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.

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.

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.

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 5 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. 

"And a HUGE Thank you to Dr. Dana for being so patient and making his transition so easy. And for helping Daniel, Vance and myself understand what to expect. You helped my sweet baby boy rest and for that we are grateful!""

Billy Weaver
Garner, North Carolina

"I cannot say how thankful I am to Dr. Christina for the compassion she showed during our time of grief. I had to say goodbye to my beautiful 3 yr old Dane, because of cancer. At such a devastating time for me and my children, she was kind, allowed us our time to love on her, and made certain that even with COVID-19, we felt comfortable and that Mazara was comfortable too. The peace of mind knowing that Mazara was in the comfort of her family, at her home, while we stroked her head and told her how much she was loved, it is truly hard to express the appreciation. Dr. Christina's bedside manner, calm energy, and true love for animals could be felt the entire time she was here. Thank you for allowing us to avoid the stress of a vet office and giving us our final moments with Mazara here in our home.

From our hearts,

Shae and family"

Shae Kramer
Raleigh, North Carolina

"Dana - thank you so much for coming to our home and allowing us to give my sweet girl a peaceful goodbye. I know I wasn’t in the right mind frame that day but I truly appreciate everything - you were so sweet! I would definitely recommend this company to anyone needing to make this tough decision for their fur babies."

Devan Perunko
Sanford, North Carolina

"What a peaceful loving thing dr. Christina did for me and my sweet black lab. We had to put our baby to sleep during the covid 19 virus. She was able to do this in a safe way for all, but most of all , I was able to have my sweet baby’s head in my lap loving on him and whispering that I loved him the entire time. He just simply went to sleep with my tears and voice in his ears. ... no pain. It is such a hard thing to do but Dr. Christina made it as sweet and peaceful as possible. I just wish she could come back and do that for me when I am ready to go.

Thank you so much...Marcia"

Marcia Barfield
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

"Dr. Betsy was extraordinarily compassionate during her visit. I cannot imagine a more respectful end of life for our beloved Buddy, our constant companion for 15 years. Thank you from the bottom of my heart."

David Hood
Raleigh, North Carolina

"This testimonial is months overdue but I have meant to do it in order to thank Lap of Love for making Leah's last moments happen on her terms. Last November, Dr. Christina helped Leah to pass peacefully, savoring her favorite treats. Dr. C was so kind, accommodating, gentle, and thorough. She shared of herself personally to make us more at ease. Her suggestions for how to help Leah with some extra pain medication that morning before her arrival were on the mark. I am so grateful that even though our dog was in pain we could no longer manage, Lap of Love allowed us to let her go with no more stress, carefree at last."

Marlys Ray
Durham, 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

Pet Loss Counselor

  (919) 612-1991

FUQUAY-VARINA: Authentic Healing Counseling, Sarina Manifold, MSSW, LCSW

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 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
“(September 13, 2004 - May 7, 2020)

The Dash... ((I modified that poem just for you baby boy))

I am the man who stood to speak, at the funeral of his furry friend. I referred to his birthday till today, from beginning… to the end.
I noted that day of birth, and spoke of the following date with tears, but I said what mattered most of all was ...
Billy Weaver
May 11, 2020
“My sweet Daisy crossed the rainbow bridge on April 26, 2020 surrounded by those who loved her dearly. At a loss of words and so heartbroken - I feel so lost and empty without my best friend here. If love and tears could have saved her, she would have lived forever. Until we meet again, I’ll hold on tight to her memories, her toys, & her collar. We ...
Devan Perunko
May 6, 2020
“Our KitKat was our baby. He was as much a part of our family as our son-KitKat’s favorite play companion. We loved him dearly and he will be missed always. Our hearts were broken when we found out he had cancer and that we would have to let him go. It still feels like I’ve lost a limb. We see and hear him all over the house and wish so much he ...
Shannon Jones
April 19, 2020
“Our Duke had a hundred nicknames and was the GOAT (Greatest Of All Time) Lab any family could have asked for. We had 14 wonderful years with him in an active house with three boys. As our oldest son said, "Duke was a huge part of our lives, but we were his whole life." Our house is very quiet now and he is sorely missed but he will never be ...
Cam Kelly
April 12, 2020
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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