PRICING AND INFORMATION

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

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.

VETERINARY HOSPICE$400

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 39 pounds$250
Pets 40 - 74 pounds$275
Pets 75 - 99 pounds$295
Pets 100 - 150 pounds$300
Pets 151 - 200 pounds$400

With this option, your pet is cremated privately at a licensed crematory. The ashes are contained in an engraved cherry wood urn and will be returned to your primary care veterinarian within two weeks or mailed directly to you.

COMMUNAL CREMATION
Pets up to 39 pounds$150
Pets 40 - 74 pounds$175
Pets 75 - 99 pounds$200
Pets 100 - 150 pounds$225
Pets 151 - 200 pounds$250

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 at the Cascade Mountains. 

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 5am - 8pm. 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. Christina

Christina Howard

I always had a love for animals. Growing up in rural New Jersey, I spent every moment I could at a local stable mucking stalls, grooming horses, and riding. I started out taking lessons and soon ended up with two horses of my own. My desire to provide top-notch care to them inspired me to learn more about veterinary medicine, and, by age 12, I had quite a collection of veterinary textbooks and magazines. Whenever our veterinarian visited, I asked him all sorts of questions about what I read and he patiently answered every single one of them. His huge wealth of knowledge and ability to positively impact my horse’s well-being inspired me to pursue veterinary medicine as my lifelong career. 
 
Once I decided veterinary medicine was my desired profession, I sought out any animal experience I could find. In high school and college, I spent time at a mixed animal veterinary practice and worked at numerous horse farms. I even spent two months at a sea turtle rehabilitation center in Athens, Greece. After attending veterinary school at North Carolina State University and completing an internship at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center, my husband and I relocated to the Pacific Northwest where I worked for several years as an equine ambulatory veterinarian. I also became certified in veterinary acupuncture and chiropractic care, expanding the level of care I can offer to my clients and patients. 
 
As a veterinarian, I have the privilege of walking into other people’s homes and lives and helping them make important decisions about their family member. I love being a veterinarian because, by sharing my knowledge with owners, I positively impact the bond between my clients and their four-legged family members. I particularly love geriatric medicine because there is nothing more satisfying than having a positive impact on helping these patients. And while I love so many aspects of veterinary medicine, I often find that the most meaningful appointments are those in which an owner has to say goodbye to their best friend and confidant. 
 
Now, as a member of Lap of Love, I help families enrich the lives of their older pet, and, when the time comes, help them pass peacefully at home surrounded by those who love them the most.  
 
When I am not helping pets and their families, I spend my free time traveling and hiking around the Pacific Northwest with my husband, Chris. I also spent time riding Sampson, a lovely warmblood gelding at a local eventing barn.

 

Dr. Ashleigh

Ashleigh Rhoades

I was raised in Phoenix, Arizona with my dogs, cats, guinea pigs, snakes and even a rat here and there.  As long as I can remember, I have loved animals and needed them to be a part of my life. Even though Phoenix was a large city, we were very close to the desert environment which meant different types of wildlife animals.  Helping wildlife animals in need also became a big part of my childhood and helped drive me toward a career with animals.

However, that career didn’t start in veterinary medicine. I spent a lot of time working with zoo animals and wildlife before deciding that being a veterinarian was my calling.  I attended the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in hopes of one day becoming a wildlife veterinarian.  However, during my internship working with cats and dogs, I was reminded of how important our household pets can be. Every animal in the world is special, but our pets are a huge part of our FAMILY.

The hardest part starting out in the veterinary profession was the thought of putting an animal to sleep.  I quickly learned that this task was not a burden, but a gift.  As an emergency veterinarian for many years, I have had the privilege of helping lots of animals and this includes helping end an animal’s suffering in the last moments of their life.  The struggle to make the tough decision in the final moments will always be the hardest part of the human animal bond.  It is not something that gets easier with time and it is my honor to be able to help families say goodbye when this time comes.

Dr. Evin

Evin Luehrs

I grew up in the Philadelphia suburbs but have come to call many places home over the last two decades. I went to boarding school located on a working cow farm in Vermont, attended undergrad at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, spent a gap year in Wyoming and Colorado, followed by vet school at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in Massachusetts. I spent my first three years in small animal general practice in British Columbia, Canada and I’ve been in the Seattle area since 2018.

I first considered veterinary medicine after a summer job working at a small animal clinic as a kennel attendant. I decided for sure on this career path after volunteering on a few week-long trips with Rural Area Veterinary Services, an organization which provides spay/neuter & wellness services to underserved rural communities in the United States. These experiences continue to shape my practice philosophy, as I am passionate about helping both individual pets as well as the community at large.

I lost my 9-year-old cat Winston after an unexpected cancer diagnosis and, for the first time since becoming a vet, I experienced being a grieving owner myself. I will never forget the kindness and compassion provided to me and my cat by the emergency veterinarian helping us. That care and compassion is what drew me to Lap of Love. My goal is to provide the same level of compassion and reassurance to owners that I received with Winston and I see my ability to help pets with their final transition as a gift and a privilege.

