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.
For pets over 30 pounds, we may ask your assistance moving your loved one if cremation has been requested. If additional help is needed outside what is available in the home, we may request that the crematory come to assist us. In this case, an additional fee will be needed to cover their charge.
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!
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.
Growing up on a small farm in Lebanon, TN, I was lucky enough to have an assortment of rescued dogs, cats, and horses. Although I have always been an animal lover, I initially dreamed of becoming a medical doctor. I enrolled at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville with a focus on Biology/Pre-med. After shadowing both human and veterinary medicine, I naturally gravitated towards working with animals and changed my path to a Bachelors in Animal Science. I loved UT so much, I stayed four more years to obtain my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine.
After graduation, I had an amazing opportunity to stay in the East Tennessee area and work as an associate doctor at a thriving small animal hospital. It was during this time I realized that, although I do love seeing cute puppies and kittens every day, my passion is in working with senior patients and their families to help improve quality of life. I find great joy in working alongside pet owners to find solutions to keep their pets comfortable as they approach the end of their lives. A large part of that is also walking them through the painful process of letting their beloved family member go.
I know firsthand how difficult a moment in life like this can be. I was honored to provide my own 19-year-old kitty, Rowdy, a comfortable and peaceful passing when it was her time. Although I did everything I possibly could for her, she was not responding to therapy for her kidney disease. The kindest thing I could do was to let her be at peace. It was a devastating moment, but at the same time, I know it was a beautiful gift that I was able to give her. I feel she was able to reciprocate that gift by giving me an eyeopening perspective on exactly what so many pet parents feel. This personal experience will allow me to better help you and your family through this difficult process.
This passion of mine is ultimately what lead me to Lap of Love. My calling is to help families and their pets during this sensitive time. People often comment on how difficult this part of my job must be. My response is always that I can't be sad when I know that I am helping give a beloved pet a peaceful ending to a wonderful life. I truly am honored and privileged to be there for you and your family!
Regan Harp, DVM
"One year ago today it came time to let our very special fur baby go. She had been part of our family for 17 years. everyday for that 17 years without fail, I could always count on her meeting me at the door when I arrived home from work, tail wagging and excitement like she had not seen me in weeks. One day we noticed she started to seem very weak and not her usual self. We took her to our vet and was given the sad news that she had cancer and very little time to live. As hard as it was to make the call, I reached out to Lap of Love to help in this very painful process. The next night we were blessed to meet Dr. Regan Harp. As my family prepared we had no idea of what to expect and Dr. Harp with great patience, calm, and certainly a lot of compassion explained everything that was about to happen. He explained to a room full of crying people the process in a way that helped us get through it. This man treated our dog with kind care as if she was his own. What makes me write this a year later? This afternoon out of the blue, we receive a note letting us know that he and his team were thinking of us and that we were in their prayers. Such a simple gesture but one that shows how these folks care for the animals they care for and the owners they serve. A simple gesture that brought tears to my wife and daughter who have been struggling and missing our precious dog. I can't thank them enough for the care Dr. Harp provide a room full of very upset people and for the very kind note sent a year later.
Dr. Harp and team, God's blessings to you all and thank you for showing the love and care that night and the thoughts and prayers on this a day when we are still missing our sweet Snuggles! Forever grateful - The Horton Family"
Daniel HortonMount Juliet, Tennessee
"Dr. Abra Osorio was a loving and caring Professional.
She was so gentle with Our Kip. We were so apprehensive of what would take place. The integrity of the care of Kip was outstanding. He crossed over peacefully. Kip was then placed in a lovely basket and covered with a blanket. Saddened but Dr. Abra offered us great comfort and explained all that would take place for the rest of the journey. We walked with him to the car and gave our last kisses to of beloved Kip.
Our warmest Thank you to Dr. Abra."
Mary Jo AcernoBrentwood, Tennessee
"Thank you so much to Lap of Love. So compassionate and caring. In home end of life care has made this unbearable process more comforting. Our vet Dr. Regan was amazing. Thank you from the bottom of my heart."
Laura TrantumGallatin, Tennessee
"Saying goodbye was extremely difficult, but we are so grateful to Dr. Regan and the genuine care and affection he provided during Buddy's final moments. Being able to hold Buddy on our lap in our home was a godsend."
Derrick RiceGreenbrier, Tennessee
"I cannot say enough wonderful things about Dr. Regan. He was compassionate and kind. He took the time to get to know my girl even in the brief time he was acquainted with her. When the time came to let her go, he was loving to her and a tremendous comfort to me. Thank you, Dr. Regan, for allowing me to say goodbye to my girl in a quite, dignified way that honored the wonderful dog that she was and the bond that she and I shared. I will forever be grateful to you."
Britni HollandNashville, Tennessee
"Dr. Regan was so nice, caring and compassionate and did not even mind my puppy jumping and licking his face. He made the whole experience less stressful for all concerned and especially my pet. He was great. I can’t thank him enough."
Leigh Truman TrumanGoodlettsville, 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
Nashville Veterinary Specialists Pet Loss Support Group
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 visit families in Nashville and surrounding areas. Due to the area covered, there may be a travel fee of $30 - $100 based on your location.
To make the experience as peacful 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.
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