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$100

Using phone or Skype, 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. 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! 

"Dyan and I can't say enough good about Lap of Love and Dr. Barlowe and her assistant Dr. Brianna. They are two of the most compassionate people in the world. And their job was not necessarily easy. Let's just say that Yeager was never a big fan of needles!

Yeager was diagnosed with prostate cancer that had metastasized to his bladder, bowel, and lymph nodes. After the oncology consult left us without any hope of curing his disease, we knew that hospice care was our only option until he told us it was time. And his Mommy has been a Hospice nurse for 30 years.

She consulted with Yeager's Vet and came up with a treatment plan to keep him comfortable. The first couple of weeks were amazing. He was like his old self. The concern was, when it WAS time, there was absolutely no way that we could take the final step without holding him in our arms, which was not possible at our vet because of Covid.

Enter Lap of Love. Neither of us had ever heard of the service. Yeager's doctor recommended it. And I am really without words for how wonderful it was.

Yeager's decline was rapid. He was okay for about a week or so. Then, within days the disease advanced to the point his body was not functioning. When we called they scheduled something immediately and were at our home within 24 hours. Once at the house, they did their job with overwhelming compassion while giving us however much time we needed.

Being able to allow Yeager to spend his final moments in his own home in our arms is one of the greatest gifts we've ever received. We cannot thank Dr. Barlowe and Lap of Love enough."

Leo Kennedy
Coatesville, Pennsylvania

"This is one of the hardest things you have to do in your life. It is very difficult even though you know it is time for your loved one to be put to peace....Dr. Sara came into my home, did not know me, my dog, or my friend an just meshed with us. She was very caring, asking questions about Darla "Lou" and took an interest in Lou. Sara was very affectionate to Lou (she sometimes did not like new comers till she sniffed them over and saw my reaction) but, Sara petted her comforter her. She has comforting me since and if you need laps of love for you beloved pet, I hope you get Sara or someone just like her. Thank you Sara! God Bless"

Sandra Brock
Glenmoore, Pennsylvania

"Sara assisted us today with Euthanizing our 2 Maltese’s. We had not realized how much pain they both had been in being 15 and 16 yrs old and Both having illnesses. Sara was so kind and truly helped us to know this was the time to let them go in a peaceful way and be able to be in our pets home with us. It was a sad time of course but being able to hold them and love on them together helped us to get thru this. Thank you so much Sara! We really appreciated your knowledge that you shared with us and helping us to know it was the best way for our Bebe and Cece. You helped us tremendously."

Chris and Sherrie Bennett
High Point, North Carolina

"I want to express my gratitude and thanks to Dr. Sara Barlowe, DVM and the Lap of Love organization for their assistance and care in the passing of my dog, Max II. Dr. Barlowe's calm manner and professionalism made a difficult situation easier to handle. From the point of my initial phone call and discussion with Lap of Love intake coordinator Chloe that morning till the afternoon when Dr. Barlowe arrived at my home, I felt Max II would be in good hands. For any pet owner who needs qualified and compassionate assistance at the end of their pet's life, I would certainly recommend Lap of Love and Dr. Sara Barlowe."

Edward Schmid
West Chester, Pennsylvania

"Dr. Sara was absolutely wonderful. The staff who set up the procedure was also beyond helpful and caring. This saved one more stress induced trip to the vet for our Pearl, and allowed her to go to sleep peacefully in her home on her favorite blanket. Dr. Sara thoroughly explained everything, and moves at whatever pace you need her to. She asked me questions about how Pearl got her name, and about how Pearl was with our two daughters, all to keep happy thoughts in my mind as Pearl went to sleep. She was amazing through the entire process and I can not recommend her and this service enough."

Rick Watson
West Norriton, Pennsylvania

"We recently had need of help in a very difficult time in our beloved golden retriever's life. Lap of Love was recommended to us and Dr. Sara came to our home to assist him in his last moments. Dr. Sara was so compassionate with our guy and so understanding of our grief. Dr. Sara made this terrible time almost bearable because of her extraordinary caring, concern and expertise. Our pets deserve the best and I would highly recommend Dr. Sara and Lap of Love."

Kathleen Kennedy
Broomall, 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
“You will be missed more than you will ever know Big Man. Rescuing you was one of the greatest blessings of our lives. In literally a second, the moment our eyes met at the SPCA, we became best friends. Mommy and I loved you so much. No longer will you sit waiting in the driveway for Mommy to come home from work. Nor will I hear you wildly barking ...
Leo Kennedy
November 24, 2020
“My dear Maggie....you were so much more than a pet to us, and especially to me. You came into our lives at the exact moment I knew I needed you. You loved everyone you met and even those who were not fans of little dogs fell in love with you. I will never forget the love you gave me, no matter the circumstance you always knew when Mommy needed ...
Lori Mileto
October 15, 2020
“Sadly, the house feels empty. On Monday, October 5th, we have lost our beloved Gizmo. I will miss the thought of coming home to you. The perkiness of jumping right up and the tail wagging, as I called it Thor's Hammer when it would her tail would thump up against a wall. Gizmo was full of life, always happy, and felt comfort in being loved. ...
Christopher PHILLIPS
October 10, 2020
“Murphy was the king of the house and definitely the most loved Golden! He had quite the fan base and was known for his famous funny or cute "Murph snaps" (snapchat). He was most often found watching over the neighborhood in the front yard, frolicking in the bay, or lounging in a human bed. Every bed of the house was Murphy's bed and always will ...
Caitlin Golden
September 21, 2020
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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