Pricing and Information

All services provided 7 days a week in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

Veterinary Hospice$290

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$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.

Geriatric Consultation$290

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 charges 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$250
Pets between 100 and 200 pounds$350

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 4 business days. 

Communal Cremation
Pets up to 99 pounds$150
Pets between 100 and 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 by the crematory on the family farmland in Chatham County.
 

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.  The Care Coordinators or the Doctors will 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!

Dr. Dana

Dana Lewis, DVM, CHPV

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, and three cats. 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 bat 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, DVM

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, 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 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, DVM, CHPV

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, and three cats. 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 bat 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. 

"BJ was and always be, my Best Friend. I remember bringing him home, like it was yesterday, 15 yrs. ago. He had the most beautiful eyes and sweetest personality and heart. In an instant, we loved each other to infinity. Over the years we had many conversations together. He was very much a "talker". Despite my many shortcomings, he excepted me unconditionally. He helped me through some of the darkest moments of my life. I don't think I would have made it without him. He filled my life with indescribable joy. He made me a better person. As we grew older, we took less & slower walks and more naps together. The day came that he let me know that it was time to go... as hard as it was to except, it was extremely important that he feel all of my love for him, right to the last moments of our time together. As selfish as I wanted to be, I could not allow him to suffer, or not have a good quality of life. Lap of Love allowed me to say good bye the only way I would want to. Dr. Christina was not just professional, but so very patient and caring during one of the hardest times of my life... having to let go of my boy. The process from start to finish was so very loving and respectful... everything that my boy BJ deserved. I can't thank you enough Dr. Christina <3! I am forever grateful."

TerriLyn Quarterman Maye
Rolesville, North Carolina

"Troy, also known as BD (Big Daddy), came into my life in 2010 on a cold winter day. As a feral cat, it took two more years of work before he trusted me to touch him. After that, he was all in! He retired from the outdoor life and earned his spot in the sun. He became unexpectedly ill over the New Year and it was not treatable. When I got this news, I was lost in grief. My own vet does not do house visits and I very much wanted Troy to have the peace of his own home when he passed. Upon calling Lap of Love, the person who answered was very kind and knew exactly what to do, which was good because I was a mess. Dr. Dana was our vet and I feel like she was there not just for Troy, but for the whole family. She asked about my life with Troy, and listened to my stories. She gave all my cats attention when they came to her. His passing was very gentle and peaceful, and she treated Troy with great dignity, even at the end when it was time to send his remains with her to be cremated. She had the front passenger's seat prepared for his basket, which made me feel like he was being treated with great honor. She sent me the sweetest obituary the next day, and I was surprised at how much it meant to me to have that. A few days later I received a sympathy card from her as well. I feel a great deal of peace having been able to provide Troy a peaceful passing at home, and all the extra care that Dr. Dana and Lap of Love have provided to me has been especially touching during the grieving process. I so wish I had known about Lap of Love 10 years ago when my first pet death occurred. Thank you Dr. Dana and Lap of Love colleagues who feel called to provide end of life care for pets (and support/guidance to the pet people)."

Jennifer Lombard
Burlington, North Carolina

"Dr. Christina was amazing. She was so tender with our sweet boy who wasn't feeling well. She explained everything and gave us time to spend saying goodbye. I would highly recommend Lap of Love and Dr. Christina."

Roxanne Foshee
Apex, North Carolina

"Dr. Christina was the very spirit of kindness. Her professionalism and warmth made for the best possible experience. It was an ideal process for this regal little being who so touched our hearts. Thank you so much!"

Rebecca Marmaduke
Morrisville, North Carolina

"Dr. Betsy,

Thanks for all of the thing you did and for guiding us through the passing of Big Boy Rex, you did not rush us in saying our goodbyes and making everything easy on us. Even when we put Rex in the car you waited until we said our final goodbye's.

Thank you."

Jamesj Boyle
Raleigh, North Carolina

"Dr. Dana was wonderful. I appreciate how kind she was and how sweet she was to him. I'm glad I was able to give him a peaceful goodbye."

Kristen Foster
Holly Springs, 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

Emergency Clinic

  (919) 973-5620

Triangle Veterinary Referral Hospital, Holly Springs

Emergency Clinic

  (919) 489-0615

Triangle Veterinary Referral Hospital, Durham

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: Jeannine Moga, MA, MSW, LCSW, 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, except 27712
  • 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
“Tiggerboots was a sweet boy. He was the boss of his brother Dandylion even though he was smaller. We loved him fiercely and completely even when he developed some pretty bad habits. He was a very handsome boy. Orange and white tabby with four white boots and lots of stripes. He walked like a tiger - strutting around everywhere he went. Didn't like ...
Roxanne Foshee
January 1, 2019
“Beautiful Mia, we sadly bid you farewell, but thank you for all the grace, elegance, and joy you brought into our lives. Every life experience we shared these last 15 years was made better by your presence. Thank you for the naps, the snuggles, and the endless fascination with all things new. We dedicate this poem to you.

We reclined of a soft ...
Rebecca Marmaduke
December 29, 2018
“Dear Rex,
Thank-you for all of the love and joy you gave us. We know that you're happy still and more so after you crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. Lady was there waiting for you and she is showing you everything. Rex enjoy your new life I know that you will meet me when it's time for me to cross the bridge of life.
Love you,
James”
Jamesj Boyle
December 19, 2018
“Halite was a perfect blend of sweet and curmudgeon. He was a part of almost half of my life and we tried to give him a happy one. He will be truly missed. My house is too quiet and I keep expecting to see him walk by or thinking I hear him. The void he leaves is a great one, but the love he taught us to feel and give is greater.”
Kristen Foster
November 17, 2018
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.

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