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.
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
"Dr. Jessica was the absolute best, she was so gentle and loving which really meant a lot to my husband and I. She gave us as much time to say goodbye to our precious boy and she was so comforting in our loss."
Tracey ChristyWillow Grove, Pennsylvania
"Dr. Jessica treated our Isis with professionalism, compassion & dignity. Lap of Love truly is an essential service."
Donna VollmannBethlehem, Pennsylvania
"Dr. Jessica was wonderful during our most raw moments. This was hands down the hardest thing we have ever done and she made this difficult moment easier. Thank you for being so kind and gentle with our fur baby. She has brought us so much joy and laughter. Thank you."
Maggie PavelLevittown, Pennsylvania
"It has taken some time to get the courage to even discuss the decision to put our girl down. She was a 15 year old GSD, an integrate part of our family from our children to our grand children. She slowed down fast over the past couple of years but still viable, healthy, loved to eat everyday and loved her walk everyday. But we (I) saw her deteriorate and didn't want to let go. We had researched the possibility of making here comfortable and having her last moments at home......she hated the vets office tremendously.
My wife spent time online and we found Lap Of Love and we are so happy we made the decision (Last Minute) to move forward to send my Sasha over the rainbow bridge. Dr. Jessica came to our home, she was compassionate, loving and provided extreme care as the time came. Sasha was at home, the anxiousness of being in the vets office was not present, she relaxed and went home..... we will miss her and see her again one day, that being said we will never take our kids (Dogs)....to any vet ever again.
Lap Of Love......Thank You its never easy to make the decision to do this but you (Dr. Jessica) made this extremely difficult decision easier to endure."
Albert McLaughlinDoylestown, Pennsylvania
"Dr. Wilbourne ("Dr. Jessica") was incredibly caring and supportive in this horrendously difficult time for us. The poise, the calm and the love that she displayed were very, very, VERY much appreciated not only by Jimmy but by my wife and I. I can't say enough good words about Dr. Jessica and Lap of Love in general. God bless you, your family and your pets. Andre."
Andre De ChamplainUpper Makefield, Pennsylvania
"Dr. Jessica made an incredibly difficult moment almost bearable. She was so kind and compassionate throughout the whole process. It was extremely difficult for me, and I was very emotional the entire time, but she was understanding and did her best to comfort us. She was gentle with our Cartman, and she gave us as much time as we needed to say goodbye. I'm so thankful to her."
Jenna FliszarEmmaus, 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 144Carversville, PA 18913
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