PRICING AND INFORMATION


APPOINTMENT PRICING

EUTHANASIA$300

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$400

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: 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$350

With this option, your pet is cremated privately at a licensed crematory. The ashes are contained in a lovely wooden urn with a gold engraved nameplate and will be returned to your primary care veterinarian within two weeks. They can also be made available directly from the crematory or mailed to you.

COMMUNAL CREMATION
Pets up to 39 pounds$175
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$200
Pets 100 - 149 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 cremated with other pets at a licensed crematory and ashes are scattered in a cemetery located in Lafayette, NJ. 

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

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 veterinarians in your area!

Dr. Becky

Becky Frank

I grew up in a small town outside of Buffalo, NY, called Alden. I wanted to be a vet from the time I could walk and constantly brought home stray cats, cleared innocent worms from sidewalks after the rain fell, and watched nature programs without ceasing. I evolved from there, when I got a dog at age 8 and began to ride horses at 10. I attended veterinary school at Atlantic Veterinary College in Prince Edward Island, Canada. 

I enjoy an eclectic smattering of disciplines within the veterinary field, including beef feedlot medicine, exotic medicine, horse sports medicine, homeopathic alternatives such as chiropractic and acupuncture, and geriatric medicine/end of life care. I love being a vet because I am passionate about helping people, and I understand that when I am working with someone’s pet, I’m working with their family member. I also recognize that I’m treating the client in addition to the animal. 

Unfortunately, I have lost several pets in my life ranging from birds to horses. The most devastating to me was when my dog, who had a severe heart murmur, died in my arms while I was helping the cardiologist hold him for and ultrasound. My last dog to pass went through extensive geriatric care, and sadly passed while I was in veterinary school. From these experiences, I understand the difficulty of saying goodbye to a beloved friend. I love helping families say goodbye and give their friend the most dignified end that they can by administering peace at home. I joined Lap of Love knowing I can help families through difficult times and the grief that they may be feeling.

Outside of veterinary medicine I enjoy running, triathlons, kayaking, kickboxing, hunting, painting, playing piano, and just fooling around with my two dogs at the dog park.

Dr. Amy

Amy Parrish

Ever since I learned that marine biologists don’t spend all day swimming with dolphins, I’ve wanted to be a veterinarian. I grew up in Easton, PA, dreaming of being just like James Herriot. After completing a bachelor’s degree at Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA, I graduated veterinary school from his alma mater, the University of Glasgow. After graduation, I relocated to Frederick, MD and started at a mixed animal practice that enabled me to help families of both the “small” and “large” variety. While there, I realized that the times I felt most fulfilled involved guiding families through end of life decisions for their furry family members.

 After attending several lectures presented by Dr. Dani McVety and Dr. Mary Gardner, I had a bit of a light-bulb moment when it became apparent that end of life care was a real career option. Shortly after returning home from that conference, my own dog fell ill. Hogan had been there for me and my family through quite a few major life events, and I ended up having to help him gain his wings after a brief battle with cancer. Being able to give him the gift of being in his own backyard (his favorite place to lay and people watch) cemented in my mind that I wanted to be able to do the same for other families.

Aside from veterinary life, I also enjoy spending time with my husband and our two dogs, Rocky, the black lab and Willow, the boxer mix. I also enjoy photography, singing, musical theatre, reading, crafts, camping, traveling, and horseback riding, and have also started flyball training with Willow.

About Becky Frank

I grew up in a small town outside of Buffalo, NY, called Alden. I wanted to be a vet from the time I could walk and constantly brought home stray cats, cleared innocent worms from sidewalks after the rain fell, and watched nature programs without ceasing. I evolved from there, when I got a dog at age 8 and began to ride horses at 10. I attended veterinary school at Atlantic Veterinary College in Prince Edward Island, Canada. 

I enjoy an eclectic smattering of disciplines within the veterinary field, including beef feedlot medicine, exotic medicine, horse sports medicine, homeopathic alternatives such as chiropractic and acupuncture, and geriatric medicine/end of life care. I love being a vet because I am passionate about helping people, and I understand that when I am working with someone’s pet, I’m working with their family member. I also recognize that I’m treating the client in addition to the animal. 

