PRICING AND INFORMATION

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

EUTHANASIA$290

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$390

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.

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: Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's 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 guinea pigs, rabbits, ferrets, chickens, and goats. Call for pricing and availability.

AFTERCARE PRICING

PRIVATE CREMATION
Pets up to 99 pounds$250
Pets 100 - 200 pounds$350

With this option, your pet is water cremated privately at a licensed crematory. The cremains are contained in a lovely wooden urn engraved with your pet's name, and will be returned to your primary care veterinarian within 7 business days.   They can also be made available for pick up at the crematory office in Raleigh at no charge, or delivery back to your home by the crematory for an additional fee.

COMMUNAL CREMATION
Pets up to 99 pounds$150
Pets 100 - 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 water cremated with other pets and the ashes are scattered on the Pamlico River.  

ADDITIONAL AFTERCARE FEES

For pets over 99 pounds, special arrangements will need to be made for transport.  Other fees apply for pets over 200 pounds.

AVAILABILITY

Lap of Love veterinarians do their best to assist families when needed. We help families 7 days a week from 9 AM until 5 PM weekdays, and 9 AM until 4 PM weekends (emergencies outside these hours may be available).  We will answer your calls from 8 AM until 8 PM Monday through Thursday, and 9 AM until 5 PM Friday through Sunday.

We encourage you to avoid a crisis situation and schedule an appointment before your pet takes a downturn.  But sometimes, pets take a turn for the worse overnight, so same day appointments are almost always possible with a few hours notice.

If this is a medical emergency, please contact your local veterinarian or see Emergency Clinic information under Local Resources. 

Meet The Doctors
Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians in your area!

Dr. Dana

Dana Lewis

Growing up on Long Island, I was the kid taking care of the baby bird that fell from the nest, rescuing the turtles from the road, walking the neighbors’ dogs for fun, volunteering to clean cages at the shelter. I moved to North Carolina to attend Guilford College in Greensboro and have lived in the Triangle since graduating from Guilford. I have been a small animal veterinarian since 1997 after graduating from NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine. I am married and have two growing boys, two dogs, three cats and a small flock of ducks. Our dog Lydia, a hound dog mix, was rescued in the mountains of NC with her littermates and she loves camping and boating. Our Australian Cattle Dog puppy, Luna Blu, was rescued and re-homed to us as a result of ingesting rat bait in Tennessee.  She is smart and high energy!  Our 3 cats from 3 different litters, were bottle fed by myself and my husband, and are full of personality.

As a small animal veterinarian, I am very fortunate to have a career that I enjoy. I am one of fewer than 200 veterinarians worldwide, who have become a Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Veterinarian, after completing an 18 month intensive program.  Positively impacting the lives of my clients and their pets gives me a great feeling of satisfaction. I take great pleasure in the relationships that I have built serving clients.

I am honored to serve my clients in a way that eases their grief and their pet’s life as peacefully as possible.  Lap of Love allows me to help my patients move on to a place with no tears. Neither the family nor the pet should be in an anxious position at that very last moment. I try to create an experience so that it's the very best that a bad moment can be. If the pet can be kept comfortable and his or her quality of life maintained through nursing care and pain management, then pet owners may be able to extend the quality time they have with their cherished companions. Every being deserves a comfortable end. Having the pet at home enables the animal maximum comfort, hospice care allows the pet to enjoy the last days of life in familiar surroundings in the company of loved ones, and it allows the family to have more time with their pet and prepare for the loss of this beloved family member. 

Dr. Christina

Christina Hampton

As a child, growing up in Albany, New York, my dream was to become a veterinarian.  During my undergraduate studies at Cornell University, I was interested in all areas of veterinary medicine ranging from large animals to zoo to exotic animals. Once I started vet school, I discovered my interest was greatest for companion animals.  I graduated from Washington State University and then moved to Virginia to begin working at a small animal practice.  After being there for a few years, my husband, a South Carolina native, and I decided to move our family to the Triangle for its beauty and family atmosphere.  

