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 Appointment 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 an 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 for an additional fee.

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 at Nonantum Vet Clinic in Landenberg, PA. 

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. Anne

Anne Mitchell, VMD

I grew up in Chester County and have lived here all of my life. My aspiration to become a veterinarian began at an early age, as did my tendency to collect pets (dogs, fish, birds, hamsters, and eventually cats and horses also). I spent many wonderful years working as a veterinary technician prior to making the decision to apply to vet school. I completed my undergraduate work at West Chester University then proceeded on to University of Pennsylvania for my veterinary degree. Since graduation, I have spent most of my time working in general medicine at a private practice in Montgomery County, prior to joining Lap of Love. 

My first dog as an adult was a young rescue German Shepherd who taught me so much about veterinary medicine and the human-animal bond. We were together for almost 14 amazing years before he earned his wings with me by his side. Allowing him to pass peacefully was one of the most difficult life choices I ever had to make but it was also one of the most important decisions. I was able to give him the gift of a planned, pain-free journey.

I am honored to have the opportunity to join Lap of Love and I hope to help you and your loved ones through those difficult times.

Dr. Melinda

Melinda Glavin, DVM

Growing up in Long Island, NY, I can’t remember a time where I didn’t want to be a veterinarian. I once even tried to convince my parents to get me a pet monkey! I spent my youth volunteering at animal shelters and eventually went on to complete my bachelor’s degree at Bucknell University. After graduation, I made the decision to travel the world and pursued veterinary school in the Caribbean at St. George’s University. 

I then began practicing small animal medicine, and while I enjoyed spending time with families and their pets, I yearned for a stronger bond with my patients in a slower paced atmosphere and I felt the calling to do veterinary end of life care.  As veterinarians, we are so lucky to help pets and families through major life decisions and to help guide them through tough times. Working with Lap of Love allows me to make a difference by giving me the honor of creating a beautiful transition to peace for our beloved pets.

My hobbies outside of Veterinary Medicine include playing guitar, singing, hiking, and spending time with my 6lb dog, Truman, and my twice-his-sized cat, Jackson.

Dr. Toni

Toni Knox, DVM

I was born and raised in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. I’ve always had an affinity for all animals and my mother has often told me stories of how I gave her small heart attacks when I little because I was known to let go of her hand to cross the street and make any animal I saw my new friend. During social events, like birthday parties, I was often found hidden away in a quiet corner or under the table with a friend’s pet. When I was 8 years old, after noticing my curiosity and love for animals, my mom explained to me that there were actual doctors for animals! From that point on my goal was crystal clear: become a veterinarian. I later attended Tuskegee University to study Animal Science and continued on to Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine where I obtained my Veterinary Degree. Upon graduation, I immediately returned to Philadelphia, the city I love, for the start of my Veterinary Career. 

My interests include Internal Medicine, Feline Medicine, Pathology, but most important of all is the Human-Animal Bond. I have had numerous pets during my lifetime, so I appreciate and fully value the strong bond that we create with the pets we care for and share our lives with. I know that loving a pet also means that we, the pet parents, will suffer an inevitable heartache when it is time for us to say goodbye. One of the most unique and beautiful privileges we have as veterinarians is to support and guide our client’s in the decision to give the selfless and loving gift of alleviating the suffering of their beloved pet. I am honored to be a Lap of Love veterinarian and I am committed to being there for you and your loved ones during these difficult times.
 
When I am not practicing medicine, I am often spending time with family, reading, and crafting. I am also a mom to a bright, energetic gentleman and five fur babies - Eden, King, Autumn, Hamish, and Velcro.

Dr. Lucy

Lucy Astor, DVM

I am originally from the Jersey Shore and, as many kids do, I grew up wanting to be a Veterinarian. Once I got to high school, though, I became interested in human geriatric medicine, so I started my college career at NYU as a pre-med student. During college, I realized my one true passion was in the veterinary field. I transferred to the University of Maryland College Park to major in Animal Science and then went on to obtain my degree in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul. It’s exactly what I was meant to do.

Immediately following veterinary school, I completed a rotating general internship and a specialty internship in Internal Medicine at Garden State Veterinary Specialists.  It was there that I met my incredible husband, and we (and our combined five cats!) started a fantastic journey together that would take us to Florida, Chicago, New York City, and eventually landing happily in the Philly suburbs.  Along the way, we heartbreakingly had to say goodbye to three of our loving cats but also joyously welcomed three beautiful (human) babies into our home. 

