North Carolina, The Triangle
All services provided 7 days a week 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 4 business days.
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.
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, and care coordinator Becky, 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, 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, three cats, and a charcoal corn snake. 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 100 veterinarians worldwide, who has recently 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.
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.
Dana Lewis, DVM, CHPV
"Thank you so much for your kind help with our precious Delilah.
You made the unthinkable bearable and easier. You even braved the absolutely horrible weather to be with us on a Sunday evening!
Your service is truly sacred and holy work.
You create a gentle, compassionate space while holding the clinical knowing and a sensitive heart. You are responsive and caring to both our four-legged friends as well as the humans who hold them as family.
Your presence helped us through what otherwise would have been terrible and heartbreaking.
You are in my prayers as you face this challenging work each day.
May your back be strong as your heart remains soft.
I am so deeply grateful."
Romie PalladinoChapel Hill, North Carolina
"Betsy King was kind, sympathetic and explained the entire process."
Brandi RatliffRaleigh, North Carolina
"We are so thankful for the service that Lap of Love gave us. Dr. Betsy was a wonderful, compassionate and caring vet who took care of our dog Cosmo's needs as well as being a comfort to us. Cosmo came right to her like he knew why she was there. Dr. Betsy made him comfortable and took great care in helping his transition. His pain is gone. Cosmo was almost 14 and a wonderful dog and a loved family member who will be missed by us as well as by his brother Yankee. Again, Thanks so much for this wonderful service."
Ken TyndallWendell, North Carolina
"Thank you for your compassion and kindness on a very diffcult day after a very difficult week for our family. Thank you for the hug."
Dianne HRaleigh, North Carolina
"Considering this was the worst thing you can go through I am glad we chose to have Laps of Love come to our home. Besides our dog being immobile, visiting the vet always stressed him out. They were very caring and our dog was very relaxed. He went down very peacefully."
Cary, North Carolina
"Millie was a beloved elderly member of two families. Dr. Betsy made us feel at ease with the process and explained it very well. She petted and stroked her and that helped us tremendously. The entire process was gentle and peaceful. I could not have handled it otherwise. Her kindness and thoughtfulness was the best medicine we could have had as we lost our cherished friend."
Jane HarperDurham, North Carolina
Pet Loss Support and Emergency Hospitals
APEX: Amy Benton Moulds, MEd, NCC, Lifescapes Counseling
Quartet Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Hospital, Cary
CARY: Tracie Barton-Barrett, MS, NCC, LPC
Veterinary Specialty Hospitals of the Carolinas, Cary
HOLLY SPRINGS: Hugh Willard, MEd, LPC
Triangle Veterinary Referral Hospital, Holly Springs
Triangle Veterinary Referral Hospital, Durham
DURHAM: Center for All Seasons, Steve Bradley-Bull, LPC, MEd, MA
Veterinary Specialty Hospitals of the Carolinas, Durham
CARRBORO: Bree Kalb, LCSW
Eastern Carolina Vet Emergency, Wilson
HILLSBOROUGH: Unicorn Bereavement Center Triangle Hospice
Animal Emergency Hospital and Urgent Care, Raleigh
RALEIGH: Jeannine Moga, MA, MSW, LCSW, NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine
NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine Small Animal Emergency Service, Raleigh
Wake SPCA Pet Loss Support Group
Veterinary Specialty Hospitals of the Carolinas, Raleigh
WAKE FOREST: Sophie’s Gift Animal Loss Support, Amy Pierce, MA
Gladly helping families in the following areas without additional drive fees:
Extended Service Area: There is generally a $50-$100 drive fee for other towns in the greater Triangle area (Wake, Durham, Chatham, Orange counties). We will also travel to areas beyond the Triangle. Please call for more information.
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.