Pricing and Information

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

Veterinary Hospice$275

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$275

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$275

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 39 pounds$250
Pets 40 - 74 pounds$275
Pets 75 - 99 pounds$295
Pets 100 - 150 pounds$300
Pets over 150 pounds - call for pricing

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$125
Pets 40 - 74 pounds$150
Pets 75 - 99 pounds$170
Pets 100 - 150 pounds$190
Pets over 150 pounds - 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 scattered by the crematory at the Cascade Mountains. 

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 5am - 8pm. 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. 

Ashleigh Rhoades, DVM

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.

Tara Mudry, DVM

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. 

 

About Ashleigh Rhoades, DVM

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. Rhoades was so sweet and patient that day. Bama was not having it and kept talking and talking....having that Samoyed in her gave her a voice and boy she used it. Dr. Rhoades let her have her say and her gentleness and kindness with us made all the difference. Thank you so much for being the one there with us in the end."

bettina page
Vashon Island, Washington

"Dr Ashleigh provided a much appreciated calming presence for pumpkin and our family. It was very clear that she cares for pets as she showed care and compassion throughout the process with Pumkin. While still a very sad situation, she made the process sad much less stressful for all involved than anticipated."

Ben Grover
Maple Valley, Washington

"We'd like to thank Dr. Ashleigh Rhodes, who made a very difficult day one of peace in our home. Her sincerity, kindness and professionalism helped Samantha pass to the Rainbow Bridge on her pillow in our home, surrounded by her family. We also wish to thank Cortnie who we spoke to on the phone the night before, to make arrangements. Her communication of the process and what we needed to do and what to expect was exactly what we needed. We appreciate the communication and information you passed along to us via email afterwards as well. Thank you so very much. We appreciate that you are there when needed for our very special family members."

Carol Carras
Renton, Washington

"Dr Ashleigh came to our house the evening before Christmas Eve. She treated Cleo and my daughter and I with gentleness, kindness and dignity. She had a simple basket with a warm blanket to lay Cleo in after it was all over. After giving her a final hug and laying her in the basket, it gave me a peaceful image of Cleo to remember. Dr Ashleigh helped us through an exceedingly painful time, and I am very grateful."


Issaquah, Washington

"Ashleigh,

Thank you for being so kind and so compassionate. Yusuke was so happy to see you. Being able to give him a peaceful death without fear was the one last thing I could help to give him. Thank you for being so wonderful and patient, I miss him so much but you made a painful experience not as painful because I know he wasn't scared and because I know he is at peace."

Sara Perrott
Auburn, Washington

"Dr. Tara was so kind and compassionate. She asked us about Abby and shared her puppy tales as well. The procedure was so gentle and peaceful and Abby slipped away without pain or fear. We are so glad to have been able to say goodbye to her at home surrounded by love and family."

Rich and Annika Tugade
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

Emergency Clinic

  (253) 863-2258

Sumner Veterinary Hospital

Pet Loss Support

  (425) 745-2750

Edmonds - Letitia H. Gray, MA, LMHC

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
“Pumpkin had such a distinct and lovable personality. From playing chase games around the house on rainy days to big adventures out mountain climbing or biking, Pimkin continually impressed with her stamina. These adventures made for cozy evenings when she loved to snuggle. Her personality never failed to amuse as she was eager to please for ...
Ben Grover
January 22, 2018
“I never thought i could feel such loss in my life until the day i had to let you go. You were my best friend...partner in crime....last 4 years we spent almost 24/7 together since i was finally able to work from home. I don't know who i am yet without you and I will never forget all the love you so selflessly gave me ...even when i didn't deserve ...
bettina page
January 18, 2018
“In loving memorial of our lovely Samantha ,
This memorial is being posted late, but we want to post it so that others have a reference for this incredibly significent service which helped us so much. Being able to read others' posts gave us a confident feeling about the Lap of Love organization and such a wonderful veterinarian - Dr. ...
Carol Carras
January 14, 2018
“What a character! Cleo was, in turn, feisty and sweet. For much of her life, breathing and purring were synonymous, which belied a distinctly ornery streak inside her. People always remarked on her distinctively beautiful face. She never met food that she didn't like. And she never met another 4-legged critter that she DID like, though she ...
December 29, 2017
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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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