While working in Emergency Medicine, I discovered my interest in veterinary hospice and end-of life care.  The experience of connecting with families to assist them and their beloved companions during such an emotional time was beyond rewarding. It made me realize how passionate I am about being able to help guide pets and families through the difficult journey of saying goodbye. It moved me to join Lap of Love, where I am honored to provide this care to you and your family.

Taking care of three young boys and two geriatric kitties leaves little time for hobbies, but in my precious spare time, you’ll find me cooking, working out, or at the shore.

Dr. Brad

Brad Bates, VMD

People often ask me why I do what I do. For me, the ability to help pets and their loving families through a difficult time, and in doing so provide more comfort for everyone involved, is more than enough reason. It is a huge honor to help pets spend their last days or weeks or even months in more comfort, and with their families by their side. Everyone speaks of the difficulty of providing hospice care, but for me it is never difficult. Each and every pet and family I help shows me a deeper appreciation for the human animal bond. I feel the love between a family and a pet every time I step into a new home. It is a wonderful thing to be a part of, and to make a difficult situation better is exactly the reason I became a veterinarian. 

I received my veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Although I have experience in a wide array of small animal care, end-of-life and hospice care has truly been a calling for me. I'm so grateful that I can share my experience and understanding to you.

Like most veterinarians, my home consists of many pet children: I have 3 cats and a chinchilla. Like most pet parents, I understand the fear involved when they are sick. The fear of not knowing what to do, how to help, what is too much and most importantly when is it an appropriate time to let them pass peacefully. These are tough decisions, and you need the assistance of someone that will focus on you and your pet specifically. I offer the service I would want in return when those sad days happen to me. Being at home, surrounded by loved ones, and a peaceful goodbye.

One thing I’ve learned after being blessed with such great pets in the past, is that you have to enjoy the time you have with them. Time is less important than quality of time. I remember my little Laker. He was a sickly kitten, born with FeLV infection. He was sick with a severe respiratory infection due to his diminished immune system. His mother had to push him away from the litter. I cared for him and nursed him to health and he became a happy healthy kitten. But at aged 2 he developed lymphoma secondary to FeLV. Poor Laker was quite sick and I tried to help. But there was no medicine that could make him better. Once I thought his quality of life was diminishing and not improving, I let him pass peacefully with the help of my colleague. It was the most difficult day of my life, and that time was the most difficult time of my life to this day, and probably forever. But the thought of him suffering or becoming sicker was worse. I thank the stars every day that I was able to let him pass peacefully before he suffered to death.  He will be in my heart forever.

Spoil your pets and enjoy the laughs they bring when they are silly. Honor and remember them when they have passed. I never think of the day I will be without my pets. It helps that every day they make me laugh and smile. 


Dr. Brad - In the News:

About Anne Mitchell, VMD

I grew up in Chester County and have lived here all of my life. My aspiration to become a veterinarian began at an early age, as did my tendency to collect pets (dogs, fish, birds, hamsters, and eventually cats and horses also). I spent many wonderful years working as a veterinary technician prior to making the decision to apply to vet school. I completed my undergraduate work at West Chester University then proceeded on to University of Pennsylvania for my veterinary degree. Since graduation, I have spent most of my time working in general medicine at a private practice in Montgomery County, prior to joining Lap of Love. 

My first dog as an adult was a young rescue German Shepherd who taught me so much about veterinary medicine and the human-animal bond. We were together for almost 14 amazing years before he earned his wings with me by his side. Allowing him to pass peacefully was one of the most difficult life choices I ever had to make but it was also one of the most important decisions. I was able to give him the gift of a planned, pain-free journey.

I am honored to have the opportunity to join Lap of Love and I hope to help you and your loved ones through those difficult times.

"After his diagnosis with a terminal illness and several months of successful symptom management, our beloved Axel Foley, a member of our family for 13 years, passed on peacefully to the next great dog park where he will be united with many of his life-long friends. This transition was assisted with the compassionate, empathetic and professional care of Dr. Brad and Lisa. We thank them profoundly for their assistance and comfort through this difficult, but necessary for Axel's sake, transition. We will always cherish the fondness and love we shared with Axel during his life-long journey.

The decisions we faced during this phase weren't easy but after our relationship with these wonderful folks, we know they were the right ones and the best for Axel.

We sincerely Thank You!"

DENNIS HAGER
BERWYN, Pennsylvania

"I would highly recommend Lap of Love to any pet parent.

Compassionate, empathetic from the initial contact to the very end and beyond.

Dr. Brad was so reassuring and comforting to our family through this difficult event.

Our "Gentle Giant" Jake left us peacefully in his own bed surrounded by his family in our home.

When the time comes that we are faced with this difficult decision again, it is a relief to us

knowing Lap of Love will be there to help and comfort us.

"Thank you" to a very special group of people."

