Pricing and Information

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

Veterinary Hospice$250
Evening or Weekends$300

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$250
Evening or Weekends$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.

Geriatric Consultation$250
Evening or Weekends$300

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 pounds, 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 guinea pigs, rabbits, ferrets, and birds. Call for pricing and availability.

AFTERCARE PRICING

Private Cremation
Pets up to 99 pounds$225
Pets between 100 and 200 pounds$350
Mailing of ashes to your home$10

With this option, your pet is cremated privately at a licensed crematory. The cremains are contained in a lovely wooden urn and will be returned to your primary care veterinarian within 3 business days. They can also be made available for pickup directly from the crematory, or mailed to you for an additional fee.

Communal Cremation
Pets up to 99 pounds$100
Pets between 100 and 200 pounds$225

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. 

For pets over 35 pounds, the doctor will need your assistance to her car.

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 9am to 9pm.  Dr. Dana, Dr. Betsy, Anna and Carly, our administrative assistants, answer your calls from 8am to 8pm Monday through Thursday, and 9am to 5pm Friday to 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. 

Dana Lewis, DVM

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, one dog, three cats, and a snake.

As a small animal veterinarian, I am very fortunate to have a career that I enjoy. 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. 

Betsy King, DVM

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, four dogs, and two cats.

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, DVM

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, one dog, three cats, and a snake.

As a small animal veterinarian, I am very fortunate to have a career that I enjoy. 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. Dana was absolutely amazing. She was gentle, caring and so very patient.

Her follow up note in the hours afterward demonstrates just how much she and Lap of Love care about what they do and how they can help us send on our loved ones with peace, respect and dignity.

I'm so happy she and Lap of Love have chosen to provide this very difficult service and do so with so much thought, care and concern."

Shaun & Cindy Taylor & Whitt
Raleigh, North Carolina

"When it was time for me to say goodbye to my sweet boy Riley a cairn terrier, my best friend and companion of over 15 years,

we were so fortunate to have Dr. Betsy help both of us. Making this decision is always difficult, but Dr Betsy's compassion and

kindness was very comforting. She gave us the gift of peace after Riley's long struggle with auto immune health problems. It

meant so much to me to have Riley at home and not stressed by a trip to the vet. Dr. Betsy is a special person and someone

I will always be grateful to for the special gift she gave us."

Carol Gworek
Raleigh, North Carolina

"It is never easy to lose a beloved pet. Lap of Love gave us dignity and peace at a time of much sorrow."

Beverly Thurmond
Raleigh, North Carolina

"Yesterday we had to say goodbye to our precious, nearly 23 year old cat, Chloe. We found that having to say goodbye at home, eased the stress of this awful process. We would recommend doing this at home to any pet owners who need to go through this. It's not easy to say goodbye to a pet, but doing it at home was an excellent option. Dr. Dana Lewis was very kind and answered all questions and explained the whole process to us. We love having Chloe's little pawprint which we'll keep next to her photograph."

Lynn and Paul Boyd
Cary, North Carolina

"Three days before Thanksgiving, Lap of Love and Dr. Dana helped us send our dearest Cookie across the Rainbow Bridge. She was the light of our life, constant companion, and happiest little dog in the world until Cushings and doggie dementia robbed her of that joy and left her in a constant state of anxiety and fear. She had become so afraid of the veterinarian office that it was inhumane to take her there. We knew there must be another way and was referred to Dr. Dana and Lap of Love from a friend.

Lap of Love Office Manager corresponded with us in such a gentle way that we knew immediately this would be our path. Dr. Dana arrived and was so sensitive to our situation. With soft gentle music in the background, Dr. Dana gently handled the procedure when we were ready and whisperingly told us "she is at peace". And she was - going from the fearful ,anxiety ridden, tense body to the sweet and beautiful puppy we adored. With her resting in a beautiful bed with a purple blanket, I carried my angel to Dr. Dana's car to ride shotgun one more time. I kissed her goodbye. It was extremely emotional but one of the most beautiful moments of my life. We know we did right by her and Lap of Love and Dr. Dana were incredible. Our thanks to these wonderful people."

Terri Janney
Garner, North Carolina

"We are so grateful for Dr. Betsy. She was professional and compassionate. She explained the process clearly so we would know what to expect. She ensured that sweet Gill's passing was calm, comfortable, and handled with dignity."

