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 Doctor
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.

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.

 

"Dr. Howard,

Thank you so much for having such compassion through this hard time. We are struggling at moments but feel at ease with how smoothly Sophie's passing went- it was beautiful, sweet and calm. Just as she deserved. Thank you all at the Lap of Love for your patience and sweet compassion. This is truly a great service to all pet lovers and owners out there.

With grateful hearts,

Kathleen and Joe Engman"

Kathleen Engman
Auburn, Washington

"From the bottom of my heart thank you so much for your kindness and compassion for us and for Marley . Making that phone call to your office was one the hardest decisions I’ve ever made and letting him go was even harder . I was so nervous because I didn’t know what to expect and was so concerned because I want this processed to a peaceful one for him without fear stress or pain . Thank you Dr. Ashley for going way above and beyond those expectations.. I could not have asked for the experience to be any better .. (except that stinkin garbage truck .. but maybe that was just the comic relief I needed at that point lol ) . Also, my son who is 5 has been so brave and has been handling this loss well all things considered .. I gave Marley’s paw print to him and he hasn’t let it out of his sight so I know that is a major help to him to know that we still have a piece of our sweet boy to hold onto .. your office has made each step of this very sad time a little easier to take. From the initial phone call to saying goodbye and finally my email from you this morning. Thank you for genuinely caring and for taking such good care of us and our sweet boy .. I will be recommending you to any of my friends and family that are in the same position .

All our gratitude,

Kelsy and Joe"

Kelsy Jean
Yelm, Washington

"Initially met with Dr. Moloney for hospice care for Dixie in which she explained Lymphoma to the kids to what to expect during the decline of health. Also, explaining the quality of life we want for Dixie, she left us with a chart to keep track of daily quality of life scale.

We appreciated the care and explanation of the process from Dr. Howard to our family. Taking caution during Covid-19 pandemic, we said farewell to our sweet Dixie outside, which ended up to be a beautiful day. Aside from being compassionate, Dr. Howard was professional."

Ana Moseley
Seattle, Washington

"A week ago today, our family said goodbye to Ti, our 15 year old Miniature Schnauzer, with Dr. Christina Howard from Lap of Love by our side. While this was one of the hardest decisions we've ever had to make, Dr Christina's calm and supportive demeanor made the experience so tender, compassionate and more peaceful than we could have every imagined. She helped us feel confident that we were making the right decision, letting Ti go with dignity. She provided the generosity of time, for us to say our goodbyes, honor his memory with stories of his best and happiest days. In his last moments we sat together on the floor next to Ti, read a poem by Mary Oliver and then sent him on his way with warm fur in hand...

How lucky we feel to have had this experience in this way. Dr Christina was so sweet to follow up with an email and card over the last week to check in on us. We are getting used to our new normal and the loss feels less raw as the days go by.

In Memory, "Where goes he now, that dark little dog who used to come down the road barking and shining? He’s gone now , from the world of particulars, the singular, the visible. So, that deepest sting; sorrow. Still is he gone from us entirely, or is he part of that other world, everywhere? Come with me into the woods where spring is advancing, as it does, no matter what, not being singular or particular, but one of the forever gifts, and certainly visible. See how the violets are opening, and the leaves unfolding, streams gleaming and birds singing. What does it make you think of? His shining curls, his honest eyes, his beautiful barking. Mary Oliver."

Thank you for being our sturdy and steady protector, our Discovery flyer, tall grass swimmer, hike leader, enthusiastic muncher, softest snuggler, ponderer of life’s big questions and family binder. You will be missed Ti! https://www.instagram.com/p/B9OHUP-gmbS/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link"

Alex & Kelly Shapleigh & Van Gelder
seattle, Washington

"I made the appointment the day before, it was scheduled for the evening but overnight, Remy looked like she was struggling more to breathe. I didn't want our final time together to be spent in the emergency, but I couldn't watch her so uncomfortable. I called to see if there was anyway someone could come earlier. Dr. Howard called shortly after and said she was able to be there within 30 minutes. I was so worried and anxious about having someone I didn't know come into my home for this. I wasn't ready. From the moment she walked in though, I felt comforted and at ease. Remy greeted her and inspected what she brought before heading over to a pillow to lay down. We chatted a little about what to expect. Dr. Howard made our final moments together easy and comforting. She bundled her up gently and gave us all the time we needed. Remy looked so peaceful and comfortable when she left my home for the last time. For something that was so unbearable and difficult, Dr. Howard made it the best it could have been us."

Laura Blankenship
Auburn, Washington

"Though his illness left his organs in dire state, my pup Balin was protective of us and his home until the very end. He was fairly reactive and not fond of strangers touching him either...

Dr. Howard was extremely professional and understanding of our situation. She was able to work with us to make his last moments as stress-free as possible, and I am so grateful for that."

Ian Joslin
Seattle, 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
“Yesterday, we said goodbye to our sweet girl Sophie. She was truly a great loyal companion and will always be a part of our heart and memories. It was a beautiful weekend day and she was ready, it was peaceful and sweet. I've had many dogs in my life, but never has one touched my heart and soul like this one. When we asked google to search for her ...
Kathleen Engman
March 24, 2020
“In memory of our sweet Marley (marley moose as we called him) . We had to say goodbye to you yesterday morning and needless to say this has been one of the hardest things to go through . I woke up this morning looking for you on the floor next to me .. ( old habit that is going to be hard to break ) . Our family misses you terribly .. I wish ...
Kelsy Jean
March 24, 2020
“Our sweet sweet Dixie was diagnosed with Lymphoma and declined less than two months. We are missing her sweet demeanor and loving attention.”
Ana Moseley
March 20, 2020
“I don't know how she spent the first half of her life, but I know the second half was full of all my love. How do I just go back to how things were before my life was changed by this fluffy little Muppet? My co-pilot, my shadow, my best friend. We were robbed of our time together by a lung mass. Absolutely tough and brave until our last moments, ...
Laura Blankenship
February 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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