PRICING AND INFORMATION

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

EUTHANASIA$350

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$350

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.

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.

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.

HOLIDAYS

Holiday appointments can be accepted with approval. The following holidays incur a $100 fee when scheduled: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & New Years Day. A $50 fee is incurred for 4th of July, Memorial Day or Labor Day.

AFTERCARE PRICING

PRIVATE CREMATION
Pets up to 99 pounds$300
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$350
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$400

With this option, your pet is cremated privately at a licensed crematory. The ashes are contained in a lovely indian rosewood urn with an engraved nameplate and will be returned either to your regular veterinarian, shipped directly to your home, or available for pickup in Fairfax Virginia based on your preference. This will be discussed with the doctor at the time of your appointment. Typical timeframe for return is 7-14 days depending on method of return. 

 

COMMUNAL CREMATION
Pets up to 99 pounds$125
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$150
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$200

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 buried at a certified 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 7am - 11pm. 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. Beth

Beth Meadow

My main goals as a young child were to convince my parents to let me have a dog, and to convince wildlife and stray cats to make a home in my family's yard in San Antonio, Texas. I grew up memorizing dog breed standards, reading James Herriot stories, and eventually was allowed to get a little rat terrier puppy I named Tootsie. As the oldest of four siblings, Tootsie was my constant companion and adventure buddy when my parents were busy with my sisters and brother. Though I loved her dearly, Tootsie was a terrier, and thus often disobedient by nature. In obedience school I received high marks for "excellent corrections,” but despite these efforts, Tootsie would often escape from the house just to chase down and bark ferociously at some friendly, easy-going labrador. One of her more humorous transgressions was to steal freshly-baked goods and hide them around the house. She was fiercely loyal, brave, and like most terriers, a little too smart for her own good. Due to my love for her, the animal kingdom, and curiosity about the natural world, I decided I wanted be a veterinarian when I grew up. 

In addition to animals, I also enjoyed music and art as a child, taking piano lessons, playing in my middle and high school orchestras and bands, and singing in my college choir. I attended Austin College, a small liberal arts college in northern Texas, where I majored in Spanish and minored in Art and Biology while completing my pre-veterinary curriculum. I spent a wonderful semester in Granada, Spain, which was "like a dream," just as my professors had promised. My college jobs included veterinary technician work during school holidays, and weekly animal caretaking duties at the biology lab. I spent a year with Americorps working for Heifer International on a farm in Arkansas before graduating from veterinary school at Texas A&M in 2013. After vet school I spent three and a half fulfilling years in primary care and will always treasure these patients and their families in my heart. 

Both in my personal and professional life, I have seen the comfort that in-home euthanasia and hospice care can bring to a grieving family. My first dog was terrified at the vet so letting her pass on at home was a gift for her and us at the end of her battle with cancer and heart disease. Some of my most tender and sacred moments in practice have been during end of life home visits for clients and friends. Our animal companions truly touch and enrich our lives in such meaningful ways. My goal is to help honor that gift of love and meaning by making their transition out of this world as peaceful as possible. 

Dr. Christine

Christine Haisfield

From the time I was a small child I always had a love for animals.  Growing up in the suburbs of DC, I had pet dogs and cats, not to mention any injured or orphaned bunny, squirrel, or bird my parents would let me take in.  The special bond between me and my pets is what drove me to be a veterinarian.

I attended the University of Maryland and studied zoology and psychology.  Though I knew I ultimately wanted to become a veterinarian, I also enjoyed working in the sciences and spent time in neuroscience research prior to making the jump to veterinary school.  I attended the University of Georgia School of Veterinary Medicine, and then made the move back to DC to start my veterinary career.

For several years, I worked as a general practitioner, and found that the most rewarding part of my job was helping to strengthen the bond between families and their pets.  I started doing house calls for end of life care a few years into private practice, and seeing the comfort it brought to pets and their families to be in their own homes when saying goodbye is what ultimately brought me to Lap of Love.  I consider it a privilege to be able to help families in this way, and am honored to be able to make this difficult process as peaceful as possible.


Dr. Christine

Christine Shibly

Growing up with a constant influx of rescue animals into our home, I knew as a young child that I wanted to be a Veterinarian. I spent as much time as possible helping my mom with all sorts of animal activities; from working with retired Greyhound racers and the Weimaraner rescue to helping with the occasional stray. I even assisted with a Beagle that gave birth during the middle of Thanksgiving dinner. I remember always wanting to be around animals even during their final moments before passing away. We lost our family greyhound Bogie to bone cancer when I was about fifteen years old and I vividly remember sitting on the floor of the veterinarian’s office holding him in my arms as he slowly passed away. I feel that every family should have the opportunity to be with their pet, providing comfort and support during their final stages of life.

