Pricing and Information

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

Veterinary Hospice$300

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$300

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$300

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 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), 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 39 pounds$275
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$325
Pets 100 - 150 pounds$350
Pets over 150 pounds will be quoted

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. 

Communal Cremation
Pets up to 39 pounds$150
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$175
Pets 100 - 150 pounds$200
Pets over 150 pounds will be quoted

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 in a wooded area near crematory.. 

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 Doctor

Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians in your area. 

Dr. Sarah

Sarah Clarke, DVM

I’ve known I wanted to be a veterinarian since I was about 8 years old- and still have a 3rd grade school paper to prove it!  I grew up in Albany, NY, Baltimore, MD and Jacksonville, FL before attending the College of William and Mary in Viriginia for my undergraduate degree in Biology and then returning to Florida to obtain my veterinary degree at the University of Florida. 

I grew up always having a mix of animals in the house- cats, dogs, fish, pet mice, and even an occasional rescued baby bird.  I loved learning about all these pets almost as much as caring for them, so veterinary school was a perfect fit.  After 1 year in small animal general practice in New Jersey after graduating, I took a position at a feline only clinic in Jacksonville, Florida.  I remained there for nearly 11 years and formed close bonds with many clients through those years- seeing numerous cats from early in their lives until it was time to guide their owners through the tough decisions at the end.  While at that practice I occasionally had the opportunity to make home visits for euthanasia and was always struck by what a different, calmer, and more personal experience it was.  It really made a difference to the owners to have their pets in their favorite spot, surrounded by the people and things they love.  

I’m very happy to have recently settled in Richmond with my family - my husband Jeff (a veterinary neurologist and fellow UF graduate) our son Andrew, daughter Katie, and our beloved shelter dog Hammie.  I hope to be able to help families in this area by making one of the most difficult times they’ll face as pet owners a bit easier and more peaceful.

About Sarah Clarke, DVM

I’ve known I wanted to be a veterinarian since I was about 8 years old- and still have a 3rd grade school paper to prove it!  I grew up in Albany, NY, Baltimore, MD and Jacksonville, FL before attending the College of William and Mary in Viriginia for my undergraduate degree in Biology and then returning to Florida to obtain my veterinary degree at the University of Florida. 

I grew up always having a mix of animals in the house- cats, dogs, fish, pet mice, and even an occasional rescued baby bird.  I loved learning about all these pets almost as much as caring for them, so veterinary school was a perfect fit.  After 1 year in small animal general practice in New Jersey after graduating, I took a position at a feline only clinic in Jacksonville, Florida.  I remained there for nearly 11 years and formed close bonds with many clients through those years- seeing numerous cats from early in their lives until it was time to guide their owners through the tough decisions at the end.  While at that practice I occasionally had the opportunity to make home visits for euthanasia and was always struck by what a different, calmer, and more personal experience it was.  It really made a difference to the owners to have their pets in their favorite spot, surrounded by the people and things they love.  

I’m very happy to have recently settled in Richmond with my family - my husband Jeff (a veterinary neurologist and fellow UF graduate) our son Andrew, daughter Katie, and our beloved shelter dog Hammie.  I hope to be able to help families in this area by making one of the most difficult times they’ll face as pet owners a bit easier and more peaceful.

"I cannot thank you all enough for having this service available to the public. Dr. Sarah came and was compassionate and professional with her services. I got several hugs which I needed and she even got kisses from Truffles before she eased her pain. She was very tender and caring in her approach which sure did comfort me as her MOM. Thank you so much Dr. Sarah, I will recommend this service to all of my family and friends"

Lorrie Brooks
North Chesterfield, Virginia

"Dr. Sarah helped our Angel pass peacefully a few days ago. It was so hard to say goodbye but she was very compassionate and understanding during this time. She listened to everything we had to say about Angel and wrote a beautiful message about him on Facebook."

Heather Rice
North Chesterfield, Virginia

"Our beautiful boy Kitty was 17 years old and diagnosed with cancer and kidney disease. We knew his days were numbered and didn't want him to spend those days at the vet's office which he despised, being poked, handled etc. We want him to enjoy his last days as much as possible, in peace.

I was so glad I found Lap of Love. Everybody I talked to was warm and sincere and gave me the comfort I needed to deal with a very difficult situation. Dr. Sarah was wonderful. She was so personable and supportive. After the consultation, she was always there to answer any questions we had, checking in on Kitty and supporting us in this very difficult journey.