I've always found senior and hospice care to be very rewarding and an important part of veterinary medicine.  When I discovered Lap of Love, I knew it was my calling. Being able to help pets cross the Rainbow Bridge and ease their suffering is such a privilege. It's my honor to be there for families and help them say goodbye to their beloved pets at home with love and dignity.

Dr. Betsy

Betsy King

From the time I was very young, I was surrounded by four legged companions of all types including horses, dogs, cats, and pocket pets. My love for animals and science lead me to become a veterinarian. In 1987 I graduated from NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine.

After graduation, I enjoyed 17 years in small animal practice and 11 years as a shelter veterinarian. I have had the pleasure to care for many pets throughout their entire lives, and I have a special fondness for grey faced patients. I currently share my home with my husband Joel, Flint, our German Wire Haired Pointer, our three Boston Terriers, Russell, Summer, and Davis, who are also my agility partners, and two tuxedo cats, Carl and Deiter.

Our animal companions add so much joy and warmth to our lives. Dealing with end of life decisions can be very difficult. I feel blessed to be in a position to help families be as comfortable as possible with their choices. Euthanasia should be, and can be peaceful and compassionate. Saying good bye at home is the ultimate gift of love.

About Dana Lewis

Growing up on Long Island, I was the kid taking care of the baby bird that fell from the nest, rescuing the turtles from the road, walking the neighbors’ dogs for fun, volunteering to clean cages at the shelter. I moved to North Carolina to attend Guilford College in Greensboro and have lived in the Triangle since graduating from Guilford. I have been a small animal veterinarian since 1997 after graduating from NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine. I am married and have two growing boys, two dogs, three cats and a small flock of ducks. Our dog Lydia, a hound dog mix, was rescued in the mountains of NC with her littermates and she loves camping and boating. Our Australian Cattle Dog puppy, Luna Blu, was rescued and re-homed to us as a result of ingesting rat bait in Tennessee.  She is smart and high energy!  Our 3 cats from 3 different litters, were bottle fed by myself and my husband, and are full of personality.

As a small animal veterinarian, I am very fortunate to have a career that I enjoy. I am one of fewer than 200 veterinarians worldwide, who have become a Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Veterinarian, after completing an 18 month intensive program.  Positively impacting the lives of my clients and their pets gives me a great feeling of satisfaction. I take great pleasure in the relationships that I have built serving clients.

I am honored to serve my clients in a way that eases their grief and their pet’s life as peacefully as possible.  Lap of Love allows me to help my patients move on to a place with no tears. Neither the family nor the pet should be in an anxious position at that very last moment. I try to create an experience so that it's the very best that a bad moment can be. If the pet can be kept comfortable and his or her quality of life maintained through nursing care and pain management, then pet owners may be able to extend the quality time they have with their cherished companions. Every being deserves a comfortable end. Having the pet at home enables the animal maximum comfort, hospice care allows the pet to enjoy the last days of life in familiar surroundings in the company of loved ones, and it allows the family to have more time with their pet and prepare for the loss of this beloved family member. 

"We were so grateful to have had the opportunity to be in our home with Max at our side as Lap of Love assisted us despite the concerns surrounding COVID. Dr. Christina was so kind and patient with Max and our family. Initially, we struggled with if it was the right time or not but knew Max was no longer the dog he once was. We did not want him to struggle any longer. It was time. As hard as that decision was to make, we knew we wanted to be by his side as we said our final, emotional and tearful good bye. We wanted to hold him, kiss him, stroke him and let him know how much he was loved, while lying on his favorite pillow and in the comfort of his own home."

Laurie Restrepo
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

"Dr. Christina came to our home today to help our Sophie cross the Rainbow Bridge. I cannot say enough about her caring and professionalism. Lap of Love is such a great choice as opposed to traditional office euthanasia. I was able to hold Sophie in my arms on my porch as she slowly and peacefully passed away. Dr. Christina was wonderful. Thank you for being so caring and making this difficult decision as painless as possible for all concerned."

