Cincinnati & Surrounding Areas

  (513) 445-5893

  [email protected]

COVID-19 Update: We are still honored to join you in the home so that your pet can be safely surrounded by loved ones during this time.

PRICING AND INFORMATION

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

EUTHANASIA$350

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$450

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.

TELEADVICE$100

Using phone or Skype, one of our wonderful doctors will walk you through our Quality of Life assessment. This 30 minute conversation is valuable for any family considering hospice care, euthanasia, or simply wanting to understand the end of life process with their pet.

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. * For our Kentucky families, a 6% state sales tax will be added to all fees excluding aftercare.

HOLIDAYS

Holiday appointments can be accepted with approval. The following holidays incur a $100 fee when scheduled: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & New Years 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 pigs, guinea pigs, rabbits, ferrets, birds, fish, and goats. Call for pricing and availability.

AFTERCARE PRICING

PRIVATE CREMATION
Pets up to 39 pounds$275
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$300
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$425
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$475

With this option, your pet is cremated privately at a licensed crematory. The ashes are contained in a lovely oak urn with an engraved nameplate and will be returned to your primary care veterinarian within a few days. They can also be made available directly from the crematory or delivered to your home.

COMMUNAL CREMATION
Pets up to 39 pounds$150
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$200
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$325
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$375

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 in a Pet Cemetery in Kentucky on a marked plot. 

ADDITIONAL AFTERCARE FEES

To best honor your personal space, our doctors do not arrive with a vet technician.  Therefore, if your family has elected cremation for a pet over 30 pounds, we may ask your assistance moving your loved one after euthanasia has been performed.  If additional help is needed outside what is available in the home, we may request that the crematory come to assist us.  In this case, an additional fee will be needed to cover their charge. 

Availability

COVID-19 Update: We are still honored to join you in the home so that your pet can be safely surrounded by loved ones during this time.

We are here to answer your questions every day, from 7am - 11pm. Appointments are scheduled throughout the week, please call for availability.

Sometimes pets take a turn for the worse overnight or in a short amount of time, so we do our best to accommodate same day appointments with a few hours notice, but cannot guarantee that.

If this is a medical emergency, please contact your local veterinarian or one of the emergency clinics listed in the Local Resources section.

Meet the Doctor

Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarian in your area!

Dr. Beth

Beth Ruggles

I wanted to be a veterinarian from my very earliest years. I could always be found having fun with animals. I used to love to walk around my neighborhood talking to squirrels, tape recording dogs barking, finding stray animals, and climbing trees to observe the wildlife. I spent hours training, grooming, and playing with Greta, my childhood dog. She was truly my best friend and was with me until my first year of veterinary school, when we finally had to say goodbye. While it was the hardest day of my life to that point, it was also the moment I understood the kindness of ending a loved pet’s suffering.

I was born and raised in the Buckeye State and I attended the Ohio State University for both undergraduate and veterinary school and loved my experience there.  I moved to Central Kentucky many years ago, raised two wonderful children, and now find myself able to return to Ohio to do the meaningful work I have always wanted to do.

I consider being a veterinarian with Lap of Love to be the perfect marriage of all the best of my profession. I love hearing the stories of my clients’ connection to their pet—their best, funniest, sweetest memories. It is an honor to be the one to bring love and peace to my clients and their beloved pets at this very difficult time.

About Beth Ruggles

I wanted to be a veterinarian from my very earliest years. I could always be found having fun with animals. I used to love to walk around my neighborhood talking to squirrels, tape recording dogs barking, finding stray animals, and climbing trees to observe the wildlife. I spent hours training, grooming, and playing with Greta, my childhood dog. She was truly my best friend and was with me until my first year of veterinary school, when we finally had to say goodbye. While it was the hardest day of my life to that point, it was also the moment I understood the kindness of ending a loved pet’s suffering.

I was born and raised in the Buckeye State and I attended the Ohio State University for both undergraduate and veterinary school and loved my experience there.  I moved to Central Kentucky many years ago, raised two wonderful children, and now find myself able to return to Ohio to do the meaningful work I have always wanted to do.

I consider being a veterinarian with Lap of Love to be the perfect marriage of all the best of my profession. I love hearing the stories of my clients’ connection to their pet—their best, funniest, sweetest memories. It is an honor to be the one to bring love and peace to my clients and their beloved pets at this very difficult time.

"I can’t thank everyone enough. It was time for Zoey to go to a better place and Dr. Beth couldn’t have been sweeter. After all of the anxiety anticipating the process, it went so smooth. I appreciated her quick response on short notice. It was such a blessing. You people do God’s work. I will always be grateful."

