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$350

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.

ADDITIONAL FEES

A travel fee is charged outside of Philadelphia county: Delaware & Camden Counties - $30; Montgomery, Glouster & Burlington Counties - $60; Bucks County - $75; Chester & Atlantic Counties - $90

OTHER SPECIES

Although we mainly see dogs and cats, some of our veterinarians can assist you with other species such as rabbits, ferrets, rodents, goats, pigs and chickens. Call for availability.

HOLIDAYS

There may be limited availability on major Holidays.

AFTERCARE PRICING

PRIVATE CREMATION
Pets up to 39 pounds$300
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$325
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$375

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$200
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$225
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$275

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

There may be additional fees if crematory assistance is needed for aftercare of larger pets. 

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, 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. Melinda

Melinda Glavin

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. Brad

Brad Bates

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. 


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Dr. Karen

Karen Brockman

I grew up in the Philadelphia suburbs and have lived here most of my life and was always surrounded by small animals (dogs, guinea pigs, rabbits, gerbils, turtles, fish and even a pet skunk!). After working for many years as an archaeologist in the American West, I decided to become a Veterinarian because of several personal experiences: one was with my own dog, Emma, when she was sick; another was a series medical issues in my family. At the age of 44, with the encouragement and support of my family, I graduated from The University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School and completed a Medical Internship in Virginia. I have worked for many years as an Emergency Veterinarian and a General Practitioner in Pennsylvania and Delaware. 

My experiences with my own pets and as a Veterinarian have helped me gain a great appreciation for the Human-Animal Bond and helped me develop a strong interest in Geriatric Medicine, hospice care, and end-of-life care. My philosophy as a Veterinarian is to care for my patients and support their families with compassion and respect, as though they are part of my own family. Working with Lap of Love allows me to help our beloved pets pass peacefully at home surrounded by those they love and to be there for their families during difficult times.  

I live with Mikey (a sheltie), Lady (a beagle) and Max (a chihuahua) - we enjoy training in agility and nosework. I also love the outdoors, nature travel, reading and spending time with family and friends.

Dr. Lucy

Lucy Astor

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. Toni

Toni Knox

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.

About Melinda Glavin

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. Lucy was awesome. She made the process bearable with the love and care that was given to my baby.

It takes a special person to do this type of work day in and day out.

God Bless her for being there for me and others in the same situation."

Clare Toohey
philadelphia, Pennsylvania

"My husband and I cannot brag enough about this practice. From the second we called, the receptionist was extremely kind, patient, and caring. Dr. Brad came to our house the next day. There are not strong enough words to tell about this amazing doctor. My husband and I were torn on what was the best decision to make for our cat, Sprite. Dr. Brad guided us through our decision in the most kind, patient, compassionate, gentle way possible. His obvious knowledge and expertise helped us know we were making the best (and hardest) decision. Throughout every step, Dr. Brad treated our cat with love and respect. Dr. Brad is one of a kind! We will forever be grateful for how amazing he treated us and our fur baby in one of the most difficult times. Sprite's ashes also arrived in less than a week in a beautiful wooden box."

Jeanine Finocchio
Delanco, Pennsylvania

"Dr. Glavin was very warm spirited and professional. She understood the heartache my family and I were going through and made a very difficult time just a little bit easier with her presence. She greeted my pup the second she walked in and made him feel super comfortable with her being there. He was not scared at all. In fact, he embraced it. He understood everything that was happening and she never rushed us through any of the process."

Nicole McCloskey McCloskey
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

"Dr. Brockman has been truly wonderful during this most difficult week. She came to our home December 27, 2019, after Nick had only been diagnosed 4 days prior with metastatic lung disease. Bewildered and lost over how quickly our sweet boy had declined that day, she helped ease our distress over this heart wrenching decision to be made. She also helped me make sense of the physiology of what was happening to his body. Although it is impossible to be 100% certain of Nick’s underlying disease and what kind of neoplasm was responsible for his metastatic condition, she helped me make the best educated guess in light of his clinical signs and presentation. I am so grateful for vets like this who not only showed compassion to me while in a state of despair when we met, but she helped me cope and process this profound loss after the fact. Her assistance in helping me to gain a better understanding of what are, in essence, unanswerable questions about what happened to my baby, went above and beyond and for this, I am most grateful. Thank you again for your kindness, your advice, and your compassion."

Janell Mensinger
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

"The only positive about this experience was being able to go through this in our own home with Dr. Toni's help."

Alexis KB
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

"Very compassionate and caring. Responded immediately to help us through our grief"

Samantha Tereva
Lansdale, 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
“Ireland you were truly loved. You were the sweetest cat I ever lived. You always purred and made us laugh with the way you used to bite and lick your feet whenever we petted you. Everyone who came thru the door was greeted by my big kitty. Children loved you and you loved them as well. You would roll on your back and let them love you. Many ...
Clare Toohey
January 14, 2020
“Yesterday was one of the hardest days of my life. Saying goodbye to my fur baby was the absolute hardest thing about owning an animal. Zero came into my life the second he was born. I may have given him a great life but he's also GIVEN ME an even better life! Without words, he was there. When no one else was. I am going to miss the silent ...
Nicole McCloskey McCloskey
January 9, 2020
“Our dearest Nick,

I cannot believe you are truly gone. It has been almost a full week...I wrote this in your memory the day after you gracefully crossed the rainbow bridge with the compassionate care of Dr. Karen Brockman. But posting it terrified me because it made it all so final and solidifies the reality I have to face — entering 2020, a ...
Janell Mensinger
January 2, 2020
“Buster, it is hard to remember a time before you were in my life, and after two months, I still can't believe you are gone. You were never a regular dog. You had more personality than many people I know; you were truly the best companion no matter what we were doing, from napping to car rides to the beach to Civil War battlefields to visiting kids ...
Alexis KB
January 2, 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 63583
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19147

Owned And Operated

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

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