Berks & Lehigh Counties
All services are provided 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 lbs, 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 pigs, guinea pigs, rabbits, ferrets, birds, fish, and goats. Call for pricing and availability.
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.
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.
There may be a fee if additional assistance to safely carry your pet out of your home is needed.
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, so we do our best to accommodate same day appointments with a few hours notice when possible.
If this is a medical emergency, please contact your local veterinarian or one of the emergency clinics listed in the Local Resources section.
Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians in your area.
Becky Frank, DVM
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.
Becky Frank, DVM
"Dr Becky was so compassionate and wonderful during this difficult time for our family. Finnigan passed peacefully surrounded by all who loved him and in the comfort of his own home. Dr Becky explained the process and reassured us that we were doing the right thing. She allowed us enough time with him to say our goodbyes. I would highly recommend Dr Becky. Thank you Dr Becky for everything."
Kimberly MajorFleetwood, Pennsylvania
"Dr. Becky is a kind and compassionate professional who is willing to go above and beyond to help make this difficult time a bit more bearable."
Karen GiordanoMillersville, Pennsylvania
"My entire experience with Lap of Love was full of compassion, patience, sympathy and competency from my first phone call to Dr. Becky's follow up the day after my sweet boy, Reese, crossed over. Reese suffered a massive seizure Friday afternoon, April 13 that was completely unexpected as he had always been in seemingly good health. After 2 emergency visits to vets on Friday and Saturday, his condition rapidly declined and by Sunday it was clear it was time to let him go.
Angie and Tina, the people who answered my calls to Lap of Love, could not have been more helpful. I felt safe during a time when it was a challenge just to stop crying long enough to speak. They encouraged me to call any time - even if I just needed to talk.
Dr. Becky was scheduled to visit us the next day (Mon) at 1pm - her first opening. She called on her way to let me know exactly what time she would arrive. Reese wasn't able to do much by that time but he did raise his head and wag his tail when she approached him. She was gentle, kind, sure, and clear in her explanation of what would happen and what to expect. Dr. Becky helped Reese cross over to eternity peacefully and without pain or any trauma whatsoever to him or to me. The thought of having to take my baby to a clinic in his frail condition was horrifying.
I had contacted another home visit vet on Sunday prior to calling Lap of Love. Sadly, that vet was not available on weekends. When my contact was returned it was late Monday afternoon letting me know the Dr. had no openings for the entire week. That vet's service is valuable too - when available - but it wasn't enough. When we are suddenly faced with extreme and unexpected circumstances as with Reese, we desperately need someone to answer our call. Death doesn't have weekends off.
I am grateful beyond expression to Dr. Becky and Lap of Love. I have never before experienced such depths of understanding and compassion."
Maureen JarrellSchnecksville, Pennsylvania
"Dr. Becky was truly amazing. The tenderness, compassion and love she shared with us made a difficult decision bearable. We were able to say goodbye in the comfort and privacy of our home, with all the familiar sounds and smells that Ripley was accustomed to. Dr. Becky understands how difficult it is to let go, and let us grieve without the feeling of being rushed, or judged. She helped us walk Ripley across the bridge, and for that we will be eternally grateful. God bless you. The Welsh Family (#Ripley). 3.27.2018"
Renee & Ross WelshBoyertown, Pennsylvania
"First of all I filled out my information online. I looked at Rex and he looked at me as if to say, "you need to call them".
I believe I talked to Shannon? She was amazing! Very understanding. Talking to her was like talking to a friend. It wasn't a business deal. That was the first step to a very difficult decision.
When Becky arrived....right from the start I knew it wasn't going to be easy but I knew she would help make it go as smoothly as possible.
I was worried about the house being a wreck because of Spring cleaning and going through the "In with the new and out with the old" phase but only "out with the old". She reassured me that she could care less about my house. We were all their for Rex. She was as amazing as Shannon said she would be. I could go on and on.
These people are caring, amazing people. I wouldn't change a thing.
Thank you Lap of Love!!!"
Tonya LashBernville/Shartlesville, Pennsylvania
"This service was done for my son Eric and his dog Duke but the service was done at my home in Hamburg. What a beautiful experience! It was such a peaceful process and Becky was amazing and very comforting. I only wish that we as individuals could choose to pass from this life in such a beautiful and personal manner. the paw print, the lock of hair...how special! Becky laid on the floor with Duke and when he had passed she said in a low voice "Duke has his wings"! Such a moment! Although I did not book the service I was there and witnessed something beautiful and I will highly recommend this service to anyone who needs it. Thank you!"
Barry DriesbachHamburg, Pennsylvania
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Berks Animal Emergency and Referral Center
Day by Day Pet Caregiver
Metropolitan Veterinary Associates and Emergency Services
Valley Central Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center
UPENN Veterinary School Pet Loss Hotline
Preferred methods of payment are check (made to 'Lap of Love') or cash.
Most pet insurance companies cover Lap of Love services. Please have any paperwork ready for the veterinarian to complete so that you can submit it for reimbursement.
Lap of LoveP.O. Box 2092Reading, PA 19608