PRICING AND INFORMATION

APPOINTMENT PRICING

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.

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.

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 Eve, 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. Tara

Tara Mudry

I grew up in a large family as the youngest of 6 kids. We lived in rural America and my family spent a tremendous amount of time outdoors camping and hiking. A love and appreciation for nature and all creatures was instilled in us from a very young age. We were taught to be kind and compassionate to all living things, so rescuing and adopting homeless animals was just a way of life for my family. I can’t remember a day when the love and companionship of pets was missing from my family.

Becoming a veterinarian to help animals and their families was a natural career choice for me.  I earned both my Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at Colorado State University. I’ve worked in private practice caring for large and small animals. I’ve enjoyed the rewards and challenges unique to the different species. As an Army Reserve veterinarian, I have cared for military working dogs as well as the valued pets of service members. I also had the opportunity to participate in humanitarian missions providing preventative medicine and animal care to a vast array of species in under-developed areas around the world.

I feel so fortunate to work with such a compassionate and dedicated team of professionals. I am honored to provide exceptional care and support to pets and families who need us. I am humbled to offer some peace of mind and comfort to families during a time filled with such heartache. For no matter how long our pets are part of our lives, it’s never long enough. It’s a privilege in the veterinary profession to prevent unnecessary suffering of beloved pets by offering the choice of a peaceful passing.

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of their soul remains unawakened.” – Anatole France. 

Our furry companions teach us invaluable life lessons since they don’t judge, hate, discriminate, hold grudges or care about money. They love unconditionally and that’s all they want in return. To thank them for this gift, I do this in loving memory of all those I have loved and lost, but not forgotten. Cherished memories of them will always brighten my day and bring a smile to my face.

“Life in not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away.” – Vicki Corona

My family strives to live by this motto. We are outdoor enthusiasts, so we love living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and appreciate all it has to offer. We invest our time in creating memories and checking off adventures. We believe in finding happiness through experiences and nature offers endless possibilities. 

 

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. Hannah

Hannah Moloney

I grew up in Western Australia with a number of pets including dogs, chickens, rats, guinea pigs and small birds. Most of my childhood was spent running around outside with my Border Collie, Jessie. At an early age, I began to appreciate the special connection that we have with our pets. They become our family members and our best friends. 

I pursued a career in veterinary medicine to help people care for their animals and foster the beautiful connection they have. Upon graduation from veterinary school, I moved abroad and practiced for four years as a small animal veterinarian in Canada before moving to Washington State. Working as a general practice veterinarian had both its challenges and rewards. I adored all my patients but truly enjoyed working with geriatric pets. I found it very rewarding to be able to improve their quality of life and ease suffering as they battled chronic conditions and illness. 

Saying goodbye to a beloved animal is never easy. Through Lap of Love, I feel honored and privileged to be able to provide care in these difficult moments; care not only to the animals that I see, but also to the people who have made them feel loved and cherished their entire lives. By focusing on end of life care, I can provide the peaceful passing that every pet deserves and offer unconditional support to families during this delicate moment.

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.

 

"I was a bit worried about having a vet I didn't know do this service but I did not want to take Bella into the office again. She becomes very upset. Dr. Hannah was very gentle and caring with both Bella and my husband and I. She is soft spoken which is helpful and explained everything she was going to do. As a nurse myself I think it makes people comfortable to know what to expect. Even though I had been through this before I was impressed with how comforting it was to have her tell us what to expect. I would highly recommend this service!"

Claire Gonder
Seattle, Washington

"Dr. Hannah was gentle and kind and made Chloe’s passing a lot easier for me. I am grateful for her care in handling my loves last moments."

Jessica Frost
Seattle, Washington

"Dr. Howard was incredibly kind, compassionate, and professional as she helped our dog transition. Boss was my first dog and I'd never had the responsibility of having to make a decision like this before, so I didn't know what to expect. From the moment she entered our home to the moment we hugged goodbye, Dr. Howard handled everything perfectly. My husband and I are so incredibly grateful for the way she handled everything in such a challenging and sad moment. Having the option to go through this process in our own home was not only a gift to us but to our senior dog, too. We always wanted him to go out with dignity and in peace and Dr. Howard helped us do just that."


Seattle, Washington

"A special thank you to Dr. Howard. There couldn't have been a more wonderful person to come to our home to set Romeo free of his disease."

Cheryl Watkins
Auburn, Washington

"Dr. Howard was kind, calm, and respectful of our impending loss. She gave us all the time we needed and her presence was soothing to us and our pet.

She carefully explained the procedure and prepared us for what would happen. Pre and post-procedure, she allowed us time with Theo.

Her presence was calming. One of the most difficult things was helping Theo through our front door "one last time." I knew he was in good hands, and he would be until we met again.

Dr. Howard followed up with an email and card post-procedure, and when we expressed that we were having a difficult time processing our loss she immediately hopped on the phone with us to provide support. Truly, without that phone call, I believe I would still be experiencing immense guilt.

This is a scary process. It's gut-wrenching and heartbreaking. Dr. Howard and the Lap of Love staff had us feeling supported throughout the entire process."

Christopher Anderson-Villalobos
Seattle, Washington

"Dr. Hannah is so kind and gentle. It is clear that she understands the love between us and our pets. She did not arrive in a big white Veterinarian truck, she had a nice and modest station wagon and a stretcher. She also sent me a nice note and card afterward, to express her regard, and let me know she is there if I need to talk. Thank you so much, you made this very very hard experience a bit easier."

Lori Arndt
Snohomish, 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
“Bella was a very sweet kitty, loved to sit in laps and purr”
Claire Gonder
August 14, 2019
“Chloe was loved by everyone wherever she went. Her unusual look and sweet demeanor won people over easily and if not, then she would persist until they gave in to her charm. She never knew cruelty and was endlessly loving and trusting. She was small in size but her courage and heart were gigantic. She loved kittens, but make no mistake she was ...
Jessica Frost
August 8, 2019
“We rescued Boss when he was about five years old, but truly, he rescued us. Waking up without him sausaged in the bed with us this morning was incredibly hard and I keep waiting for him to round the corner or run to the window to investigate a noise outside. We miss everything about him--his stinky breath, his gas, and especially the way he'd ...
July 24, 2019
“"Romeo"
" Your Wings Were Ready, But My Heart Was Not"

My sweet angel, Romeo, has gone on to the Rainbow Bridge.. he left us very peacefully here at home on Sunday.
My heart is so broken losing him to the horrible disease of Degenerative Myelopathy.
At the same time, I feel so incredibly blessed to have had the most wonderful and special 13 ...
Cheryl Watkins
July 17, 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
PO Box 2111
Everett, Washington 98213

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