss of my own pets, and recent loss of my mother in hospice, I learned so much about how hard and complicated that journey can become for anyone.  In many ways the most important appointment is the one when the difficult decision has been made to love your beloved pet the best way you know how- by letting them go to ease their suffering.  I am honored and humbled to be able to become a part of the journey we take with our beloved companions with the dignified, painless, and loving passing they deserve- at home, in their favorite bed, or on their owner’s lap.

I have decided to dedicate my life to providing the most comfortable care for the geriatric or sick pet, and the most respectful and painless passing possible.  My goal for you- for your family- is to preserve the life time of amazing memories that comes from the intimate bond you have when you love a pet.  By providing this gift you honor your pet's life, and you honor the treasured memories they will always leave behind in your hearts.  I am grateful and honored to join the Lap of Love family serving the upstate New York area with my five year old son.  I enjoy spending time with my family, painting, drawing, music, exercise, reading, and traveling when I have time! 

About Melanie Santspree, DVM

From a very young age when I grew up I wanted to become a veterinarian.  Animals were drawn to me, and even the most grumpy kitty would let me evoke a few purrs.  After growing up in the small upstate New York town of Loudonville, I attended Sarah Lawrence College to pursue the unusual combination of english, studio arts, and science.  After spending some time to truly considering my calling, I returned to my childhood dream of becoming a veterinarian.  I spent time milking cows, working with horses, and cleaning kennels to gain experience.  I graduated from Cornell University with a bachelors in animal science and subsequently attended Michigan State University earning my doctorate in veterinary medicine in 2011. 

After graduation I returned to upstate New York and worked for five years in general practice to gain insight into the most challenging parts of what it means to truly love your pet.  It was during this time I realized that even in general practice my passion always gravitated towards caring for the elderly pet.  I aspired to help families make the difficult decision of when it was time to let go.

Through the painful loss of my own pets, and recent loss of my mother in hospice, I learned so much about how hard and complicated that journey can become for anyone.  In many ways the most important appointment is the one when the difficult decision has been made to love your beloved pet the best way you know how- by letting them go to ease their suffering.  I am honored and humbled to be able to become a part of the journey we take with our beloved companions with the dignified, painless, and loving passing they deserve- at home, in their favorite bed, or on their owner’s lap.

I have decided to dedicate my life to providing the most comfortable care for the geriatric or sick pet, and the most respectful and painless passing possible.  My goal for you- for your family- is to preserve the life time of amazing memories that comes from the intimate bond you have when you love a pet.  By providing this gift you honor your pet's life, and you honor the treasured memories they will always leave behind in your hearts.  I am grateful and honored to join the Lap of Love family serving the upstate New York area with my five year old son.  I enjoy spending time with my family, painting, drawing, music, exercise, reading, and traveling when I have time! 

"Lap of the Love was the most amazing experience, I couldn't imagine going through this any other way.

Our sincerest Thank you."

Jenelle Benton
GLOVERSVILLE, NY

"i would to thank Dr. Melanie for all of her care and concern during our sad time. Her service with my boy made it the right hard decision and I feel that he was allowed to go without fear, as he was home and in my arms. I will forever miss my boy but I know he was able to go without fear. Thank you and thank you for all of your concern toward myself and our family."

Joel Rose
Nassau, NY

"Dr. Melanie

We were impressed by your professionalism and compasion shown to our Molly.

We would not hesiate to give your name out to others who are in need of your services.

This was a very positive experiece for us."

John and Latefa Lang
Schenectady, NY

"I will be forever grateful for Dr. Melanie. Her compassion and overall demeanor was incredible. I am so grateful for the opportunity to have Chester be comforted and able to pass at home in hos surroundings. Thank you thank you thank you..."

Sabrina Yetto
Troy, Ny, NY

"Dr. Melanie was very kind, compassionate and respect of our feelings with a very difficult situation of letting our baby go.

Thank you Dr. Melanie for your gentle guidance of Chloe’s journey over the Rainbow Bridge. ❤️ Joe. Val and Eli"

Valerie and Joe Childs
Greenfield Center, NY

"Dr. Melanie came into our lives as we planned to say goodbye to our beloved 17 1/2 year old dachshund. She came to our home and immediately embraced each member of the family with a warm hug. She gave my precious Princess lots of love while she explained the euthanasia process and purpose to all of us. She offered my 7 year old sister a coloring book and age appropriate explanation of what was going to happen. Saying goodbye to my Prin was one of the hardest decisions I have had to make thus far in life. But, Dr. Melanie offered reassurance and a sense of confirmation that this is what was best for my baby. She invited family members who seemed distant to talk about what they were feeling and reassured them that what they were feeling was normal. Dr. Melanie and her LVT Dwight offered a sense of light and reassurance that this was best for our Prin. They welcomed and loved on our other dogs as they said goodbye to their sibling- even our Chow Chow (who is typically terrified of strangers) showed them both love! Dr. Melanie and Dwight both became a part of our family that day. We rest assured that our Princess crossed the rainbow bridge peacefully while surrounded by people and pet friends that love her."

Valeska LaPlanche
Saratoga Springs, NY

Local Resources

Pet Life and Loss Support Services

  (518) 783-3198

The Companion Animal Bereavement Group, through Upstate Veterinary Specialties

Emergency Clinic

  (518) 761-2602

The Northway Animal Emergency Clinic

Donation Location

  (518) 798-3500

ASPCA of Upstate NY in Queensbury

Emergency Clinic

  (518) 783-3198

Upstate Veterinary Specialities

Emergency Clinic

  (518) 785-1094

The Capital District Veterinary Referral Hospital

Pet Loss Hotline

  (607) 253-3932

Cornell University Pet Loss Support Hotline

  (518) 374-3944, ext. 101

Pet Bereavement - Animal Protective Foundation

Donation Location

  (518) 434-8128

Mohawk Hudson Humane Society

Donation Location

  (518) 424-1738

Homeward Bound

Out of the Pits

Service Area

Helping families in the following areas:

We proudly serve the Albany areas including some or all of the following counties: Albany, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Schnectady, Schoharie, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Warren, Washington and Columbia. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a travel fee of $30 - $75 based on your location

Pet Memorials
“Bozwell, it's been the longest week for all of us since you've been gone. Your soul mate Kali and daughter "V" miss you terribly and haven't been the same. Hope you're running and having fun just like you did as a pup up above. Guard the Gates above big guy till I see you again, Love Mom”
Jenelle Benton
February 17, 2019
“Petey Pup, the most loyal dog I've ever had in my lifetime;16 years from the day you were born. I bottle fed you and the other 22 of ya. Lots of hours and days of feedings, of watching you grow. Your eye patch gave you your name, it reminded me of Adam Ant and his Punk rock shadow so yer real name came. We did training and you passed ...
Joel Rose
January 24, 2019
“Molly gave us unconditional love and companionship. Molly loved long walks and playing in the yard especially when it snowed. Her favorite spot was lying in the sun on the porch. She love the kids especially our two nephews and two grandchildren. She was always excited to see them.”
John and Latefa Lang
January 21, 2019
“Sleep in Peace my sweet Chester... Our family has been so blessed to have had you for as long as we were able.... I love you my sweet angel...”
Sabrina Yetto
January 18, 2019
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
P.O. Box 2736
Glenville, NY 12325

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