PRICING AND INFORMATION




APPOINTMENT PRICING

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.

VETERINARY HOSPICE$400

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

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 Eve, 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$280
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$325
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$350

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

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, 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 Doctor
Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians in your area!

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 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

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

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 gentle and compassionate. Made us feel comfortable with our decision. I would refer her to everyone."

heather sullivan
coraopolis, Pennsylvania

"We can not thank Dr. Aspen enough for her professionalism and kindness. She treated SAMI and us with dignity and respect and took time to make sure we understood the process. She is a special person and we will always be grateful for her care and support."

Blanche Scalise
Monroeville, Pennsylvania

"I am deeply grateful for the Lap of Love staff and Dr. Sierra. From my first call to make an appointment , through my heartbreak good by and through the after care, I felt supported and cared for by all. I felt safe with Dr. Sierra as soon as I heard her voice and I knew Yoda and I were in good and caring hands. She was able to validate what I knew in my gut and help guide me to a compassionate decision to say good by to my sweet boy. She brought respect, empathy, dignity, compassion and honor to my sacred good by. She honored my grief and journey with Yoda. I highly recommend Lap of Love and so grateful for the heartfelt service that you provide. Thank You from the bottom of my heart."

Jodi Peppel peppel
pittsburgh/aspinawall, Pennsylvania

"I cannot express how wonderful Dr. Perretta was with our fur baby Jasper. Her LOVE for animals was amazing and her compassion for the parents was tremendous . She was definitely a blessing for us on this saddest day of our lives. When our baby was first getting weaker and we knew we knew it wasn’t possible to do anything more but make our Jasper comfortable, our neighbor referred us to Lap of Love. From the moment I first contacted them, I could tell this just wasn’t a business, these people honestly cared. Though we were devastated, we could not have made it alone and they were there for us. We definitely were at ease with our tough decision all though the process. We will definitely only ever use Lap of Love in the future for our other fur babies. Thank you sooooo much . Shawn, Jason, Squeaker, and Chuck"

Shawn Yeckley
Oakdale, Pennsylvania

"Today with the help of Dr. Aspen, our beautiful cat, SAMI got his angel wings but to us he had always been an angel sent to help us through the many challenges my husband and I have faced. We are so grateful for the kindness and compassion that Dr. Aspen showed us and the wonderful way SAMI was honored. She took him away in a beautiful basket all wrapped up in a blanket. Dr. Aspen was there to help us through the passing of SAMI and it was obvious this is her calling."

Blanche Scalise
Monroeville, Pennsylvania

"It has taken us more than a week to write this review, but both my husband and I thought this was an important review to submit. Our dear Rocky, a lab mix rescue, who spent 12 1/2 years with us, suffered what we believe was a stroke. His illness hit him in 24 hours. Obviously this was devastating to both of us as well as our adult kids. We have been through this before, but this time, we learned about Lap of Love. We knew we wanted to have the last breath or last view our Rocky had to be us and surrounded by the home in which he was most comfortable. They say that pets ‘know’ when the time is near and they go to what they believe is their safe space. For Rocky, it was the office on the first floor of our home, where he spent everyday with my husband. Dr. Sierra met us there. While we had not met Dr. Sierra before this moment, we want to say that she was immediately so kind and understanding. She knelt on the floor with Rocky, talked to him and us about the next steps. This was so difficult for us, but Dr. Sierra followed our lead and took her time and made us feel we were doing the right thing and at our own pace. We didn’t want Rocky to suffer anymore than he already had and the process was far better than the sterile environment of any animal hospital or veterinarian office. Those places are often scary for our pets and at what we know was a scary and confusing time for Rocky, we knew this was a better option. We were able to pet him, talk to him and hug and kiss him up until the moment he took his last breath. As hard and painful as this was, we were all much happier being at home. Dr. Sierra also took a paw print for us that we will keep forever, and we also took a bit of his hair to keep. In the days that passed, Dr. Sierra has emailed us her sympathies and encouragements. It has been heartwarming. Should we ever be faced with this decision again, we will solicit Lap of Love and their services. We also encourage anyone who is considering this, to pay a few extra dollars for what is a far better option for your dying best friends. Thank you, Dr. Sierra and Lap of Love for all you do for other best friends and their owners.

Sincerely,

Cyndy and Lee Patton on behalf of Rocky"

Cyndy & Lee Patton
Oakmont, 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
“Her angel wings were ready to be fitted but our hearts weren't ready to let go. Paw prints forever on our hearts.”
heather sullivan
August 11, 2019
“Our beloved cat, SAMI dedicated his time on earth to caring for my husband and myself. We called him and his sister, Sophie, our therapy cats. We miss him everyday but we know he lives on in our hearts and soul.”
Blanche Scalise
August 6, 2019
“My Dear Yoda was a gentle, sweet and loving kitty soul from the first day I brought him home as a 3 month old kitten. He was a loyal family member,friend and companion. He always greeted me at the door with excitement and love. Even the last few days of his life when he was week, he still met me at the door. He knew when my car would be ...
Jodi Peppel peppel
August 4, 2019
“My sweet, handsome little man! I love you and miss you with all my heart.
Wait for me at the Rainbow Bridge!”
Stacy Albert
June 30, 2019
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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