Austin & Surrounding Areas

  (512) 808-0836

  [email protected]

COVID-19 Update: We are still honored to join you in the home so that your pet can be safely surrounded by loved ones during this time.

PRICING AND INFORMATION

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

EUTHANASIA$300

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.

VETERINARY HOSPICE$400

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.

TELEADVICE$100

Using phone or Skype, one of our wonderful doctors will walk you through our Quality of Life assessment. This 30 minute conversation is valuable for any family considering hospice care, euthanasia, or simply wanting to understand the end of life process with their pet.

ADDITIONAL FEES

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 (normal business hours are 9:00am - 5:00pm), aggressive pets, and some exotic species.

HOLIDAYS

Holiday appointments can be accepted with approval. The following holidays incur a $100 fee when scheduled: Thanksgiving, Christmas Day & New Years Day. A $50 fee is incurred for 4th of July, Memorial Day or Labor Day.

OTHER SPECIES

Although we mainly see dogs and cats, some of our veterinarians can assist you with other species such as pigs, guinea pigs, rabbits, ferrets, birds, fish, and goats. Call for pricing and availability.

AFTERCARE PRICING

PRIVATE CREMATION
Pets up to 39 pounds$275
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$300
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$325
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$375

With this option, your pet is cremated privately at a licensed crematory. The ashes are contained in a lovely wooden urn with an engraved nameplate 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 you.

COMMUNAL CREMATION
Pets up to 39 pounds$175
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$200
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$225
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$275

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 interred on the grounds of Fond Memories Pet Cemetery in Conroe Texas.

ADDITIONAL AFTERCARE FEES

To best honor your personal space, our doctors do not arrive with a vet technician.  Therefore, if your family has elected cremation for a pet over 30 pounds, we may ask your assistance moving your loved one after euthanasia has been performed.  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. 

Availability

COVID-19 Update: We are still honored to join you in the home so that your pet can be safely surrounded by loved ones during this time.

We are here to answer your questions every day, from 6 am - 10 pm. 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, but cannot guarantee that.

If this is a medical emergency, please contact your local veterinarian or one of the emergency clinics listed in the Local Resources section.

Meet The Doctors

Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians in your area!

Dr. Kimberly

Kimberly Carper

I grew up in Huntsville, AL, and have always felt a calling toward animals and veterinary medicine. At the age of 3, my favorite weekly outing was to the pet shop just behind my childhood home. I remember anxiously awaiting that trip each week, and would have brought home every pet in the store if I could!

When I was 10 years old, my 5th grade class participated in an economic education program that provided hands-on learning experience for students. As part of this program, our teacher created a mock village, where each student had a specific job at a “business.” If multiple students were interested in the same position, we had interviews and elections to appoint the person to the specific role. One of the positions was the “Zookeeper,” which consisted of taking care of the class fish. Although this was the “lowest paying” job (yes, we got paid fake money to put toward an auction at the end of the year), I knew it was the role for me! I proudly accepted the position, with no election needed, and carried out my duties.

As I transitioned through middle and high school, I desired to learn more about animals and surrounded myself with them in any way possible. Accordingly, I continued on the path toward becoming a veterinarian, and later graduated from Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine where I began my career as a general practitioner.

While working in general practice, I quickly felt a distinguished sense of value when I was assisting a family through the final moments with their pets; having the ability to offer comfort to families and a peaceful transition for their pets gave me a whole new sense of purpose as a veterinarian.

Today, I am honored to have the opportunity of making this the focus of my veterinary career through Lap of Love. My pets are family to me, and I want nothing more than to offer them a peaceful passing in the comfort of their own home during their final moments. As a hospice veterinarian, I am able to fulfill a greater purpose of providing that same level of care to other families as well, which in my opinion is what every pet and family deserves.

Dr. Liz

Liz Fraser

Like most veterinarians, my love for animals started at a young age. Growing up as a navy brat in southern California meant military housing with no pets allowed. That didn’t stop our family from sneaking in three cats and 6 guinea pigs! My mother also made sure I got my large animal fix with horseback riding lessons right next to the base.

Needless to say, it was obvious early on that I was going to spend my life working with animals. My family moved to Texas during my high school years and promptly adopted three dogs! I wound up at Texas A&M (WHOOP!) for my undergraduate degree and worked many jobs with multiple species to improve my chances of being accepted to veterinary school, where I created memories I will cherish forever. I applied to St. Matthews University in Grand Cayman the June after graduation and started classes there that August. Vet school on the island was an incredible experience to say the least. After initially planning to be a zoo vet, then farm animal veterinarian, I ended up as a small animal doctor in Austin Texas, helping cats and guinea pigs among other household pets (a repeat of my childhood). In Austin I met my husband, and we now have two boys and three dogs. We love running, hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking and swimming the incredible trails, creeks and lakes Austin has to offer.

