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.  

"We could not have asked for a more kind or compassionate doctor to be with us during Lola's last moments. Thank you for allowing us to make Lola happy and comfortable as we said goodbye. We are forever grateful."


Dallas, Texas

"Unfortunately it has been the worst year ever, as I lost both of my beloved fur babies, a 16-year-old sassy bichon who used to be a pet therapy star and my beautiful broken rescue dog Axel Rose. Dr. Faye came out both times and was gentle, thoughtful and compassionate in making what is one of the hardest times in a person's like a little bit easier.""

Lindsey Townsend
Lake Dallas, Texas

"So sweet and gentle. Very professional."

Laura Starr
Flower Mound, Texas

"Dr. Janie was so wonderful. She ensured Victoria's last day was peaceful, quiet and pleasant. Victoria loved the treats Dr. Janie gave her, and was completely comfortable with her. Dr. Janie didn't hesitate to crouch down on the floor so that Victoria could stay in her favorite bed. She was so compassionate to my husband and me as well."

Chemyn & Steve Reaney
Grapevine, Texas

"Truly one of the hardest moments of the past few years, and I wasn't sure about doing this process in our house. But our dear Opal was so afraid of the vet. When the time came, Dr. Janie was the sweetest & best thing we could have asked for - hands down. I still can't stop crying (after a week and a half), but I have no doubt that we did everything we could to make Opal's last time with her family as peaceful as possible. We could not have made that possible without Dr. Janie and Lap of Love.

After going through the in-home process, I won't do it any other way - ever again. Dr. Janie was so beautiful to us as we wept and mourned those last moments with Opal. Then, she was so incredibly gentle as she walked us through the steps of what was happening. We never once felt uncertain or unclear about how things were going to happen. She also gave us precious mementos to keep. These are so dear to us now. And she didn't begrudge us one single picture or hug or kiss with our sweet baby while she waited patiently on us.

I honestly can't say enough positive things about this process, this company, or Dr. Janie herself. Thank you all for having such caring hearts and knowing what is needed during such a hard time in the life of a family."

Deb Bushong
Dallas, Texas

"We used Lap of Love for our in-home euthanasia service for our cat Victoria this week, and I highly recommend them. We called late evening (after 7pm) after our cat had a seizure indicating that her time was near, and were able to get an appointment for the following morning. Dr. Janie Dotson came to our home. She was incredibly kind, compassionate and professional. My cats are both pretty wary of strangers, and both were very comfortable with her almost immediately. She spent quite a bit of time cuddling Victoria, and giving her treats, before giving her the shot that would relax her. She then spent a ton of time with me, sitting while Victoria slept, making sure we were both comfortable before giving her the final injection. She gave us a fur clipping, a paw print, and a beautiful booklet on grief. We’ll get our urn with Victoria’s ashes back within 10 days or so. This service made this incredibly difficult decision so much easier."

Chemyn Reaney
Grapevine, 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
“To our sweet Lola,

Words can’t express how much we love you and miss you. You were the best dog we could have asked for and always showed us unconditional love. We loved everything about you. You were always there for us, and always made us smile and laugh. You were the cutest, spunkiest dog around. We can’t thank you enough for all of the joy ...
July 21, 2020
“"Everyone believes they have the best dog. And none of them are wrong."

R.IP. to Axel Rose, the most beautiful, sweetest, and weirdest boy dog in the world"”
Lindsey Townsend
July 12, 2020
“Zeus was such a handsome dog. I do believe he knew it too. We were so surprised to lose him so quickly. But that’s how cancer works. He loved riding in my convertible. He would sit in the back seat and let the wind blow over him. My family and I will miss him terribly but we know he’s no longer sick. Run and jump all you want, Zeus the ...
Laura Starr
July 11, 2020
“In memory of our amazing little warrior, Victoria. She was tiny, but ruled our household with an iron (if little) paw. She was extremely affectionate and cuddly, as long as everyone was doing exactly what they were supposed to, when they were supposed to. If either of us was sitting in the “wrong” spot (according to her), she would glare at us ...
Chemyn & Steve Reaney
July 9, 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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