Southeastern PA: Chester, Montgomery & Bucks Counties

  (484) 263-2338

  [email protected]

Pricing and Information
All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

EUTHANASIA$300

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.

VETERINARY HOSPICE$400

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.

TELEADVICE$100

Using phone or Skype, one of our wonderful doctors will walk you through our Quality of Life assessment. This 30 minute conversation is valuable for any family considering hospice care, euthanasia, or simply wanting to understand the end of life process with their pet.

HOLIDAYS

Holiday appointments can be accepted with approval. The following holidays incur a $100 fee when scheduled: Thanksgiving, Christmas Day & New Years Day. A $50 fee is incurred for 4th of July, Memorial Day or Labor Day.

ADDITIONAL 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 (normal business hours are 9:00am - 5:00pm), 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.

AFTERCARE PRICING

Private Cremation
Pets up to 39 pounds$275
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$300
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$350
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$375

With this option, your pet is cremated privately at a licensed crematory. The ashes are contained in a lovely rosewood urn with an engraved nameplate and will be returned to you within two weeks directly at the crematory in West Chester or by mail.

Communal Cremation
Pets up to 39 pounds$175
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$200
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$250
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$300

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 pet cemetery. 

Additional Aftercare Fees

To best honor your personal space, our doctors do not arrive with a vet technician.  Therefore, if your family has elected cremation for a pet over 30 pounds, we may ask your assistance moving your loved one after euthanasia has been performed.  If additional help is needed outside what is available in the home, we may request that the crematory come to assist us.  In this case, an additional fee will be needed to cover their charge. 

Availability
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 or in a short amount of time, so we do our best to accommodate same day appointments with a few hours notice, but cannot guarantee that. 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 Doctors
Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians in your area!

Dr. Jessica

Jessica Wilbourne

Since I could remember, I have always had a drive to understand the world around me. I would ask why things happen, how they work, why things fall apart and how we put them back together. For me, the ultimate questions of why we lose things in our lives has led me to the confluence of events that surround those moments. Trying to understand the 'why' became nil to the experience of simply letting go, offering comfort to our fellow man/animal, and to find a sense of peace and bravery in living in that moment.

I grew up in beautiful Bucks County, PA, surrounded by family, friends and animals. After graduating from Arizona State University with a degree in biology, I worked and traveled before ultimately earning my veterinary degree from the Royal Veterinary College in London, UK. Studying abroad was an amazing experience that opened my eyes to new cultures, people and ideas, and allowed me to travel the world to explore places like Africa, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and throughout Europe. Following veterinary school, I completed a small animal rotating internship at Hickory Veterinary Hospital in Plymouth Meeting, PA, and then moved to Guam to work as a civilian in a U.S. Army military hospital. After Guam, I then worked in small animal practice in Florida and Pennsylvania, before joining Lap of Love.

Having traveled the world, I have returned home to Bucks County where I enjoy spending time with family, friends and even more animals. I hope to offer relief and comfort to those I meet and I am honored to assist in the peaceful transition of our beloved pets to the next stage.

Dr. Sara

Sara Barlowe

I grew up on Long Island, NY, surrounded by pets big and small since the day I was born. I knew I wanted to be a vet for as long as I could remember.  Just recently I stumbled across something I wrote in kindergarten about where I saw myself in 20 years. It read: “as a vet, treating a snowflake white Dalmatian!” Even though I don’t see many Dalmatians, the sentiment still rings true.

My passion to pursue a career in veterinary medicine led me to Emory University in Atlanta, GA, before travelling to New England for veterinary school at Tufts University. Following graduation, I began practicing in Pennsylvania - not quite as cold as the New England winters, but still close to home. I entered a fast-paced general practice, but found myself longing for a deeper and more personal connection with clients and their pets. I discovered I loved house call appointments because they gave me the opportunity to understand a family’s goals, as well as the pet’s day-to-day life and home environment. I loved knowing that when I entered a home, pets viewed me as a friend and not a scary doctor. 

Whenever I tell people I am a veterinarian, one of the most common stories I hear is of their pet’s final moments.  Initially I found this surprising, but after practicing for years, I have discovered this moment is of the utmost importance in both a pet’s life as well as a family’s. I realized that if I could make those moments absolutely perfect, I could bring both peace and relief to pets and their families.  I am honored to have the opportunity to be welcomed into your home to help you through difficult decisions, and, when it’s time, help your pet pass with grace and dignity surrounded by loved ones.

