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.
Erin Gorney, BVMS
I was born in Erie, Pennsylvania though I was raised in Florida. Animals have always been a fascination of mine from an extremely young age. While I cannot recall one specific event that fueled my desire to become a veterinarian, I have been working towards that goal for as long as I can remember. Dogs, cats, horses; you name the animal and I wanted to know everything about them. Coupled with this love of animals was an affinity for science. I have to know how things work!
I attended veterinary school at the University of Glasgow in Scotland from 2007-2012. Upon graduating, I started my career at a small animal clinic back home in Erie. In addition to the clinical setting, I have also enjoyed working with the horses at the Presque Isle Downs as one of the State Veterinarians. Zoo medicine was also an exciting avenue to explore. Even though I have enjoyed all of these areas of practice, I still felt like I had not found my niche.
The first time I heard about Lap of Love, I thought it was an incredible idea and an invaluable service. A few months later, I had the privilege of sitting through continuing education provided by Dr. Dani McVety and Dr. Mary Gardner. After hearing about their work and passion for Lap of Love, I knew this was the niche for me. Being able to provide hospice and in home euthanasia services for my patients and their families is an honor.
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with family, friends and my two furry children, Liam and Jethro. I enjoy a wide range of interests, including woodworking, cooking, and exercising, just to name a few. I recently relocated to Pittsburgh and am enjoying exploring a new city.
"We'll always be grateful to Dr. Erin from Lap of Love for taking her time with us through the whole process and allowing Buddy a smooth and peaceful transition. I will certainly recommend Lap of Love to anyone that may need this service as it's much more comfortable for both pet and family."
Gary PhillipsJeannette, Pennsylvania
"Coming to the decision that it was time to help Shadow in the best way I could was beyond difficult. I found Lap of Love on accident, and it seemed like it was meant to be. I was so nervous, upset, and second guessing myself. When Lap of Love contacted me, Sarah was beyond helpful. She was patient while I quietly sobbed on the phone, and gave me as much time as I needed when answering questions. When the day came, I was a mess. Dr. Erin was beyond amazing. She let me cry as much as I needed and did not rush me at all. We chatted about Shadow, which seemed to lighten the mood as best we could. Dr. Erin was so patient, letting it all go at my pace, and letting me be in control as much as possible. The follow up was amazing, and I couldn't have asked for a better experience. After my initial phone call, I got an e-mail on what to expect and who to call with questions. Dr. Erin also e-mailed me the next day and sent a lovely card. The cremation service gave us a beautiful box with Shadow's ashes, and will be displayed with his paw print that was made. Though this was such a difficult experience, I can't imagine how it could have been handled better by everyone I came into contact with. I can't be thankful enough for Lap of Love and Dr. Erin."
Samantha NorrisPittsburgh, Pennsylvania
"I just wanted to Thank all of the contacts at Lap of Love, I can't say enough about the staff on the phones that help you schedule your appointment as well as talk to you about one of the hardest decisions you ever have to make. Also I can not express how much Dr Erin helped my family and I through this. I had a very fearful sick boy and she made his journey one of peacefulness and serenity. Thank you Dr Erin and staff. The love you had shown to myself, my family and my boy Fly will never be forgotten you were sent as a blessing to me. Thank you again."
Amy LeylandPlum, Pennsylvania
"Though this isn't something we look forward to ever, our experience with Lap of Love has been very helpful considering the circumstances. All in all, they do a good thing for us and our pets; it's comforting."
Tony GrecoCarnegie, Pennsylvania
"Dr. Erin was truly amazing when it was time to put our dog, Bear down.
Our dog had never met her before and Bear was so comfortable
and so were we. Dr. Erin was so kind, understanding, helpful and gentle.
Dr. Erin made difficult moments so beautiful & peaceful.
We are so thankful for Lap of Love. The people on the phone
were also so understanding and helpful and compassionate. You all helped us through very
tough decisions and we can't thank you enough. It was very clear that
Lap of Love would've spent as much time as we needed on the phone or in person.
Even though we are deeply sad, we are so blessed by the memories of Bear's final peaceful loving moments.
We are so grateful for your advice and the loving emails sent to us with information that we needed.
We will highly recommend Lap of Love to anyone who is in a similar circumstance."
"Dr. Erin came into our lives during one of the most difficult times and helped us walk through losing not one but two of our babies. She was always available to answer questions or just to check in on how they were doing as we navigated the various stages of their illnesses. Our debt to her for making the passing of both our boys so peaceful can never be repaid."
Carrie ZahniserPittsburgh, 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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