North Dallas & Surrounding Areas

  (972) 544-7590

  [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$375

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$475

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 49 pounds$320
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$340
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$400
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$425

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 49 pounds$160
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$185
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$235
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$260

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 in a pet cemetery. 

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 6am - 10pm. Appointments are scheduled throughout the week, please call for availability.

Sometimes pets take a turn for the worse overnight or in a short amount of time, so we do our best to accommodate same day appointments with a few hours notice, 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. Faye

Faye Sparks

I grew up in rural North Carolina with two dogs and a cattle farm next door. I’ve always loved animals and have wanted to be a veterinarian for as long as I can remember. I learned a lot as a child through bottle-feeding the baby calves next door, herding cattle, and raising rabbits. 

After graduating from North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, I worked in many places, from the Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina area to Plano, Texas. Over the years, our family grew by two wonderful daughters. I spent several years in Austin focused on raising them before stepping back into my veterinarian shoes here in the DFW area.  

I’ve always enjoyed preventative medicine and educating pet owners about how to prevent disease, parasites, and behavior problems but when I went back to work, I realized that my patients were, on average, about 12 years old. That’s when I became interested in the importance of preserving their quality of life through dental care, weight control, and environmental modifications. When I heard about hospice care and Lap of Love from the Co-Founder, Dr. Mary Gardner, at a continuing education session, I knew I was meant to do this profound and incredible work. Making the last months more comfortable for my patients and helping their parents prepare for the inevitable farewell became my new focus. As a two-time breast cancer survivor, my outlook on life is drastically different now. I know what it’s like to be ill and preserving the quality of life and dignity of a pet is very important to me. I have always viewed euthanasia as a privilege because I can help our furry children pass with dignity and peace that humans are not always afforded. Being able to get their angel wings in familiar surroundings is a gift I can give them and their human companions. I truly am honored to be there for you and your family.  

Dr. Janie

Janie Dotson

I am a coal miner’s daughter, born and raised in the Appalachian Mountains of southwest Virginia. Growing up in such a rural community, the hills were my playground and the animals were truly my best friends. Every time I am asked why I became a veterinarian I always think back to the memories from my early childhood; it was during those years that I began to appreciate how special the human-animal bond is and the importance of the deep, indescribable connections that my family and I formed with our pets. These unique relationships steered me towards a career in veterinary medicine.

Although my dad is an animal lover, when I was younger, he was always of the mindset that animals did not belong in the house. All of that changed when our Boxer, Gus, came into our lives and won him over. After two nights of my mom and me taking shifts sitting with Gus outside of his doghouse, my dad relented and allowed him to come inside. My mom got Gus as a puppy to help her through her recovery after finishing chemotherapy and radiation treatments for cervical cancer. Before long, though, Gus actually became more like my dad’s dog; he slept/snored in bed with him, practically rode in his lap beside him in his truck, and even took trips just to get his own ice cream cones in the Drive-Thru (against his vet’s recommendation, of course)! I’ll never forget that fateful call from my dad when I was in college. Gus was 8 years old and had developed cancer. Dad was calling to tell me that Gus was gone, but he was sobbing so intensely that I could barely understand his words. So, we just cried together for what seemed like an eternity. Gus had stolen our hearts, and more importantly, had become part of our family. 

After graduating from college with a B.S. in Biology, I decided to work at an ammunition plant in the chemistry lab for a couple of years before going to veterinary school. In 2008, I earned my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. The first time I remember being told that I was going to be a good veterinarian was while I was a senior vet student, comforting an amazing family who had decided it was time to help their beloved pet pass. They knew they did not want their precious 3-year-old Golden Retriever mix to experience anymore pain from the cancer that had invaded his body. To date, that is still one of the most humbling moments of my career.

I have been in small animal general practice since I graduated. I have never been more professionally fulfilled than I am by working with families to improve the patient’s quality of life or reassuring them that they are making the right decision, without judgment, by helping their pet pass peacefully. I am honored to have the opportunity to dedicate myself to home euthanasia and veterinary hospice and continue the fulfilling work of helping pets and the families that love them. 

My husband and I moved to the north Dallas area from east Tennessee and I feel fortunate to have joined the compassionate team of doctors within the Lap of Love family. We look forward to exploring Dallas, but it may take us a while to acclimate to the Texas heat! My scruffy heart and soul pup, Fischer, certainly won’t miss the snow! If my husband and I aren’t working, scoping out DFW, or at home snuggling with our pup and kitty, you may just find us on a cruise!

About Faye Sparks

I grew up in rural North Carolina with two dogs and a cattle farm next door. I’ve always loved animals and have wanted to be a veterinarian for as long as I can remember. I learned a lot as a child through bottle-feeding the baby calves next door, herding cattle, and raising rabbits. 

After graduating from North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, I worked in many places, from the Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina area to Plano, Texas. Over the years, our family grew by two wonderful daughters. I spent several years in Austin focused on raising them before stepping back into my veterinarian shoes here in the DFW area.  

I’ve always enjoyed preventative medicine and educating pet owners about how to prevent disease, parasites, and behavior problems but when I went back to work, I realized that my patients were, on average, about 12 years old. That’s when I became interested in the importance of preserving their quality of life through dental care, weight control, and environmental modifications. When I heard about hospice care and Lap of Love from the Co-Founder, Dr. Mary Gardner, at a continuing education session, I knew I was meant to do this profound and incredible work. Making the last months more comfortable for my patients and helping their parents prepare for the inevitable farewell became my new focus. As a two-time breast cancer survivor, my outlook on life is drastically different now. I know what it’s like to be ill and preserving the quality of life and dignity of a pet is very important to me. I have always viewed euthanasia as a privilege because I can help our furry children pass with dignity and peace that humans are not always afforded. Being able to get their angel wings in familiar surroundings is a gift I can give them and their human companions. I truly am honored to be there for you and your family.  