Vicky Helms
Wake Forest, North Carolina

"Roxi has been my daughter's special needs support animal for over 11 years. She was more than just a pet-- she was a member of our family. As time passed, we noticed our gentle Roxi has begun to lose her spunk, but she always held on for us. Our whole family was grateful that Roxi could pass comfortably at home, in our carport in her favorite shady spot. She felt no fear or anxiety from being in a cold, cramped vet hospital, and for that we are grateful. Dr. Betsy's gentle demeanor was soothing for us in our saddest hours, and we are so appreciative of the wonderful procedure Laps of Love takes in helping our Roxi pass on."

Alexandra Kandell
Raleigh, North Carolina

"As hard a decision as it was to make, it clearly became time for Toby, my 16 year old deaf and blind dog, to be euthanized. I was able to schedule the visit easily. Due to COVID and not having an easy to access porch or deck, we converted the garage as a place for this including blankets and chairs. Dr. Hampton was kind, caring and competent and relieved Toby of his suffering while allowing us time to grieve. I have used Lap of Love in the past and, if needed, will use them again. It is an invaluable service."

Deborah Mayer
Carrboro, North Carolina

"My baby went to cat heaven in style.

I made the difficult decision to put my 20-year-old, black Tabby cat, Precious, to sleep a few weeks ago. Having had cats as pets for most of my adult life, it’s something I’ve had to do often, but most have been through a Vet’s office. I’ve never liked doing this. It’s the most heartbreaking decision ever, but I’m a big believer in letting animals be who they are and saying goodbye when that’s no longer possible.

I struggled for a week trying to make the decision and questioned everything…is it the right time, maybe he’ll get better over time, and feeling so guilty because although he wasn’t as sick as some of my past cats, I knew he was experiencing some pain and discomfort and that it was becoming more obvious that I needed to make a decision on how and when I was going to do this.

Lucky for me, and Precious, a Lab Tech at my local Vets office recommended Lap of Love of the Triangle. It took me a full week to make the call as I was really struggling with saying goodbye to Precious. I adopted him (and yes, Precious was a “he” ) as a baby over 20 years ago. When people first saw him, they’d say “OMG, he’s so precious,” which is what I thought when he crawled on my lap as a tiny kitten – demanding that I bring him home with me.

Once I made the hard decision, I knew that I wanted a calm, pleasant experience for Precious. I wanted to say goodbye in his favorite place, on my back patio where he loved to lay for hours, bathing in the sun. From the minute I reached out to Lap of Love, I felt their genuine warmth and compassion. Dr. Christina, who came to my house, was gentle, careful – not only with Precious but also in operating in our current COVID 19 world. She was also compassionate and oh so present. She waited until I was ready. I was a mess, knowing that that was the last time I’d have to hold Precious’ beautiful paw and head in my hands. However, I couldn’t have asked for a better send-off for him that day! Thanks to Lap of Love and Dr. Christina, I know he’s in a better place and is now likely chasing his brothers around in cat heaven."

Dahlia Walker
Durham, North Carolina

"Our sweet boy Pudd was a singular cat in a life of many cats between my husband and I, and the suddenness, utter unexpectedness of his illness made coming to terms with euthanasia very hard for me. He was integral to my sense of home: super affectionate and a chatterbox, he always made certain he was where the people were. He was a patient, sweet, cuddly boy. It had been an agonizing week going to the vet - but not going in because of Covid-19 - and struggling to accept his diagnosis. Being able to have Dr Betsy come to our home despite Covid-19 was a godsend. She was gentle, thoughtful, quiet, deliberate. It made a mask-wearing, sobbing, non-kissing-him-as-he-left experience bearable.

These are deeply tender people who know the joy of pet companionship and the sorrow of the loss, and the responsibility of helping them when they are suffering - which no other experience prepares one for. We are grateful."