Steve Marty
White Oak, Ohio

"What a blessing to have this service. Our girl Lily went down hill really fast and couldn't even walk she was in so much pain. The last thing we wanted to do was drag her to a place she was unfamiliar with to take her last breath. Beth was amazing in helping our girl go in peace. It was the hardest day of my life to say goodbye to my Lily but I cannot thank Beth enough for how she helped our family."


Springboro, Ohio

"On August 29th, 2020 we had to make the most difficult decision to lay to rest our most beloved angel/saint/family, Jokker. It was one of the most painful days in our lives. Although the pain has subsided, the sorrow, tears and memories for our Jokker will never go away.

Thank you deeply, Dr. Ruggles, for being so kind, patient and understanding that day. Your card is sitting by his pictures, paw print, hair clipping and ashes...a forever shrine for a soul that loved unconditionally, the calmest, most stoic being to bless our lives.

In loving memory of Jokker,

Keshi, Don and Saiai"

Keshi Akino
Blue Ash, Ohio

"Thank you, Dr. Beth. I’m sure your job is hard with helping families emotionally say good bye to their fur family members. Thank you so much for what you and allowing us to say goodbye to Oreo in his home. A home that he knew he was safe and loved. Thank you for being there as we grieved the loss of our sweet Oreo."

Dom James
Fort Thomas, Kentucky

"On Saturday August 15, 2020 our family pet Hoss crossed over the Rainbow bridge with the help of Dr. Beth Ruggles.

First please let me say thank you for your truly heartfelt compassion and caring of our feelings and Hoss. Hoss was part of our family for 14 years and it was difficult to let him go. You made everything so very easy for us and allowed us to spend as much time as we needed. You truly cared for all of us. We are so grateful for all you did. We would also like to thank the gentlemen who handled Hoss's cremation and the care and thoughtfulness they showed in returning him to us the very next day.

Thank you again,

Diane Fowler & Samantha Spinks"

Diane Fowler
Cincinnati, Ohio

"Dr. Beth was kind and comforting and helped to make Ranger’s final moments calm and peaceful. Her empathy, patience, and understanding made the unbearable just a little more bearable. Thank you, Dr. Beth.

I also want to thank Dr. Danya, who answered the phone when I called to ask about setting up a time to help Ranger pass. I was a basket case but she was so good with me, it felt like I was talking with a friend.

Thank you both, so, SO much. 💕"

Deb Richardson
Cincinnati, Ohio

Local Resources
Pet Life and Loss Support Services

  (859) 282-6527

Faithful Friends Pet Memory Center - Hebron, KY

  (513) 489-7297

Angel's Paws - Pet Loss Support Groups - Cincinnati

  (859) 572-0560

Greater Cincinnati Veterinary Specialists - Wilder, KY

  (513) 931-8675

Grady Veterinary Hospital - Cincinnati

SERVICE AREA

Helping families in the following areas:

Our doctors are licensed veterinarian in both Ohio and Kentucky.  They cover all or parts of the following counties in Ohio and Kentucky: Boone, Butler, Campbell, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton, Kenton and Warren. There may be a travel fee of $30-$60 based on distance from the veterinarian. 

Pet Memorials
“Oreo was the sweetest and friendliest cat you’d ever meet. He was filled with love and affection. When guest came to the house his face would light up and he would greet them with leg rubs and soft mews. Oreo was a big piece of my heart. He only had a year with us and it just wasn’t enough. He is so loved and so missed. My arms are empty, ...
Dom James
August 29, 2020
“Ranger, my sweet, silky-eared singing buddy, I miss you so much. You were a joy and a shining light in my life and you were so much fun! You made me laugh and reminded me that it’s important to take time to play. You were a gentle comfort to me when I needed you most. I hope that I was a comfort to you too at the end. I hope you’re with Johnny ...
Deb Richardson
August 4, 2020
“My mind still talks to you and my heart still looks for you, but my soul knows you are at peace cute boy. Love you forever and I will see you on the other side of the rainbow.”
Megan Sennett
July 18, 2020
“In memory of Pippa, we miss her so terribly, she was the sweetest dog and brought so much joy. Her passing was made so peaceful by Dr. Beth Ruggles and what a wonderful gift it was to be with her. She's gone to upstate New York to chase rabbits and run free, I know one day I'll see her again.”
Tracey Kramer
July 6, 2020
PAYMENT OPTIONS

To make the experience as peaceful as possible, credit card over the phone (before the appointment) is generally preferred. We are also more than happy to accept a check (made to 'Lap of Love') 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.

We also accept Care Credit.

Mailing Address

Lap of Love
P.O. Box 531802
Cincinnati, Ohio 45253

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