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.  

"Dr. Janie and Lap of Love was a light in a very dark space.

Once I knew "it was time" for my Jessie Girl, I sent a text to the Lap of Love number. It wasn't long before I got a phone call from Lap of Love and a very nice and caring person on the other end of the line. She took my information and was able to accommodate my wish of having someone come to the house that same day.

Dr. Janie showed up and was just THE MOST caring and professional person ever. She reviewed everything I had asked for on the phone and made sure it was all still ok. She made my Jessie comfortable and then stepped out of the room so we could say our goodbyes with as much time as we needed.

She explained everything she was going to do and then told us before she administered the last shot. I felt completely safe putting my Jessie in her hands. Dr. Janie's manners and even her voice were so calming and reassuring during such a difficult time.

I'm glad I was able to make my Jessie's final hours on this earth so peaceful and it was all due to the caring and compassion of Dr. Janie and Lap of Love. Death is never easy and our fur babies are no exception. I am eternally grateful that Dr. Janie and Lap of Love are available to be a light in such a dark space. Although my heart aches for my Jessie, I couldn't have asked for a better experience with Lap of Love.

Thank you Dr. Janie from the bottom of my heart."

Pam Gaster
FRISCO, Texas

"Dr. Janie,

What can I say? In the most difficult time you were able to give us comfort. You were incredibly understanding and let us take the time we needed in order to say goodbye properly to our friend. I cannot thank you enough for your ability to help with Sasha's journey to the Rainbow Bridge. We are truly grateful.

Thank you,

Glover Family"

Casey Glover
Dallas, Texas

"We had to say goodbye to our little 13 year old Reese. We adopted her late in her life, but got to spend 3 wonderful years with her. Thank you to the entire Lap of Love team for the compassion and caring when helping us through the process. Dr Faye was wonderful. We got to be with our little one on her favorite blanket outdoors in a sunbeam as we said goodbye."

Jason Bowerman
Grand Prairie, Texas

"The entire Lap of Love staff is amazing. Each and every person i spoke to was careful to treat me with compassion and respect. They were understanding of the hard circumstances and took time and care with me each step along the way. Everyone was understanding, patient and thoughtful. We were grateful to have Dr Janie came to our house. She was incredibly understanding, sympathetic and compassionate. She treated our sweet beagle with so much love and tenderness, and it helped just a tiny bit to let him go into hands that cared about him. Thank you to everyone on the team for supporting us in such an awful time. Thank you all so much, Diane Testa"

Diane Testa
Flower Mound, Texas

"Thank you so much Dr. Faye...you were an incredibly comforting and calming presence for all of us. Sasha was so loved for almost 16 years and her absence is felt so much here. I appreciate what you do more than I can say...being able to have my baby girl in her home, in my lap on our couch as she left us was the greatest gift I could give her and I am of grateful for those of you that make that possible for us. I hope I don’t have to use you anytime soon, but I will definitely call on you when my next baby tells me it is time for them. God Bless You for your compassion and willingness to be with us at one of the hardest decisions we have to make for our loves."

Jennifer Sykes
Dallas, Texas

"Both of our fur babies were guided to the rainbow bridge by Lap of Love. We wouldn’t have or want anyone else helping us all through the hardest time ever. The gentle and compassionate care they gave our dogs was exactly the dignity they deserved."

Erin Klawiter
Coppell, 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
“Sasha, Baby Girl, Tookie Tookie..... We love you so much. You were such a great part of our lives and the thought of the journey moving forward will not include your physical presence burns us to the core. However, we know that you will always be with us wherever we go. You will always have a special place in our hearts. We want to say thank ...
Casey Glover
December 16, 2020
“Fly with the angels, Daisy. You are so loved. You gave us so much joy and love for 17 years. To say we will miss you doesn’t even seem enough. Our arms will always feel different without you being in them, as your favorite thing in the world was being held and carried around like a baby. You were our baby. Your sweet tiny body and sprite, always ...
Erin Klawiter
November 21, 2020
“Maverick was definitely my spirit boy. He was quiet but always tried to convey his thoughts to you with stoic but penetrative looks that always seemed to say, “Please figure out what I’m thinking.”

We sure tried, Buddy. You were protective and smart, opinionated and happy. You never whined, even at the end. You were my tough, sweet sweet boy ...
Andrea Bunton
November 3, 2020
“To my precious baby, Raider: I loved you so much. I know you know. Every night we had our cuddle time, and every morning you were my morning get-ready partner. You always let me know what you were thinking, especially when you didn’t like what was going on. I am going to miss your hops when you would bark, I’m going to miss hearing your tail ...
Diana Bangan
November 1, 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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