North Carolina, The Triangle
All services are provided in the comfort of your home.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For pets over 99 pounds, special arrangements will need to be made for transport. Other fees apply for pets over 200 pounds.
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.
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.
Dana Lewis, DVM
"Betsy was absolutely amazing. So caring and calming during our difficult time. She made it so much easier for me to be there for Tank in his last few moments here on this earth before he crossed over the rainbow. She was comforting and understanding and didn't rush us at all. Allowed us to have the time we needed to deal with the situation. Betsy just made the entire experience so much easier to deal with. I'm glad she was there with us during this very difficult time. She was absolutely awesome!"
Bree & Jay JonesRaleigh, North Carolina
"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 & WhittRaleigh, 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 GworekRaleigh, 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 ThurmondRaleigh, 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 BoydCary, 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 JanneyGarner, North Carolina
Pet Loss Support and Emergency Hospitals
APEX: Amy Benton Moulds, MEd, NCC, Lifescapes Counseling
CARRBORO: Bree Kalb, LCSW
CARY: Tracie Barton-Barrett, MS, NCC, LPC
DURHAM: Center for All Seasons, Steve Bradley-Bull, LPC, MEd, MA
HILLSBOROUGH: Unicorn Bereavement Center Triangle Hospice
HOLLY SPRINGS: Hugh Willard, MEd, LPC
RALEIGH: Jeannine Moga, MA, MSW, LCSW, NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine
Wake SPCA Pet Loss Support Group
WAKE FOREST: Sophie’s Gift Animal Loss Support, Amy Pierce, MA
Quartet Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Hospital, Cary
Animal Emergency Hospital and Urgent Care, Raleigh
NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine Small Animal Emergency Service, Raleigh
Triangle Veterinary Referral Hospitals, Durham: (919) 489-0615, Holly Springs
Veterinary Specialty Hospitals of the Carolinas, Cary
Eastern Carolina Vet Emergency, Wilson
Veterinary Specialty Hospitals of the Carolinas, Durham
Veterinary Specialty Hospitals of the Carolinas, Raleigh
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.:
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.
If you do not see your town on this list, just ask us for assistance.
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.
Lap of LovePO BOX 1305Morrisville, NC 27560
This Lap of Love location is owned and operated by Dr. Dana Lewis.