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 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, 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. 

"Losing a beloved pet never gets easier, but both Dr. Christina and Dr. Dana helped ease our pain with their compassionate and expert care. My border collie declined rapidly over a week, and the vets were in constant contact, so we never felt alone,. Their support, both during and after our loss, was a great comfort to my family. Thank you both for your tender, thoughtful care."

Kathy Restivo
Apex, North Carolina

"Our vet recommended Lap of Love because she knew Giocosa got too stressed going into the vet and that was not the way we wanted her last day to be. Dr. Dana came on the Sunday morning during Memorial Day weekend and was perfect for our family. My 18 year old son and his best friend wanted to be there and she included them fully in everything that went on and I know that made each of them feel better. She was perfectly calm with Giocosa and handled everything so easily and that it was over quickly and peacefully. It is always painful to lose any pet but you could see her love and care was genuine. The purple basket and blanket that she used to tuck her in and take her with her was fun and made it a little easier to see her go. I've since found out friends of mine have used Dr. Dana and I certainly will again."

Tracy Tobin
CARRBORO, North Carolina

"Dr. Christina assisted our beloved dog to make a peaceful and pain free transition. And she helped me to start the journey of saying goodbye to Kirama with a fully open heart. I am so very grateful."


Durham, North Carolina

"We are very thankful that Dr. Christine Hampton was able to meet with us on the same day as our request. Her bedside manner was flawless, and we appreciated her quiet respect and gentleness with Hobbes. I can't imagine it going any better than it did."

Josh Bowman
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

"From the moment Dr. Betsy King walked through our door and into our home, I knew our sweet boy Charlie was in caring hands. She was so respectful of the moment and calm and peaceful under a very difficult and sad situation. She gently guided us on the journey of saying goodbye to our beloved boy. We could not have done so well without her...she was a gift to us as well.

Thank you, Dr. Betsy.,

Maureen Looby & Phil May"

Maureen Looby
CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina

"Dear Dr. Hampton,

It was so nice to have her come in home to put Dakota down. Thankful for that happening so he wasn't so scared going into a vet office and have all the scared or bad feelings. He was able to be more relaxed and feel way more comfortable. That's all I want is the best for him. He was a little over 10 years old which I got be in his life for 7 of those. I have 3 girls but feel as if he was my only boy. He has done more for me than me for him. I'm pretty sure he would say the opposite if could. I fed him people food a lot but with little amounts like he was family and not a animal. I have never spent many nights with him not sleeping with me over that time frame. Dakota had this thing where he would suck on this throw blanket of his. It is something I never heard of but it made him happy. He enjoyed going to the dog park and run around with my other dog or by himself before I got her. He hated going to the beach and trying to be put in the water. He loved the sand though and had a blast. He loved my kids even though wasn't to fond of my youngest because she too wild as most older animals don't like that but he still loved her. Always gave them kisses as that is one thing he loved to do. Just a few things that I enjoyed most with him is the first of feeding him some of my food and seeing the happiness he had about that. The next is him sitting and watching Yankee games with me or sometimes watch tv shows that I watched. It felt good to have someone watch those games with. My other dog did too but he more so did. I would say his overall happiness and love he showed to me was the greatest gift or thing I could ask for. He truly is missed by many and can't wait to see him again. We all love you Dakota and we couldn't ask for a better family member. Hope your happy where your at enjoying your life. We're sad your not with us physically but are in our hearts and glad your in no more pain. Love you boy"

JOSEPH ROBBINS
Raleigh, 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: 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 beloved Kirama was the most joyful and the sweetest little dog imaginable. He brought indescribable joy as well as great comfort to my own life, to my husband, to my ailing parents in recent years, and to all the adults and children he met along the way. I will be forever grateful for his companionship for these 13 and a half years. Rest in ...
June 8, 2019
“Hobbes was an incredible cat. Her spirit was indomitable, and her body gave our before she did. She held on despite having hypertension, anemia, FIV, and chronic kidney disease. She also endured a stroke in November 2018, where she temporarily lost the use of her back legs.

Nevertheless, she pushed on, dragging herself to the food dish, litter ...
Josh Bowman
May 19, 2019
“Pooh Bear rescued me January 2011. I am forever grateful for the 8 years we had together. She was my rock. She had that way of knowing how to comfort. I am grateful that as of today she no longer has to deal with pain, fear, dementia and aggression. She is free to roan, sniff, and snuggle. Thank you Ayres Shelter for trusting her latter ...
Regina Maston
May 7, 2019
“Biscuit Levon Thornburg.
Beep, Beeber Squeeber, Beebs, Bicket.
Dog of my heart, light of my life.

Biscuit became my family about 14 years ago 5 minutes after I saw the little floof running down Hwy 70. No other puppies or people around. I didn’t take this one to the shelter; I kept him instead. Thinking an owl picked him up, the vet checked ...
Jennifer Thornburg
May 2, 2019
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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