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.

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.

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.

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 6 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. 

"Thank you, Dr. Christina, for your gentle kindness to Nico and us on this very sad day. Nico’s Dad was so dreading the process of releasing our beloved to The Rainbow Bridge. You were incredibly empathetic, sympathetic and extraordinarily professional. Dad commented afterwards how we were able to lift Nico up and let him go with such great dignity and love. A stunning accomplishment for you and I am so thankful! What a blessing to have Nico in my lap, wrapped in his favorite, soft blanket when he departed. This sweet memory will linger with me forever! Thank you..."

Ricki Grantmyre
Bald Head Island, North Carolina

"Our beautiful Gracie suddenly became sick at 12 years old with a neurological illness and suspected brain tumor. When she took a fast turn for the worse and stopped walking we knew it was time to say goodbye. Lap of Love was able to send Dr.Dana out to us the same day which was really important because we didn't want her to suffer, as she had lost the ability to walk. We feel truly blessed that Dr.Dana gave us such a beautiful and peaceful way to say goodbye to our sweet angel. She is so compassionate, and really helped us through this difficult time."

Dawn S
Apex, North Carolina

"Dr. Hampton,

Words cant express how thankful we are to have you help Stuey enter Doggie Heaven. Her compassion reassured us that we were making the right choice in helping him be at peace. Stuey has been a part of our lives for 14 years and it was hard to let him go, understandably so. But Dr. Hampton was never pushy and allowed us to dictate the pace of the process. We know Stuey was appreciative of a compassionate heart at the end as well"

Brian Lin
Cary, North Carolina

"Thank you, Dr. Betsy, for your compassion and grace in helping our Nimbus depart this life. We will always be grateful to you and to Lap of Love for allowing Nimbus to pass in the comfort of our home and for us to grieve openly while we said goodbye."

Sarah Allwardt
Holly Springs, North Carolina

"While dealing with this heart breaking time, Dr. Dana was an absolute angel for us. Our sweet girl Fifi was diagnosed with kidney failure at 16 years old. We brought her home and spent some quality time loving her to the max and keeping her comfortable. When we knew the time was right, we spent an hour or so with her in the garden and let her soak up the sun one last time. Dr. Dana arrived and was so compassionate, she put all of us at ease. She talked us through everything before hand and also as we went through each step, she was so patient and kind. The process was as beautiful as it could be. We are so thankful we did not take her to the vet for her final moments. Now that we have experienced Lap of Love, we will never take any other route. As difficult of a decision as it was to make, Lap of Love and Dr. Dana gave us such a gift in the experience they gave our girl. We are eternally grateful."

Amy Scully
Raleigh, North Carolina

"Dr. Betsy was able to come out the same day we called to help our Lucy. The process was very well done, and so much better letting our sweet girl avoid the stress of an office visit. We are thankful for Dr. Betsy and all those who have such a difficult job. and providing the utmost care and considerations for our family."

Thomas S
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

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, 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
“Our Nico...the sweetest companion one could ask for! He loved the beach, swimming in the ocean, digging huge holes in the sand, his big brother Dante, playmates at the Village Common, particularly girlfriend Fiona and most of all, mommy and daddy. Pretty much, Nico loved all creatures, human, canine and feline. And all insects that fly had a ...
Ricki Grantmyre
October 22, 2019
“We miss you so much, Nimbus. You were such a sweet kitty with the softest fur. Even though you lost your place as the "baby" of the family when your two human baby sisters came along, you were always so patient with them and waited your turn for cuddles and attention from Mom. I still expect you to jump up on the couch with me every night, and it ...
Sarah Allwardt
September 30, 2019
“My buddy, my protector, my most devoted friend. I miss you with every fiber of my soul, but I did what you asked of me with those beautiful loving eyes...I let you go. There are little furry hairs in the corners of the house that brings a sigh whenever I sweep.
I carry your picture with me and kiss you goodnight. I know that you are pain free ...
Rachel Sauls
September 19, 2019
“My Little Misha. A complete spit fire at 6.5 pounds. I would always tell everyone that if there was a cat fight to put their money on you. Despite all that you always greeted me when i came home from work to get pets and ear scratches and give me kitty nose rubs. I miss your loud meows at all hours of the night when you had to carry your ...
BETTY LANIER
August 18, 2019
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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