Pricing and Information

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

Veterinary Hospice$300

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.

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.

Geriatric Consultation$300

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.

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), aggressive pets, and some exotic species.

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 over 150 pounds will be quoted

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 over 150 pounds will be quoted

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.

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 Doctors

Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians in your area!

Dr. Becky

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.

Dr. Amy

Amy Parrish, BVMS

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, 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.

"My wife and I did the hardest thing we have done. Dr. Becky was outstanding, she was sympathetic from the time she walked through our door. She showed understanding and compassion as we went through the process. Lilly was in outstanding hands the entire time. The entire thing was extremely peaceful. Having it done in our home allowed us to ensure our other dog understood what had happened. This was also a great service as he was able to relax and not worry where we took our girl. Thank you for providing this service."

Andy Long
Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania

"Dr. Becky allowed us to feel more comfortable with the experience. Her gentle, calm approach and way of explaining the process was very helpful. As hard as this decision is to make as a pet parent, I feel it's the best way for your pet to go....surrounded by the people he or she loves.....it's as close to actually "dying in their sleep" which is what we all hope for so their pain is minimized. At least in this scenario, they don't die ALONE as they might if they naturally died in their sleep during the night or while you were away from home. Dr. Becky followed up with an email to us the next day to check on us and offering a sympathetic ear if we needed to talk. I would recommend her and Lap of Love anytime!"

Dawn Williams
Mohnton, Pennsylvania

"Dr. Becky was so kind and helped make this difficult process as peaceful as possible. We are so grateful for her help with our special boy."

Jean & Sue Meloni
Mohnton, Pa., Pennsylvania

"Dr. Amy,

I couldn’t be more thankful for how you handled our loss. Your soft spoken manner and your tenderness with our boy will never be forgotten.

It was also very healing for me to have your support when I was questioning myself even to the end. Even letting me know that some cancers could have been responsible for his excessive drinking .....thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Thank you again. You are a blessing.

With gratitude,

Elizabeth"

Elizabeth Abel
Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania

"Lap of Love was fantastic. Dr. Becky and Paola were fantastic during this situation. Hammy was well taken care of and the staff really seems to care. I received multiple phone calls and emails from the staff to not only help me but offer condolences."

Stan Stan
Maxatawny, Pennsylvania

"We just wanted to say thank you for making this a humane way of saying goodbye to our best friend, Ollie....we had him for eight years and we loved him so much. We are truly heart broken but it went so well with Dr. Becky, we were amazed. Her compassion and personable way is amazing. She was very professional, caring, and personal. We are so thankful that it went the way it did as this was the hardest thing we ever had to do. Thank you again, Dr. Becky. You are a special person who took good care of our very special friend Ollie. God bless you."

Glenn & Vicky Davis
Bainbridge, 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
“Words cannot express how saddened we are to have lost our beloved Golden Retriever, Apollo, aka Mr. Wonderful on Monday 4/8/19. We thank Lap of Love for helping us get through this most difficult time for our family. We miss him greatly but are at peace (the best we can be) knowing that he is now free from pain. Our very courageous boy battled ...
Jean & Sue Meloni
April 10, 2019
“My precious Kate....Katie Kate as we always called you. Thank you for 14 years of unconditional love, loyalty, joy, and wonderful memories. You had the sweetest most endearing personality....such an easy going....nothing phases you approach to life. You loved being a couch potato but would never miss an opportunity to greet and welcome home anyone ...
Dawn Williams
April 10, 2019
“My dear boy Milo- you were always such a " talker"- the house is painfully quiet when I get home. I miss your sweet face.
We rescued you when you were a puppy and have loved you for 11 years....through allergy shots and surgeries you remained our happy boy. While Marley will chase his ball incessantly all you ever wanted was to be near us and ...
Elizabeth Abel
April 10, 2019
“Hammy was a crazy kitty cat. She was incredibly social. She was a weird cat...she could be moody, mischievous, and spastic. She had her claws but she didn't rip stuff up. And she was a loving little kitty cat. Hammy loved life and I loved her. And it seemed like she really loved me. She wasn't a lap cat but she liked getting near me and cuddling ...
Stan Stan
March 23, 2019
Payment Options

To make the experience as peacful 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. 

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P.O. Box 4063
Reading, PA 19606

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