Knoxville & 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.
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 buried on private land.
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 6am - 10pm. 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.
Even before entering the veterinary field, I felt the strength of the human-animal bond. Our first family dog, Becca, was a gentle giant of a Boxer who graced us with many fun, loving, selfless years. My favorite memories of her include her wrestling us as children to tickle our faces with her muzzle, sledding with her at our home in Massachusetts, and when she came home leading a hiker who had been lost in our woods. When she passed, I remember the void that was left behind in her place, and I was so grateful to have such wonderful memories to keep with me in her absence.
Becca was one of many reasons I pursued a career in veterinary medicine. After attending Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine, I followed my passion to the University of Tennessee to complete an internship in Equine Field Service. It was at my first job, a mixed animal practice in Oregon, that I gained a true appreciation of the importance of at home end of life care. What an honor it is to be able to give my patients a peaceful passing in their own homes, surrounded by their loving families. It is a privilege to provide this service and bring comfort to such grateful families in their time of need.
I am so glad to be back in Tennessee, and I look forward to helping families in and around Knoxville. When not working, I enjoy travelling, hiking in the Smokies, watching the Vols, and spending time at home with my kitties.
Allie Prokop, DVM
"We cannot thank Dr. Allie enough for her kind, amazing heart. She came to our home within hours of us making the appointment. She expressed true concern and love for Mason, and despite being timid sometimes, he went right to her! We knew he must’ve understood why she was there and trusted her. I never want our babies to pass away at the vet clinic, so despite us being devastated, we were beyond grateful that Mason could pass away peacefully in the comfort of our home."
Kori DanielKnoxville, Tennessee
"I was very reluctant about taking this step since I had never had a pet put to sleep before. But my elderly dog Jake had finally declined to the point he could no longer stand up, and he was expressing some anxiety about his poor state of being. He was so big I couldn't lift him to drive him to the vet's office, and also I didn't want to increase his anxiety by attempting that trip. Dr. Allie was wonderfully gentle and compassionate. She took time to interact with Jake and asked to hear stories about him. She prepared my daughter and me for everything she would do. Jake had absolutely no anxiety about her presence. We hugged him as he lay on his favorite blanket next to my bed as he passed away. It was a gentle passing that would not have happened without the Lap of Love services. It was a huge blessing--for Jake to slip away with no agony or fear, and for my family to see him at peace during his transition. Thank you for your compassion and expertise, Dr Allie!
(Obviously, the wrong picture attached here--sorry. It wouldn't let me try to fix it.)"
Nancy LandKnoxville, Tennessee
"Dr. Allie was so caring and kind. She allowed us to have our final moments with our precious one in the privacy of our home. The best part is that we didnt have to put our Sophie in a car because she was so car sick.
Thank you Dr. Allie"
Ann ReichPigeon Forge, Tennessee
"My words can't do justice to how Dr. Allie was a blessing to both Hope and me a couple days ago. I could thank her til the end of time and it wouldn't cover how grateful I am to her for her help with Hope and I saying our goodbyes."
Dave HenryKNOXVILLE, Tennessee
"Dr. Allie was so sweet, caring and was terrific helping us get through this hard time. We are so glad we were able to have her help and do what was best for our Beauie."
Barb and Keith BishopClinton, Tennessee
"Bozley walked to her car when she pulled up, with a wagging tail. He never felt anxious or scared when he saw her. We will never forget her kindness, compassion, perfect words.... and her gift of being able to do this. As I said to Dr. Allie you when she left, “You are precious.”. And we are grateful! She was more perfect than we could have ever imagined. Bozley never felt comfortable with men other than his dad and his bro, but he loved sweet females with sweet voices and he felt comfortable with Dr. Allie immediately! We were all so impressed and so grateful for EVERYTHING she did and said. She was incredible with Bozley and to us. We just can't say how happy we were that "it was her" and that we used Lap of Love."
Stacy JKnoxville, Tennessee
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
The University of Tennessee Veterinary Medical Center, Knoxville
The University of Tennessee Veterinary Medical Center Support Line
The Animal ER, Critical Care and Referral Center, Knoxville
The Pet Emergency Clinic in Knoxville
Midland Pet Emergency Clinic, Alcoa
Helping families in the following areas:
We proudly serve the greater Knoxville area. 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 18031Knoxville, TN 37928