Berks & Lehigh Counties

  (484) 504-9482

  [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$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.

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.

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$300
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$325
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$375
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$400

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$200
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$225
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$275
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$325

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

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 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 Becky was really great. She is very friendly and knowledgeable and was really helpful during the entire process and was very respectful and patient to allow us all the time we needed to say our final goodbyes. I definitely recommend her."

Jim/Rob Andrews/Brown
Allentown, Pennsylvania

"Becky proved to be an incredible blessing when it came time to usher Brinklee over the Rainbow Bridge. I was the only member of the family who could bear to be present during the procedure and I was afraid that it would be traumatic, as I have never had a pet put to sleep before. Becky was incredibly accommodating and friendly and I deeply appreciated her adaptability—while death is a somber subject for most, my family copes with pain through humor and I was glad to have her join in on the laughter as we recounted pet stories while Brinklee drifted off to sleep. Instead of the traumatic experience I was expecting, Becky blessed Brinklee with a calm and dignified end. It was so important to me that Brinklee wasn’t afraid in her last moments and Becky made sure that the process was carried out with utmost care. Instead of being overwhelmed by grief, I felt incredibly grateful for the knowledge that Brinklee experienced no pain and had been treated with respect. I cannot thank Becky enough for what she did for us."


New Ringgold, Pennsylvania

"Real compassionate and caring for my Jennie and myself. Highest regards for her compassion and professionalism"

William Dimovitz
Allentown, Pennsylvania

"Calling Lap of Love was THE best decision I made. From the very first call they were comforting to talk to in our very difficult time. Dr Amy was nothing short of an Angel sent to help Penny cross over. She was kind and patient and so very comforting. If we are ever put in this situation again we will be calling Lap of Love. My beautiful Penner was able to leave this human world comfortable on her couch surrounded by her family."

Valerie Rhoads
Douglassville, Pennsylvania

"Dr. Amy George and I wanted to thank you for the kindness and tenderness that you gave to our very special Magic. It was the hardest thing that we ever had to do. Your understanding helped us through this tough period our life and Magics life, She will be missed so much by our family. Magic has brought so much love to our home. She was such a joy. Much thanks to you again."

michele glick
Allentown, Pennsylvania

"Dr Becky made a very difficult situation so much easier. Her calm, caring professional manner put us and Adelaide at ease. You can tell she loves her job and the animals she cares for."

Cheryl Belman
Allentown, 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
“Pickle was the sweetest and most loving Min Pin. In her younger years she loved going for walks in the park and strutting her signature Min Pin prance. She loved meeting up with her dog friends and having play time and then getting her favorite treat, like the Bark-o-Pops she would get from the local Philly dog bakery. She loved spending time ...
Jim/Rob Andrews/Brown
October 21, 2020
“Brinklee was our fondest friend and beloved member of our family for over a decade. We will never forget the love, joy, and laughter that she brought into our home and into our hearts. She was truly one of a kind and we are so lucky and grateful to have been able to spend so many years with her. We will always cherish the memories we have of her ...
October 19, 2020
“You have been my comfort and joy through all these years and I will miss you more than you will ever know.”
William Dimovitz
October 16, 2020
“Penelope aka: Penner, Pen-Pen, Penny pop drop was my special girl and will be missed everyday.”
Valerie Rhoads
October 16, 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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