With a budding interest and determination in helping animals, I decided to attend the Veterinary College at the University of Florida. I simultaneously worked as a veterinary technician which allowed me to learn many of the technical skills necessary for a career as a Veterinarian. The hospital I worked for performed many house calls, mainly for in-home euthanasias, which provided me with an introduction to an important aspect of the Veterinary field which most have not been able to experience. Preparing the doctor’s bag for the euthanasia procedure was surreal, but I fully understood the reality and seriousness of the circumstances the minute I entered the family’s home.

I assisted with many euthanasias in various locations, from the family’s special garden or a soft blanket on the floor of the living room to a pet’s favorite spot in the backyard. The one thought that is synonymous with each location is the how in-home euthanasia can help bring a little peace to a family during a very stressful time. Saying goodbye to a beloved pet can be one of the most difficult things in life. My hope is that I may be able to make this transition a little easier by allowing the family members to say farewell in the peace and comfort of their own home.


Dr. Christine Shibly in the News:

Dr. Kimberly

Kimberly McGrath

As the granddaughter and daughter of animal lovers, it was only natural that I developed a love for animals at a young age. Growing up, I had several beloved animal companions: a cat, a dog, and two horses. Caring for and riding my horses taught me about the strength of the human-animal bond, and I knew from a young age that I wanted to be a veterinarian.   

It was a dream come true to attend the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech. As a first year veterinary student, I began volunteering with the school's Pet Loss Support Hotline and remained involved all my years as a student. I felt drawn to this volunteer work, and it was a privilege to speak with grieving pet owners, hear memories of their beloved companions, and offer them empathy and support.

During my years in practice, my top priority has always been to help pets and owners maintain a good quality of life. I love teaming with pet owners to collectively decide on the best plans to diagnose, treat, and manage their pets. It is an honor to support and celebrate the strong bonds that we have with our animal companions, and to provide peace and dignity at the end of their lives.

Dr. Nora

Nora Glaser

As a child growing up in a rural area outside of Richmond, I had two obsessions: cats and horses.  In fact, the first word I ever spoke was “Kitty!” I was naturally a bit shy as a child and I could always find some peace and comfort from cuddling with my cat Sheba or Paddington. Horseback riding helped me to gain confidence as there is something so special about grooming and caring for such a large and powerful animal. Not to mention galloping through the woods! 

Our first family dog also turned me into a major dog lover. We adopted a retired racing Greyhound when I was a freshman in high school. The push to rehome these delicate and sweet dogs had just started, and many people we knew were wary of her as they had never seen one before. Evie soon won them over, however! She was a loving, gentle dog. She seemed to forget that she was supposed to chase smaller animals, and absolutely loved our cat and even wanted to groom and cuddle with my rabbit. 

When Evie was 12 she developed Thyroid Cancer. She did very well after the surgery, and outlived her expected survival time by a year and a half. Sadly, she probably developed a metastatic lesion in her brain and suddenly showed signs that looked like a severe stroke. It broke my heart to let her go as she was such a special dog, but with the support of my family we made sure she had a peaceful passing. 

Animals have meant so very much to me that I decided to dedicate my life to improving theirs. 

After college at William and Mary, I went to the Royal Veterinary College in London, and had many experiences similar to my childhood hero, the writer James Herriot. An important part of my education was to reduce pain and suffering. I strongly believe that part of our responsibility to these amazing creatures in our care, is that they depart their earthly body surrounded by love and free from fear.

Dr. Abigail

Abigail Shearin, VMD, PhD

I have wanted to be a veterinarian for as long as I could remember and it was never a stronger calling than when having to make the difficult decision to euthanize one of my family’s beloved pets. As a teenager, I bottle-raised a sick puppy who had many congenital defects that eventually led to the decision to euthanize. He was my puppy and at the age 14 years old, it was my decision. That was one of the hardest days of my life, but it was never clearer to me that veterinary medicine was the right path.  A peaceful passing, surrounded by their loved ones, is one of the greatest gifts we can give our pets when they are struggling. Now, through the DC-area chapter of Lap of Love, I am proud to offer this as an in-home service, making it that much more loving, peaceful and meaningful. 

During my training to become a veterinarian, I also received a PhD studying Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. This led to a deeper understanding of the management of chronic diseases and evoked a number of critical questions regarding quality of life. Our pets are often too stoic for us to detect when there is an underlying disease and they can sometimes fail rapidly, even with medical interventions. 

Currently, I have a cat who requires significant care for chronic health issues. This has further deepened my understanding of the emotional resources that come with managing chronic diseases. Eventually these diseases will lead to a poor quality of life for him, and once again, I will be faced with the decision of when to euthanize. It brings me a great sense of peace and reassurance that when this time comes, my cat won’t suffer and will pass quietly in my arms at home.

