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
"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
"We want to sincerely thank Dr. Becky for all that she has done for our family and Cody. From the moment I called to schedule an appointment, to the phone calls with her to answer our questions, and our final goodbye to Cody (our 13 1/2 year old Yellow Lab) we only wish we would have had this same experience with our 3 other pets we had to say goodbye to within the past 2 years.
We started with pets before children and were blessed to have 2 wonderful cats and 2 amazing dogs. The most difficult thing we have had to do in our life is to have had to say goodbye to our pets. Prior to knowing about Lap of Love we went through our veterinarian which does not even compare to this experience with Dr. Becky in our home. We wish more people knew about this wonderful company. By having Dr. Becky come to our home allowed Cody to remain comfortable in his own surrounding and made it more personal and private for our family. Dr. Becky took the time to meet Cody, explained things with Cody’s condition to us and walk us through the process. She then made us Cody’s beautiful paw print that we will cherish forever.
We hope that by sharing our experience will help other families going through one of the most difficult times in life know that they and their beloved pet will be in good hands with Dr. Becky. We are grateful to have been referred to Dr. Becky.
In Loving Memory of Cody Berg who will always be loved and missed.
The Berg Family"
The Berg FamilyLenhartsville, Pennsylvania
"I already submitted one but thank you again Dr. Becky for your caring and compassion in this difficult time."
Angel MoserReading, Pennsylvania
"Dr. Becky helped my moms dog cross over to Rainbow Bridge, unfortunately 9 days later we were faced with major medical issues with our beloved dog Chloe, she was willing to talk to me about what our vets diagnosis was and to further explain the risks and problems our baby faced if she were to survive. She came to our house the following day to help Chloe cross to Rainbow Bridge, we will forever be grateful for the caring and compassion she showed for our fur babies. Thank you sincerely from the bottom of my heart for reassuring me we were doing the right thing!"
"Comforting, informative and understanding"
Kevin and Phyllis DantonioPottstown, Pennsylvania
"It is never easy when it comes time to put down your favorite fur baby. On December 4th we had you make a critical decision as to what to do with our baby. I heard of lap of love that comes to your house checks out your dog and gives you suggestions. My dog wound up having a stroke and we round up putting him down. The process that they do when they get to your house was amazing. Dr. Frank's was so professional and so sincere and so compassionate and explain every step of the way. I could not have asked for any better way to put down my baby. I would definitely advise anybody to use lap of love they were wonderful. Again I would like to thank Becky Franks for doing a wonderful job. ROBERT & JUDY STRAUB , RSADING ,PA."
Robert StraubReading, 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