Nashville & 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.
With this option, your pet is cremated privately at a licensed crematory. The ashes are contained in a lovely engraved wooden urn 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 your home or office.
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 by the crematory.
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 veterinarian in your area.
I was born and raised in Florence, Alabama. Located right on the Tennessee River, I had the privilege of growing up in the Muscle Shoals area known for its rich culture and it’s important place in music, past and present. I love where I grew up and I’ve always been a southern boy at heart!
Unlike other veterinarians who had their career planned out at the age of five, as a kid I always had aspirations to be something like a fighter pilot or astronaut – or record a rock album in the Shoals. As I grew older and began planning out my future as a rocker star pilot, I found myself taller than all of my classmates – to be more specific, I was 18 years old, 6’6”, and had horrible eyesight. I quickly realized that being a fighter pilot was definitely not in my future, due to my gigantic size and poor vision. So naturally, I decided to do something crazy and head out West.
On a wild hair, I decided to complete my undergraduate degree at the University of Wyoming. During that time, I had the chance to work alongside several veterinarians, in both a research and general clinical setting, and really enjoyed the hands-on approach that veterinary medicine offered. I discovered that practicing in a clinical setting was as much about helping owners as it was about keeping their four- legged family members healthy.
In 2011, I earned my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Auburn University (Roll Tide, anyway!) and after graduation elected to head back out west to practice small animal medicine in Cheyenne, Wyoming. During my time in Cheyenne, I had the opportunity to work with several experienced veterinarians, including an amazing mentor and boss. He taught me that veterinary medicine was as much about listening and genuine empathy as it was about perfecting my clinical skills. This experience solidified my love for veterinary medicine in a way that surprised me. I learned that my clients’ daily interaction with their pets is special; a truly intimate relationship not meant to be understood. I came to realize within myself, a quiet compassion for owner’s during their most trying times with their pets.
After several years in Wyoming, I decided to move back to the southeast. Making a completely opposite move, I elected to call the beautiful beaches of Pensacola, Florida home. It was during my time in Pensacola that I began taking house calls for patients, the majority of which were hospice calls. I loved being able to keep my patients as comfortable as possible while supporting their owners with trusted advice and empathy during some of their most stressful times.
Being able to ease an animal’s pain and suffering is one of the most important aspects of being a veterinarian. I am very happy to be working with the Lap of Love organization, providing general consults, hospice care, and end of life veterinary care. The services that we can provide owners during their time of need can have a long and lasting positive impression alongside the memories of their pets.
Regan Harp, DVM
"Although I was not present when Dr. Regan treated MJ, my husband only had the nicest things to say about him and the level of compassion, sympathy, and knowledge of MJs sickness. He was very thorough in explaining that although it’s a difficult decision to make that it was a choice that would help MJ and his obvious suffering and lingering that had begun to take effect over his body. Dr Regan made me a paw print keepsake and has followed up to check up on us - which I think speaks volumes of this mans character. Dr Regan, even though we’ve never met, I have only the best things to say about you and your level of care of your patients and their families. Thank you from the bottom of my heart."
Jennifer FreemyerGallatin, Tennessee
"I honestly cannot say enough how grateful my wife and I are with the compassion, care, and understanding that Dr. Regan showed us and our little Cairo during her final moments. Dr. Regan is a kind soul and showed Cairo compassion throughout their brief encounter. He carefully explained the process and what to expect, he offered his condolences, and showed a true compassionate spirit. I cannot imagine having to do what he does for all of those dealing with the loss of a child. His ability to show true compassion speaks to his character. I write this through tear filled eyes, saddened by my loss, grateful for the 18 years of Cairo's life, and truly grateful to have Dr. Regan as the one to help usher her through her crossing.
Dr. Regan, Thank you for what you do. Thank you for the compassion you showed Cairo, I wish that you could have seen her at her best. Kendall and I are truly thankful that you were the one that eased her transition. Having been through this before, I have never seen true compassion the way you displayed it. Thank you."