Lynn Fell
Pittsboro, 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

Pet Loss Counselor

  (919) 932-6262

CARRBORO: Bree Kalb, LCSW

Pet Loss Counselor

  (919) 559-4379

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

Pet Loss Counselor

  (919) 286-5770

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

Pet Loss Counselor

  (919) 644-6869

HILLSBOROUGH: Unicorn Bereavement Center Triangle Hospice

Pet Loss Counselor

  (919) 429-7735

HOLLY SPRINGS: Hugh Willard, MEd, LPC

Pet Loss Counselor

  (919) 513-3901

RALEIGH: Jeannine Moga, MA, MSW, LCSW, NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine

Pet Loss Support Group

  (919)-532-2087

Wake SPCA Pet Loss Support Group

Pet Loss Counselor

  (919) 554-2711.

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

Emergency Clinic

  (919) 545-1001

Quartet Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Hospital, Cary

Emergency Clinic

  (919) 781-5145

Animal Emergency Hospital and Urgent Care, Raleigh

Emergency Clinic

  (919) 513-6911

NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine Small Animal Emergency Service, Raleigh

Emergency Clinic

  (919) 973-5620

Triangle Veterinary Referral Hospitals, Durham: (919) 489-0615, Holly Springs

Emergency Clinic

  (919) 233-4911

Veterinary Specialty Hospitals of the Carolinas, Cary

Emergency Clinic

  (252) 265-9920

Eastern Carolina Vet Emergency, Wilson

Emergency Clinic

  (919) 600-6600

Veterinary Specialty Hospitals of the Carolinas, Durham

Emergency Clinic

  (919) 861-0109

Veterinary Specialty Hospitals of the Carolinas, Raleigh

Service Area

Helping families in the following areas without additional drive fees, however planning for pets over 100 pounds will need to be discussed if aftercare is requested.:

  • Apex
  • Carrboro
  • Cary
  • Downtown Chapel Hill
  • Morrisville
  • Durham, except 27712
  • Raleigh, except Southern 27603
  • Research Triangle Park

Extended Service Area:  There is generally a $50-$100 drive fee for the greater Triangle area.  Planning for pets over 100 pounds will need to be discussed if aftercare is requested.

  • Archer's Lodge, $80
  • Bahama, $80
  • Western Chapel Hill, $70
  • Clayton, $70
  • Durham: 27712, $70
  • Efland, $90
  • Fearrington $50
  • Fuquay Varina, $70
  • Garner, $50
  • Hillsborough, $80
  • Holly Springs $50
  • Knightdale, $50
  • Moncure, $80
  • New Hill, $70
  • Pittsboro, $80
  • Raleigh:  Southern 27603, $80
  • Rolesville, $70
  • Wake Forest, $70
  • Wendell, $80
  • Willow Springs, $80
  • Zebulon $100

If you do not see your town on this list, just ask us for assistance.

Pet Memorials
“On April 23, 2017, we said goodbye to our best friend, companion and sweet boy.

Charlie was found wandering the streets of Durham as a three-year old the spring of 2006. Cindy answered the Craigslist ad of someone who was trying to find him a new home. When Cindy looked into the crate where he was hiding and saw those brown eyes looking back at ...
Shaun & Cindy Taylor & Whitt
April 25, 2017
“We are missing the presence of our sweet girl, Oreo. Her ever watchful eye on our whereabouts and following us around the house. Never to be left alone and always voicing her presence especially at mealtimes. She never met a stranger and considered every one her friend. We will love her forever.”
Beverly Thurmond
April 23, 2017
“In loving memory of my pretty girl, you were with us when Angel was 5 you were just 6 weeks old when we adopted you. When you turned 4 we got you a four legged companion, Jubie. Then Eli was born. We bought our first house and you were there, always our loyal companion. When we decided to move to NC you gave me a big scare. I thought I was going ...
Monica Burgos
April 19, 2017
“Gill had the sweetest nature of any dog I've ever known. She loved kids, walks, and Frisbees. She hated storms, basketball games, and squirrels in her yard. She was a big talker. All she wanted to do was please us, and she did. Every day of her life.”
Lynn Fell
April 13, 2017
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Payment Options

Preferred methods of payment are check (made to 'Lap of Love') or cash.

Credit card (VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Discover) is accepted. 

Many Pet Insurance companies cover euthanasia services, just have any paper-work ready for the veterinarian to complete so that you can submit it for reimbursement.

Mailing Address

Lap of Love
PO BOX 1305
Morrisville, NC 27560

Owned And Operated

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