I look forward to offering that same peace to pet families by enabling my patients to pass as stress-free as possible at home. I am honored to provide these services to the pets of loving owners in Virginia, DC, and Maryland region.

Dr. Danielle

Danielle Sanguanboon

I grew up in New Jersey in an animal loving family and our family dog, Lady, was a sweet English Setter and my favorite playmate.  I became intrigued with animals and medicine at about age 5 when Lady became blind in her old age. I remember being amazed by how well she adapted without her sight and that’s when I knew I wanted to be a veterinarian. It instilled in me the desire to help animals in any way I could. As soon as I was old enough to volunteer at the local animal shelter, I was there every weekend caring for the homeless cats and dogs and wanting to save them all.  

I went on to attend college at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and while I was there, I got a job at a local veterinary hospital. That job confirmed my desire to pursue a career in veterinary medicine.  It was from this hospital that I also adopted my first set of cats, Doobie and Foxy, who became my constant companions throughout college and veterinary school training.  They were the most patient cats allowing for hundreds of hours of practice exams to be performed on them.  I then attended veterinary school at the University of Wisconsin and while learning all the cat and dog medicine that I loved, I also got to train in zoos, work at a raptor center, perform surgery on farm animals, rescue wildlife, and learn elephant medicine in Thailand.  While I had many awesome adventures in veterinary school, my early passion was emergency and critical care medicine.  After graduation, I returned to the University of Pennsylvania for an internship and after that, I worked in emergency and critical care medicine at a specialty center in Virginia for several years before transitioning to General Practice. 

I loved working with families and their pets in every capacity, but the aspect of my job that I found most rewarding was bringing peace to families while helping them say goodbye to their beloved pets in their own special way.  My cats, Doobie and Foxy, were by my side for many years and when I had to say goodbye to each of them, I was able to do so in the comfort of my home, with each cat in his own bed.  As this was so meaningful to me, I am so grateful, honored, and privileged to be able to help families in this way through Lap of Love.

Dr. Jessica

Jessica Gibson

Dr. Stephanie

Stephanie Henderson

Growing up in Tennessee, I knew from a very young age that I wanted to be a veterinarian. I brought home a menagerie of animals, all of whom I wanted to fix and keep.

I was fortunate enough to attend the University of the South and the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. Following school, I worked in a variety of veterinary hospitals in Tennessee, and then Virginia. These experiences allowed me to understand the importance of helping our beloved companions when they are suffering. Our pets are family members and they deserve the very best we can give them. Allowing our loved ones to be at home, where they are at peace and surrounded by people who love them, at the end of their life is a tremendous gift. I am honored to be a part of such a sacred process.

About Beth Meadow

My main goals as a young child were to convince my parents to let me have a dog, and to convince wildlife and stray cats to make a home in my family's yard in San Antonio, Texas. I grew up memorizing dog breed standards, reading James Herriot stories, and eventually was allowed to get a little rat terrier puppy I named Tootsie. As the oldest of four siblings, Tootsie was my constant companion and adventure buddy when my parents were busy with my sisters and brother. Though I loved her dearly, Tootsie was a terrier, and thus often disobedient by nature. In obedience school I received high marks for "excellent corrections,” but despite these efforts, Tootsie would often escape from the house just to chase down and bark ferociously at some friendly, easy-going labrador. One of her more humorous transgressions was to steal freshly-baked goods and hide them around the house. She was fiercely loyal, brave, and like most terriers, a little too smart for her own good. Due to my love for her, the animal kingdom, and curiosity about the natural world, I decided I wanted be a veterinarian when I grew up. 

In addition to animals, I also enjoyed music and art as a child, taking piano lessons, playing in my middle and high school orchestras and bands, and singing in my college choir. I attended Austin College, a small liberal arts college in northern Texas, where I majored in Spanish and minored in Art and Biology while completing my pre-veterinary curriculum. I spent a wonderful semester in Granada, Spain, which was "like a dream," just as my professors had promised. My college jobs included veterinary technician work during school holidays, and weekly animal caretaking duties at the biology lab. I spent a year with Americorps working for Heifer International on a farm in Arkansas before graduating from veterinary school at Texas A&M in 2013. After vet school I spent three and a half fulfilling years in primary care and will always treasure these patients and their families in my heart. 

Both in my personal and professional life, I have seen the comfort that in-home euthanasia and hospice care can bring to a grieving family. My first dog was terrified at the vet so letting her pass on at home was a gift for her and us at the end of her battle with cancer and heart disease. Some of my most tender and sacred moments in practice have been during end of life home visits for clients and friends. Our animal companions truly touch and enrich our lives in such meaningful ways. My goal is to help honor that gift of love and meaning by making their transition out of this world as peaceful as possible. 

