PRICING AND INFORMATION

APPOINTMENT PRICING

EUTHANASIA$275

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$375

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.

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 Eve, 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$250
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$275
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$300
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$350

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$150
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$175
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$200
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$250

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 on privately owned property in 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

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 Doctor

Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarian 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.

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.

"Dr Carper provided excellent care to Boston and was a great comfort to me during an incredibly difficult and emotional time. She understood the delicacy and heartache the moment brought and I am grateful for her professionalism and knowledge and understanding. Thank you for the gift of a peaceful passing for my beloved pup Boston."

Heather Kemp
Austin, Texas

"My boyfriend, James and I honestly could not have done this without Lap of Love. From the second I called them on the phone, Ashley was so helpful and sympathetic. She was so sweet throughout the processes. Dr. Kimberly Carper is a ray of light. She came over once for a hospice visit and she was so sweet, down to earth and genuinely an amazing human. She came back 2 days to put our sweet Castle to sleep and her presence was soothing. We couldn't have gone through it without her. I can't thank her enough!"

Jessica Perico
Austin, Texas

"Dr. Carper's service was professional, courteous and kind. She allowed me the space to connect with Winnie during her last moments as she worked in the "background". I'm grateful for Dr. Carper's last-minute availability and I admire the strength it must take to provide this type of intensive service on a regular basis.

Thank You Dr. Carper."

John Groberg
Austin, Texas

"Dr. Kim was kind, warm, and understanding in a moment when my heart was being utterly shattered. She gently petted Dakota, as Dakota passed her toy back and forth, before Dakota finally fell asleep on her toy. Dakota went peacefully and happy that she got to meet and play with one last person. For an absolutely horrible moment in my life, she made Dakota's last moments the best they could be and I am grateful for her help."

Andrew Grubb
Manor, Texas

"Thank you for responding so quickly and coming whenever you could and getting back with us and thank you so much for being so compassionate and allowing my other babies to spend with one last moment with champagne and thank you so much for being so supportive and being there appreciate it thank you so much"

Katherine Smart
Manor, Texas

"We have had the misfortune of having to put down two Akitas within a year. First, we took our dear Akita boy to a large veterinary clinic for euthanasia due to cancer. Today, we lost our Akita girl. The difference between using the clinic and the service provided by Dr. Kimberly Carper cannot be measured. Whereas the clinic was rushed and did not even wait for our boy to be asleep to administer the final injection, creating a panic reaction in his last moments, Dr. Carper patiently waited for the combination of drugs to induce sleep, carefully monitored our girls condition, and only then did she inject Kisaki to stop her heart. She made the passing as easy as possible for our lovely girl, showing incredible patience and concern. And she was so supportive to us, during this brief waiting period. This experience is incredibly difficult, from the time a decision has to be made, through the waiting period and then into the final process. It is so hard to let go and admit there is nothing better that can be done. Give your pet the best last experience by calling Lap of Love to your home. I cannot imagine anyone providing more assistance, concern, empathy and professionalism than Dr. Carper."

David Baceski
Austin, 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) 331-6121

Emergency Animal Hospital of Northwest Austin

  (512) 961-3059

Austin Vet Care at Central Park

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
“Dear Pup Boston

My sweet Pup, my Sweet Petite. Boston, I love you so much and will carry you in my heart always. I miss you terribly and am heartbroken that you are gone. I take comfort in knowing how greatly you have enriched my life and the lives of our friends, family and community with your unconditional love and kind and gentle nature. ...
Heather Kemp
September 16, 2019
“King Castle was one of the craziest, loving and adventurous dogs I have ever met. He will never be forgotten. He brought so much light into my life and my heart will forever hold a special place for him.”
Jessica Perico
September 16, 2019
“I see you rolling on your back in the tall spring grass of Bartholomew park
I see you washing your face in the cool shallow waters of the Greenbelt
I see you covered in sand from the shores of Secret Beach.
I see your snout muddied with dirt from your favorite dig pit in the backyard.
As long as I am with nature... I'll see you everywhere I ...
John Groberg
September 10, 2019
“Unconditional Love”
Andrew Grubb
August 29, 2019
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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