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.
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.
"Every interaction with Lap of Love has been exceptional. You provide a wonderful service and we greatly appreciate the compassion that you have shown to our family and, especially, to Ruby. I am so thankful we were able to be together and at home. Dr. Becky was perfect - even the little details (no lab coat/scrubs, she was a little dressed up as one might dress for a funeral, and her quiet/calm demeanor, the paw-print and seeds for her grave) are very much appreciated and made Ruby's passing as kind, comforting and dignified as possible. Thank you so much."
Kristen RobesonQuakertown, PA, Pennsylvania
"How lucky I was to have such a wonderful individual as my doctor at such a sad time at the end of my cats 22 year life , bitter sweet experience because I enjoyed meeting this human being so much and Dr Becky Franks outlook and perspective on the situation . I had expected to be heartbroken and crying yet I found myself in awe by how caring and knowledgeable engaged in conversation full of happy memories and guided to make my grief as easy as it could possibly be , Days later and I'm still amazed now looking back , it takes a special kind of person to turn something so grim into a positive experience as Dr Becky Frank surely did . I'm certain without doubt now I did what was best for my ailing cat as well as for myself . I'm certain that wouldn't be the case if anyone other than this amazing Dr was called to the job , it would have been just that , a job and nothing more . Instead I know together we made a good positive choice and my heart is at peace . A million thanks to you , laps of love , for sending this exceptional doctor and all around beautiful person to my door . Dr Becky Frank ~ I can only hope my loved ones are as blessed to be in the company of someone like you when my times comes . Gratefully yours, all best , Nora Allen ( R.I.P Patrick )"
Nora AllenMohnton, 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
Helping families in the following areas:
We proudly serve Berks and Lehigh counties and some parts of Montgomery and Lancaster counties. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a $50 drive fee.
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