When I’m not practicing medicine, I enjoy hiking, hosting game nights, drawing and painting, and spending time with my own furry and feathered family.  I have a fluffy dog named Koda, a mischievous cat named Catrick, and a strong-willed rescue cockatiel named Bobby.

About Jessica Wilbourne

Since I could remember, I have always had a drive to understand the world around me. I would ask why things happen, how they work, why things fall apart and how we put them back together. For me, the ultimate questions of why we lose things in our lives has led me to the confluence of events that surround those moments. Trying to understand the 'why' became nil to the experience of simply letting go, offering comfort to our fellow man/animal, and to find a sense of peace and bravery in living in that moment.

I grew up in beautiful Bucks County, PA, surrounded by family, friends and animals. After graduating from Arizona State University with a degree in biology, I worked and traveled before ultimately earning my veterinary degree from the Royal Veterinary College in London, UK. Studying abroad was an amazing experience that opened my eyes to new cultures, people and ideas, and allowed me to travel the world to explore places like Africa, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and throughout Europe. Following veterinary school, I completed a small animal rotating internship at Hickory Veterinary Hospital in Plymouth Meeting, PA, and then moved to Guam to work as a civilian in a U.S. Army military hospital. After Guam, I then worked in small animal practice in Florida and Pennsylvania, before joining Lap of Love.

Having traveled the world, I have returned home to Bucks County where I enjoy spending time with family, friends and even more animals. I hope to offer relief and comfort to those I meet and I am honored to assist in the peaceful transition of our beloved pets to the next stage.

"We had our precious girl Alex for just over nine amazing years. Through those years we watched her grow from an adorable little puppy with ears far too big for her head, to an athletic and eager to please adolescent, to a sister who really didn't want to be a sister but grew to begrudgingly accept it, to an adult who knew she was the queen of the house and let anyone or anything that got out of line know it! Our family fondly referred to her as a cat-dog - content to just be near you, to listen and obey commands for the tasty treats, and to come up and whine with ears back and a little tail wag when she was ready for her favorite - butt scratches. But she was our cat-dog, and we loved her for it and cherished each and every moment she was with us. It's hard to put into words the feeling of the hole that is left - it is an Alex sized a hole that can only be filled with her fluff and smell and the comfort of knowing that she was there even if off across the room. What helps is the knowledge that we had her for nine good years, including an incredibly active year and a half after her diagnosis with epithiolotropic lymphoma, and the gratitude for all of her vets and care takers - for Dr. Clifford and the incredible team at Hope Veterinary, for those who loved her and cared for her at her local vet even when she didn't love them back, including Dr. Barlowe, who Alex reminded that it was she that was in charge even at the very end. She was a feisty girl indeed, and there are no words to fully express our appreciation.

We love you and miss you sweet girl - rest in peace. And keep the squirrels out of wherever you are!"

Jake Moore
Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania

"When it was time to say goodbye to our sweet boy Bane, we called on Lap of Love. Dr. Sara Barlowe came to our house to help us give him the peace and freedom he deserved. Dr. Sara was so kind, patient and compassionate with us. Her caring for our Bane was evident from the minute she saw him. Needless to say, the fur moms were a mess, but Dr.Sara talked us through the process, never rushing us. When the time came, our sweet little boy just went to sleep in my arms.

We can't say thank you enough to Dr. Sara, for the respect, kindness and compassion we were shown. We thank God for people like Dr. Sara, who have the love and strength to help families through times like these. From the phone call to the support team, (Ashley & Rebecca), to Dr. Sara's visit, Lap of Love made the most difficult time for us a loving and caring experience.

Dr. Sara, you will be forever in our hearts, Thank you.

Deb & Roslyn"

Deb Batten
Royersford, Pennsylvania

"We had to make that hard decision for our precious dog Buster. We called Lap of Love and Dr. Sara Barlowe came to the house to help us give him peace. She was so sweet. It's impossible for any loving animal parent to be calm during this time, but she was so comforting and didn't rush us in any way. I can't say enough about how wonderful she was. We could tell that Dr. Sara cared - she appeared to be affected by our grief herself. We will never forget Lap of Love and Dr. Sara for all their help in one of the most difficult times.

The office personnel where just the same, from the time I called Lap of Love I felt the compassion.

