Southeastern PA: Bucks, Chester & Montgomery Counties
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 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.
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.
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 veterinarians in your area.
Jessica Wilbourne, DVM
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 travelled 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.
Jessica Wilbourne, DVM
"Kylee was just short of her 16th birthday. Friday morning she could no longer stand and with her eyes she asked me to make that tough decision. Being treated rather abruptly by local vets I found this wonderful organization . Dr. Jessica came to our house. With a cheery fire in the wood stove and soft music, Dr; Jessica spent time getting to know Kylee , and Kylee accepted her as a friend very quickly. When Kylee was sedated and pain free we took about a half hour to say goodby. When it was done Dr. Jessica made us a paw print cut some locks of Kylee's fur for us.. Lap of Love and the young vet Dr. Jessica have made this tough, tough time much easier and turned the day into one that I wish to remember. Thank you very much."
Roy & Cindy OhrbergQuakertown, Pennsylvania
"To all of Lap Of Love, the staff answering the initial phone calls, and especially Jessica - Thank You!
You helped us thru this tough time with Dana with such dignity, compassion, humbleness, humility and respect.
We clasp our hands together and take a small bow.
Evjatar, Marian, Leonie, and Becky."
Evjatar CohenConshohocken, Pennsylvania
"I cannot say enough how wonderful Dr. Jessica was. She provided comfort, reassurance and kindness to My family including Angel. Her presence alone helped us on one of the hardest days we will ever go through. We cannot thank you enough."
Gina GrelletBethlehem, Pennsylvania
"I cannot say enough what a great service this is. I cannot say enough about Dr Jessica Wilbourne. the last thing I wanted to do was upset are pet Cleo anymore by having to take her out to a vet. Dr Jessica came on time was very understanding and more than patient. she is a very caring person and wonderful veterinarian."
The Foster Family FosterPhilly burbs, Pennsylvania
"Dr. Jessica is wonderful. Calm, professional and compassionate, she helped us when it was time to say goodbye to our sweet dog Rocco. Rocco hated going to the vet and I am so grateful he was able to die here at home with us around him. I hadn't expected it to be so peaceful. Thank you."
Tanya PertzoffWest Cheseter, Pennsylvania
"I just wanted to express my gratitude to Lisa, Erin and especially Dr. Jessica for your thoughtfulness, compassion and understanding. Your work is not easy and you are dealing with people at a time of deep and abiding sorrow. Thank God for people like you that are able to do this work for us. Dr. Jess is truly an angel of mercy and love. We knew Leo was in loving hands when he moved on. Run free beautiful boy."
Steven DiMeglioNewtown, PA, Pennsylvania
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
CARES (Center for Animal Referral and Emergency Services), Langhorne
Day by Day Pet Caregiver Support, Drexel Hill
HOPE Veterinary Specialists, Malvern
MVA's Pet Loss Support Group, Norristown
Metropolitan Veterinary Associates (MVA), Norristown
Veterinary Grief Counseling Program at Penn Vet's Ryan Veterinary Hospital, Philadelphia
Hickory Veterinary Hospital, Plymouth
The Veterinary Grief Counseling Program at Penn Vet's Ryan Veterinary Hospital
Quakertown Veterinary Clinic
Day by Day Pet Caregiver Support. Philadelphia
Helping families in the following areas:
We proudly serve families in Southeastern PA, including Montgomery, Bucks and Chester counties with some parts of Delaware. A travel fee ranging from $30-$100 may apply based on distance travelled from the veterinarian.
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 LoveP.O. BOX 71Glenside, PA 19038-0071