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.
"Dr. Becky was great and very compassionate! She made us feel at ease with a very tough decision. I would recommend Dr. Becky to anyone who needs to make this very hard decision."
Gina GBroomall, Pennsylvania
"Dr. Becky was wonderful. She knew my work schedule made for a later night and she did not rush us with our time with him at all. As soon as I heard of this service I knew it was perfect for my yard loving boy and let him pass as peacefully and comfortably as he could here at home without the stress of more vet trips on him."
Julie PalamarBOYERTOWN, Pennsylvania
"Dr. Becky is a warm and compassionate person. She was understanding and let everyone in the family have time with Dancer. She made a very difficult time be a little less painful. It was a Sunday and she came to our home anyway.
Thank you for being such a caring person Dr. Becky, it meant so much to my family and myself."
Anne SwasingBlandon, Pennsylvania
"I just have to thank Lap of Love and especially Dr. Becky Frank, who came to my home yesterday 5/16/17 to put my 12 + year old dauschund, Oliver, who had cancer to rest. Dr. Becky was extremely kind and sympathetic and let me take the time I needed before we put him to sleep and after.
Anyone who has had to put a loved pet to rest, knows how extremely hard and painful it is. Dr. Becky made the entire process as kind and humane as possible for both myself and Oliver. Thank you Dr. Becky and Lap of Love. Joanne Quirion
"In Loving Memory of Oliver 1/5/2005-5/16/2017""
Joanne QuirionKing of Prussia, Pennsylvania
"What can I say except that I feel an angel was sent to us on April 21. Dr. Becky was the perfect person to come to our home that Last Friday with Sasha. Not only did she make us feel at ease, the best that was possible for all of us, but she was so good to our beloved Sasha. She was so sensitive to what Sasha would need and what would be the best for her. Dr. Becky was encouraging for us to be present with Sasha if we could and to speak to her right to the very end. Dr. Becky's explanation of everything was wonderful and helpful. To be blessed to have been able to keep Sasha in our home, and let her pass peacefully in her own surroundings was a special gift. My husband, myself and my children all said that Dr Becky is wonderful, just perfect. You can see the depth of her compassion in what she has to do and know that she too has been through this difficult time. Our gratitude for her compassion and professionalism will not be forgotten."
Jill AvadanianMorgantown, Pennsylvania
"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
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