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.
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!
Aspen Perretta, DVM
"Dr. Aspen was so kind and understanding. She explained the entire process every step of the way and made us feel very comfortable with our decision. She treated Lily with dignity, respect and love and we will be forever grateful for that. Thank you so much!"
Niki ObenourMcDonald, Pennsylvania
"We struggled with "what to do" for our 14-year-old Viszla Bailey but I'm so grateful that our vet Dr. Stepusin recommended Lap of Love. Dr. Aspen was kind and gentle; she judged nothing and explained everything to us. She asked questions of Bailey's favorites and encouraged us to tell stories. Our entire family was able to "love" him over that bridge including his two "fur" siblings. His paw print is priceless. My heart is heavy as I write this but just knowing Bailey's last moments were in our home with us brings so much comfort. Thank you Dr. Aspen. Keep doing what you're doing...helping pets and the people they leave behind."
Nicole BaculikPittsburgh, Pennsylvania
"They say the hardest thing about having a pet is saying Good-Bye and that statement could not be more true. In October our kitty Abbey was operated for cancer. Our vet informed us that most likely the cancer would return and it did. We were happy to get a few more months with our girl. She ruled our home, putting her dog brother and sisters and many foster pups in their place with one stroll across the living room. Within the last week she went down hill, staying up on our bed, not eating, sleeping the day away. Her final gift was the night before she passed, she came downstairs and wanted to sit with me, then ventured into the sun room to sit with my husband. It was her way of saying Thanks! Dr.Aspen's compassion and gentleness is a true service to our community. She came to our home and helped Abbey pass where she was comfortable and happy, for that we will be forever grateful. I just want to say Thank You! Dr.Aspen came in as a stranger and left as a member of our family."
elizabeth myersMonroeville, Pennsylvania
"Making the decision to have Dr. Aspen come and relieve our beloved 13yr old dog Riley of her pain and provide her with a peaceful passing at home where she was comforted by my fiance is the best decision we could have made. Dr. Aspen was so incredibly sweet to our girl as well as understanding during the most difficult moments of our lives. While I am still learning to live without my friend of 13 years I have the comfort of knowing that we made the right decision. Everyone wants their pet to peacefully pass in their sleep but that is never a guarantee. Not only was Dr. Aspen so caring but she explained to us the process and gave me as much time as I needed to say my goodbyes. She followed up with such a sweet card and really showed that she cared. It takes a very special person to pursue this profession and she has clearly found her calling. I have already recommended her to a friend who is also having to make a very tough decision to say goodbye to their loving lab."
Jessica YoungPittsburgh, Pennsylvania
"Thanks so much to Dr. Aspen for her warmth, kindness, and compassion, allowing our Cody a peaceful and no stress way for him to journey to the other side. It was easy to see that her compassion was heartfelt and sincere. She gave us all the time we needed to say our goodbyes. I couldn't have the peace of mind she gave us if we had put him through another stressful trip to our vets office just to say goodbye. Thank you Dr. Aspen for being so kind and caring."
Cheryl GrazianoFinleyville, Pennsylvania
"My family will be forever grateful to Dr. Aspen! She made the decision that I had to make easier. She has such a good heart and is so kind! We had to put our black lab, Goliath, who lived to be 17....to rest last night. Dr. Aspen was absolutely wonderful and I recommend this company to everyone who wants to be at home with their pet. God blessed her with a wonderful gift! We will miss Goliath always and together we will grieve and get through this. Thank you so much for everything and God bless!"
Megan MonstrolaIrwin, Pennsylvania
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
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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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