Pittsburgh & Surrounding Areas

  (412) 668-4468

  [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$325

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$425

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 49 pounds$315
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$350
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.

COMMUNAL CREMATION
Pets up to 49 pounds$150
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$200
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$225

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 on a private farm. 

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 no additional help is available from friends or family to move your pet, please let our team know so that we can schedule appropriately.  The most important thing is that your loved one does not suffer, arrangements for assistance with cremation can be made at a later time. 

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. Allison

Allison Kachmar

As a child, I don’t think I ever gave the same answer twice when asked what I wanted to be “when I grow up”.  I was too busy investigating and exploring the world around me! It was this spirit of curiosity that took me to DePaul University in Chicago as an undergraduate student.  While there, studying chemistry, I realized Veterinary Medicine would allow me to enjoy the wide array of interests I had cultivated as a child.  

After graduating from Texas A&M University as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, I moved to Pittsburgh and began working in small animal private practice.  As my clinical experience increased, I developed special interests in feline medicine, animal behavior, and fear free handling.  I also noticed that many of the most meaningful experiences I had were while counseling families during end of life care.  It was only after saying goodbye to my own dog that I recognized the calling I felt to focus my energy entirely on this important work.  

Through Lap of Love, my aim is to decrease fear and stress for my patients and their families.  It’s important to me that both pets and the people who love them find comfort in the care and skill I bring into their home.  Providing the safe, supportive guidance a family needs to navigate one of life’s most difficult experiences – saying goodbye – is a privilege and honor.  

When I’m not playing outside with my husband and young son, you may find me knitting, cheering on our Pittsburgh Penguins, or reading.  We share a house with our two feisty feline friends: Jane & Oscar.

Dr. Aspen

Aspen Perretta

Growing up in Springfield, Missouri, I don’t think a day passed where I wasn’t bugging my parents for a pet (or another pet). They’ve told me I declared my intention to be a veterinarian at the age of 4, which they found strange at first considering my mother is allergic to anything with fur! I had to settle for parakeets, gerbils, fish, and neighborhood cats, but I loved them all. I still remember the day my mom presented me with the gift of adding the Animal Planet channel to our cable package. It was almost impossible to pull me away from the TV afterward!

I graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2013 and began working in general practice in Portland, Oregon. I loved the Pacific Northwest, but I was missing my family, and I wasn’t getting the fulfillment I was looking for from my job. I moved back home to Missouri when my brother and his wife had triplets! I didn’t want to miss out on spending time with family and watching my nieces and nephews grow up.

In early 2016, I started working for a local in-home hospice and euthanasia service, and I found my niche. I have loved my job every single day since then. I arrive at every home knowing that a family is struggling with one of the most heartbreaking decisions they’ll ever have to go through, and my goal is to try and help ease the burden for them. We navigate that challenging time together, all while ensuring the furry family member is as relaxed and comfortable as possible. I no longer see my work as a job. It is a privilege to be able to help and to provide a peaceful passing for those that need a place to rest. 

I made the decision to leave Missouri and join Lap of Love in Pittsburgh in late 2017. Leaving my family was a difficult choice, but being able to continue in this field full time is the most important thing to me. I am enjoying Pittsburgh and in my spare time I love to kayak and hike. I also spend as much time as possible with my two little toy poodle mixes that I was overjoyed to finally have after leaving my parent’s house!

About Allison Kachmar

As a child, I don’t think I ever gave the same answer twice when asked what I wanted to be “when I grow up”.  I was too busy investigating and exploring the world around me! It was this spirit of curiosity that took me to DePaul University in Chicago as an undergraduate student.  While there, studying chemistry, I realized Veterinary Medicine would allow me to enjoy the wide array of interests I had cultivated as a child.  

After graduating from Texas A&M University as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, I moved to Pittsburgh and began working in small animal private practice.  As my clinical experience increased, I developed special interests in feline medicine, animal behavior, and fear free handling.  I also noticed that many of the most meaningful experiences I had were while counseling families during end of life care.  It was only after saying goodbye to my own dog that I recognized the calling I felt to focus my energy entirely on this important work.  

Through Lap of Love, my aim is to decrease fear and stress for my patients and their families.  It’s important to me that both pets and the people who love them find comfort in the care and skill I bring into their home.  Providing the safe, supportive guidance a family needs to navigate one of life’s most difficult experiences – saying goodbye – is a privilege and honor.  

When I’m not playing outside with my husband and young son, you may find me knitting, cheering on our Pittsburgh Penguins, or reading.  We share a house with our two feisty feline friends: Jane & Oscar.