Liz Loughlin
Holland, Pennsylvania

"Dr. Anne couldn’t have been any kinder! She was there for us last year with our Honey- and yesterday for our Buddy. We will forever remember the caring nature of Lap of Love staff."

Diane Rizzo
Havertown, Pennsylvania

"On Saturday Dr. Melinda came to our home to put our boy Jake down. Jake had hip dysplasia, and a tumor growing in his throat. It was the hardest phone call to make to set it up but I am so glad I used Lap of Love. Jake used to get so much anxiety going to the Vet and I could not see putting him through that just to put him down. He was very relaxed and unbothered by Dr. Melinda. Dr. Melinda explained everything step by step, and Jake went peacefully to the Rainbow bridge. I can not thank Dr. Melinda enough for her kindness and support.

Lap of Love is wonderful, I am so glad we were able to send our boy to heaven in the most comfortable way possible. He was our life and we are heartbroken.

We just received his ashes today and we are so glad to have him home. I would highly recommend Lap of Love for home care services for your pets."

Donna Chism
Wallingford, Pennsylvania

"We just needed to put our almost 10 year old Kate down due to intestinal lymphoma. She was always terrified at the vet's office and I couldn't face having her last hours marked by fear. Lap of Love was recommended by my vet and I contacted them. They were extremely compassionate and the arrangements were very easy to make. The vet that came was Dr. Brad. He arrived on time and gave us all the time we needed to say our last goodbyes. He was very gentle with Kate, in fact she didn't even cry when he gave her the first injection. Her passing was peaceful and compassionate. I would definitely call Lap of Love in the future if I needed to put another pet down."

Marie Cassqady
Southampton, Pennsylvania

"I had to let my precious girl, Nutmeg, go yesterday. Dr. Anne came to my house. She was the most caring vet I've ever met. I know my girl was at peace with her as well as I was. I was a bit reluctant to do this at my home but I promised my girl when it was her time, it would happen at our home. It was the best thing I could have done. Dr. Anne is totally awesome!! I don't know how she can do this all the time but her compassion is off the charts! She not only gave me & my family Nutmeg's paw print, but she gave us locks of her hair. Dr. Anne hugged us all several times which was wonderful & soothing. I gave my girl a wonderful send off & I know she appreciated it. I wish we could be so compassionate to human beings as we are with are beloved fur babies.

Thanks Dr. Anne!"

Sue Brzyski
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Local Resources

Pet Life and Loss Support Services

Emergency Clinic

  (215) 746-8911

U Penn School of Veterinary Medicine

Pet Loss Support

  (215) 746-8247

U Penn School of Veterinary Medicine

Emergency Clinic

  (302) 322-6933

Veterinary Specialty Center of Delaware: Newcastle, DE

Emergency Clinic

  (610) 666-1050

Metropolitan Veterinary Associates: Norristown, PA

Emergency Clinic

  (484) 454-5412

Keystone Veterinary Emergency and Referral: Havertown, PA

Service Area

Helping families in the following areas:

We proudly serves the Greater Philadelphia area, including parts of New Jersey. Travel fees ($30-$100) may apply based on distance traveled from our veterinarian.

Pet Memorials
“Buddy was a goofball. He was always jumping up to lick everyone and he loved snuggling on the couch. He will be missed most by his favorite—Michael. Xoxo Rest In Peace Buddy Boy 😘”
Diane Rizzo
June 12, 2019
“Bailey was our first baby...and the sweetest dog in the world. She had a golden coat of fur, but when you looked close she had shades of red in there as well. She anticipated your feelings, and when I was feeling low she was alway there by my side to lay with me and give me comfort. When our kids were born, she became their protector and playmate. ...
Brandy Kent
May 31, 2019
“It was Edgar Allan Poe who fittingly captured the sentiment "Never to suffer would never to have been blessed" - For 13 years our lives were further blessed by having Cooper in it. And yes, these past days have been characterized by untimely tears, a melancholy haze and profound sense of loss for my best friend – However, to have lived without him ...
Kevin Breen
May 27, 2019
“Marley, was our joy. She was always happy to see her family and friends and would greet all with wiggles and a wagging tail.
She went with us on every vacation because it would not be the same without her. She was loyal and lived to please us.
She truly was a blessing from God. We loved her with all we had and are so very grateful for Dr. ...
Maryanne GUTOWSKI
May 6, 2019
Payment Options

Preferred methods of payment are check (made to 'Lap of Love') or cash. All major credit cards are accepted.

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.

 

Mailing Address

Lap of Love
PO Box 63583
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Owned And Operated

This Lap of Love location is owned and operated by Dr. Brad Bates

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