Knoxville & Surrounding Areas

  (865) 309-5665

  [email protected]

COVID-19 Update: We are still honored to join you in the home so that your pet can be safely surrounded by loved ones during this time.

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.

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.

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.

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$325
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$375
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$400
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$425

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.

COMMUNAL CREMATION
Pets up to 39 pounds$150
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$175
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$200
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$225

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. 

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 no additional help is available from friends or family to move your pet, please let our team know so that we can schedule appropriately.  The most important thing is that your loved one does not suffer, arrangements for assistance with cremation can be made at a later time. 

AVAILABILITY

COVID-19 Update: We are still honored to join you in the home so that your pet can be safely surrounded by loved ones during this time.

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 Doctor
Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarian in your area!

Dr. Allie

Allie Prokop

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.  

About Allie Prokop

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.  

"Dr. Allie was very kind and gentle in walking us through the process. With her help, our Lucy was enabled to leave us peacefully. We are very grateful to Dr. Allie for her respectful handling of Lucy and us."

Mark & Kathy Brewer
Knoxville, Tennessee

"Dr. Allie was so kind during the entire visit. I’m so thankful for her and the services Lap of Love provides."

Jennifer Baugh
Knoxville, Tennessee

"We are so grateful for the love and care provided by Dr. Allie. She never rushed us into making a decision, but made sure she answered all our questions and offered the "outsider" perspective we needed. It's so easy to overlook the obvious signs because you get attached to your babies and want to keep them around, but she gave us the information we needed to know that it was time to give Sasha the gift of release. Sasha has always been one to hide her pain from us, but Dr Allie was able to confirm that she was suffering the effects of DM and there was no cure. Continuing to let her continue on would only cause more suffering and even if she didn't show it, it was very uncomfortable for our girl.

Once we knew we had to let her go, Dr Allie made sure Sasha was comfortable and surrounded by love. She gave her some brownies to enjoy so the injection to sedate her would go unnoticed. Sasha never flinched but just dug into the forbidden chocolate. I thought that was a very nice touch. She took her time to explain what was going to happen with each step of the process, how her breathing would change once sedated and what to expect once the final medicine was administered. I was given all the time I needed to say my last goodbyes and when she'd taken her last breath Dr. Allie announced that "Sasha's got her wings." I thought that was such a sweet way to say it, as she's my guardian angel now.

We opted for private cremation, so before she took her away, Dr Allie went over the options for engraving the urn, clipped a lock of hair from her favorite spot to be scratched and made a paw print impression for me to keep. Those little touches just help to show how much she cares about her "job."

My husband even commented that she must be one of the strongest people he knows to be able to do this every day. And when she answered saying that she actually enjoys her job because she's able to give pets the greatest gift by ending their suffering... I knew we'd found the right person.

Thank you again Dr. Allie for all your help. I'm sorry I wasn't able to express my gratitude at the time, but I am really very thankful for the love and care you showed to our Sasha during her final moments."

Samantha Edwards
Happy Valley, Tennessee

"Dr. Allie has a true gift with people and animals, and I feel extremely lucky that Freya and I found her. She demonstrates profound emotional intelligence, as well as thorough medical knowledge--both of which were very comforting and reassuring as I decided how to handle Freya's condition. Dr. Allie--thank you from the bottom of my heart--know how much we appreciate you!"

Jennifer Buffett
Knoxville, Tennessee

"Our heartfelt gratitude goes to Dr. Allie for her gentle and compassionate care. Penny's last minutes were peaceful and filled with love and comfort."

Natasha Erpenbach
Knoxville, Tennessee

"Allie was one of the most compassionate Veterinarians I have ever encountered. I was absolutely beside myself and unsure I was doing the right thing. She assured me and also made me feel at peace with my decision of giving Bert the gift of ending his suffering. Bert loved her immediately which told me he trusted her to help him. She was so kind and loving with him to the very end. I could not of asked for more than being in my own home and Bert feeling safe and in his own bed. Saying goodbye was very difficult but Allie made his last moments wonderful and she gave him brownies which he enjoyed so very much! Thank you for taking care of our sweet boy!"

Roxane Sanabria
Lenoir City, Tennessee

LOCAL RESOURCES
Pet Life and Loss Support Services

  (865) 974-8387

The University of Tennessee Veterinary Medical Center, Knoxville

  (865) 755-8839

The University of Tennessee Veterinary Medical Center Support Line

  (865) 693-4440

The Animal ER, Critical Care and Referral Center, Knoxville

  (865) 637-0114

The Pet Emergency Clinic in Knoxville

  (865) 982-1007

Midland Pet Emergency Clinic, Alcoa

SERVICE AREA

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. 

Pet Memorials
“Choo Choo was the best friend anyone could ever have. We were blessed to have him in our lives. I’ve often said that I didn’t rescue Choo Choo, he rescued me. He was always so happy and excited about life and was just happy to spend his day with his family. It was an honor and a privilege to be his mom. I will love you forever sweet boy.”
Jennifer Baugh
July 27, 2020
“My beautiful, loving Sasha Bear got her wings Friday, July 24 2020 surrounded by her loving parents and fur-sisters Molly and Ellie Mae.
Sasha was the perfect dog and was loved by everyone she met.
Letting her go was the hardest thing we've ever done, but after 14 long years, her poor body just could no longer keep up with her beautiful spirit. ...
Samantha Edwards
July 27, 2020
“Our sweet Penny Lane crossed the Rainbow Bridge in the comfort of her own home surrounded by her loving family.Doggie heaven gained a beautiful new angel! Once in our hearts, always in our hearts!
"Penny Lane is in my ears and in my eyes..."”
Natasha Erpenbach
July 25, 2020
“Bert you were this families protector for 15 years. You watched over my children until they grew to become adults and yet you still were by their sides. You were loved so deeply and will forever stay in our hearts 💕 I know you are now pain free and running free! We love and will forever miss you. Until we meet again my good boy!”
Roxane Sanabria
July 24, 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 18031
Knoxville, Tennessee 37928

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