Pittsburgh & Surrounding Areas
All services are provided in the comfort of your home.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There may be a fee if additional assistance to safely carry your pet out of your home is needed.
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, so we do our best to accommodate same day appointments with a few hours notice when possible.
If this is a medical emergency, please contact your local veterinarian or one of the emergency clinics listed in the Local Resources section.
Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarian in your area.
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!
Aspen Perretta, DVM
"My "rough and tough" brother said he could not believe how nice and caring Dr. Aspen was with his best friend Midnight. She put a blanket around her to carry her out and even put a pillow under her head. Dr. Aspen gave him sense of peace and a belief that he had done the right thing for Midnight. I also want to thank Christina Perez for her patience and kindness on the phone with me as we made the arrangements."
Susan GlessnerPittsburgh, Pennsylvania
"Dr. Aspen came into our home and gently helped my family and me through the most difficult experience - saying goodbye to our beloved dog Bailey. She treated us with great care, patiently answering our questions and taking the time to learn about Bailey and his illnesses. Because of Dr. Aspen's compassion and genuine love and respect for our dog, Bailey's passing was a peaceful experience. She was truly an angel who helped Bailey on his final journey to heaven.
Dr. Aspen, thank you so much."
Eileen SteffanBethel Park, Pennsylvania
"Dr. Aspen was most kind, considerate, and understanding of Ahmed, and made the goodbye process personal and comfortable for both Ahmed and me."
Patricia WursterPittsburgh, Pennsylvania
"My family elected to do the in-house end of life service because the stress of moving our elderly dog and his anxiety at the vet would be too much for any of us to bear. We didn’t want him to suffer and wanted him to be surrounded by family in his home. As Dr. Aspen informed us he went peacefully in his sleep.
Dr. Aspen really is an angel and a spirit of calm. This is the absolute hardest and gut-wrenching experience any pet owner can go through and she really used her gentle nature to soothe everyone in the house. It was obviously a tear-filled event, but her professionalism and compassion never faltered. This must be an extremely hard job, but she does it with grace. We elected to bury our precious pup in our yard and she volunteered her gurney. Dr. Aspen just so thoughtful and loving with your family you will not regret hiring her. Whether it be for vet, hospice or end of life service your fur baby will be in good hands. These words are all I can offer to express my gratitude to her and I still feel like it’s not enough; she’s as perfect as a human can be.
Thank you for the paw print and lock of fur!"
Keanna CashPittsburgh, Pennsylvania
"I can't say enough about Dr. Aspen. She understood exactly the emotional turmoil we were in when she came to our home. She made a paw print keepsake for us and when Lexie passed, tucked her lovingly into a wicker basket covered her up to the chin with a blanket and strapped her into the front seat like she was going for a nice ride in the car. She didn't just throw her in the trunk to drop her at the crematorium in a body bag like they do at the vets office. Every step in the process was reassuring, beautiful, personal and treated like the special love this dog was to us. I only hope when it's my time to go it's that pleasant and peaceful. I know it is inevitable we will go through this again with another beloved pet, but THIS is the organization and Dr. Aspen is a special person that makes Lap of Love an awesome gift you can give your pet and yourself!"
Donnalee DodsonPittsburgh, Pennsylvania
"Dr. Aspen made one of the most difficult days of our lives a little easier. I was heartbroken, sad and she brought comfort and peace to our home. Diesel is a pretty large and scary looking dog but she never once flinched or showed fear of him. She showed us all respect and understanding. She was very patient and truly graceful. I am so grateful for all the help she gave us during this very difficult time."
JoAnne HerlihyVerona, Pennsylvania
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Animal Friends' Pet Loss Support Group
Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center (PVSEC)
Heal From Pet Loss
VCA Castle Shannon Animal Hospital
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.
Preferred methods of payment are check (made to 'Lap of Love') or cash.
Most pet insurance companies cover Lap of Love services. Please have any paperwork ready for the veterinarian to complete so that you can submit it for reimbursement.
Lap of LovePO Box 14041Pittsburgh, PA 15239
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