Pricing and Information

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

Veterinary Hospice$325

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.

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.

Geriatric Consultation$325

Includes a brief examination by the veterinarian to help explain your pet's condition, discuss symptom management including pain and anxiety, and prepare an end of life care plan using the appropriate quality of life scale to manage your pet along with your family's needs and desires.

Additional Appointment 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), 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.

AFTERCARE PRICING

Private Cremation
Pets up to 99 pounds$300
Pets 100-150 pounds$350

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 - 150 pounds$150
Pets 150 pounds and over - call for
pricing

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

There may be a fee if additional assistance to safely carry your pet out of your home is needed. 

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, so we do our best to accommodate same day appointments with a few hours notice when possible.

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. 

Beth Meadow, DVM

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. 

Christine Shibly, DVM

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:

Nora Glaser, DVM

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.

About Beth Meadow, DVM

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. 

"I cannot say enough good words for Dr. Beth Meadow. She was kind, concerned and respectful to me and Mackenzie. She stroked Mackenzie the entire time she was with us. She explained all procedures and let us take the lead . Her explanations made me feel good. She would give her a relaxing and pain killing drug the an anesthetic that would put her to sleep and she would never wake up. Somehow that sounded better than just taking her life. She told me she would take her home have her cremated and have her back home to us in a week. Dr. Beth wrapped Mackenzie in a blanket that said Dignity on it and put her in her car. She carried her to her car and Mackenzie looked just like a baby. At that moment I had one last request. Would she take her to the park near our home where she had her daily walks? We then headed to the park for one last time. She sat with Mackenzie in her arms all wrapped up like a baby....and yes Dr. Beth I caught the kisses you blew to me as I turned down my street and headed home. You turned a difficult day into a beautiful day for Mackenzie and me."

Kathy Cimato
Oak Hill, Virginia

"Dr. Beth was amazing, compassionate, respectful, and understanding. I was incredibly relieved to have her there - Lucky felt comfortable around her and was happy to stay in the comfort of her favorite place - our bedroom. Dr. Beth helped us the entire way and gave us so much time to say our much-needed goodbyes. It was the best possible experience I could have asked for Lucky. A very peaceful, calm transition."

Heather Gale
Reston, Virginia

"As painful as Thursday was for us, I have to give the highest praise to the folks at Lap of Love Veterinarians in Fairfax. Dr. Beth Meadow came to our house to help Ellie through her transition, and she could not have been more caring, respectful, and sympathetic. She treated Ellie like a good friend, and was so gentle in everything she did. After the doctor left, we found that she had left behind for us a plaster cast of Ellie’s paw, and a small clear container with a bit of Ellie’s fur in it from where she had to shave a small patch on her leg. Ellie’s passing was very peaceful, and, as strange as it may sound, also beautiful."

Allen McBride
Woodbridge, Virginia

"There are incredibly difficult moments in life, ones you don't want to face alone. Having the understanding, comforting, relaxed presence of Dr. Beth with us for Phred's last hour was just the right touch. He got to stay in his home, in his favorite chair, with loving touches and words surrounding him. "Love Phred" was the first thing he heard when he joined our family and the last thing we said to him as he passed."


Alexandria, Virginia

"Dr. Nora was amazing. She was so kind and understanding. I am truly grateful for her professionalism and efficiency."

Laura Endsley
Herndon, Virginia

"Dr Beth was so understanding & compassionate. She helped us through a very difficult situation as our dog bit my husband again. This time was bad. We had some bites from him from almost day 1. She helped us realized that our dog was suffering. It wasn't just about us. He deserved happiness & peace from the torment that he must have felt. All the fear & anxiety that he was going through. Thank you Dr Beth for helping us realize that. She told us that he knew we did the best we could with him & loved him. All the trainers we had to help him. We thought we were doing the best to keep him around. She was so respectful with his body. We cried & she hugged us. I will never forget how she helped us through this difficult situation. May she live a long, happy & prosperous life. She did a great deed."

Susi Boudreaux
Alexandria, 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
“You will live on in my heart my little friend forever, and memories of you will fill my mind
until I go to you. My beloved Riley r faithful friend, and your love you shared till the very end.
For 5 years our family was blessed, now it's time for you to rest. You still live on in the hearts and minds,
of the loving family you left behind.”
Brian Ross
April 20, 2017
“Mackenzie, Mackie, my little doodlebug, mama's baby.... you were the best dog ever. You came into our lives as a rescue and the vet estimated your age between a year and a half to 2 years old. I saw you on the web and just had to have you. I somehow looked into those eyes and knew you were mine. You were so frightened and skiddish as we ...
Kathy Cimato
April 16, 2017
“In memory of my sweet angel - Lucky. She gave me so much happiness, love, and laughter that words can't describe the hole she left in my life and in my heart. She was the light of my life and brightened every single day that we had her. I'll forever love her and miss her everyday for the rest of my life. Our time together wasn't enough. Until we ...
Heather Gale
April 7, 2017
“I want to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts who offered condolences on our loss of Ellie Mae last Thursday. For those of you who have truly loved a dog, I’m sure that you can appreciate how hard it has been on Laura and me, and has been especially difficult on all of us over the last couple of weeks while she was so frail.

As painful ...
Allen McBride
March 24, 2017
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Lap of Love
3136 Singleton Circle
Fairfax, VA 22030

Owned And Operated

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