Greater Southeast Houston & Galveston
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.
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.
With this option, your pet is cremated privately at a licensed crematory. The ashes are contained in a lovely 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 you for an additional fee.
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 a hayfield on the crematory owner's farm which the public can visit.
There may be a fee if additional assistance to safely carry your pet out of your home is needed.
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.
Christina Fenton, DVM
I grew up in a small town outside of Austin, TX. In junior high, I took a class called Career Investigations, and that's where I learned what a veterinarian was and what they did. As part of a class project, I interviewed our family vet to find out more about the profession. From that time on, I knew that this was what I wanted to do with my life. My first job in high school was in the kennels, working for this same vet. I bathed, walked, and fed pets and cleaned up after them all day long. It was a dirty job, but I loved it and I was hooked!
I attended Texas A&M University for both my undergraduate and veterinary degrees, graduating from vet school in 2007. My first bona fide veterinary position was at a mixed animal practice in a small town in east Texas. It was there that I met my husband. We moved to Cypress in 2010 and I joined a small animal practice, where I worked until I joined the Lap of Love team in 2016. We have recently relocated to Galveston and bought a fixer-upper. Originally built in 1913, this house has a lot of potential! My husband and I have two children, a girl and a boy.
I adopted a mixed breed dog from the shelter in 2000, while still a college student. My first pet to own for myself, Kaycee was with me through vet school (where she "volunteered" to help me practice my exam skills, bandaging skills, and even some surgical skills after she got into a fight with a raccoon). She was with me through four roommates, three moves, one marriage, and the births of our two children. Toward the end of her life, however, she developed a heart murmur and high blood pressure and began to have strokes. We said goodbye to her in November 2014. She was a wonderful dog and I still miss her. Kaycee will always have a special place in my heart.
In August 2016, we finally brought another dog into our home. Millie is a Jack Russell terrier mix, and she's full of energy! It's been a long time since I've had a dog this rambunctious! The kids adore her, though, and we love her, too, of course! Millie loves to chase her Kong toy, eat treats, and she loves attention!
My favorite thing about being a veterinarian is that I get to be a part of strengthening the human-animal bond in every family I see. By helping my pet patients to be the best and healthiest they can be, I am also helping their humans to have happier, more enriched lives. One of the toughest parts about caring for our four-legged family members is saying goodbye. It is never an easy decision, even when you feel it is the right decision for them. I've been through it with my own, and I know just how tough it can be to let them go with the grace and dignity they deserve. However, knowing that I can help them go peacefully and painlessly is such a blessing
"It has taken me two months to get to the point where I can think about our baby without tearing up. I wrote this today for Spikey on the second month anniversary of his passing. Dr. Christina was an angel with us, and her kindness and special words helped us in our time of grief.
Our precious puppy left our world
Two short months ago.
He waits for us in painless peace
At Heaven’s golden door.
But life without him still brings pain
When we think of all we had,
A pup became our little boy
And the loss still makes us sad.
Who would think that a little pup
Could be the center of our lives,
But without complaint, we did our best
To help our boy survive.
So today we’ll hold each other tight
And wish that Spike was here
For just a moment so we could say,
“We love you so much, dear.”
I’m sure the pain with dull with time
I’m sure we’ll see a day
When the thoughts of Spike
Might miss a beat or might just go away?
No….he’ll always be here in my heart.
My soul will cry for him.
We’ll learn to live without his sighs,
But we’ll never forget him."
Susan CusterBaytown, Texas
"Christina was wonderful. She was so kind and compassionate to us and to Max. This was such a difficult thing for our family and she made it as peaceful as possible.
Thank you for your kindness and sympathy Christina. hugs"
Tara LewisSpring, Texas
"Our experience with Lap of Love, Brian (phone support/scheduler), and Dr. Christina was phenomenal throughout a difficult and emotional decision. Our canine "girls" had been with us for 12 and 13 years- their entire lives, and due to multiple lengthy health diseases/issues and their significant decline, we knew it was time to allow them final rest. As much as we knew our decision was well-thought and timely, our hearts felt shredded. Brian and Dr Christina gracefully answered all of our questions, helped us to prepare our "girls" and ourselves for the process. She explained the process after she arrived and as the dogs befriended her, and then detailed each step before it happened. The whole experience was honoring toward our girls, and I'm so thankful that we chose to help them ease into peace surrounded by their whole family. I miss them dearly, but feel grateful to Lap of Love for providing this service. Aheartrending experience became easier because of you all.
Lesa SmithHouston, Texas
"Dr. Fenton was a gift to Hollie, and to me. She was so caring and genuine, she spent time with us and helped me to understand about our other cat's grieving process. I am so very grateful for her wonderful service. Thank you 💙"
Gay WeigeltSeabrook, Texas
"Dr. Christina was very comforting and loving with our sweet Mattie in her time of need."
Robin BrantROsharon, Texas
"Our beautiful girl, Kelly, was rescued in September 2005 from Golden Beginnings Golden Retriever Rescue of SE Texas. We do not know her original history but we won the " Lottery of Love" when she came into our home. A true Velcro-Golden, this four-legged family member was full of unconditional love, devotion and zest for life I have never experienced with any other dog. Kelly had the uncanny ability to know when we were sad or stressed, and was always there with her quick kisses and expressive eyes. She loved long walks down the greenbelt, chasing lizards and squirrels, swimming in HER pool but most of all, Kelly loved us, Chris, Courtney and Nancy Klaus. She always wanted to be by my side, always physically connected. I did not know that "in-home" euthanasia services existed, but am so grateful to Kelly's oncologist, Dr. Susneck, for the recommendation to contact Lap of Love. What a blessing to meet Dr. Christina Fenton at a time like this! Her empathetic, loving and understanding approach to this extremely painful time for our family is so appreciated! Kelly was gracefully released from our family and 'rescued' from the ravages of cancer in her favorite place, in her backyard by the pool. We are so grateful for the opportunity to send our girl home in this most kind and compassionate way! God Bless You Dr. Christina!"
Nancy KlausHouston, Texas
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Pet Bereavement Counseling Service
Animal ER of Northwest Houston
Lancaster Practice Support
Wanda Eckersley, M.S., L.P.C., N.C.C.
North Houston Veterinary Specialty and Emergency
Helping families in the following areas:
We proudly serve the greater Houston and Galveston area. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a travel fee of $30-$75 based on your location - please call for pricing.
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 LovePO Box 2303Cypress, TX 77410-2303