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
"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
"I am grateful to Lap of Love and the veterinarians who provide this service. It is invaluable. Dr. Aspen was very kind, caring and knowledgeable. Thank you so much for being there."
Bethany GallagherPittsburgh, Pennsylvania
"When we discovered that Rocky had lymphoma the vets didn't do much to help us - they said we could spend $10K that we didn't have to try and help him but we couldn't afford that and in the end it wouldn't keep him alive. So, after trying some rudimentary things, they basically said sorry, you're on your own. A neighbor suggested Lap of Love and we contacted Dr. Aspen. She came over, assessed the Rock, told us what would happen and how, and gave us materials to track his progress so we would know when it was time. She also did somethings they (the other vets) never did. First, she prescribed pain pills and sedatives to keep him calm and pain-free. Second, she sent emails to check up on him and us and tell us what to do with questions. We knew when it was time and we had her scheduled but, being the Rock he was, he decided to check out on his own terms and died while we hugged him two hours before Dr. Aspen arrived. She eased our concerns that we waited too long, told us what had happened, described some things we had questions about,
assured us he did go peacefully, and then tended to him. She gave us his paw print, gently placed him on a stretcher,
and we took him to the car. She waited while we tearfully said good-bye, she hugged us, but she assured us we would
get his - and his alone - ashes back. That was comforting. Lap of Love offers a great service to those of us who love
and remain connected to our pets and Dr. Aspen Perretta is a great representative of your mission. While we all laughed
that we really don't want to see her again too soon, we know she is there to help us with our beloved pets at the inevitable end of their time with us - and we are grateful for that."
Don & Tiffany KaminskiPittsburgh, Pennsylvania
"We lost our sweet Duke, DukerBoy, Dukers, on Aug.12, 2018.
He loved laying on dads lap every night and missed him when he was out of town.
He played with Dakota. And he slept with us every night til the last couple nights.
Thank you so much to our vet, Dr. Gordon and White Oak veterinary clinic, they were all so good to Duke and loved him.
Thank you to Dr. Aspen, you were terrific that day when you helped Duke to his restful place. You were very helpful when we asked questions and so nice to our sweet boy.
He left us laying on the deck, where he loved to go almost every sunny day and lay in the sun.
We miss you and will always think of you every day. Love you, Dukers!!!"
Mike & Jennie StormsNorth Huntingdon, Pennsylvania
"We couldn't have asked for a more compassion and caring veterinarian than Dr. Aspen. Her quiet and compassion presence was extremely soothing to both Hercules and my family. She took her time and didn't rush our final farewells. She's a special person for sure and so appreciated her loving ways."
Amy BarbarinoPlum Borough, Pennsylvania
"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
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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