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, administrative assistant Anna, 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
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, one dog, 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 3 cats were bottle fed kitten strays and are full of personality.
As a small animal veterinarian, I am very fortunate to have a career that I enjoy. 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
"Thank you Dr. Dana for being patient and caring with are Abby. She was great explaining everything that was go to happen. We loved having you come to our home where Abby could be comfortable in her own bed and her own surroundings. The vet office always made Abby nervous because she was always afraid we would leave her there."
Alisia FowlerClayton, North Carolina
"Dr. Betsy King was wonderful. Her calm and kindness embraced us. Kasey greeted her and never left her side until he passed. Thank you for assisting us with the passing of Kasey and Jango."
Alexandra HaschRaleigh, North Carolina
"Suzie Q was rescued by my ex-husband and my 2 sons in 2003. When he died unexpectedly in 2006, Suzie came to live with my sons and me. She was about 3 years of age and quickly became my shadow and my baby. I knew when I inherited her that I would be responsible for her care after each boy left for college and that I would spare no expense in keeping her healthy since she was the last living tie to my boys' father. She had 3 successful cancer surgeries over the last 4 years and became a good example at Noah's Ark of an older dog that did very well with anesthesia. She never minded going to the vet and she was always cooperative and gentle with all of the techs, nurses, and doctors.
About a month ago, she started having seizures and after multiple visits to Noah's Ark, VSH in Cary, and an MRI at the vet school, she was diagnosed with a brain tumor and dementia at 14.5 years of age. We dropped just about everything to make her remaining time with us a comfortable as possible. Dr. Betsy was so gentle in her interactions with Suzie Q and with us. She explained the process beforehand and also during the procedure so we knew exactly what to expect. She gave Suzie a very peaceful and dignified passing and we are forever grateful."
Elizabeth LyneCary, North Carolina
"I am so grateful for Dr. Dana for her compassion and caring service. My Peanut Butter Cookie absolutely hated going to the vet and to have his last moments in the peace and quite of our own home is a gift that I will forever be grateful for. This service is truly special and one of the kindest things you can do for your beloved pet in their last moments. Dr. Dana provided information, and support through the entire process from initial phone call, through the process, and after. I appreciate all her support, kindness and love for the well being of all pets."
April EakerDurham, North Carolina
"My wife and I are so thankful for the options available with Lap of Love. We were able to enjoy our last hours with our pet at home instead of being out in public with others. The experience and process could not have been more professional and Dr. King worked at our pace. This is a most difficult situation to have to live through, but Dr. King's compassion and care for our pet made our loss more manageable. We certainly recommend Dr. King and her team to anyone who may be in need of in home pet services."
Raleigh, North Carolina
"Lap of Love's Staff was wonderful. Dr. Betsy responded quickly to our emergency while Harley was in respiratory arrest. She helped us all in a time of need with the highest degree of compassion and professionalism. Our dog Harley was truly blessed to have her by his side in his last moments."
Welch FamilyChapel Hill, 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 Hospitals, Durham: (919) 489-0615, Holly Springs
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.