PRICING AND INFORMATION

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

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 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
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$375

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
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$300

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.

"Dr Amy was very kind and there for us in our time of need with our beloved Mya"

Charles Pfleger
Quakertown, Pennsylvania

"Thank you Dr. Parrish. I’m really happy I reached out to Lap of Love. You were comforting and wonderful."

Nicole Gersh
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

"Dr. Amy was so compassionate. She recognized our emotional distress about making a decision that was so painful for us. She observed and then examined Mejee, explaining the symptoms of pain and anxiety, and validating our good care of her throughout 4 years with Cushing's. There was never a feeling of being rushed---we were given all the time we needed to say goodbye to our little one. We felt such comfort when Dr. Amy brought in the basket so nicely made up with colorful blankets. Watching Dr. Amy tuck the blanket around her was touching. Thank you,, Dr. Amy for helping Mejee leave us peacefully."

Frances Betz
Easton, Pennsylvania

"We are so grateful for the kind, compassionate care and support Amy gave to us. Saying goodbye to Casey was the hardest thing we have ever had to do. This horrible experience of losing our baby was made to be peaceful, calm and special.

Thank you Amy for your genuine thoughtfulness and care from talking us through the difficult decision and helping us with knowing the time was right, creating the special paw print that we will cherish and tucking her into her basket with loving care and letting us carry her to your vehicle. You have a special heart and calling. We are forever grateful for your compassion."

Melissa Siegfried
Allentown, Pennsylvania

"Amy was very kind and patient. This was very difficult for my mom and I, but she made us feel very comfortable... We love the clay paw print. ♥"

Ahnika Bogart
Macungie, Pennsylvania

"Lap of Love is appropriately named. They came to me at the end of a long series of physical struggle Yona endured. He was in a lot of pain tho that day he was stoic. He was completely relaxed with the doctor and I’d swear he knew exactly what was coming but was not the least stressed. He’d just been diagnosed with his 5th auto immune disorder and a new wave of SLO ((made his body reject his nails in a painful process of losing them). The meds needed to stop the impact of the incurable disorders was again gonna run through his body like a freight train. He’d recovered twice but at a cost of 4-6 months recovery. He was so stoic but had gotten so weak and in so much pain. Lap of Love made the ability of facing off with the choice to release my boy from this ongoing struggle a more manageable concept to swallow. The fact that the doctor sat on the floor and spoke to my stately boy with all the love I feel for him honored his generous spirit. He clearly really liked her and readily allowed her to do what she needed to do. He left this plane peacefully with his head in my hands. He deserved a stress free departure. It was well worth the cost and then some. To round it out, they sent a warm greeting on the anniversary of his death. This is a conscientious organization that I will stand behind and recommend to anyone in need. One never hopes to need this option but standard vet offices, even when they are caring, have a procedure that I will never put any dog thru again. That wrestle grip is the only thing that made my girl freak out when I took her there after a horrific cancer diagnosis. No explanation stopped him. It was an awful way for my sweet girl to leave after all she’d done. I’ll never do that again to any animal in my care. Lap of Love is the only way to walk through this together in a space your dog is safe and done with great sensitivity just as it should be."

Diane Collins
Philadelphia, 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

Helping families in the following areas:

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
“We lost our beloved little girl on Wednesday. Mya has crossed the Rainbow Bridge and playing with Koda now. She will be deeply missed. We love you Mya!”
Charles Pfleger
January 25, 2020
“To my beloved Bella, my sweet Bellagirl, my Bougioe boo, you were so sweet and loved everyone! I miss seeing your cute face! You were such a good dog, the best! I miss you more than words can say, and I think about you everyday. I hope you and playing with Zoe and keeping your dad, TJ company. I love and miss you Bella.”
Nicole Gersh
January 22, 2020
“Your Passamaquoddy name was Mejuard which means "messy hair" We thought that was a lot of name for a 2# terrier mix pup, so we called you Mejee ( rhymes with wedgie.) You grew up to be 10#, and you were the sweetest and most loving little dog who came everywhere with us, You loved being in the boat on the lake. You would stand on your back ...
Frances Betz
January 21, 2020
“Saying goodbye to our sweet Casey has felt like my whole heart has been ripped out and shattered into a million pieces. Words could never fully express the love, joy and happiness she brought to our lives and to so many of our friends family.

We have been incredibly lucky to have had almost 13 wonderful years with her in the center of it all. ...
Melissa Siegfried
January 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 4063
Reading, Pennsylvania 19606

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