While working in general medicine over the years, I have developed a great appreciation for end of life care. I’ve always felt that helping my clients through the process of a peaceful passing of their pet has been my most important job. We recently said goodbye to one of our own dogs, and were so thankful to be able to let her go in our home, while feeding her a Wendy’s frosty and cheeseburger with our entire family present. Experiencing that moment with one of my own pets made it clear that I want to devote my career to end of life care and help other pets and their families through those final moments.  

About Kimberly Carper

I grew up in Huntsville, AL, and have always felt a calling toward animals and veterinary medicine. At the age of 3, my favorite weekly outing was to the pet shop just behind my childhood home. I remember anxiously awaiting that trip each week, and would have brought home every pet in the store if I could!

When I was 10 years old, my 5th grade class participated in an economic education program that provided hands-on learning experience for students. As part of this program, our teacher created a mock village, where each student had a specific job at a “business.” If multiple students were interested in the same position, we had interviews and elections to appoint the person to the specific role. One of the positions was the “Zookeeper,” which consisted of taking care of the class fish. Although this was the “lowest paying” job (yes, we got paid fake money to put toward an auction at the end of the year), I knew it was the role for me! I proudly accepted the position, with no election needed, and carried out my duties.

As I transitioned through middle and high school, I desired to learn more about animals and surrounded myself with them in any way possible. Accordingly, I continued on the path toward becoming a veterinarian, and later graduated from Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine where I began my career as a general practitioner.

While working in general practice, I quickly felt a distinguished sense of value when I was assisting a family through the final moments with their pets; having the ability to offer comfort to families and a peaceful transition for their pets gave me a whole new sense of purpose as a veterinarian.

Today, I am honored to have the opportunity of making this the focus of my veterinary career through Lap of Love. My pets are family to me, and I want nothing more than to offer them a peaceful passing in the comfort of their own home during their final moments. As a hospice veterinarian, I am able to fulfill a greater purpose of providing that same level of care to other families as well, which in my opinion is what every pet and family deserves.

"Making this decision is one I have done multiple times in my life, always hard. As a pet owner it is our responsibility to ensure we minimize the suffering and pain of our loved animals and Lap of Love made the process so much easier. It allowed me to cradle and comfort my elderly cat, who was ill, confused and anxious, and do so at the home she had lived in for 15 years. The respect and kind words offered by the staff prior to the visit, and by Dr. Kimberly during the process, meant so much. I would highly recommend using Lap of Love for easing the way for your pet."

Marka Barbour
Austin, Texas

"Dr. Carper was so kind and compassionate when we had to say goodbye to Max at that most difficult time."

Jonathan Peisner
Cedar Park, Texas

"Dr. Carper was extremely helpful and understanding during this process. I am really grateful that she was there to help Star pass peacefully."

Keith Zent
Pflugerville, Texas

"I'm so glad we called Lap of Love. Dr. Fraser was extraordinarily kind and gentle. It was a terrible moment for us, but she made it just a little easier."

Lillian Bell
Dripping Springs, Texas

"I've never met someone so mindful and so caring"

Victoria Maranan
Austin, Texas

"Kimmie Carper was awesome. She knew what she was doing. My boy passed away very peacefully"

Padma Rajagopalan
Leander, Texas

LOCAL RESOURCES
Pet Life and Loss Support Services

  (512) 343-2837

Austin Veterinary Emergency & Specialty

  (512) 351-4333

Heart of Texas Emergency, Round Rock

  (512) 961-3059

Austin Vet Care at Central Park

  (512) 331-6121

Emergency Animal Hospital of Northwest Austin

SERVICE AREA

Helping families in the following areas:

We proudly serve the greater Austin and surrounding areas. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a travel fee of $30 - $150 based on your location. 

Pet Memorials
“Max - While you're not physically with us anymore, you will always be in our hearts! You were such a blessing in our lives. We will never forget our sweet boy - We Love You Forever Max!

Mom and Dad”
Jonathan Peisner
January 10, 2021
“Star. You were a light in my life for 12 years. You woke me up every morning and made me laugh every day. You never met a person that you didn’t like and were loved by many. You went through a lot in your short 12 years on this earth and handled it like a trooper. You’ve left a hole in my life that will never be filled. I will miss having you ...
Keith Zent
January 3, 2021
“Koji, you were the heart of our home. You made every day interesting. You filled our lives with joy and laughter and we will always see you, standing on the stairs, waiting to take a walk. Saying goodbye was the hardest thing we've ever done. It was an honor and a privilege to be your hoomans.”
Lillian Bell
December 31, 2020
“My sweet Dopeyloaf, thank you for letting me be your mom. Thank you for your patience as I learned to better take care of you, love you and for teaching me that life is meant to be lived. Thank you for all the love you have given us and the joy that you are.

Your smile that once brightened my days, now shared with the universe as the brightest ...
Victoria Maranan
December 10, 2020
PAYMENT OPTIONS

To make the experience as peaceful 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.

Mailing Address

Lap of Love
P.O. Box 2174
Georgetown, Texas 78680

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