Celeste Watson
Cary, North Carolina

LOCAL RESOURCES

Pet Loss Support and Emergency Hospitals

Pet Loss Support Group

  (919) 272-1388

​APEX: Amy Benton Moulds, MEd, NCC, Lifescapes Counseling

Emergency Clinic

  (919) 545-1001

Quartet Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Hospital, Cary

Pet Loss Counselor

  (919) 559-4379

CARY: Tracie Barton-Barrett, MS, NCC, LPC

Emergency Clinic

  (919) 233-4911

Veterinary Specialty Hospitals of the Carolinas, Cary

Pet Loss Counselor

  (919) 429-7735

HOLLY SPRINGS: Hugh Willard, MEd, LPC

Pet Loss Counselor

  (919) 612-1991

FUQUAY-VARINA: Authentic Healing Counseling, Sarina Manifold, MSSW, LCSW

Emergency Clinic

  (919) 973-5620

Triangle Veterinary Referral Hospital, Holly Springs

Emergency Clinic

  (919) 489-0615

Triangle Veterinary Referral Hospital, Durham

Emergency Clinic

  (919) 266-9852

Wake Veterinary Hospital & Urgent Care - Knightdale, NC

Pet Loss Counselor

  (919) 286-5770

DURHAM: Center for All Seasons, Steve Bradley-Bull, LPC, MEd, MA

Emergency Clinic

  (919) 600-6600

Veterinary Specialty Hospitals of the Carolinas, Durham

Pet Loss Counselor

  (919) 932-6262

CARRBORO: Bree Kalb, LCSW

Emergency Clinic

  (252) 265-9920

Eastern Carolina Vet Emergency, Wilson

Pet Loss Counselor

  (919) 644-6869

HILLSBOROUGH: Unicorn Bereavement Center Triangle Hospice

Emergency Clinic

  (919) 781-5145

Animal Emergency Hospital and Urgent Care, Raleigh

Pet Loss Counselor

  (919) 513-3901

RALEIGH: NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine

Emergency Clinic

  (919) 513-6911

NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine Small Animal Emergency Service, Raleigh

Pet Loss Support Group

  (919)-532-2087

Wake SPCA Pet Loss Support Group

Emergency Clinic

  (919) 861-0109

Veterinary Specialty Hospitals of the Carolinas, Raleigh

Pet Loss Counselor

  (919) 554-2711.

WAKE FOREST: Sophie’s Gift Animal Loss Support, Amy Pierce, MA

Pet Loss Counselor

  (919) 885-4858

HILLSBOROUGH: Julia Corley, LPC-A, NCC, LMBT

SERVICE AREA

Gladly helping families in the following areas without additional drive fees:

Apex Carrboro Cary Downtown Chapel Hill Morrisville Durham Raleigh, except Southern 27603 Research Triangle Park

Extended Service Area: There is generally a $50-$100 drive fee for other towns in the greater Triangle area (Wake, Durham, Chatham, Orange, Lee, Harnett, and Johnston counties).  We will also travel to areas beyond the Triangle. Please call for more information.

Pet Memorials
“In memory of our beautiful, loving, sweet boy, Max. We are missing you “Bubba”.
You gave us 12 wonderful years. You were my best friend and always by my side. I needed you and depended on you more than you will know. You were always there for me, and by my side for many life changing moments. You were always my constant, faithful and loyal ...
Laurie Restrepo
September 1, 2020
“Louie will always be remembered for being such a loving, caring, playful and all around wonderful boy! His eyes of golden copper could light up a room!”
Jeffrey Randell
July 2, 2020
“Schaefer was a loving, funny, furry friend. We will never forget him.”
Carrie Telke
June 24, 2020
“If love could have kept you here you would have lived forever!”
LaToya Evans
June 2, 2020
PAYMENT OPTIONS

To make the experience as peaceful as possible, please make out a check to 'Lap of Love', or we can take a credit card 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.

Mailing Address

Lap of Love
PO Box 1305
Morrisville, North Carolina 27560

Owned And Operated

This Lap of Love location is owned and operated by Dr. Dana Lewis.

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