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
"After 17 years and 8 months with our bichon frise, Leo, we realized the day had come to say goodbye.
We were filled with anxiety and heartbreak having to make this decision but Dr. Regan's warm and compassionate presence
made it so much easier for our family. Dr. Regan was so kind to Leo and respected his dignity. We highly recommend Dr. Regan and Lap of Love to anyone facing this decision."
Mike and Diane DaffronFranklin, Tennessee
"I wish you could understand... our Logan weighed over ` 160 pounds... I stressed over three weeks knowing it was almost time.. he had very bad hips.. was in so much pain. My daughters.. my son.. my husband.. all knew it was time. BUT MY PROBLEM.... HOW DO WE GET OUR SWEET LOGAN IN THE CAR? I could not HAVE HIM HURT... I COULD NOt HAVE HIM STRESSED.. putting him in the car.. and then putting him back in the car after he was gone... and moving him back to our land to bury him.
My daughter got information from a vet about Lap of Love.
This was the best thing we could have done for our sweet boy.. We were already getting him up with a towel... and it was so horrible to see him struggle.
The sweetest kindest Doctor came to our house.. explained everything... was so soft spoken... Dr. Regan H. understood Logan was our family... Logan deserved respect.. Logan deserved kindness and gentleness..
NOW OUR LOGAN IS BURIED IN HIS BACK YARD, WHERE HE SPENT HIS WHOLE LIVE... just chilling and enjoying his sweet life. We llive on Land...he was never tied up and was only on a leash when he went to the vet... He did go to the park a few times.. but actually hated it.. he just wanted to be home with us... sitting at our feet at night.... sitting outside during the day... giving kisses to his SISTER KITTIES... he loves our cats.. lol... and they miss him so much... He had a great life.. and we are grateful he is buried at our home....
thank you.. thank you.. thank you... We owe you everything...
Teresa KingGreenbrier, Tennessee
"Dr. Harp was extremely professional and competent in evaluating our dog on the day we had to let her go.
He explained the health issues to our son very empathetically and was so gentle with the animal.
My grateful thanks to Dr. Harp for helping us through a difficult decision, in a way that felt like a right thing to do.
He even made us a paw print, seeing our distress. Thank you for your expertise and kindness, Dr. Harp."
Anne LeoneBrentwood, Tennessee
"Dr. Jessica came to our home on Sunday, April 23rd to assess our elderly dog Natchez and our cat Dotti who had been recently diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. I was so overwhelmed with pain, having to deal with two sick animals at once. Dr. Jessica watched each animal in their home environment, spending a long time getting to know each one and clearly explain what was happening in each of their lives. The vet left me with a detailed and expert opinion-- in plain language--so I could contemplate my next move. I was able to see the situation for what it truly was, and quit being paralyzed by all the pain.
Even though Dotti was in a very serious situation with a terminal disease, it was Natchez that was suffering and needed attention "sooner than later". I am so impressed with Dr. Jessica's bedside manner and courage to be completely honest. Just a few weeks earlier a local high-end veterinary hospital wanted to euthanize Dotti on the spot. Here Dotti is, six weeks later, in a beautiful remission from her cancer, thanks to an aggressive steroid treatment. She cuddles me as I mourn the loss of Natchez last Sunday to irreversible age-related spinal deterioration coupled with loss of mobility.
The final act of love for Natchez was one of the hardest things I've ever had to do. Dr. Jessica allowed us to go at our own pace, to prepare a beautiful setting and to gather our friends to say goodbye. Lap of Love really is a "Lap of Love", not just for the animals but for the people that have given their hearts to care for them. Dr. Jessica even extended her help beyond the day we let Natchez cross over the bridge, in a kind, supportive email with her contact number. I could have seen a therapist to walk me through this process, but by extending her hand, Dr. Jessica helped me handle the grief, one step at a time. Thank you."
Kayte BryonFranklin, Tennessee
"Dr. Regan was incredible. He made Mouse and our family feel comfortable and he showed so much care and compassion during this difficult time."
Melissa SheridanLaVergne, Tennessee
"This is the by far the worst decision you have to make but also the biggest gift you can give your beloved pet. This was not the first time I have made this decision over my years as a pet owner but it is the first time I was able to make it as comfortable and less stressful as possible for my Toby, my constant companion for the past 12+ years. Dr. Regan Harp, could not have been more professional and empathetic at the same time. He gave us the time we needed to say good bye, he explained everything before he proceeded and Toby was at peace.
I know there will come a time again when I will have to make this decision, I am so pleased to know there is Lap of Love when you need them. From the staff on the phone when you first call to Dr. Regan, you could not find more compassionate people."
LINDSAY HOLLINGSWORTHGOODLETTSVILLE, 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
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