Unfortunately, I have lost several pets in my life ranging from birds to horses. The most devastating to me was when my dog, who had a severe heart murmur, died in my arms while I was helping the cardiologist hold him for and ultrasound. My last dog to pass went through extensive geriatric care, and sadly passed while I was in veterinary school. From these experiences, I understand the difficulty of saying goodbye to a beloved friend. I love helping families say goodbye and give their friend the most dignified end that they can by administering peace at home. I joined Lap of Love knowing I can help families through difficult times and the grief that they may be feeling.

Outside of veterinary medicine I enjoy running, triathlons, kayaking, kickboxing, hunting, painting, playing piano, and just fooling around with my two dogs at the dog park.

"Thank you, Dr. Amy and Lap of Love, for assisting our family with helping Calli cross the Rainbow Bridge. You take the time necessary and understand this is the most difficult decision we will likely have to make in our lives. Your kindness and compassion will never be forgotten."

Michelle Johnson
Douglassville, Pennsylvania

"Most wonderful, caring service I could have imagined for my sweet boy. I felt assured they would take special care of him when he was gone. So comforting for him to be surrounded by us in his own home. I’m so very grateful. For Dr. Becky and everyone that comforted us during this difficult time. Thank you for what you do."

Robin Grohotolski
Lehighton, Pennsylvania

"Thank you Dr. Frank for assisting our family during this difficult time. Your kindness and compassion was genuine. We will be forever greatful."

Amber Handwerk
Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania

"Dr. Becky made this experience special. Dr. Kaye D Sweigard was our vet and suggest your service, It is always hard to say goodbye. Our General passed with peace and dignity. After 15yrs his time came and we were able to say goodbye as he passed over the rainbow bridge. He will never be forgotten and again thank you for your caring and making all as comfortable as possible. It was important that he passed at home being loved.

Goodbye General

love

John and Brenda hall"

john hall
HEGINS, Pennsylvania

"Amy was very sweet to us and our furbaby. She took the time to let Hugo get to know her and even let him rumage through her bag a bit. We didn't want to drag the process out, Hugo had a great last few days and ultimately was suffering the morning of. We all knew it was time. She was very respectful of our property and choices and walked us through everything. She handled our pain very well and we are forever grateful that after a month of nothing but vet offices and ER Animal Hospitals we were able to have Hugo's last moments with us in the comfort of our own home, in his favorite spot, under the trees in our back yard. Thank you for everything."

Deanna Gilmer
Temple, Pennsylvania

"Dr. Parrish was wonderful. So thoughtful and considerate of how hard this was for me. It was nice that she came to the house, since I had to go through this alone She explained everything that was going to happen. I am so grateful to Stephanie, who scheduled the appointment and Dr. Parrish who showed so much care.."

Marlene Wright
Coopersburg, Pennsylvania

LOCAL RESOURCES
Pet Life and Loss Support Services

  (610) 775-7535

Berks Animal Emergency and Referral Center

  (484) 453-8210

Day by Day Pet Caregiver

  (610) 666-1050

Metropolitan Veterinary Associates and Emergency Services

  (610) 435-1553

Valley Central Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center

  (610) 435-1553

Valley Central Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center Support Group

  (215) 536-6245

Quakertown Veterinary Clinic

  (215) 898-4556

UPENN Veterinary School Pet Loss Hotline

SERVICE AREA


We proudly serve Berks and Lehigh counties and some parts of Northampton, Montgomery and Lancaster counties. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be an additional drive fee.

Pet Memorials
“Calli, you will be missed every day by all of us at home. Twitch, your sister, is so sad adjusting to losing you. We placed your collar on her which seems to comfort her some. Our lives are forever changed. You were and will always be my "babygirl".”
Michelle Johnson
August 16, 2019
“He was my boy. I never dreamed it would hurt this much when he was gone. Apparently he was my life for 15 wonderful years.. and now there is a gaping hole. I wish I could bring him back But I know he is pain free and running and playing in the green grass. He will forever have a place in my heart. My Fudge I miss you so very much!”
Robin Grohotolski
July 30, 2019
“Kaluha we miss you dearly! You will be in our hearts forever.”
Amber Handwerk
July 21, 2019
“New house, new baby. That is what everyone said when we brought Hugo home only weeks after purchasing our first home. The life, love, energy, smiles, and laughs that he created filled that home. It made it complete. Our time with Hugo was short - way to short but the quality of life he had was one I try to find comfort in. He will forever be my ...
Deanna Gilmer
June 4, 2019
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 4063
Reading, Pennsylvania 19606

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