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 of $50-$100 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 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.
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
"I would like to express my extreme gratitude to Dr. Aspen and Lap of Love. During the most difficult day of our lives, Dr. Aspen was kind, calm, comforting, and professional. While I would give anything to have our Ella running through our home once again, it was comforting to have her pass in our home in such a peaceful manner. Ella was surrounded by her family, both human and dog. There was no pain involved in the process, and I know that she could feel our love. Dr. Aspen was so patient, allowing us as much time as we needed for each step that was taken. We will be forever grateful for this. <3"
Cher BalestrieriAliquippa, Pennsylvania
"Dr. Aspen was professional, soft spoken, and caring. I couldn't have asked for a better veterinarian during this time. The whole process with Lap of Love was easy and we will use it again for our other animals at their time of need."
Carley McDowellPittsburgh, Pennsylvania
"Dr. Aspen was a model of efficiency, sensitivity, and kindness. She knew not only how to do her work but how to honor the fragility and fear of a dying cat and the sorrow of the humans who loved her. I can't praise her highly enough."
Peter TrachtenbergPittsburgh, Pennsylvania
"What can I say? I lost my boy today after a month of him being sick. He lived a long and happy life and it was unbearable to watch him go downhill. We called Lap of Love because the night before, he took a horrible turn for the worst and was crying out in pain. We called and they came that day. Dr. Perretta said all the right things that I needed to hear. Our dog passed away an hour before she got to us, yet she still came, giving us the peace of mind that Z was gone. She made us a paw cast that I will keep forever. I will forever be thankful for first our Vet who understood that we needed our beloved pet to die at home and also for Dr. Perretta for making it as easy as it could be. Thank God for people like her, our pets are our family and having him die at home was everything to us."
Patricia GillieIMPERIAL, Pennsylvania
"I have never in my life felt such true care and compassion from complete strangers. I completely lost my stuff on the phone to make the appointment and all I got back was patience and understanding and I couldn’t be more grateful for every single person that I interacted with yesterday. Dr. Aspen was incredible and supportive and reassuring throughout the entire process. This organization made one of my most difficult days a little easier to bear. Thank you from the bottom of my heart."
Sarah StoverPittsburgh, Pennsylvania
"I cannot speak more highly of Dr. Aspen. Her support during such a difficult time was superior to any other hospice vet care I have used. Not only did she email me daily while away at a conference, she checked in on days that I didn’t write to her. She knew my father was ill during the same week as Barney and even though it was her day off, she came in to let Barney’s suffering end. I cannot thank her enough for all that she has done for us. Pittsburgh is extremely lucky to have her and I will be recommending her services to everyone I know."
Carolyn RychcikPittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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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.
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.
Lap of LovePO Box 14041Pittsburgh, PA 15239
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