PRICING AND INFORMATION

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

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.

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$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.

COMMUNAL CREMATION
Pets up to 49 pounds$125
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$175
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 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!

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 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 Perretta was a God send. She treated my boy with respect and loving kindness. Such a gift she was to us! I will never forget her! My Tino was in the best possible hands. This service is priceless. I was able to hold my Tino til he went to his heavenly home. I am blessed to have prayed to God for answers and while I was driving pulled over and made the appt I have always dreaded. I had looked this up and called before but wasn't ready. I was never ready . I am happy that I could do this for Tino. There was only love in that room the day he passed. I will forever remember Dr Aspen Perretta and her loving care to my beloved Tino."

Suzanne Dugan
Washington, Pennsylvania

"On 05/15/2020, my husband and I had to put our sweet six year old girl, Lola to sleep because of kidney failure and lymphoma. It was one of the most heart-wrenching decisions that we have ever had to make and I wanted to share our experience with this wonderful company.

During the process of making the call to schedule a vet to come to our home to give our girl the most peaceful experience that she could have had, I spoke with a Lap of Love representative about urn options and was told that I there were some included in our package, but I would need to contact the cremation company to discuss what my husband and I would like to order. When I called cremation company, they directed me to their website and showed me the urns that were included in our services. Once our sweet girl was put to sleep, I did not hear from the cremation company and reached out to them to make sure that we placed the correct order for the urn. When I talked to the representative at the crematory, she stated that the "standard urn" that I was told would be included in our services was actually an up-charge of $70 (it was $50 on their website) and it was going to be an additional $26.00 to engrave Lola's name on the cedar urn. This was very upsetting because we were told that it was included and picked out the urn that we felt would look best in our home. This was very important to us because our dog is a huge part of our family After going back and forth, the representative finally allowed us to have the cedar urn that we were originally told was included, but she insisted that we pay an additional $26.00 for the name to be engraved on the urn. Since this was still a very sensitive issue, I did not want to cause a problem and told her that we would just go without the name engraving since vet bills were already so expensive. It bothered me all day that our urn wouldn't have Lola's name on it and I even silently cried about it. I know it's $26, but this was something that I was told would be included and it seemed like they just wanted to make extra money. My husband reached out to Lap of Love and the representative that he spoke with took care of the engraving for us. This was not their responsibility and they could have easily said that it wasn't their problem or issue. We are so thankful for the kindness of this company and will never use anyone else for the end of life needs of our pets. Thank you, Lap of Love for being so kind and willing to go above and beyond for us. We didn't expect that and appreciate everything that you have done for us in these very hard times. On a side note, Dr. Sierra was amazing and made the experience so peaceful for us. She reassured us and explained the entire process from beginning to end. Words can't express how appreciative we are of you and your services. I have attached a photo of the beautiful urn with Lola's name and her paw print."

Tina Desormier
Monessen, Pennsylvania

"I would first like to thank Lap of Love for having a service for such a unsettling procedure any pet parent has to go through. On May 17, 2020 I had to make that upsetting decision of saying goodbye to my loving sweet Toby of 13 and a half years. Dr. Aspen Perretta was wonderful, kind and caring through the entire experience. It truly was something I did not want to do but knew in my heart that it was a gift for Toby to finally be free from his ailing body. She greeted and gave love to both of our dogs before coming in and was so gentle with Toby. She let us take our time in saying goodbye and was quiet and respectful of our grieving. I have had experiences with this being done at the vets office and now at home and by far the home experience is the ultimate choice. Thank you Lap of Love and many thanks to you Dr. Aspen Perretta for helping my sweet boy be at peace."

Rebecca Nicoletti
Freedom, Pennsylvania

"I am extremely grateful for the compassion and kindness Dr. Aspen Perretta gave us during a time of despair. She met both of our dogs on the porch and gave them love before coming in the house. She was kind and caring during the entire process and though I truly wasn't quite there in my mind I could hear her soft spoken voice explaining everything that was happening. Saying goodbye to my sweet boy Toby was so hard to do but I am thankful that it was done in our home with a wonderful, kind and caring vet. Thank you Dr. Aspen Perretta for being there for Toby's last moments."

Rebecca Nicoletti
Freedom, Pennsylvania

"My husband and I lost a major part of our family on Friday 5/15/2020 and could not have asked for a nicer or more peaceful experience. It was the hardest decision that we have ever made and Dr. Sierra helped us give our Lola her wings. She was kind, compassionate, and answered all of our questions. We are so thankful that she was able to assist us and was so understanding of our feelings. She reassured us that we made the right decision when we had mixed feelings and made sure that we were comfortable with everything that was happening. Her communication was extremely thorough and advised us of what we should expect throughout the entire process. If we ever have to go through this again, we will definitely be using Lap of Love because of the very peaceful, private, and intimate care that was provided in our home."

Tina Desormier
Monessen, Pennsylvania

"Having had many dogs over the past 17 years, my wife and I have been through this process in various states, various veterinary clinics. We both agree Dr. Aspen Parretta made this experience the most bearable. It was clear from the moment Dr. Parretta arrived, we and Fletcher were in the best hands. We are so grateful for Lap of Love's services, and Dr. Parretta's sincerity, sensitivity, and compassion. Thank you again Dr. Aspen."

B & C Bell
Bethel Park, 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
“Today is worse because of the silence and the warmth of Tino beside me, ...that is gone forever. Tino was loyal ...so loving and woukd bark when I left the room if I didnt hurry back. No matter what ..he couldn't wait to see me and I him. I'd rush home to see him everyday . Tino was more than beloved ..he was my dearest friend. I loved that I ...
Suzanne Dugan
May 23, 2020
“To my sweet boy Toby, oh how we miss you, the house is just not the same without you here. We are so happy that you were apart of our family for the last 13 and a half years. Everyday that we spent with you was not only a joy but a blessing, you made our lives complete. Your friend miss Daisy is missing you terribly but we are giving her extra ...
Rebecca Nicoletti
May 21, 2020
“We will never forget our sweet girl. She made our family complete and our hearts smile. We honestly don't have enough words to say about how loved and missed she is.”
Tina Desormier
May 19, 2020
“As my wife says, "he was a fan favorite. And it's true. Everywhere we went, out of our little pack of three, he was the one people gravitated towards. He had such a sweet disposition, a natural curiosity about everything, and a laid back groove. He had an excitable streak, like a little kid whose excitement over something was not containable, ...
B & C Bell
May 19, 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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