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 can’t say enough about Dr. Harp. From the time he met Mazda after finding out about her cancer, he helped me the first chance he had when I called upon him. When the time came, he came out on the Sunday of the weekend he was supposed to be off. And for that I will always be grateful. He gave me as much time as I needed after and has still checked on me numerous times after. For all of this I am truly thankful in this difficult time."
John PolandNashville, Tn, Tennessee
"This is the 3rd dog that Dr. Harp has helped me with. He’s always so patient and caring and never rushes anything. He always talks to them as though he knows them. Definitely makes a difficult time easier. Thanks again Dr. Harp."
Mickey SwaffordSmyrna, Tennessee
"We couldn't say enough about Dr. Regan and the support he provided during a very emotional process. Dr. Regan was attentive and compassionate as we discussed what would be best for our pooch. He didn't make us feel pressured to make a decision in one direction or another, but provided us with enough information that we felt reassured and confident that our decision to let our pup go was a humane and compassionate one. As we put our sweet pup down, he picked up on our cues and ways of coping with the situation and responded accordingly to make us feel supported and comfortable . Our 5-year old son wanted to be part of the process and Dr. Regan engaged him in such a wonderful way, allowing him to listen to our dog's heartbeat, showing him the vein where he would inject the medication, describing each step in language our son could understand, and asking him questions to engage him. Our son is very shy, but when Dr. Regan left he asked if we'd get to see him again because he liked him so much. We couldn't agree more. We will forever be grateful that we were able to send our pooch off in such a loving, painless, and compassionate way. We have Dr. Regan to thank for that."
Kate BrelsfordNashville, Tennessee
"There are no words. Tags fatal diagnosis came without warning and pretty much blind-sided us. His vet was out of town and the kind vet that stepped in at his regular office, had to deliver the tough message that Tag needed to be put down right then. He was in pain.
I contacted Lap of Love because they had been out to the house two years prior for our other boy, Binger. Explaining that I was calling for a different pet (Binger was still with us) didn't throw them for a loop at all! After I explained our situation to the lady that happened to answer the phone; she (Barbara) got busy and said she’d have me an answer in 10 minutes. She was wrong, it was under 8 minutes :). Regardless, she called to say Dr. Regan would be out the next morning (on his day off) at 8AM. She said he was doing this because since Tags cancer had spread to his lungs, it would be important for him (Tag) not to suffer.
They were EXACTLY right.
The clinic vet gave Tag an injection for pain that lasted until ~midnight. After this, Tags discomfort escalated with each passing hour. By 8AM, it was apparent we were doing the right thing. Tag was miserable and was declining quickly. It would have been so cruel to wait another day. We will forever be grateful for Lap of Love/Dr. Regan's expertise, knowledge, sense of urgency and attention to detail.
We are now big fans!!
Love y’all Lap of Love!"
Kim ChappellNashville, Tennessee
"Saying goodbye yesterday to my fur baby of 17 years is one of the hardest things I've ever had to do, but I am so happy that our Vet recommended Lap of Love. When my husband first called to set up the appointment the staff person he spoke to was so very kind and attentive that it really made us feel that we had made the right choice in contacting them. Dr. Regan showed up with such empathy and compassion for the situation it felt like he had been taking care of our dog for years instead of meeting us for the first time. He explained the process, and assured us that we were making the right decision all while being extremely loving with our pooch. Dr. Regan made a very difficult situation much more bearable and we will forever be grateful for that.
Carrie and Kyle Faulkner"
Carrie FaulknerMurfreesboro, Tennessee
"Dr. Regan Harp has a kindness, compassion and combination of expertise in veterinary medicine and human behavior that sets him apart and makes him perfect for this line of work. Professional, yet down to Earth, he put our hearts at ease from the time he arrived. He called to let us know when he was on his way with an estimated time of arrival and once he got there and we motioned for him to come in through the glass door, he told us not to get up from laying on the floor next to Shiloh. He introduced himself to us and Shiloh, prepared us for what was to come and gently guided us the rest of the way. It's like he knew exactly when to step away and when to re-enter. He was so gentle with our sweet girl before, during and after and made all of us feel at ease. He doesn't know it, but he was our angel in disguise that day and we are forever grateful."
Amber & Michael EldridgeMurfreesboro, 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