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 can't say enough about Dr. Aspen. She understood exactly the emotional turmoil we were in when she came to our home. She made a paw print keepsake for us and when Lexie passed, tucked her lovingly into a wicker basket covered her up to the chin with a blanket and strapped her into the front seat like she was going for a nice ride in the car. She didn't just throw her in the trunk to drop her at the crematorium in a body bag like they do at the vets office. Every step in the process was reassuring, beautiful, personal and treated like the special love this dog was to us. I only hope when it's my time to go it's that pleasant and peaceful. I know it is inevitable we will go through this again with another beloved pet, but THIS is the organization and Dr. Aspen is a special person that makes Lap of Love an awesome gift you can give your pet and yourself!"
Donnalee DodsonPittsburgh, Pennsylvania
"Dr. Aspen made one of the most difficult days of our lives a little easier. I was heartbroken, sad and she brought comfort and peace to our home. Diesel is a pretty large and scary looking dog but she never once flinched or showed fear of him. She showed us all respect and understanding. She was very patient and truly graceful. I am so grateful for all the help she gave us during this very difficult time."
JoAnne HerlihyVerona, Pennsylvania
"It is unbelievable that kindness that was shown to us by Dr. Aspen! She went above and beyond for us. She took the time to explain the whole process. And when it was over she help put him on a stretcher and carry him out to his grave. Then came back into the house and cleaned up. I never expected all of this. I am so thankful to Dr. Aspen!!!"
Elaine NewhouseNew Alexandria, Pennsylvania
"Lap of Love is a magnificent service. Dr. Aspen could not have been more patient and compassionate - she let me talk and cry and fight with myself for a long time before I decided it was the best thing to do. She sat on my floor like an old friend and made me feel better about what I knew I had to do. Even Bear knew she was one of the good guys when she came into the house! I will be forever grateful for her help and guidance."
Amy EckmanPittsburgh, Pennsylvania
"I cannot say enough about Lap of Love and how wonderful the vet was with our dog Clancy. Dr. Aspen was so kind and gentle with Clancy. She helped him to be comfortable for the last 2 months of his life and finally helped to peacefully cross the Rainbow Bridge. Lap of Love provided us with excellent information/support during the last months with him. The process of losing a pet is very difficult. We (as a family) appreciated the kindness that was shown to us as well as Clancy. Thank you for everything!!!!!!"
Michelle ConnorCanonsburg, Pennsylvania
"Dr. Aspen truly has found her calling. The care and compassion she gave to our sweet Malllory and our family was so amazing and so appreciated. She patiently walked us through the process, as well as, the tough moments before saying our final goodbyes. It was a peaceful time for our Mallory and we were given the reassurance that we were doing the right thing. Mallory truly died with dignity in her happy place-in the arms of my daughter. We are grateful for Dr. Aspen and the services she provided through Lap of Love."
Denise BaerCheswick, 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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