PRICING AND INFORMATION

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

EUTHANASIA$325

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$425

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

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.  

"Wow, is the first thing that comes to mind. I received the 5 star treatment from the initial phone call, to my little Jackie resting in peace. They went out of their way to accommodate my request. Dr. Sparks was wonderful, professional, efficient and proficient. I could not have guessed how easy everything would be at such a difficult time. I am truly grateful to have Lap of Love as a service to handle these difficult decisions we sometimes have to make. Thanks again to all staff members involved and i will spread the word about what great customer care i received.

Floyd"

floyd brookins
dallas, Texas

"I am so grateful for your services. It is such a profound blessing to these pets and their owners. Thank you so much for being willing to do what you do."

Gail Lowry
North Richland Hills, Texas

"Thank you Dr Faye for all your kindness, compassion, and understanding. Mike and I miss him so much, we both feel that hole in our heart. Kind Regards , Jane and Mike"

Jane Fontenette
Carrollton, Texas

"We called early in the morning in an emergency situation. Meghan that took my call was so sweet and compassionate. She helped me right away to know that I could get help and that it was all going to be OK. She assigned Dr. Janie Dotson to come put both of our old babies to sleep. Dr. Dotson arrived on time and was so sweet and kind and friendly from the very first moment. She is a Tennessee girl like me, and I knew God had sent her. Her sweet spirit and compassion gave us all a spirit of peace. My girls were litter mates and have been together their entire lives. Thanks to Dr. Dotson they were able to leave this world peacefully snuggled up together. It was a beautiful experience. I would recommend her to anyone. Thank you so much for this service to grieving pet families. Bryan and Kim Dickerson"

Kimberly Dickerson
Garland, Texas

"Good afternoon Dr Spark,

I just wanted to thank you so much for all your help! Reaching out to Lap of Love was the best decision I made to help my precious Delilah rest in peace.

I was so grateful you were able to come to my home. This obviously allowed my Delilah to remain comfortable, it also helped reduced the stress tremendously for her (and us). I still look over my shoulder for my Delilah as a habit because she followed me everywhere, when I do I just smile like I always did.

I know she is now pain-free and resting in peace. I miss soooo much and we'll forever keep her in my heart!

Dr Spark, you were amazing! I told my family and friends about our experience with you and how helpful you were with our Delilah. They were all shocked and thankful that you offer this type of service.

I truly appreciate all your help!!! There's a special place in heaven for people like you. God bless you!!!

Sincerely,

Marilyn Foukih"


Irving, Texas

"Hi Dr. Faye,

Thank you for reaching out. We received your card in the mail as well. I'm sorry I didn't get back to you sooner.

It's been rough without Cassius. I knew it would take time to get past the decision that we had to make, but being without him is even harder. He was such a sweet boy.

I do appreciate your kind words during this time.

Thanks again,

Briana"


Frisco, 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
“My sweet little Dovie,
You were a petite, dainty, little boss. You loved all people and assumed the best of everyone you met - that they would obviously want to shower you with attention. Your precious, pink squeezy paws always displayed your happiness and contentment. You were generous with head-butt hugs. I will miss your gentle tap-tap of a ...
Gail Lowry
May 5, 2020
“Our sweet Max went to be with Jesus on Saturday, March 28, 2020. He was our family pet for 15 wonderful years. He had a sweet, gentle spirit...was a great cuddler, loved walks and the dog park, always had a watchful eye on our home, loved his little sisters Cutie Pie (dog) and Stormie (cat). We all will miss him every single day.”
Natalie Storrs
March 30, 2020
“To My Best Friend and Dearest Companion, Luke

You brought so much joy, soul, and purpose of caring in my life. You were always my " Ol Faithful" who was with me everyday, by my side. You completed this household and many memories and celebrations were shared with you. You made me happy with your presence and our time together is something I ...
Tyla Aguilar
March 14, 2020
“Atty was a Good soul. She will be terribly missed for a long time.”
Katherine (Kathy) Keller
March 3, 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.

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PO Box 555
Little Elm, Texas 75068

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