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
"Dr. Regan Harp assisted us in what was one of the hardest decisions we have had to make, to release our sweet “baby” Bear from his earthly body. Regan had bonded with Bear on an earlier consultation visit, and kept in communication with me after that until we were ready to make the decision to say goodbye to Bear. Regan was kind, gentle and personable, informing us of every part of the process and what to expect. He invited questions, and gave us space when needed. He was human, and professional, and carried out his assistive mission with dignity and grace. We are very, very grateful for Lap of Love and for Dr. Regan Harp to help us through this painful time."
Tina WhitfieldMurfreesboro, Tennessee
"Writing this is difficult for me. It's been 2 weeks and I am still adjusting to an empty house, so bear with me. Making the decision to engage the services of Lapoflove was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. Working with Lapoflove was one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. Our cat Sabrina was with us for our kids entire childhood. She was almost 18 years old when she left us due to kidney failure. We knew it was time and we loved her enough to spare her the indignity and pain of letting the disease have its way. My first call to Lapoflove was answered by Dr. Sharon who was so understanding and compassionate, I cannot begin to describe it. She allowed me to cry hysterically through the conversation. I was not hurried, I was not judged, she just hung on the line being there for me and gave me the information I needed. COMPASSION. COMPASSION. COMPASSION. That is so rare in today's world. I was faced with the hardest thing I have ever had to do, and she made it better...calmer...dignified for me and my cat. Thank you Dr. Sharon. My next call was to schedule. I spoke with Stephanie who was the same way. Very calm, accommodating and COMPASSIONATE. Lastly, it was Dr. Jessica who came to our home on a Saturday morning to help us say goodbye. It was the single worst day of my life. My entire family (wife and both kids) where home to share in this family event of tragedy and victory. It was the best worst day if you can understand that. Dr. Jessica was patient, was kind, was informative and was NOT in a hurry. She allowed us to say goodbye OUR way in OUR time. Do you know how valuable that is? To have someone there that cares enough to respect the amount of love and pain the family is going through? COMPASSION. Every step of the process was handled with caring dignity. Suffice it to say that we were HONORED to share our final moments with a representative of Lapoflove. The entire experience with Lapoflove went above and beyond my expectations. I highly recommend this organization. Thank you."
David WhitakerMurfreesboro, Tennessee
"Dr. Regan Harp has such an amazing way with both pets and their people...I am so happy we found him. We have a house full of retired show dogs (Flat-coated Retrievers and Long Coat Chihuahuas) and I know we will need him again. Now I have the peace of mind that he will come here and make it easier for us and our beloved dogs when their times come. Thank you, Dr. Regan for all your kindness."
Karen PassonsMount Juliet, Tennessee
"Jessica was so very gentle and patient with my sweet Dolly.
She talked softly and explained the procedure to me in a thoughtful and gentle manner. I couldn't have asked for a more professional and compassionate vet as Jessica."
Sandy PedersenNashville, Tennessee
"I attended the death of a dear friend’s 20 year old cat yesterday and wanted to comment on how professionally and compassionately it was handled by Dr. Harp. As a retired human hospice RN, I’m very aware of what a good death looks like. It takes great skill to both educate and support family, and to meet the patient’s (client’s/loved-one’s) medical and comfort needs. Dr. Harp did these things every bit as well as my former co-workers. I was both impressed by and very grateful for his warmth, sensitivity, and skills. My friend chose to bury her kitty, so we went to the woods where we had a beautiful little funeral, thus closing the life of an important family member in the best way possible. Thank you so much for your contribution, Dr. Harp!"
Ginger LangeNashville, Tennessee
"I called Laps of Love when it became clear that our dog , Max, was ready to move on. He was 15 years old, which was so incredible for such a large dog. Stephanie was so very kind on the phone while making our appointment. She offered not only advice, but real compassion. Dr. Regan Harp was very kind and sympathetic, making the whole sad event as easy as possible. We were so grateful to let Max pass in the comfort of familiar surroundings. We will treasure the paw print Dr. Harp created and will not hesitate to recommend the entire team of Laps of Love."
Karen CondonHermitage, 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