After comfortably coasting on pain pills for about a month, our dear Kitty took a turn a sudden turn for the worse. All of a sudden, he was in so much pain, we knew we had to do it right there and then. I called Dr. Sarah in early in the morning and she came very quickly to take this last step of the journey with us. I so appreciated the fact that she could come so quickly so Kitty didn't have to suffer in pain any longer.

Thank you, Dr. Sarah and thank you Lap of Love for supporting not just our pets, but us, the owners as well."

Olga Huxoll
Richmond, Virginia

"I write this with a broken heart, but also with great peace knowing that our beloved Annie passed ahead of us here at our Lake Anna home. Annie left us without fear or anxiety and in an atmosphere of love and concern. Dr, Sarah arrived on time and entered our home in a friendly caring way, acknowledging our obvious grief and trepidation about what was to come. Her first priority was to reassure and comfort us, and then met Annie and with a few treats and a gentle touch made friends with her too. She reassured us that we were doing the best thing for Annie, as she could readily see Annie's pain. In this kind, gentle, and dignified atmosphere she led Annie from pain to sleep and then to her final rest. We cannot thank Dr Sarah and Lap of Love enough for helping us through this very difficult time.

If you are wondering how, when, what is best, as we were, please call them. The staff is as kind and compassionate as Dr Sarah and will help you make the right decision. We are grieving our loss, but are at peace that we ended her pain and avoided more painful days and possibly an emergency visit for her euthanasia."

Nancy Komatz
Mineral, Virginia

"Dr. Sarah helped my baby pass peacefully into the Rainbow Bridge. I was having a very difficult time and Dr. Sarah was so compassionate and loving. She listened to everything we had to say. I felt like she understood what I was going through and was very comforting throughout the whole process."

Kristin Lakey
Chesterfield, Virginia

"First off, thank you to Lap of Love for providing this service. Nothing is more gut-wrenching than taking your beloved pet to a place where they typically don't like to go, to die on a cold, metal table and then having to carry them back home (we have a nice place on our farm to keep them with us forever). Having a special person like Dr. Sarah Clarke come to our home (at night and out in the boondocks where she did not know the area) and help our beloved Annie cross over the Rainbow Bridge while laying on our living room floor in front of a nice fire made a difficult event so much easier. Dr. Clarke is an amazing human being, as well as a good vet. She was kind, warm, caring and sympathetic. If she is typical of the vets that you employ, you truly have an amazing organization. Even Lisa, who first took my phone call, came across the phone line as a deeply caring and sympathetic person. Again, thank you for being there for us. We will be eternally grateful for what you do for us."

Ed & Lisa Gooding
Montpelier, Virginia

Local Resources

Pet Life and Loss Support Services

Pet Loss Support

  (800) 332-7738

IAMS Pet Loss Support Resource Center at VCU

Emergency Clinic

  (804) 353-9000

Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center

Emergency Clinic

  (804) 784-8722

Veterinary Referral and Critical Care

Pet Loss Support

  (804) 827-7297

The Center for Human-Animal Interaction, VCU School of Medicine, Dr. Sandra Baker

Service Area

Helping families in the following areas:

We proudly serve the Greater Richmond Area including the following counties: Richmond, Goochland, Henrico, and Hanover Counties.

Pet Memorials
“I love you Truffles and will always have you in my heart you were my cuddle bunny and always licked my tears and was always there for me. Suffer no more my sweet Angel. Run free with Penny and Cocoa as they meet you at the rainbow bridge.”
Lorrie Brooks
June 6, 2018
“Heaven gained an Angel last Thursday. We had to say goodbye to our sweet little Angel Baby. For the past 10 years he has been such a sweet, loving and quirky cat. We loved him so much!! There is so much we could say about him right now but our hearts hurts. We know we will see him again someday and he is not suffering anymore but we were just ...
Heather Rice
June 2, 2018
“Dayze Mae was my best friend. We did everything together. She was with me through college, meeting my husband, death of family members, and having two kids. She was with me all the way, making me smile when I was sad, licking my tears away when I cried, and being overly excited when I was happy. She could read me like no one else even my ...
Kristin Lakey
March 6, 2018
“On November 14, 2017 I had to make the heartbreaking decision to let my "baby" Sandy go over the rainbow bridge. When I adopted her from the animal shelter on the island of St Maarten in May 2003 I promised her that I always would take good care of her. She was such a sweet and gentle "coconut retriever" (my Vet on St Maarten came up with this ...
Sonja van der Drift
November 17, 2017
Payment Options

Preferred methods of payment are check (made to 'Lap of Love') or cash.


Most pet insurance companies cover Lap of Love services. Please have any paperwork ready for the veterinarian to complete so that you can submit it for reimbursement.

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PO Box 2942
Glen Allen, VA 23058-2942

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