"Knowing a day like this may come and actually having it happen was beyond heartbreaking. My Lou shared 18 plus years with me and was part of my everyday. No words can describe how difficult this was. From the first phone call when I couldn’t get the words out to when Dr.Aspen called to let me know she was on her way Lap of Love made this experience one I will never forget. Their kindness and compassion was felt in every call and in person interaction. Dr. Aspen was wonderful and took care of my Lou until he went to heaven. Thank you doesn’t seem enough to express my gratitude to Lap of Love."

Lori Beretta
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

"Dr. Aspen Perretta is a very warm and gentle veterinarian. When she was called to our house, it was to euthanize our dog. She showed great empathy, towards us, and the difficult position we were in. She asked us questions about our dog that were touching and brought back fond memories. She made the experience beautiful and calm. Our sweet Annabelle was laid to rest surrounded by peace and love. Thank you, Dr. Aspen."

Laura Greeley
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

"I just wanted to say that making this phone call was one of the hardest things I've had to do and the folks at lap of love were top notch from beginning to end. From the answer of the phone they were all super sympathetic to my situation of deciding it was time to get my poor holly dog to a better place and to end her pain. Even while talking me through everything and taking my information they made it so easy for me to get through giving it without breaking down at every second. And Dr. Aspen was just superb and calming and reassuring that I was doing the right thing. She explained everything as she went and it made me feel relieved to know my baby would be at ease throughout the whole process. It seemed as if my holly girl was at peace the whole time. I would never have been able to get her to the vet so this was a godsend. I thank everyone for this wonderful service."

Dan Putteman
Verona, Pennsylvania

"Making the decision to put down our 14 year old lab/collie was the most difficult thing we have ever had to do. Our Zeke was truly a member of the family and our best friend. Without Covid restrictions, we never would have found Lap of Love and met Dr. Aspen. Words can't describe the gratitude we have for what she did for us. Her sensitivity and kindness overwhelmed us in our time of grief - and she even followed up the visit with a beautiful email offering to just be a shoulder to cry on. What a blessing she is - and this entire in home service. Thank you, thank you , thank you. <3"

Stephanie Barravecchio
Moon Township, Pennsylvania

"I don't have the words to express how great Dr. Perretta was, especially on one of the worst days of our lives. Her kindness, compassion, and general demeanor made Boudecia's passing bearable and enabled us to begin healing. I wasn't about to let my beautiful girl go without me at her side, and Lap of Love made this possible, even during a pandemic. This was the hardest best decision we have ever made. Boudecia deserved the best, and she got it. I don't think we can ever thank you enough."

April Roberson
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

"I thank Dr. Kachmar for helping Molly leave this world without pain and suffering. Also, the way she gently placed my Molly in the basket with a blanket. As Molly was being taken to her car, I wanted to run after her and give Molly one last hug and bring Molly back home with me. Thank-you Dr. Kachmar for being so caring and gentle with my Molly."

Piero (Pete) Delvecchio
Muse, Pennsylvania

LOCAL RESOURCES
Pet Life and Loss Support Services

  (412) 366-3400

Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center (PVSEC) - North Hills

  (412) 348-6515

Pet Loss Support Group - Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center (PVSEC) - North Hills

SERVICE AREA

Helping families in the following areas:

We proudly serve the greater Pittsburgh area, including Allegheny County and parts of Westmoreland, Indiana, Armstrong, Butler, Beaver, Washington, and Fayette Counties. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a travel fee of $50-$75 based on your location. 

Pet Memorials
“I knew that we did not want to euthanize our Annabelle, in a Veterinary office. Our vets were wonderful, but our dog was petrified to go there. We didn’t want her last memory to be fear. The first time I called Lap of Love, I called just to ask questions. I was greeted with the most compassionate representative. She spoke to me with such feeling ...
Laura Greeley
December 27, 2020
“Boudecia, our anxiety-riddled Queen. She was quite the talker with her loud and persistent meows, and no feather or toy mouse was safe in her presence. She never lived up to her namesake, but she had the softest fur and was always affectionate (with me at least...). It's going to be hard without her, even though I frequently called her by another ...
April Roberson
December 11, 2020
“Molly was such a big part of my life. Since Molly passed, I am left with such an empty feeling in my heart. Not seeing Molly in the house anymore has overwhelmed me with so much grief and sadness and the tears start coming down again. I get up in the morning, come downstairs, and call out to Molly, but she is no longer here. I went out today ...
Piero (Pete) Delvecchio
December 10, 2020
“Forever in our hearts, Teddy was such a very special little guy. He was family. It's impossible to describe his influence on our family in words, as he grew up with our two daughters and was their little brother, truly, like a 'little boy in a dog suit.' Teddy was there for us, so fun-loving and loyal, making us laugh, sharing in our joy, and ...
Diane Fierle
December 9, 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 16062
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15242

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