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
"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
"Dr. Harp was on of the kindest most compassionate men I’ve ever meet. I hope when faced with this situation again he will be there to help us! He helped this experience be beautiful instead of so heartbreaking.
I can’t thank him enough XOXO"
Sherry AtkinsonNashville, Tennessee
"There are times in our lives that there are JUST NOT ENOUGH WORDS .This is one of those times. On Monday we had to say goodbye to our dog Lily that we have had the joy of loving for 16 years and the hurt of losing her is so very hard. Thank God for Dr. Harp! As soon as he arrived at our home he immediately sat down on the floor next to Lily and began talking to her and to us. The whole time just gently rubbing her and comforting her. It was almost as though Lily knew why he was here and was saying it's ok-I'm ready. He took his time and explained step by step what he would be doing and what to expect with each injection. He clearly understands what you are feeling and acknowledges it. We were reassured that it was time to do this and that gave us such a sense of peace that we will never forget. Dr. Harp is simply amazing and his gift to us of helping Lily die in her own home with us surrounding her is something we will cherish always. He has such compassion and kindness-any pet and family would be in the best of hands when it is time to let your pet go!! God bless Dr. Harp and the staff at Lap Of Love (and that's exactly what it is) you feel that you and your pet are being held in a lap of love. Our hearts are so grateful for you! Our deepest thanks to you Dr. Harp."
Patti and Tom WestNashville, Tennessee
"Dr. Regan was a god send. His demeanor, sensitivity, and knowledge of what is transpiring was very calming and assuring. I was a blubbering mess and he was professional and stall-worth in his conversation with me and presenting the facts and reality. He very much assured me I was doing the right thing and why and left me with a peace about my decision.
If at all possible, reach out to Lap of Love and let them help you navigate these waters. I will forever be thankful that I did so and didn't have my companion put down on a stainless steel table."
Jeff Hendersonhendersonville, Tennessee
"There are truly no amount of words that I can say that will describe the kind heart of Dr. Regan. My sweet Enzi has never been a great fan of the vet's office and it was always hard for him because he was scared. When it became Enzi's time Dr. Regan came in and was so kind to myself and Enzi as we let him cross over. My sweet boy Enzi, Mama loves you to the moon and back and I miss you terribly. I know you are safe and no longer hurting. Dr. Regan you are an Angel on this earth and I am forever grateful for you and what you do."
Kelly WeaverNashville, 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 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