Pricing and Information

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

Veterinary Hospice$300

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.

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.

Geriatric Consultation$300

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.

Additional Appointment 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), aggressive pets, and some exotic species.

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
Pets over 150 pounds will be quoted

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
Pets over 150 pounds will be quoted

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.

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. Aspen

Aspen Perretta, DVM

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, DVM

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, DVM

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!

"Having no experience with euthanasia because Odie was my first dog, I didn’t know what to expect. Dr. Aspen was kind and comforting and while it was a very sad situation, it was made easier by her care."

Linda Rodriguez
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

"Dr. Aspen was so caring and compassionate during our most difficult time. I am so blessed to have been able to say goodbye to our beloved sweet boy at home surrounded by family."

Jennifer Inks
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

"Dr. Aspen helped us navigate a very painful and devastating time with such compassion and love. Although I wish I never needed this service, I am so glad it exists. Rory was always afraid of going to the vet's office and Dr. Aspen was able to end his pain, in the comfort of his home, with his brothers by his side. Thank you Dr. Aspen for all your love and support.

Jason and Susan Bell"

Susan Bell
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

"Dr. Aspen was excellent in our time of sadness. I would of gone to the ends of the earth to keep my little Hope alive, and Dr. Aspen let me know it was okay to let her go. The lap of love service is an awesome one. This is the first time we have used them, and I will never do it any other way. Dr. Aspen even followed up so see how we are doing. I truly appreciate her kindness in this difficult time."

Kimberly Aluise
Natrona Heights, Pennsylvania

"Dr. Sierra was so empathetic to our feelings and so kind, gentle, and caring towards our Jake. She explained everything to us and did not do anything until we were ready to let him go. She took that empathy a step further and not only emailed us but sent a condolences card to us. Her kind quiet voice was soothing to Jake and her professionalism was more than top notch. She came into our home that was full of people who loved Jake and she was able to do her job, as a veterinarian, in the most professional yet compassionate way possible. Thank you, Dr. Sierra. Thank you Lap of Love for having such wonderful doctors (and staff members) in your employ."

Pamela and Joe Falcona
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

"I want to thank Lap of Love and Dr. Aspen for helping us through this very difficult time. She was so wonderful with Rufus and with my husband and me. It made this experience from horrible to tolerable. I cannot imagine going through this any other way. Thank you, Dr. Aspen."

Judy Lakely
Imperial, 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
“Odin was a big, sweet boy who came into our lives and showed us all what love was about. He never met a ball he didn’t love and his idea of a fun game was to keep the ball away from you. Having no manners when he came to us, he was a quick learner. He chewed on his toys only and you could leave a roast on the counter and he wouldn’t so much as ...
Linda Rodriguez
June 12, 2019
“Cooper was an amazing sweet sweet boy from the time we brought him into our family! He was always a very loving dog that followed us everywhere we went. He was so well behaved that we got comments of how great he was his entire life. We had the pleasure of having him as a part of our family for over 13 years and yet that was still not nearly ...
Jennifer Inks
May 31, 2019
“We have no real idea of how old Hope was. To our best guess around 15. Hope loved being at home, in her bed. She enjoyed sitting in the sun by the front door, and on the patio. She loved carrots, cucumbers, beans, chicken jerky, and freeze dried fish. But most of all she loved her humans. Hope will be sadly missed by her mommy and daddy, Kim and ...
Kimberly Aluise
May 29, 2019
“Our best friend, my heart, my boy crossed the Rainbow Bridge May 11, 2019. He drifted off to sleep and crossed the bridge in our home, in my husband’s arms with me kissing his head, and surrounded by family that loved him so much. Our home and our lives will never be the same. There are no words that can describe how we are feeling now. Our little ...
Pamela and Joe Falcona
May 19, 2019
Payment Options

To make the experience as peacful 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, PA 15242

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