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.
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 came to our rescue. We knew that we had a problem with Rascal when she stopped eating and drinking. Dr. Becky evaluated her and we started treating Rascal with pain management. When the pain management stopped working we knew it was time. Dr. Becky once again came to our side this time to travel a different path. We knew we were ALL in good hands. Dr. Becky was caring and compassionate with all of us. Her care never wavered. Before we parted ways, Becky made sure we were OK and offered assistance if necessary. We cannot thank Dr. Becky enough for the time she spent helping us when “our angel got her wings.”"
Jamie HokePine Grove, Pennsylvania
"The weekend our beloved rottweiler, Baby, had walked her final steps, you were the final piece to help us in her journey through life with us. It has taken me 3 months to write my testimonial. (I am still having trouble typing this without the tears flowing). You were an angel, your kindness and gentleness was exactly what we needed and we couldnt have asked for a better person (angel) to help us at one of the hardest times. I hope you know what you do is the most courageous and loving act that someone has ever shown me. You gave us peace and most of all you gave our rottweiler, Baby, peace. Bless you and thank you for all you did that day and for the many animals and their loved ones that you will give peace to in the days to come. Forever appreciative, Lisa and Family"
Lisa AndrewsEmmaus, Pennsylvania
"After having to make one of the hardest decisions of our lives, and not having the heart to put our sweet girl back into the car, Dr. Becky literally came to our rescue and we would not have had it any other way. We cannot thank her enough for coming into our home and helping us give Syd Marie eternal life out of pain. Thanks to Dr. Becky, Sydney was able to have a peaceful passing at home, while resting in our loving arms. This was one of the saddest days of our lives, but Dr. Becky somehow made the experience quite beautiful, reassuring, and put us at ease. Dr. Becky, the love you gave our family on Saturday will never be forgotten. You are a beautiful soul!"
Kaitie and Kevin WallsEast Fallowfield, Pennsylvania
"I can not say enough about Dr. Becky and Lap of Love. From the moment I called that morning I knew I was making the right decision. She came to the house where my precious Cooper was laying on his bed very relaxed. Our family and my parents came from NJ and she made everyone feel very special and never even met us until that morning. She explained everything to us what was going to happen. I felt such a relief after he passed because I knew he was relaxed in his house and he was surrounded by love. I am so happy I did it this way and if I ever do get another dog this is the only way I will put a dog at rest and peace."
Kim PersonPottstown, Pennsylvania
"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
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