Thank you Lap of Love and Dr. Sara for helping us in this time of need."

Carmen Maurizio
East Fallowfield Township, Pennsylvania

"We came to the very difficult decision to call Lap of Love after much deliberation for our 15 year old black Lab - Duke. Making the call was the most difficult decision but it was time as our dog was struggling with walking, incontinence, disorientation, and lack of movement (eating was NEVER a problem for this "beast" around food:)) and the best gift we could give to our most beloved pet. From the first call to the support team to the in home visit - this was a loving, kind, and supportive process with the entire staff of Lap of Love. Our in home vet was Dr. Sara Barlowe. From the minute she stepped out of the car and throughout the entire home visit she was a loving angel and agent of peace as our dog transitioned to what I like to think as of "greener pastures". Although, definitely one of the most difficult days of my life, I would 100% recommend both Lap of Love (have never heard of a bad and or poor review) and Dr. Sara to enter into your family and pet's home to assist in end of life care and decisions. Thanks to Dr. Sara and Lap of Love!

Kathy Clarke"

Kathy Clarke
Havertown, Pennsylvania

"Dr. Sara was amazing, kind, patient, sweet and really cared about Hershey and what we were experiencing. Thank you Dr. Sara for the empathy and professionalism you expressed to make the end of life process as peaceful as possible. Our boy was able to pass peacefully in the comforts of his home."

Vicki Jacketti
Pottstown, Pennsylvania

"Dr. Jessica was just awesome...she was so accommodating, informative and so compassionate. Our experience with Lap of Love could not have been better. Thank you so much Dr Jessica..."

Cynthia Conrad
Langhorne, Pennsylvania

Local Resources
Pet Life And Loss Support Services

  (215) 750-2774

CARES (Center for Animal Referral and Emergency Services) - Langhorne

  (484) 453-8210

Day by Day Pet Caregiver Support - Drexel Hill

  (610) 296-2099

HOPE Veterinary Specialists, Malvern

  (610) 666-1050

MVA's Pet Loss Support Group - Norristown

  (610) 666-1050

Metropolitan Veterinary Associates (MVA) - Norristown

  (484) 453-8210

Day by Day Pet Caregiver Support - Philadelphia

  (610) 828-3054

Hickory Veterinary Hospital - Plymouth

  (215) 515-8810

Quakertown Veterinary Clinic

Service Area
Helping families in the following areas:

We proudly serve families in Southeastern PA, including Montgomery, Chester and parts of Bucks counties. A travel fee ranging from $30-$100 may apply based on distance traveled from the veterinarian.

Pet Memorials
“Hershey was a very special dog. You were the most loyal companion I could have ever hoped for. Loved our daily walks, talks, hanging on the couch and so many other things. It was a very difficult decision for me to make but I do know it was the right decision. You were struggling and getting tired. The house is so quiet and I am grieving yet ...
Vicki Jacketti
May 28, 2020
“May 8, 2005 was one of the best days… The day you were born… Today May 19, 2020 was one of the saddest days of our lives. Gary and I had to let go of our precious little man to doggie heaven ....Yoshi was the best dog we could have ever asked for… So thank you to our daughter Jennifer for this amazing gift for 15 years… We could not have loved you ...
Cynthia Conrad
May 27, 2020
“For 18 1/2 years Harbor added both love and the opportunity to love into our home. He grew up with our children and was every bit a cherished member of our family. His relationship with Robin was unique in a way that seemed more like a dog than a cat. Her knew her voice and would come running whenever she called. You would never have guessed he ...
Michael Ard
May 15, 2020
““It came to me that every time I lose a dog they take a piece of my heart with them, and every new dog who comes into my life gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough all the components of my heart will be dog, and I will become as generous and as loving as they are.”

-Anonymous”
Stephanie Gompf
May 11, 2020
Payment Options

To make the experience as peaceful as possible, credit card over the phone (before the appointment) is generally preferred. We are also more than happy to accept a check (made to 'Lap of Love') or cash during our time with you.

Most pet insurance companies cover Lap of Love services. We are happy to help complete any paperwork needed to submit for reimbursement.

We also accept Care Credit.

Mailing Address

Lap of Love
PO Box 61393
King of Prussia, Pennsylvania 19406

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Bucks County Courier Times: Vet Practice is Labor of Love

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