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.

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.

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 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

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.

"Allison Kachmar made the most difficult thing I've ever had to go through not as bad as it could have been. She was very understanding and explained everything. It honestly didn't feel like a vet visit, it felt like a friend who came over and helped us through this process. And just as quietly as came, she made sure we were ok and left allowing us to grieve in our home. From the intake call to the visit from the vet, I can't recommend Lap of Love more. They're going above and beyond and it feels like they actually care which is hard to find. Thank You!!"

Adam Boyle
Clinton, Pennsylvania

"I wanted to write to thank everyone at Lap of Love, especially Dr. Perretta. This was obviously an extremely difficult day for me, having to say goodbye forever to a sweet, affectionate, loving feline friend who has been with me for almost 13 years. But Dr. Perretta was so kind and considerate of my feelings and so patient at every step of the procedure. It doesn't ease the pain of my loss, but the patience and compassion shown by Dr. Perretta made it much less stressful. Thank you."

David Boodman
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

"Dr. Aspen was a true gift. She allowed our beloved Skip to pass with dignity in his own home, on his pillow, and in his own bed. We were able to hold his paw and give our love to him the entire time. She alleviated his suffering so gently. She was so kind and understanding. I’m so grateful to her for her gift of compassion. I highly recommend Dr. Aspen and Lap of Love. Thank you ❤️"

Eva Williams
North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania

"Allison was so kind today and helpful with allowing our Godiva to pass with dignity. Having her at home, surrounded by the comfort of her loved ones, warmth of her fireplace, favorite blanket, treats, and toys, made this extremely difficult time more bearable. Dr. Kachmar, interacted so lovingly with Godiva, as she reassured us of our decision. We thank her and "Lap of Love" for everything. God Bless You!"

carolyn maerkle
Cranberry Twp, Pennsylvania

"Dr. Aspen was an absolute blessing to our family. We had to make the difficult decision to put our Golden Retriever to sleep and she couldn’t have been more kind. Lap of Love exceeded our expectations. I would highly recommend this in-home service. Although it’s more expensive, having our dog pass in his own bed was priceless. A simple thank you does not seem enough."

Kellie Rubbo
Canonsburg, Pennsylvania

"Dr. Aspen was wonderful during a very difficult time. Her compassion for both Moses and our family was very much appreciated."

Mary Frances Miller
Munhall, 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
“Murphy was really the best friend I could have asked for. We did everything together, road trips, camping, naps on the couch...I feel honored that he was here when my son was born 8 months ago and for the previous 15 years. Anyone that met Murphy instantly fell in love. He liked to give kisses but was polite to only kiss your nose and not your ...
Adam Boyle
November 26, 2019
“Our journey began almost fourteen years ago, as we traveled home from a relaxing family vacation on Hilton Head Island. During the car ride I remember a phone call I shared with a dear friend of mine, Chris, describing her recent adoption of a chocolate lab puppy (Milton), from Becky’s Kennels (a breeder who coincidentally, had children we taught ...
carolyn maerkle
November 10, 2019
“A little over 13 years ago, a beautiful pup was placed in my arms. I have been in love ever since, and grateful each, and every day, that the breeder selected that particular puppy for us. Moses was the perfect dog. He was handsome, loyal, funny and incredibly tolerant of small children and puppies. There was not one person who met Moses that ...
Mary Frances Miller
November 6, 2019
“You were such a vital part of our family, Layla, and we will miss you forever. You truly made our house feel like a home. You made our family feel complete. I’ll never forget seeing you at the shelter and just knowing that you were meant to be ours. Your sweet nature and goofiness made us so happy to have chosen you. I know you’re up there in ...
Patty Almasy
November 5, 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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