Buffalo / Niagara Region

  (716) 320-0187

  [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$300

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$400

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), 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 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$295
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$330
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$345
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$420

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. 

COMMUNAL CREMATION
Pets up to 49 pounds$200
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$230
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$275
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$315

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 a private farm. 

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. Jen

Jen Gilbert

I was born and raised in the suburbs of Buffalo and, like any Buffalonian, I enjoy winter storms and the lake-effect snow phenomenon of which our region is so famous. I obtained my undergraduate degree in chemistry from Canisius College in Buffalo and my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from our northern neighbors at the Atlantic Veterinary College in Prince Edward Island, Canada. In 2020, I will obtain my Masters in Public Health in Community Health and Health Behavior from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

I was always fascinated with science, animals, and the weather. Originally, I wanted to be a meteorologist until I found out about veterinary medicine. Since pets have always been important to me, and have contributed to my life in positive ways, I decided that being a veterinarian was the best way I could contribute to the lives of pets that so selflessly live alongside us and bring us such joy.

Recently, I had to manage the end of life care of my 15 year-old dog, Daffy. She had a painful disc pressing on her spinal column in her neck that affected her gait and she also developed kidney disease. With a new diet and pain medication, Daffy managed very well for an extended period of time but ultimately her pain worsened, and medications were no longer effective. The day she wasn’t interested in going for a walk and wasn’t at the door waiting for me, I knew that she was not doing the things she loved to do. It was such a hard decision, but I could see she was suffering. This experience, and the loss of many other pets in my lifetime, reinforced the importance of providing a pain-free, end-of-life experience for our furry companions. Working for Lap of Love allows me to help our beloved companions by making their last moments comfortable while surrounded by their families.

I enjoy learning, reading, and walking in the park and eating at Buffalo’s restaurants with my husband. My cat, Miss B, enjoys watching the weather from her sunny window when she is not napping.

About Jen Gilbert

I was born and raised in the suburbs of Buffalo and, like any Buffalonian, I enjoy winter storms and the lake-effect snow phenomenon of which our region is so famous. I obtained my undergraduate degree in chemistry from Canisius College in Buffalo and my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from our northern neighbors at the Atlantic Veterinary College in Prince Edward Island, Canada. In 2020, I will obtain my Masters in Public Health in Community Health and Health Behavior from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

I was always fascinated with science, animals, and the weather. Originally, I wanted to be a meteorologist until I found out about veterinary medicine. Since pets have always been important to me, and have contributed to my life in positive ways, I decided that being a veterinarian was the best way I could contribute to the lives of pets that so selflessly live alongside us and bring us such joy.

Recently, I had to manage the end of life care of my 15 year-old dog, Daffy. She had a painful disc pressing on her spinal column in her neck that affected her gait and she also developed kidney disease. With a new diet and pain medication, Daffy managed very well for an extended period of time but ultimately her pain worsened, and medications were no longer effective. The day she wasn’t interested in going for a walk and wasn’t at the door waiting for me, I knew that she was not doing the things she loved to do. It was such a hard decision, but I could see she was suffering. This experience, and the loss of many other pets in my lifetime, reinforced the importance of providing a pain-free, end-of-life experience for our furry companions. Working for Lap of Love allows me to help our beloved companions by making their last moments comfortable while surrounded by their families.

I enjoy learning, reading, and walking in the park and eating at Buffalo’s restaurants with my husband. My cat, Miss B, enjoys watching the weather from her sunny window when she is not napping.

"So much appreciation for Dr. Jen and everyone at Lap of Love. They are so warm, caring and compassionate. As hard as it was to put my beloved Sadie down one month shy of her 14th birthday, Dr. Jen helped make an unbearably sad day much easier. Having it done at home, in familiar surroundings, with her blanket and favorite toy was the best decision. Even though my heart is broken, I’ll be forever grateful to Lap of Love and Dr. Jen."

