Chester County

  (484) 861-3006

  [email protected]

COVID-19 Update: We are still honored to join you in the home so that your pet can be safely surrounded by loved ones during this time.

PRICING AND INFORMATION
All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

EUTHANASIA$350

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$450

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$150

Using phone or Zoom, 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$300
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$325
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$375
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$400

With this option, your pet is cremated privately at a licensed crematory. The ashes are contained in a lovely rosewood urn with an engraved nameplate and will be returned to you within two weeks directly at the crematory in West Chester or by mail.

COMMUNAL CREMATION
Pets up to 39 pounds$200
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$225
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$275
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$325

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 pet cemetery. 

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

COVID-19 Update: We are still honored to join you in the home so that your pet can be safely surrounded by loved ones during this time.

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

Dr. Brianna

Brianna McKenna

My veterinary story starts from a very young age as I always gravitated towards spending time with animals at gatherings (more often than with fellow humans!). When I was young, I would wander off only to be found in another room with the family dog, instead of socializing with friends and family. It was around this time that I realized there was something special about animals and noticed my desire to be with and help them. Soon thereafter, I made the decision to become a veterinarian and never looked back. I’ve always been able to easily interpret pets’ needs when they are sick, and immediately felt drawn to the career.

I was born in the Philadelphia suburbs and I grew up in West Chester, PA. Through college, I volunteered with horses, goats, sheep, cats, dogs, reptiles and small mammals. At the University of Tampa, I studied Biology and then decided to take my passion to the Caribbean for veterinary school. I spent my last year of veterinary school at LSU in Louisiana, where I discovered my love for Emergency Medicine.

I enjoy the unpredictability of Emergency Medicine. There are the days that are fulfilling, coincided by the ones that can be hectic and emotional. While working in Emergency Medicine, I’ve realized that end-of-life care for animals is often not what owners wish it to be, especially when their loved ones are sick.  

The euthanasia experience in a clinical setting can be rather fast, making it difficult for the family to process their emotions. This is how I found my calling to contribute to end-of-life care in a deeper and more meaningful way, where the moment can be treated peacefully and undisturbed. I feel privileged to have the ability to bridge the gaps between suffering and peace for those furry friends who make our lives so much better by working with Lap of Love. 

In my free time, I love to work out, tap dance and travel. I have three amazing cats named Mackeral, Sugar, and Spice, and they all live up to their names! 

Dr. Leslie

Leslie Krienke

I’m originally from the suburbs just north of Boston, which means I’m no stranger to cold weather. Growing up, I was always drawn toward a career of service, so I started by serving my country. I attended the United States Military Academy at West Point and upon graduation I was commissioned as an officer in the US Army. In the Army I witnessed the awe-inspiring abilities of service animals. I marveled at the human-animal bond between soldiers with PTSD and service dogs. The dedication and loyalty that these animals and humans provided each other compelled me to pursue veterinary medicine. My sense of service grew into a desire to foster and protect this bond.

After leaving the Army, I attended Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. I felt every success and heartache alongside the families we helped. For me, the most fulfilling was serving as the support for a family experiencing the loss of their loved one. I have experienced loss in a variety of ways throughout my life-including several of my own pets. Recently, I said goodbye to my 9-year-old cat, George, who had lymphoma. I am thankful for the time I had with him and miss him every day. He is always in my heart and memories, and I am grateful for the peaceful passing he had.  

The bond between people and our pets is strong, and it is real. I was drawn to a career in end-of-life care to be able to support and comfort families and their loved ones through this process. It is an honor to help families in such a delicate and meaningful way.  

Outside of veterinary medicine, I enjoy spending time outdoors hiking, biking, and running. The beach is one of my favorite places to spend the day with my husband, young son, and our dog.

Dr. Sara

Sara Barlowe

I grew up on Long Island, NY, surrounded by pets big and small since the day I was born. I knew I wanted to be a vet for as long as I could remember.  Just recently I stumbled across something I wrote in kindergarten about where I saw myself in 20 years. It read: “as a vet, treating a snowflake white Dalmatian!” Even though I don’t see many Dalmatians, the sentiment still rings true.

My passion to pursue a career in veterinary medicine led me to Emory University in Atlanta, GA, before travelling to New England for veterinary school at Tufts University. Following graduation, I began practicing in Pennsylvania - not quite as cold as the New England winters, but still close to home. I entered a fast-paced general practice, but found myself longing for a deeper and more personal connection with clients and their pets. I discovered I loved house call appointments because they gave me the opportunity to understand a family’s goals, as well as the pet’s day-to-day life and home environment. I loved knowing that when I entered a home, pets viewed me as a friend and not a scary doctor. 

Whenever I tell people I am a veterinarian, one of the most common stories I hear is of their pet’s final moments.  Initially I found this surprising, but after practicing for years, I have discovered this moment is of the utmost importance in both a pet’s life as well as a family’s. I realized that if I could make those moments absolutely perfect, I could bring both peace and relief to pets and their families.  I am honored to have the opportunity to be welcomed into your home to help you through difficult decisions, and, when it’s time, help your pet pass with grace and dignity surrounded by loved ones.

When I’m not practicing medicine, I enjoy hiking, hosting game nights, drawing and painting, and spending time with my own furry and feathered family.  I have a fluffy dog named Koda, a mischievous cat named Catrick, and a strong-willed rescue cockatiel named Bobby.

