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 49 pounds$280
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$325
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 49 pounds$100
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$150
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$200
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 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

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. Aspen

Aspen Perretta, DVM

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 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 started working in general practice in Portland, Oregon. While I enjoyed working with animals on a daily basis, I felt like something was missing. I was constantly wishing I had more time to get to know the people on the other end of the leash. I wanted to be able to fully explain every aspect of their pet’s care and to be a greater part of ensuring a strong and enduring human-animal bond. 

I moved back to Springfield, 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 show up at every appointment knowing that a family is struggling with one of the hardest decisions they’ll ever have to go through, and my goal is to try and help ease the burden for them. We work as a team to make it through that challenging time together, all while ensuring their furry companion is as happy and comfortable as possible. I no longer see my work as a job. It is a privilege to be able to help people and have a genuinely positive impact on their lives as they say goodbye to their best friend. 

I made the decision to leave Springfield and join Lap of Love 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 currently working through a certification program for Hospice and Palliative Care, and I am so excited to be a part of this up and coming field. In my spare time I love to kayak, and I spend as much time as possible with my two little toy poodle mixes who I was overjoyed to finally have after leaving my parent’s house!

Dr. Sierra

Sierra Hedrick, DVM

I grew up in the small town of Poca, just outside of Charleston, West Virginia. Throughout my childhood, I was constantly bringing home stray animals and trying to convince my parents that we needed to take them all in. Along with our many stray cats, we had at least two dogs in our home at all times and I was lucky enough to care for them all. I attended college at West Virginia University where I received my bachelor’s degree in Animal and Nutritional sciences. After graduating from WVU, I attended veterinary school at Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. I spent most of my summers during college and veterinary school working at my hometown veterinary clinic, where my love for working with animals continued to grow stronger. During veterinary school, I attended several lectures given by Lap of Love’s founder, Dr. Dani McVety. That’s how I became aware of this wonderful and humbling aspect of veterinary medicine.

Working with and helping animals is a passion of mine, and by extension, so is helping their family. One of the most rewarding aspects of my time in private practice was helping families during some of the most difficult days of their lives: saying goodbye to a beloved family pet.  Because of the deep satisfaction and honor I felt providing this service, I decided to focus my career solely on hospice and end of life care with Lap of Love. It allows me to continue doing such meaningful work with families and pets on a daily basis. 

Outside of work, you can find me cuddled up with my beautiful, senior dachshund, Coco; a vet school surrender tabby cat, Pepper; and a young, goofy Blue Heeler mix, Drogo. I also enjoy reading, weight lifting and spending time at the gym.

About Aspen Perretta, DVM

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 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 started working in general practice in Portland, Oregon. While I enjoyed working with animals on a daily basis, I felt like something was missing. I was constantly wishing I had more time to get to know the people on the other end of the leash. I wanted to be able to fully explain every aspect of their pet’s care and to be a greater part of ensuring a strong and enduring human-animal bond. 

I moved back to Springfield, 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 show up at every appointment knowing that a family is struggling with one of the hardest decisions they’ll ever have to go through, and my goal is to try and help ease the burden for them. We work as a team to make it through that challenging time together, all while ensuring their furry companion is as happy and comfortable as possible. I no longer see my work as a job. It is a privilege to be able to help people and have a genuinely positive impact on their lives as they say goodbye to their best friend. 

I made the decision to leave Springfield and join Lap of Love 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 currently working through a certification program for Hospice and Palliative Care, and I am so excited to be a part of this up and coming field. In my spare time I love to kayak, and I spend as much time as possible with my two little toy poodle mixes who I was overjoyed to finally have after leaving my parent’s house!

"Dr. Aspen was kind, compassionate, and so so caring. She made Kobe comfortable and made that terrible last day a little bit better to tolerate for us. We appreciate her understanding as we truly know how hard of a task she needs to complete."

Rose Fair
Sarver, Pennsylvania

"We were very happy with Dr Aspen. She has such a gentle calm presence and we felt like our kitty was warm and comfortable and not frightened. Dr Aspen was able to come out within ours of when I called. I was so relieved not to have to bring the kitty out in the cold on a snowy day back to the scary vet office which she always hated. Instead she was cozy, wrapped up in my lap in her favorite shawl --one of mine she always appropriated--and never scared. I'm so sad she is gone, but happy with the manner of her passing. Thank you for providing this service"

Pegeen Eslami
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

"Dr. Aspen was very gentle and caring and just the person we needed to guide us through this experience. Gretchen's passing was very peaceful and loving. She was in our own home, laying next to me, and being loved. Even though this was the first time we met Dr. Aspen, it felt as if we had known her because of her great compassion."

Raissa Federline
Murrysville, Pennsylvania

"Dr. Aspen was absolutely wonderful providing loving care. Her assistance allowed our beloved Great Dane to pass with dignity. If you are blessed to have Lap of Love come into your home like we were, it truly is a gift during one of the most difficult times in your life. Dr. Aspen was so kind and gentle, very personable and an excellent veterinarian. We will be forever grateful."

Rebecca Hudak
Wilkins Township, Pennsylvania

"Lap of Love/Dr. Aspen was amazing. Being able to put Fred to sleep in his own home somehow made the entire process a little less painful. He was calm and familiar with his surrounding vs. being scared and in a carrier being taken to the vet. I was able to hold him and talk to him as he was put to sleep. Dr. Aspen was warm and caring. She made a paw print impression for me, which I turned into an ornament for our Christmas tree. I will never take a cat to the vet again to be put down. Lap of Love is a warm, wonderful, caring service. Highly recommend them!"


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

"Dr. Perretta allowed Barney to have a comforting and peaceful end to a beautiful life. When we think of what a dog would want as their purpose, and how they would best want to live and pass, I believe Barney can say he checked every box. Dr. Perretta helped us with the most difficult of those boxes.

Dr. Perretta provided peace in myself and in our house. Reflecting on his passing, I see that Barney knew it was time, from the moment he greeted Dr. Perretta then going to his bed and waiting patiently while I talked him up. Barney knew she was there to help him pass peacefully in his home.

We couldn’t have asked for more.

From our Family, thank you for the difficult work you do."

Shawn McGinty
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Local Resources

Pet Life and Loss Support Services

  (412) 847-7026

Animal Friends' Pet Loss Support Group

  (724) 809-2000

Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center (PVSEC)

  (412) 885-2500

VCA Castle Shannon Animal Hospital

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
“It’s been 1 month and we are still so sad and miss him very much.”
Rose Fair
January 25, 2019
“We had a wonderful 9 years with Princess Gretchen. Each of our kids had the chance to have the dog Grandma Alice wanted them to share. She grew calmer through the years as she aged.”
Raissa Federline
January 12, 2019
“Elsie, Great Dane of Hollow

Elsie Hudak passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her loving family following a sudden illness and rapid declining mobility. Elsie was the daughter of Mona, a mantle Great Dane, and her father Alfie, a harlequin Great Dane, both from Natrona. She was preceded in death by her sweet Uncle Peanut Hudak, ...
Rebecca Hudak
January 12, 2019
“Today has been a long and sad day. For those of you who never met him, this is Fredo. Also known as Freddy, Fred, Fredster, Freddykins, Fredo Potato, Freddy Bear, Freddy Bo Beddy, and most recently, Chicken Alfredo.

I was lucky enough that he claimed me as his human for the past 17 years. He loved me unconditionally, and preferred show his love ...
January 12, 2019
Payment Options

To make the experience as peacful 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 14041
Pittsburgh, PA 15239

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