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 veterinarians in your area.
Regan Harp, DVM
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.
Jessica Larson, DVM
My story begins much like other folks’: I decided around the age of 5 or 6 that I wanted to be a veterinarian – and that was it. I’m happy to say that I’m one of the lucky few whose dream came true! I graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004 and went on to pursue advanced training, culminating in achieving board certification in Small Animal Internal Medicine.
By its very nature, the specialty of Internal Medicine lends itself to mystery: often the diseases of the internal organs are challenging to identify and treat. During my years in private specialty clinical practice, I was involved in helping many families through very difficult times with their pets. I would often be the one to find the disease and then have to tell the families that their worst fear has been realized. In many cases the illness could be cured or managed chronically. In other cases, the family and I decided together that euthanasia was the best, most loving gift possible. Yet, even when the choice to perform euthanasia was the most reasonable medical option, I worried about the pet-parents’ emotional state afterwards. In other words, the proverbial “head over heart” internal conflict: you know it is the right choice but why does it hurt so much and what happens next?
I made the decision to join Lap of Love because I believe that when it is not possible to treat an illness, it then becomes our duty to provide a pain-free, peaceful and dignified end-of-life experience. I am so dedicated to a loving end-of-life journey that I founded a monthly pet loss support group led by a licensed clinical social worker – and then I became a member. I lost my “heart dog”, my once-in-a-lifetime dog, in 2015 (Ellie, pictured). I adopted her in vet school, she was by my side for 15 years: she “stood up” in my wedding, she loved and guarded my children, she tolerated the cats and she kept the squirrels in line. I miss her every day and I want to honor her memory by helping families honor their once-in-a-lifetime pet in their final moments.
Regan Harp, DVM
"We knew for months that the end was nearing for our precious 16-year-old Lab, Hampton, and were hoping desperately he would make the decision on his own to quietly fade into the night. Unfortunately, his spirit was much stronger than his body, and we were forced to put his needs above our own and assist him in what would be his final breath. The thought was heartbreaking and we put it off as long as we could. We found Lap of Love online and from the very first phone call, a lovely woman helped guide us through what the process would look like, and set things in motions to help Hampton leave this world with as much grace and dignity as possible, and in our very own home. We were able to secure a same day appointment, and when Dr. Regan arrived at our door, we felt certain we had made the right decision. I cannot express enough the warmth, compassion, patience and empathy Dr. Regan showed our family during this very painful time. He spoke candidly and with sensitivity explaining each step to us, and gave extra reassurance and clarity to our 15-year-old son, who had known Hampton his entire life. What could have been one of the worst moments of our lives truly turned into a beautiful celebration of life and goodbye to sweet Hampton, all because of the love and service Lap of Love provided to us on this incredibly challenging day. We could not be more grateful!"
Wade ShealyFranklin, Tennessee
"Yesterday I had to make the hardest decision of my Life. I had to decide that my beautiful baby Lilly Belle could not continue in pain and she deserved the same unconditional love she had given me for 10 years by deciding to relieve her of that pain. I had pets as a child, I've had pets as an adult, but no pet has been like my Lilly, no dog will ever take her place, though in time I would like to love another. 2017 was a rough year for me, I lost my younger sister to breast cancer, my mother passed away and I myself was diagnosed with breast cancer. Lilly Belle stood beside me and gave me comfort when nothing else did. She was faithful, loving and an endless fount of happiness and joy. Letting Lilly go to sleep was the best for her, I had to put my selfish wants to keep her here with me away.
I'm writing this to tell you how incredible Lap of Love is. When I called Jacquelin Wester was so kind and just listened, she understood this was not easy for me and her empathy, sympathy and patience can never be repaid. She made an appointment for a veternarian to come to my home and she followed up with the most beautiful email to again share her sorrow for my situation and to confirm what we had decided.
When Dr. Harp arrived, I was a mess, I had been up with my girl crying and trying to give her comfort all night. He immediately assesed Lilly, she knew he was a good person and just let him love on her. He is not a short man, :) but he got down to Lilly's level and just put me at ease, I knew he was a good person as well. He explained everything that was going on with Lilly who was an American White Shepherd, he assured me that what was happening was only going to get worse and that I was making the right decision for my precious baby. He listened to me and explained the entire procedure. He didn't rush me and I felt if he had to, he would have spent hours there waiting for me to be ready. We laid her on her bed, he sedated her and when I was ready she went to sleep with me loving and talking to her. Afterwards he took her footprint for me, which I will always treasue and he gave me time with her alone. When I was ready he gently covered her and treated her with such respect as if it was his own precious pet. He secured her in his vehicle and in a few weeks he assured me that he will bring me her ashes and that if I had any questions to please contact him.
I cannot say enough good things about Dr. Harp and Jacquelin. This is an incredible organization and business. Our pets are our family and they understand and respect that. Thank you, to both of you and to Lap of Love, your kindness meant more to me than you will ever know."
Susan ButtonFranklin, Tennessee
"So thankful for Dr. Regan Harp and Lap of Love that confirmed our decision that it was time for you to cross over the Rainbow Bridge. He was compassionate and loving to our baby girl. He understood our pain and grief. He made Stormy's passing much more bearable."
Darlene SweetHendersonville, Tennessee
"Dr. Regan Harp is an awesome individual. This is the second time he's helped me send my dog off to a better place. He's so caring and gentle. Again he talked to and rubbed on Chopper like he's known him his whole life. He definitely makes the process as easy as it can be. Thanks Dr. Regan for taking care of Chopper."
Mickey SwaffordSmyrna, Tennessee
"I was freaked out by the whole process at first, it was so surreal. But when he arrived, it all went smoothly, I finally got more understanding of her condition and prognosis, the kind of attention all the other vets I had taken her to did not give us. We both were so used to coldness and rejection about her condition and that is the opposite of what we got. Kimmie was at peace, and the sun came out for her. I felt in my heart that it was the perfect decision."
Kellie MacdougallNashville, Tennessee
"Dr. Regan gave our beloved Gage such gentleness, love, and compassionate. In a day filled with tears, he made our load a bit lighter. Much gratitude for his compassionate heart."
Patrick WhiteAntioch, 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 # 68541
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