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!

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 is the nicest, most caring, "hospice vet" we've ever known - and having many pets over the years, we've known many. She is always pleasant, very gentle with the pet and understanding of the owners feelings. She has a difficult, but necessary, job and she does it with the utmost care and concern. She is the best!"

Don & Tiffany Kaminski
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

"Thank you for being so kind, soft spoken, and gentle with Oreo."

Kim Meliton
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

"Our special boy Buddy had been in failing health for some time. Having to put him to sleep was one of the hardest decisions we have ever had to make. Dr. Sierra was so very kind and gentle with our loved one. She listened and was so very understanding. Although still very difficult ,Dr. Sierra made it a very peaceful situation. God bless her and the service both she and The Lap of love provided. We will always miss our boy Bud but please know the service you provide is so very important. God bless you all. Nancy & Mark"

Nancy & Mark Dailey
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

"I am writing to pass on some info on this company. They were the kindest, most professional, respectful staff I could have had the pleasure of having by my side through such a hard time. My dearest best friend of 13 years, Mina, was finally ready to say goodbye and rest. I had Dr. Sierra Hendrick as our Vet. She met Mina, helped her, and was on call for when we thought she was ready and needed professional, trusted advice on what to do about my sweet girl. Mina was very comfortable with her, barely flinching when she'd come through the door. She seemed to trust her naturally and immediately. When Mina finally told us that she was ready, Dr. Sierra was available, prompt, gentle, respectful, kind, and guiding. She helped Mina to stay peaceful as we all said goodbye to her. I could not have asked for a more beautiful, peaceful, and profoundly special way for my best friend to leave this world. I am so thankful to the Lap pf Love company and their family for helping me and Mina so much. I am very thankful to Dr. Sierra for being the special person that she is.

Sincerely,

Karena Sfakianakis"

Karena Sfakianakis
Bethel Park, Pennsylvania

"Our heartfelt thanks for your care and attention provided to us yesterday, Sierra. We are fortunate for angels like you."

Jeanine Muir
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

"I just contacted Three Rivers Greyhound to let them know that our precious Smokey crossed over to the Rainbow Bridge with Dr. Allison's kind, loving and compassionate help. I told them that they might want to put your services in their newsletter. I gave them Dr. Allison's name.

The nice lady Beverly cried w/me but said she was glad he was so well taken care of.

Gotta tend to our other 2 pups, now. They are very down and pacing off and on.

Thank you, Dr. Allison and to your intake person-Haley? I think that is her name? She represents your services so well. She was kind, comforting, and she was wonderful as well.

Thank you both!

Gratefully,

Renie & Larry Mistick"

Renie Mistick
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
“Tiger came to us in the Fall of 1999; she left us on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at about 9:30 a.m., falling asleep peacefully on the back porch while lying in the sun listening to the birds. We brushed and pet her until she breathed no more…and we all noted that she purred until the very end…”
Don & Tiffany Kaminski
August 13, 2020
“Oreo-You were the best dog in the world! You gave us 13 years of joy and happiness. Thank you for the walks and cuddles through the years. You always loved to be around people and join in whatever was going on. Sometimes it even seemed like you thought you were a person! Your favorite toys were your original snowman, Big Bird, and the blue pillow ...
Kim Meliton
August 12, 2020
“Bella, a gentle soul was a part of you. We don't know who that soul was but we know the soul brought you to us after several others abandoned you. Lucky, lucky us.”
Jeanine Muir
August 3, 2020
“It's been two years since you crossed the rainbow bridge... with tears in my eyes as I write this... I know you are in a better place and not suffering anymore but there is still apart of me that wish you were here. Today we shared stories, pictures, and videos as a family you were truly loved and forever missed.”
Taneha Scott
July 25, 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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