About Brianna McKenna

My veterinary story starts from a very young age as I always gravitated towards spending time with animals at gatherings (more often than with fellow humans!). When I was young, I would wander off only to be found in another room with the family dog, instead of socializing with friends and family. It was around this time that I realized there was something special about animals and noticed my desire to be with and help them. Soon thereafter, I made the decision to become a veterinarian and never looked back. I’ve always been able to easily interpret pets’ needs when they are sick, and immediately felt drawn to the career.

I was born in the Philadelphia suburbs and I grew up in West Chester, PA. Through college, I volunteered with horses, goats, sheep, cats, dogs, reptiles and small mammals. At the University of Tampa, I studied Biology and then decided to take my passion to the Caribbean for veterinary school. I spent my last year of veterinary school at LSU in Louisiana, where I discovered my love for Emergency Medicine.

I enjoy the unpredictability of Emergency Medicine. There are the days that are fulfilling, coincided by the ones that can be hectic and emotional. While working in Emergency Medicine, I’ve realized that end-of-life care for animals is often not what owners wish it to be, especially when their loved ones are sick.  

The euthanasia experience in a clinical setting can be rather fast, making it difficult for the family to process their emotions. This is how I found my calling to contribute to end-of-life care in a deeper and more meaningful way, where the moment can be treated peacefully and undisturbed. I feel privileged to have the ability to bridge the gaps between suffering and peace for those furry friends who make our lives so much better by working with Lap of Love. 

In my free time, I love to work out, tap dance and travel. I have three amazing cats named Mackeral, Sugar, and Spice, and they all live up to their names! 

"Knowing it was time to say goodbye and let the heart of our home go ahead of us, was still a heart-breaking decision. Having Dr. Leslie come to our home was truly a blessing. She is kind, patient and she has a lovely calm and genuine caring presence. Everything was explained to us gently and she quietly gave us all the time we needed. Thanks to her we know our girl left us peacefully and in the greatest care. Thank you Lap of Love for being there for us and for sending us an angel."

Suellen Smith
West Chester, Pennsylvania

"I want to thank Lap of Love especially Dr. Sara who showed such compassion during this horrible time in my life. She was gentle and understanding and helped my sweet Boo go peacefully and calmly over that Rainbow Bridge."

Chris Gentile
Broomall, Pennsylvania

"Dr. Barlowe was very wonderful and made the process easy and very peacefil"

Mollie Rossi
HAVERTOWN, Pennsylvania

"Dr Leslie, Thank you so much for your compassion during our tough time. We could feel your connection with us the moment you walked in the door and it was heartwarming. It was so nice that Eli was able to greet you, as that was his way. When we learned of the heart tumor, we had hoped that the medications would give us some more time with our sweet Eli, but things took a turn and his condition rapidly declined. We really can’t imagine having to say goodbye any other way and we’re grateful for your empathetic care for Eli (and for us). He clearly loved your brownies!"


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

"We could not be thankful enough for the care & compassion we were given by everyone at Lap of Love, especially Dr. Leslie. This was a devastating and extremely difficult decision for us and we will be forever grateful for being able to have this important moment for our boy Sawyer in the comfort of our home. Dr. Leslie's kind words and professionalism really helped us through this tough time. Thank you to everyone who supported us and gave Sawyer a dignified and peaceful send-off."

Michael Lukac
Ambler, Pennsylvania

"They help me go through this not just helped my dog. Thank you !"

Amani Alamri
Lansdowne, Pennsylvania

LOCAL RESOURCES
Pet Life And Loss Support Services

  (610) 296-2099

HOPE Veterinary Specialists - Malvern

  (610) 666-1050

Metropolitan Veterinary Associates (MVA) - Norristown

  (215) 750-2774

CARES (Center for Animal Referral and Emergency Services) - Langhorne

  (484) 453-8210

Day by Day Pet Caregiver Support - Drexel Hill

  (610) 666-1050

MVA's Pet Loss Support Group - Norristown

  (484) 453-8210

Day by Day Pet Caregiver Support - Philadelphia

  (610) 828-3054

Hickory Veterinary Hospital - Plymouth

  (215) 515-8810

Quakertown Veterinary Clinic

SERVICE AREA
Helping families in the following areas:

We proudly serve families in Chester county and surrounding areas. A travel fee ranging from $30-$100 may apply based on distance traveled from the veterinarian.

Pet Memorials
“I hope you know that I did this for you. I couldn't bear to see you in pain any longer. My heart aches but I know it was your time although our time together was way too short. Hope you find all the tennis balls you want.”
Chris Gentile
February 17, 2021
“We love you and miss you so much Mr. Dobbs”
Mollie Rossi
February 15, 2021
“Eli has a posse - every person he ever met and a select few awesome doggos. We will miss our sweet Eli, but we know he’s able to rest easy now and run free with his buddies.”
February 15, 2021
“When people see Percy the 1st thought is “what a big dog?!” And the 2nd thought is “This is what a dog should be !”. He had so many side of his personality that shine in the most awkward and hilarious situations. He was a German Shepard with droopy ears and one of them always stand up right when he’s about to act. When we went running, no matter ...
Amani Alamri
January 23, 2021
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
PO Box 255
West Chester, Pennsylvania 19381

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