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$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 Parrish was very professional and compassionate coming into our home and assisting with Layla’s passing. She explained each step thoroughly and allowed time for us to say our goodbyes. She was very helpful throughout the process, and we were grateful for her service."

Christian Geirsson
Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania

"Dr. Becky was so professional and yet jovial at the right moments when we needed it and she sensed it. I never felt judged, and talking about his aliments just reinforced my decision to do this. I felt a strong connection with her that will last. If I ever need their services in the future if I can handle getting another pet, no question. Absolutely top notch."

Marilyn Cormier
Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania

"Dr. Becky was kind and compassionate during one of the most difficult days of my life. Shadey was not uncomfortable at all, and I am thankful for everything Lap of Love did for us."

Lori Heffelfinger
Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania

"Our beloved dog Kelcee

01/18/2009-05/19/2020

Kelsee was happy up until the end. No suffering. Laps of love, Dr Becky came up on a beautiful sunny and breezy afternoon. We said goodbye to Kelcee under a shade tree. I was able to hold her to the end. She left us peacefully and is buried aside of our other dog Kaycee. Close to us on the edge of our woods. As heart breaking as this has been for us we knew it was time. I am so thankful for Dr. Becky and Laps of Love. We are so sad . Small things can bring on our non stop tears. We have so many wonderful memories of her, boating, camping and just being outside with our chickens, playing ball. So good. loving and kind. Never a worry never left our side, not even one night in the last 11 years. Thank-you Kelcee for sharing your life. And thank you Laps of Love for helping with our last moments with her to be gentle and peaceful."

Lynne Mullis
mohnton, Pennsylvania

"I could not be happier with the whole process of Lap of Love and would recommend their services for anyone during this heart breaking time. Dr. Amy was so compassionate and caring. She explained everything and was kind and we never felt rushed. She was so gentle and treated our little Buddy like her own."

David & Kathie Perio
Easton, Pennsylvania

"Dr. Amy was an Angel. When she came to the gait my Buddy greeted her - he knew. She was so compassionate and sweet. The whole process was peaceful and I highly recommend this service. Additionally, the support staff that answers the phone are so kind , patient, and understanding. Thank you for making this most difficult decision peaceful."


Birdsboro, 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 said goodbye to my best girl yesterday. We made the decision to put Layla to sleep, in the home, while she was still at least partially with us and before her suffering became debilitating. There were signs she had been slipping for a while - back legs giving out, fading vision and hearing, losing her balance, more panting, and looking confused ...
Christian Geirsson
May 31, 2020
“Well, it was tough for me to say goodbye. I know you were patient with me trying to grasp and accept this. You told me. You really solidified that choice when Dr. Becky showed up. You were excited to see her. We took you under the Cherry tree, you rolled in the grass you're favorite thing to do. You were smiling. I know you knew in my heart and ...
Marilyn Cormier
May 27, 2020
“I adopted Shadey along with his brother Fidgit when they were tiny kittens. They were the dynamic duo. Fidgit passed in July of 2014 from lung cancer. Shadey was extremely friendly and enjoyed snuggling. He was very protective of my mom (who is 88), and would shadow her throughout the day. He loved chasing birds and bunnies in our yard, but didn't ...
Lori Heffelfinger
May 23, 2020
“In memory of Chigger Perio the best darn cat anyone could ever have. He had brought our Family so much joy for 17 years and will be missed.”
David & Kathie Perio
May 19, 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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