Matt FicarelliHermitage, Tennessee
"I can’t say enough about Dr. Harp. From the time he met Mazda after finding out about her cancer, he helped me the first chance he had when I called upon him. When the time came, he came out on the Sunday of the weekend he was supposed to be off. And for that I will always be grateful. He gave me as much time as I needed after and has still checked on me numerous times after. For all of this I am truly thankful in this difficult time."
John PolandNashville, Tn, Tennessee
"This is the 3rd dog that Dr. Harp has helped me with. He’s always so patient and caring and never rushes anything. He always talks to them as though he knows them. Definitely makes a difficult time easier. Thanks again Dr. Harp."
Mickey SwaffordSmyrna, Tennessee
"We couldn't say enough about Dr. Regan and the support he provided during a very emotional process. Dr. Regan was attentive and compassionate as we discussed what would be best for our pooch. He didn't make us feel pressured to make a decision in one direction or another, but provided us with enough information that we felt reassured and confident that our decision to let our pup go was a humane and compassionate one. As we put our sweet pup down, he picked up on our cues and ways of coping with the situation and responded accordingly to make us feel supported and comfortable . Our 5-year old son wanted to be part of the process and Dr. Regan engaged him in such a wonderful way, allowing him to listen to our dog's heartbeat, showing him the vein where he would inject the medication, describing each step in language our son could understand, and asking him questions to engage him. Our son is very shy, but when Dr. Regan left he asked if we'd get to see him again because he liked him so much. We couldn't agree more. We will forever be grateful that we were able to send our pooch off in such a loving, painless, and compassionate way. We have Dr. Regan to thank for that."
Kate BrelsfordNashville, Tennessee
"There are no words. Tags fatal diagnosis came without warning and pretty much blind-sided us. His vet was out of town and the kind vet that stepped in at his regular office, had to deliver the tough message that Tag needed to be put down right then. He was in pain.
I contacted Lap of Love because they had been out to the house two years prior for our other boy, Binger. Explaining that I was calling for a different pet (Binger was still with us) didn't throw them for a loop at all! After I explained our situation to the lady that happened to answer the phone; she (Barbara) got busy and said she’d have me an answer in 10 minutes. She was wrong, it was under 8 minutes :). Regardless, she called to say Dr. Regan would be out the next morning (on his day off) at 8AM. She said he was doing this because since Tags cancer had spread to his lungs, it would be important for him (Tag) not to suffer.
They were EXACTLY right.
The clinic vet gave Tag an injection for pain that lasted until ~midnight. After this, Tags discomfort escalated with each passing hour. By 8AM, it was apparent we were doing the right thing. Tag was miserable and was declining quickly. It would have been so cruel to wait another day. We will forever be grateful for Lap of Love/Dr. Regan's expertise, knowledge, sense of urgency and attention to detail.
We are now big fans!!
Love y’all Lap of Love!"
Kim ChappellNashville, Tennessee
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
The UT Veterinary Medical Center Support Line
Nashville Pet Emergency - 12 South
Buttercup's Bereavement Support
Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners, Cool Springs
Nashville Veterinary Specialists and Pet ER, Nashville
Animal Emergency Clinic of Maury County, Columbia/Southern Mid TN
Murfreesboro Pet Emergency
Animal Medical Center, Murfreesboro
Rivergate Pet Emergency
Helping families in the following areas:
Our veterinarians proudly visits families in Nashville and surrounding areas. A travel fee of $30 - $75 may apply if the distance is over 30 miles from our 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 Love1109 Woodland StreetP.O. Box # 68541Nashville, TN 37206
DNJ.com, Daily News Journal: Lap of Love: End-of-Life Care for Pets
Nashville Paw Magazine: The Gentle Journey to the Rainbow Bridge
News 2 WKRN-TV: Lap of Love Offers Comfort, Hospice Care for Terminally Ill Pets
Lebanon Democrat: Lap of Love to Help Ease Pain of Terminally Ill Pets
Daily News Journal: Veterinarian Offers 'Lap of Love' for Ailing Pets
The Wilson Post: Lap of Love Offers Peace of Mind During Pet's Final Days