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. 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.

"This was a very hard day for us to let go of our beloved Teddy.

Dr. Melinda was very compassionate and gave us all the time we needed to be with Teddy privately.

She made a difficult experience "bear"able."

Denise & Norman Vosko
Glassboro, New Jersey

"Thank you Dr. Toni Knox for being there on one of the hardest days our family has experienced. You assured us we were making the right decision and provided details along the way. We truly appreciate your kind words, empathy and expertise. We thank you making Otis last minutes comfortable and peaceful. I would recommend anyone who has to make the unfortunate decision to "say bye" to use Lap of Love."

Sandy Ross
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

"Our beloved Holly was our first pet and a true member of the family. As Holly's heath deteriorated, our vet recommended we contact Lap of Love to assist with our wishes to have Holly euthanized at home in a conformable and familiar setting. From our first call to Lap of Love to Dr. Anne coming to our home; our family and Holly were treated with the utmost kindness, compassion, empathy, respect, and professionalism. Dr. Anne, took the time to examine Holly and reaffirm our decision was the right decision. Dr. Anne further explained the procedure and allowed us the time we needed to say our goodbye's. Holly was completely at ease and passed in the comfort of our home peacefully with my wife and I at her side.

It wasn't easy to make the decision to say goodbye to Holly, but the experience with everyone at Lap of Love made this experience the best it could be."

Ed Berusch
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

"In a perfect world, we would never need to say goodbye to our beloved fur kids. In an imperfect world, there is Dr. Brad, who truly helps make the best of a very sad and difficult situation. One of our family cats, Sammy, had been suffering from kidney disease and we called Dr. Brad to get some clarity on how to proceed. We feared that Sammy was suffering and wouldn't be with us for long, but making the decision to say goodbye was just so, so difficult. In the kindest, most compassionate way, Dr. Brad helped us to see the situation from Sammy's point of view and in doing so we came to understand that the most loving thing we could do was to let Sammy pass. With Dr. Brad's help, we did just that.

I truly can't say enough good things about Dr. Brad, who is a uniquely caring and empathetic individual and a very knowledgeable veterinarian. Having him with us at the end of Sammy's life was a gift to all of us. I also have to say that everyone I spoke to at Lap of Love was just so thoughtful and helpful and went out of their way to help us and to listen with a sympathetic ear. Of course at the end of the day, we had lost our Sammy and we grieved. But even the grieving process was made less burdensome knowing that we had provided him with a compassionate, loving and dignified farewell. Thank you Dr. Brad and Lap of Love. Your service to pet lovers is truly a godsend."

Mary Beth Consalvi
Voorhees, New Jersey

"I've lost track of the number of dogs I have had in my over 70 years on the planet. I do know I have had 5 Great Danes that I, and my children, have loved deeply. On January 2, 2019, Dr. Brad paid us a visit. Solemn as it was, the experience was memorable and the most touching I have ever had when saying goodbye to my dear love.

Thank you to everyone at Lap of Love who contributed to making Buddha's end journey a spiritual experience.

Carol Campbell-Orphanidys"

Carol Campbell-Orphanidys
Fort Washington, Pennsylvania

"Our Girl, Isabelle was a 12.5 year old GSD/Pit mix who I rescued when she was around 8 weeks old from our local shelter. She slowed down slightly in the last year but seemed to deteriorate quickly in 2 weeks which is when I noticed some new lumps, one that was quite large on her neck and was drastically impeding her ability to breath, eat or drink. The following day our worst fears were confirmed, Lymphoma. We knew that we didn't want her to suffer but wanted to do everything we could to allow her to pass comfortably at home. Luckily for us, the steroid worked to shrink the mass and temporarily restore her quality of life.

From my first phone call to Lap of Love through our final moments with Belle, I couldn't be more pleased with the kindness, compassion and empathy shown to us by everyone we encountered during this painful process. They understood the impact a pet has on your life and the feelings associated with making the tough choice to euthanize. Lisa was who I spoke to first, her kind words showed her genuine concern for our family. She did all she could to ensure we had the resources we needed to navigate the loss of our Belle and to set up a time that we were comfortable with.

Belle's last day was the first time she (and we) met Dr. Brad but you never would have known that. He was gentle and kind, he listened to us ramble on about Our Girl as he calmly petted her. He moved at a pace that we were comfortable with, guiding us every step of the way, ensuring us that this was the most generous gift we could give our beloved furry family member. He treated Belle with complete respect and I am grateful that she was able to pass in our home, comfortable in her spot, surrounded by love.

It takes very special people with kind hearts to take on the burden of being with other's on some of their toughest days. I will be forever grateful for Dr. Brad and Lisa for being there to allow us to say goodbye to Our Girl Isabelle, the best way we knew how."

Meghan Tustin
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
“Theodora Bear "Teddy Bear"
Your big brown eyes will forever be in our hearts. You were always an old soul with so much love to spread around our family. Everyone loved you, Teddy Bear. Your little nubby tail would wiggle and shake your whole body...it was the cutest thing ever.”
Denise & Norman Vosko
February 15, 2019
“Alli we miss you so much it’s overwhelming. You gave us 8+ years of unconditional love and we wish we had more. Although you were too young & we didn’t have enough time with you, we’re so lucky we got what we had. You left a hole in our lives when you left & our only solace is knowing that your pain is gone and there will be no more suffering. We ...
Melissa Stephan
January 16, 2019
“Kiwi was truly an angel on earth. She had the sweetest personality and loved everyone. Each morning Kiwi woke up wagging her tail, greeting the new day! Even as she aged and her health failed, she never lost that wonderful quality. She truly set an example of how to live life. We were blessed to have her in our lives and know she is an angel ...
Meg Clemm
December 16, 2018
“In our house, Chili was referred to as, "The Baby". Now our baby is gone and we are devastated. She brought so much happiness to our lives and now we are left with sadness. We miss her beautiful face, the way she followed us to the kitchen when we were eating or cooking, talking to her, how she barked and ran across the room and everything ...
Marcella Morris
December 11, 2018
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

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

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