In addition to my DVM, I also recently earned my MPH degree from the University of Iowa’s distance-based program. I grew up with two wonderful Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, but as an adult, I have morphed into more of a cat person and currently own a feisty male tuxedo cat named Thomas. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my husband, playing oboe in community orchestra, and getting outdoors to go hiking, mountain biking, and snowboarding.

Dr. Jen

Jen Bush

I was born in Alaska, but I have lived in multiple states throughout the US. I chose to settle in the Pacific Northwest because of the beautiful scenery and easily accessible outdoor activities. I also love the rain, though I enjoy some sun when it comes out. I was a vet assistant for many years before deciding to go to vet school at Oregon State University and, while in school, I traveled to Nicaragua to help care for pets in a village on a small island. This was an amazing experience and gave me a greater appreciation for the bond we share with our pets. After graduation from vet school, I completed a rotating small animal internship at a specialty hospital. 

Veterinary work fulfills me because at the end of the day, no matter what, I get to say that I spend my life helping animals and the families who love them. I have worked in shelter medicine, general practices, eastern/alternative medicine practices, and emergency medicine throughout my career. During the years, I’ve realized that my passion is hospice and palliative care. I love older animals and knowing that they have provided a lifetime of love to their families. I love the challenge of trying to make their lives easier in whatever ways I can, whether that be pain control, creative feeding, adapting the living environment, or walk assistive devices and guidance. I’m grateful for the ability to help where I can, especially when the time comes to help a beloved pet pass peacefully and painlessly. I believe that a peaceful passing at home, surrounded by loving family, is the best last gift we can give to our pets. I have shared my life with many animals and have had to say goodbye to many of them. I know what a special bond our pets have with us and how important it is to make that final memory as special as possible. 

In my free time I enjoy hiking, gardening, cooking, traveling, and hanging out with my cats. My hobby goals are to start quilting and learn more about permaculture gardening. 

About Christina Howard

I always had a love for animals. Growing up in rural New Jersey, I spent every moment I could at a local stable mucking stalls, grooming horses, and riding. I started out taking lessons and soon ended up with two horses of my own. My desire to provide top-notch care to them inspired me to learn more about veterinary medicine, and, by age 12, I had quite a collection of veterinary textbooks and magazines. Whenever our veterinarian visited, I asked him all sorts of questions about what I read and he patiently answered every single one of them. His huge wealth of knowledge and ability to positively impact my horse’s well-being inspired me to pursue veterinary medicine as my lifelong career. 
 
Once I decided veterinary medicine was my desired profession, I sought out any animal experience I could find. In high school and college, I spent time at a mixed animal veterinary practice and worked at numerous horse farms. I even spent two months at a sea turtle rehabilitation center in Athens, Greece. After attending veterinary school at North Carolina State University and completing an internship at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center, my husband and I relocated to the Pacific Northwest where I worked for several years as an equine ambulatory veterinarian. I also became certified in veterinary acupuncture and chiropractic care, expanding the level of care I can offer to my clients and patients. 
 
As a veterinarian, I have the privilege of walking into other people’s homes and lives and helping them make important decisions about their family member. I love being a veterinarian because, by sharing my knowledge with owners, I positively impact the bond between my clients and their four-legged family members. I particularly love geriatric medicine because there is nothing more satisfying than having a positive impact on helping these patients. And while I love so many aspects of veterinary medicine, I often find that the most meaningful appointments are those in which an owner has to say goodbye to their best friend and confidant. 
 
Now, as a member of Lap of Love, I help families enrich the lives of their older pet, and, when the time comes, help them pass peacefully at home surrounded by those who love them the most.  
 
When I am not helping pets and their families, I spend my free time traveling and hiking around the Pacific Northwest with my husband, Chris. I also spent time riding Sampson, a lovely warmblood gelding at a local eventing barn.

 

"Saying goodbye to our precious pup, Emma, was one of the hardest things we’ve done as a family. That little girl gave our family eighteen and half years of unconditional love and devotion, and her absence is still deafening. Opening the door to welcome in Dr. Jen was excruciating. I cannot say it enough: we should all be so lucky, to die in such a peaceful way, at home, surrounded by our family. Dr. Jen cared for all of us that morning, gently attending to Emma while giving us the patience and space we needed to say our goodbyes and let go. As agonizing as it was, to walk her out of our home the last time, and put her into the car that would drive her away from us, we took great comfort in knowing Dr. Jen had her. We KNOW she was treated with the utmost respect and care, which made the awful parting just a little easier. We are deeply grateful for Lap of Love, and the services they provide. Dr. Jen was exactly who we needed, to help us say goodbye."

