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. 

"I am very grateful to Dr. Christina Hampton who helped my foster, Toby, leave this world in peace in a place where he felt safe and loved. Dr. Christina was so kind and caring. She clearly loves animals and only wants the best for each of them. She was a great support to me as well as I had never lost a pet before Toby. She helped me understand that I was making the right decision at the right time for Toby. Thank you, Lap of Love and Dr. Christina, for making this difficult time one I can remember with sadness but also serenity."

Kathryn Allen
Apex, North Carolina

"I recommend this service to anyone who has to make the difficult decision to part with an ailing pet. Dr. Christina was gentle, kind, and compassionate. She explained the process in detail and made sure we had all of the information we needed. Most importantly, she provided assurance that we were making the right decision for our beloved Sampson -- a peaceful and pain-free passing."

David Boaz
Raleigh, North Carolina

"Dr. Dana was amazing from my first phone contact until she left with my beloved Sandy. Sandy was a very healthy, loving, protective and strong dog for 17 years! She was a terrier mix from the animal shelter, and one of my greatest blessings. She had been struggling with age-related issues, and in order to bring an end to her challenges, Dr. Dana came to our home and provided the most gentle, dignified, respectful and beautiful passing any animal could ever experience. Sandy was wrapped in a blanket and placed on a stretcher to provide her with a safe and secure transport. Dr. Dana delivered Sandy to the crematory personnel who provided a water cremation, and I now have her ashes to treasure. I miss my sweet Sandy so much, but when her time came, she was handled with the utmost care and genuine concern. I will be forever grateful to Dr. Dana!"

Jean Whitfield
Raleigh, North Carolina

"My buddy Speckles has traveled all over, never caring where as long as he was with me. He is greatly missed but having Lap of Love give us peaceful last moments was a blessing. Dr. Christina is an angel and helped me let him go. ( over the rainbow bridge) Reading the poem book and end of life information reassured me that the time was near, no more suffering with his from long term health issues. Fourteen years of love, RIP Speckles forever in our hearts."

Elizabeth Houck
Zebulon, North Carolina

"Our Gabby was a sweet, loving, loyal miniature schnauzer. I'll never forget the day we picked her up, 14 years ago, from the breeder. She had a champion blood line but to us, she was our sweet Gabby. She was by my husband's side every day, all day long and snuggled with me when I came home from work. She went on vacations with us and anywhere pets were allowed. All of our family pictures had Gabby front and center. She was special. But as we aged, so did she. As she became sick, we watched her change rapidly and knew we had a decision to make. She paced and paced the floor at night. She would stand in a corner or get lost in the house. It was heartbreaking to watch our smart girl slip away from us. We prayed for strength and courage to find a way to help her. I found out about Lap of Love thru our Veterinarian as we wanted to help her in our home. Dr. Christina came to our house and in the most calm and loving way, she helped our sweet Gabby and helped us say goodbye. The care and respect for our feelings was reassuring but the kindness for our precious baby was something we will never forget. Dr. Christina talked us thru each step and took her time, no rushing. Gabby came home in my husband's arms and said goodbye in his arms, in the end. I hope this testimonial will reassure you that Lap of Love is indeed a special place."

Ronnie and Lee Ferrell
Durham, North Carolina

"Dr. Dana was so comforting to both my sweet kitty and me!"

Betsy Strickland
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

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
“Lucy (in the sky with diamonds who lived on the Long and Winding Road) - we were together almost 16 years. You were the sweetest and best companion. I know you are at peace nice! Thank you for those 16 years!”
Betsy Strickland
March 4, 2020
“We said goodbye to our precious munchkin Lola on Wednesday, February 19. She is playing with her favorite toy babies in puppy heaven.
Rest in Peace, Lolita. We thank you for bringing us so much joy, unconditional love and companionship. We were so very lucky to be part of your life, and we are grateful for the wonderful year we had with you. You ...
GALIN MEYLE
February 25, 2020
“My best friend for nearly 10 years! The good Lord brought you to me and I guess grandma must have needed some hugs and sloppy kisses! I miss you so much and as Billy Graham said, “God will prepare everything for our perfect happiness in heaven, and if it takes my dog being there, I believe he will be there.” You will always be in my heart Gussie!!”
Johnny Jones
February 6, 2020
“In memory of Lucky, my beloved, beautiful, perfect companion. Thank you, Lucky, for everything.”
Elizabeth Rives
February 4, 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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