Donna Hoffman
Clarence, New York

"I rarely fill out one of these testimonials. but here I go. my chihuahua jasper passed this Tuesday the 8th of Sept. he was an incredibly wonderful family member. his health deteriorated very quickly once he got sick. I did not know where to turn. I've heard about home visits but did not know they were in buffalo. I searched , found, and contacted Lap of Love. the call was handled with a calming, informational process that made me feel more at ease to know we could be home for his passing. Dr. Jen showed up yet again with a calming demeanor and for the first time ever in jaspers' life, he barked at her sniffed her knuckles, and then briefly licked the. I knew then and there I chose the right decision is this terrible time. the process was slow with the greatest of care for both myself and my husband but primarily jasper. I cant into to much detail (because I can't stop crying still) but if you are looking for a beautiful process while being in your home, no stress or issues to worry about. just your entire focus on your passing family member is the softest gradual way that this should be handled in. I loved working with a lap of love."

Jim Crawford
Buffalo, New York

"My sweet Soleil, my cat, was diagnosed with kidney failure at 14. I didn't want her last memory to be of me carrying her to the car (which she hated), and taking her to the vet (which she didn't care for) to be put to sleep on a cold steel table and being scared. Lap of Love and Dr. Jen provided me with the comfort that Soleil would be as comfortable as possible as she crossed the rainbow bridge. I can't say enough about the love and care that Dr. Jen showed me and Soleil during her final moments. I will forever be grateful for their service."

Lindsay McDonald
Depew, New York

"Dr Jen was so compassionate and considerate throughout her visit. She helped us navigate the difficult decision to allow our 5 year old daughter take part in the experience of saying goodbye. We are so grateful to her and Lap of Love for being able to say goodbye from our home/backyard."

Lori H
Amherst, New York

"Licorice’s passing was as gentle as could be. Dr. Jen did a beautiful job. I don’t think I would ever go back to having this done at a Vet’s office. Licorice was where he should have been, in his home, with his brother, Roger. Rest in your much deserved peace, my love. ❤️"

Lisa C
Buffalo, New York

"Dr. Jen and Lap of Love a.k.a. Earth Angels! "Brother" passed peaceful with minimal stress in his backyard . His favorite place to be the last year of his life. "Sister" died three days later of a massive stroke from a broken heart from the loss of her "Brother".

If given the opportunity, it is the most selfless act of love you can give your animal to help end their pain and misery in their own home. There is no turning back to happier times . This is where we are with them. Thank you Dr. Jen for being able to provide Hospice end of life for "Brother".

You and Lap of Love are sincerely appreciated.

Simply, thank you..."

vicki sapleton
Cheektowaga, New York

LOCAL RESOURCES
Pet Life and Loss Support Services

  (716) 839-4043

Veterinary Emergency Clinic: Cheektowaga, NY

Pet Loss Hotline

  (607) 253-3932

Cornell Pet Loss Support Hotline

Emergency Clinic

  (716) 662-6660

Orchard Park Veterinary Medical Center:Orchard Park, NY

SERVICE AREA

Helping families in the following areas:

We proudly assist families in Buffalo, the Southtowns, and the Northtowns. A travel fee ranging from $30-$120 may apply to homes over 20 miles from the veterinarian.

Pet Memorials
“We are so grateful to have had our sweet Poco for 16 years. She was a sassy, spunky gal who enjoyed countless adventures and family pack snuggles with us in those 16 years. We lost her lifetime partner Gus 3 years ago and like to imagine them together again. In fact, the evening after she passed, there was a magical vibrant full double rainbow in ...
Lori H
August 7, 2020
“I wish I had words. This love has been by my side for 19 years. We’ve been apart for one day and already I miss him. My heart is broken.”
Lisa C
July 22, 2020
“HI Buddy! Hope you are doing well and have reconnected with Lily and Hercules! I hope that you are able to run around and can see everything clear as day! I hope that you are eating all the food and treats and loving every minute of it. I hope that you are showing off your sweet dance moves to everyone!

Most of all I hope you know how ...
Melissa Snyder
July 15, 2020
“Macy... I hope you know how you were loved!! You were my baby!! I miss you so much! I would do anything to bring you back.”
Anita Dibella
June 16, 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 186
Buffalo, New York 14215

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