"Dr. Stephanie was so gentle and kind with Rambo and very sympathetic and sensitive to all of Rambo’s loved ones surrounding him during his journey over the rainbow bridge. She made his transition peaceful and comforted us as we bid him farewell. We honestly couldn’t have asked for a better vet."

Priscilla Ro
Burke, Virginia

"Dr. Henderson was very gentle and sweet plus she knew Moe from her days with Caring Hands in Bristow. We can't thank her enough for her kindness and gentleness with this. Plus, knowing that she was familiar with Moe helped in taking some of the pair of losing him away."

Lisa & Jay McDonnell
Haymarket, Virginia

"Our veterinarian suggested we call Lap of Love to take care of our Lola because she would be out of town when it came time to set our little girl free. It's rare to encounter people more professional and sympathetic. From my initial appointment phone call to the visit from Dr. Stephanie Henderson, the compassion conveyed was wonderful. Dr. Henderson couldn't have been more perfect in making a painful day for my family more bearable. She made us feel confident that we had made the right decision at the right time and pointed out specific symptoms Lola had to assure us. Dr. Henderson's bedside manner and her soothing tone made the moment so much more bearable. We're on the fence about getting another companion, but if we do, and if the time comes to make this difficult decision again, we'll definitely seek out Lap of Love to help us through."

Peter Cihelka
Woodbridge, Virginia

"Dr Beth was wonderful with our beloved pup. She made the transition to the rainbow bridge pure, caring and humane.

Thank you Dr Beth Meadow and Lap of ❤️ Love"

Jill Cunningham
Alexandria, Maryland

"Dr. Beth Meadow was so wonderful and helpful to me during this most difficult of days. She exuded warmth and caring, making sure that both Rufus and I were as comfortable as we could be throughout the process. She also knew intuitively when to step away and give me and Rufus space alone after he had passed. Although this was one of the hardest days ever for me, it was a 1000% better because of the humanity Dr. Beth showed to me and Rufus. I'll never go through this again in an animal hospital setting if I can avoid it!"

Jennifer Hyman
WASHINGTON, District of Columbia

"XuXu was able to depart in her own home without stress, all thanks to Dr. Abigail Shearin. Dr. Abby was wonderful. When she first arrived, she took the time to ask questions and assess XuXu's situation. Dr. Abby validated our decision to let our baby go. This was a great comfort, especially knowing she wasn't just saying the words to make us feel better. It was clear she was evaluating what was best for XuXu. Dr. Abby then walked us through the euthanasia process. The experience, while painful, went as well as we ever could've hoped for. We're forever grateful to Dr. Abby and other vets who take on this difficult job with professionalism, empathy, and kindness."

Juli Rose
Arlington, Virginia

LOCAL RESOURCES
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Emergency Clinic

  (703) 752-9100

VCA SouthPaws Vet Specialists & Emergency Center

Pet Loss Support

  (202) 966-2171

PAL- People Animals Love

Emergency Clinic

  (703) 281-5121

The Hope Center for Advanced Veterinary Medicine

Pet Loss Support

  (540) 231-8038

Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine

SERVICE AREA

Helping families in the following areas:

Proudly serving families in Northern Virginia, Washington DC, and parts of Maryland surrounding the DC metropolitan area.
Additional travel fees apply to Washington DC, Maryland, and some extended areas of the northern Virginia area based upon distance from veterinarian. Additional travel fee is typically $50-75 depending on area.

Pet Memorials
“On November 11, 2019, my mom had to finally bid her 14.5 yr-old, half black lab - half german shepherd, Rambo, farewell. He was surrounded by loved ones and drifted away peacefully, but he is sorely missed by those of us left behind. He was a gentle giant, with such a sweet face, and I know my kitten, Merry, will miss hanging out with her buddy. ...
Priscilla Ro
November 14, 2019
“We miss Moe every single day. He brought us so much joy and happiness throughout his life with us and his passing has left a void that simply can't be filled. He was such a special boy and although we are brokenhearted to have to say goodbye, we will forever live with some wonderful memories of a lost little dog who desperately needed a loving ...
Lisa & Jay McDonnell
November 11, 2019
“We will miss you so much Our little Baby Bear. You brought us so much joy for over 14.5 years
We love you but have comfort in knowing you are pain free and can see and hear the birds and squirrels. Xoxo”
Jill Cunningham
October 14, 2019
“Anyone who knew Rufus when he was younger knew that he had SO much spirit and energy that the lack of hearing never held him back. He had the dexterity to jump and simultaneously catch in his mouth and two front paws the string that turned my living room light on and off (!), he could open doors with his paws, and he’d literally jump about 8 feet ...
Jennifer Hyman
September 30, 2019
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
3136 Singleton Circle
Fairfax, Virginia 22030

Owned And Operated

This Lap of Love location is independently owned and operated by Dr. Christine Shibly.

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