Pricing and Information

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.


Veterinary Hospice$265

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.

Geriatric Consultation$265

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.


Private Cremation
Pets up to 49 pounds$250
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$300
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$125
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$200
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$250
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 in a rose garden. 

Additional Aftercare Fees

There may be a fee if additional assistance to safely carry your pet out of your home is needed. 


Dr. Erin will be unavailable from April 20th - 25th.  Our Support Team is available everyday via phone or email to answer your questions and to schedule an appointment upon her return.

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.

Meet The Doctor

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.

"I just want to thank Dr. Erin and Lap of Love for all their help and compassion. My fur baby Rocky was 14yrs old and going down hill and I had found Lap of Love online and did some research on them. I felt it was the right fit for my fur baby and my family. After many emails and calls I made the appointment. Dr. Erin showed up and Rocky walked over and greeted her and he had not greeted anyone in days. It just felt right at that moment that Dr. Erin was perfect for helping us out. She explained the procedure and every one felt at ease knowing how everything was going to be done. My 9yr daughter was present with us and she asked many questions and Dr. Erin answered them all. I would recommend Dr. Erin and Lap of Love to anyone I know that loves their pet as much as I loved my Rocky. The past few days since he has been gone have been hard but I have received an email from Dr. Erin and a sympathy card with some wild flowers to plant in his honor. All this has helped me through the process."

Beth S
White Oak, Pennsylvania

"We never would have been able to go through this chapter of Xander's life without Dr. Erin and the support from Lap of Love. When we received Xander's terminal diagnosis we had a very tough decision to make and it seemed to be a miracle that one night a news spot about Lap of Love appeared out of nowhere. The timing was magnificent and we were so distressed on what steps to take next. The moment we met Dr. Gorney we knew there was no other path to take. Our original prognosis was 3-6 months and with the care under Dr. Erin we ended up having 9 full and loving months with our boy without ever having to take him to a chemo or treatment clinic. Lap of Love will forever be in our hearts and the care and support they provided to our family is unconditional. Thank you for being brave and providing this type of care to families."

Alicia & Jarrod DiGiorgi
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

"Dr. Erin was wonderful. From the time she came in, she treated Sam with dignity, respect, compassion, and love. She wanted to know about him, gave him pets, and spent time with him. I am so happy that we chose to help him pass at home, surrounded by his brothers and the sounds and smells which were familiar to him. It was peaceful and compassionate. Thank you so much, Dr. Erin. Your compassion was a comfort during one of the most difficult times of my life. Sam and I thank you."

Jennifer Warner
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

"Dr. Erin was wonderful. She guided us through our fur baby's final moments with love and caring. I would recommend Lap of Love for anyone having to face the difficult task of sending their beloved pet to the rainbow bridge. Dr. Erin helped our little Oliver be comfortable and in the midst of our family that loved him immensely. Thank you Dr. Erin."

PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania

"Dr. Erin was amazing. I highly suggest if you are in this position you trust her. My Bayla loved her and felt safe."

Heather Shields
Pgh, Pennsylvania

"Dr. Erin was so wonderful in helping us with the passing of our dog Bay. My wife and I both remarked how Bay, as ill and sluggish as she was, responded to Erin with the most alert look of regard and friendship I had seen on her in a while. Having Bay put down at home was a great decision, it has made grieving so much easier, but we were so lucky someone as compassionate as Dr. Erin was the vet we got."

Troy Boone
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Local Resources

Pet Life and Loss Support Services

  (412) 847-7081

Animal Friends' Pet Loss Support Group

  (412) 366-3400

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
“Our little Xander was what completed our little family here in Bloomfield and our best friend. He had so many friends, Aunts, Uncles, Grandparents and cousins who loved him very much, if we tried to name them all we would not have enough room on the page. He was a good boy with lots of energy and love to share with everyone around him. Some of his ...
Alicia & Jarrod DiGiorgi
April 9, 2017
“Sam was my kitty for over 12 years and I could not ask for a better friend. He was the most loving, caring, affectionate, and social cat I have ever had in my life. He was my shadow. He followed me everywhere and every time I turned around, he was by my side. If I had to go out of town for work, he would sleep on my pillow and not eat or move ...
Jennifer Warner
March 14, 2017
“Bayla luv, I miss you at me feet, forever in my heart.”
Heather Shields
January 30, 2017
“In memory of Bay, our beloved eleven-year-old border collie, on what would have been her twelfth birthday. Your two human guardians Pam and Troy, your canine friend of ten years Dinah, and your feline friend of five years miss you so much, but we know you are beyond the touch of age and illness, glossy and fast and strong as you were when we ...
Troy Boone
January 15, 2017
Lap Of Love Locations
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
South Carolina
Payment Options

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.

Mailing Address

Lap of Love
PO Box 14041
Pittsburgh, PA 15239

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