"Our Beautiful Bella only 1 1/2 developed an auto immune disease that was destroying her so quickly. We needed to make the hardest decision of our life and but our baby down. We were so stressed about this decision but Dr Dotson was compassionate and soft spoken she gave me the strength needed to follow through on our decision. The gentleness she displayed to be able to do this in our home, we are truly grateful. We can only speak highly of the service you provide."

Lourdes Rahn
Southlake, Texas

"I dreaded this day all his life. I knew it would be unbearably painful to say a final farewell to my longtime co-pilot and best little buddy but I never imagined it would be this agonizing. The only comfort was that he was able to spend a peaceful last few days at home, surrounded by everything he had loved during a joyous lifetime. During his 13 years, my Little Man rode over 100,000 miles around the country in his big red Chevy truck. He absolutely loved to travel and explore new places. He could not have had a better guide for his last big adventure than Dr. Faye. We were outdoors and pulled the truck tailgate down then set him in his favorite bed on it. I know he was happy in those last few minutes anticipating the big trip that he undoubtedly thought he was about to take. Dr. Faye could not have been sweeter and kinder. She took amazing care of him the entire time and the pain of his loss is tempered by the gentleness, compassion and respect she showered upon him in his last moments. After he crossed over the Rainbow Bridge, she helped us take his final paw prints and cut a lock of his hair as treasured keepsakes before gently tucking him in a lovely wicker basket lined with a soft blanket. He was placed in the front seat of her car, and so, for a brief time, he got to be Dr. Faye’s co-pilot as she escorted him on his final earthly journey. I will be forever grateful that she was able to help him transition in peace and comfort surrounded by his loved ones. Thank you to Dr. Faye and everyone at Lap of Love for turning a heartbreaking experience into a loving tribute."

Jana D.
Dallas, Texas

"After 9 1/2 years with our beloved rescue dog and dreading the day that would eventually come and imagining trips to the vet, tests, bloodwork, and eventual euthanasia at the vet's office in a sterile environment, surrounded by strange smells and noises, Lap of Love and Dr. Faye Sparks (referred by our vet, actually) eased my mind and soul immensely with the information and understanding they provided as well as the education about euthanasia. What a blessing it is to be able to give the gift of a peacefully passing in calm surroundings. My beautiful and precious dog went to sleep in her own backyard on the grass where she loved to lay with the sunshine on her face. If it had to happen (and it does eventually), I am so grateful to Lap of Love/Dr. Sparks for the wonderful care and service that they do. I could not have imagined a better, more peaceful death for our girl. If anyone has questions or concerns, I highly recommend watching the video by Dr. Dani McVety on this website. She named every concern and fear and emotion I was having about "when is it time" or "what if it is too soon and there is more I can do?" I am so truly grateful this was an option for us."

Kara Smith
McKinney, Texas

"A gem!"

Barry French
Dallas, Texas

"From the first phone call to learn about their services to the last minute with our beautiful Monk, our experience with Lap of Love was sincere, appropriately solemn, and professional. Even the emails were informative and empathetic in a genuine way. Dr. Janie arrived as planned and thank goodness she didn't arrive all smiles and hellos for such a tearful time. She was gentle, calming, professional but not in an all business way. If we were not in the time of COVID, I'm sure there would have been some hugging going on. Thank you for your kindness during a really difficult time. Based on our experience, I highly recommend their services."

Rachel Harner
Frisco, Texas

"Dr Janie couldn’t have made this heartbreak any better. She spoke softly and kindly and treated all of us, especially Duncan with the utmost respect. I’m so grateful that Dunky got to go so peacefully surrounded by his family."

Amy McCaffrey
Argyle, Texas

LOCAL RESOURCES

Pet Life and Loss Support Services

  (214) 547-9900

Emergency Animal Hospital of Collin County - Plano

  (214) 461-5131

SPCA Pet Grief Counselors and Volunteers - Dallas

  (469) 287-6767

Frisco Emergency Pet Care - Frisco

Chance's Spot Pet Loss and Grief Support - Online Forum

  (940) 271-1200

Denton County Animal ER - Denton

SERVICE AREA

Helping families in the following areas:

We proudly serve families in the North Dallas area, including most or parts of Denton, Collin, and Dallas counties. Tarrant county is minimally covered. Due to the expansive area covered there may be a travel fee of $50 - $100 based on your location.

Pet Memorials
“He was welcomed home. Today, the Boy made his final journey, but not alone. He traveled with other souls who also ascended to their final reward this day. His life was not memorialized in grand speeches nor was his passing honored with bands, parades and lowered flags. But he was a hero as much as any living being who brought untold happiness, ...
Jana D.
October 8, 2020
“We said goodbye to Finn yesterday. A heartbreaking loss of a good friend, a happy and amiable member of the family and a dog who has brought so much deep joy over many years. I consider him my soulmate of dogs and will miss him deeply.”
Barry French
September 29, 2020
“You were bald and scared when we saw you at the pound. I saw those big brown eyes and instantly fell in love. You loved to swim and play fetch and sit next to my bed. You were a protector of the kids but a friend to all. You blessed us with amazing and wonderful memories for 15 years. When you list your eye five years ago it broke my heart ...
Amy McCaffrey
September 10, 2020
“DIEGO, also known as Diggy, Diggums, DigsyDoo and Dingo, was a fiercely loving and territorial boy. He tolerated his fellow house cat, Mr. Bunny, and greeted people with his easy direct attention. He could also turn on you if you so much as looked the wrong way. Vet said this might have been due to a blind spot in one eye. Most animals were ...
Barbara Piwetz
August 20, 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
PO Box 555
Little Elm, Texas 75068

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