Heather Kamer
Bothell, Washington

"I am so grateful to Dr. Jen Bush. She was just wonderful and made this experience go as well as possible. She was very kind and caring. I would certainly call for her again if another of my pets need to go over the rainbow bridge. I am at peace knowing that Bunny is no longer struggling. Thanks again Dr, Jen."

Judy Nelson
Snohomish, Washington

"Thank you Dr Jen for being so compassionate with our dog Fiona, we loved her very much and losing her was a great loss, your compassion towards her and us helped us morn her loss easier, thank you again."

John Coombs
Seattle, Washington

"I had always hoped that I would have the privilege of helping my beloved dog Idgie pass peacefully at home. She was a nervous girl and absolutely hated going to the vet. With Idgie's health rapidly declining in this time of COVID-19, I worried I wouldn't be allowed to be present at the end of her life. Fortunately for us and many other families, Lap of Love and Dr. Jen Bush continue to do their important work.  

Dr. Jen was such a comforting presence. She called about 30 minutes prior to the appointment and showed up exactly on time. She was so gentle with my old girl, and compassionately explained each step of the process. When we were all ready, Dr. Jen administered the first injection, a sedative and painkiller that would allow Idgie to gradually relax (she eventually walked over to me and lay down, licking peanut butter off of my fingers until she fell asleep). Once we said our goodbyes, and when we were ready, Dr. Jen gave Idgie the final euthanasia medication. It was so quick and gentle - we should all be so fortunate to leave the world so painlessly.

Thank you Lap of Love for your services and especially to Dr. Jen Bush - we felt blessed to have you guide Idgie from this world to the next."


Seattle, Washington

"On what was a dark and deeply sad day for my family, Dr. Evin Luehrs came to our home to offer a peaceful end for our 12 year old pug, Sumo. Dr. Luehrs was kind and explained everything that would happen. It feels strange to review such a personal and sad event for our family, but because Lap of Love made this experience so much better for both my family, and for Sumo, I wanted to offer any help I can to someone who is having to make this very difficult choice themselves. Having Lap of Love come to our home allowed Sumo to have a stress-free exit from this world. He took an afternoon nap after a very special lunch, and then was able to peacefully transition to heaven, where we know, all dogs go. I miss him so much already, but am at peace knowing his final moments were both dignified and peaceful."

Amanda Mazich
Bellevue, Washington

"Dr. Jen was amazing. I was apprehensive about having a strange vet perform such an intimate service, but she put me at ease right away. She was so warm and comforting, and she explained everything very thoroughly. I truly felt like she cared about us and about Dandelion, and that she took her job very seriously. I appreciated so much that she was willing to come into our house during a pandemic, and that she was so kind. I couldn't recommend her more."


Renton, Washington

LOCAL RESOURCES
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Pet Loss Support

  (425) 641-0080

Bellevue - Humane Society and SPCA of Seattle/King County

Emergency Clinic

  (425) 823-9111

Seattle Veterinary Specialists: Kirkland

Pet Loss Support

  (425) 745-2750

Edmonds - Letitia H. Gray, MA, LMHC

Emergency Clinic

  (253) 863-2258

Sumner Veterinary Hospital

Pet Loss Support

  (425) 557-7898

Issaquah - Airone Counseling

Emergency Clinic

  (206) 364-1660

ACCES (Animal Critical Care and Emergency Services) Renton

Pet Loss Support

  (206) 938-8538

Kent - Jennifer Streit, LMHC

Pet Loss Support

  (360) 493-2586

Lacey - Human Animal Solutions

Pet Loss Support

  (206) 236-1544

Mercer Island - Susan J. Perry, MSW

SERVICE AREA

Helping families in the following areas:

We proudly assist families in the greater Seattle area. There may be a travel fee of $30-$75 based on the time and distance from our veterinarian.

Pet Memorials
“I love and miss you Bunny more than I could ever express.”
Judy Nelson
May 17, 2020
“To my sweet old girl, Idgie, who passed peacefully at home on May 1st, 2020. We spent over 13 glorious years together, full of lots of hikes and runs and naps and farts. I was your whole world and you were mine.

I struggled making the final decision for you, even though your quality of life was so poor. You lost your sense of hearing, your rear ...
May 4, 2020
“Dandelion, you meant the world to me. Thank you for coming into my life and healing my heart when I needed it so much. You brightened my life more than you could ever know. Every day I had with you was precious, and even though it was hard sometimes when you were sick, all of the work was worth it. I miss you so much- I will never forget you. ...
April 30, 2020
“It’s been almost a week since our precious baby girl took her journey across the rainbow bridge. Wrylee was such a beauty, and always “present”. I miss her fluffy tail, that royal poof of a collar, and her engaging eyes. I thought for sure she’d be the “last pet standing”, but hidden health issues caught us all by surprise.

Wrylee is ...
Anne K
April 25, 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 2111
Everett, Washington 98213

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