SeaTac – Seattle, Tacoma & Surrounding Areas

  (425) 208-6072

  Seattle@LapofLove.com

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

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, 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!

Dr. Christina

Christina Howard, DVM, CVA

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, 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. 

 

Dr. Ashleigh

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.

About Christina Howard, DVM, CVA

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 cannot thank Dr. Ashleigh enough for her help with our boy Jaxson. She was very respectful, professional and supportive all in one. She helped us understand every step along the way and made everything as calm and peaceful as she could. The day after she took the time to reach out to us and made sure we were ok and offered any support she could give. Thank you Dr. Ashleigh and the entire team at Lap of Love for your assistance in a very emotional situation.

Thank you."

Michael Swaim
Federal Way, Washington

"I want to thank Tara for her complete respect and calm demeanor during our experience. I was not prepared for how difficult this was even knowing for months we had to bring peace to our pet. She was beyond professional and truly helped us ease into this transition."

Dawne Radcliffe
Snohomish, Washington

"Let me first start by thanking Dr. Howard. The experience of putting my friend down (Bryce) is something that I wish I did not have to do. That being said Dr. Howard and doing it through Lap of Love was the best of a bad situation. I have put other dogs down the conventional way of taking them to the vet and it was extremely impersonal and confusing for our pets. Having Dr. Howard come into our home and providing Bryce the experience that he had was something that I will never forget. I love him so much and will never forget him, but for him and the peace that he and our family received by doing this way has made the transition without him easier (never easy but easier). I really appreciate everything and though still numb inside felt compelled to share my experience in the hopes that this might be read by someone else faced with this difficult decision.

Thank you again for being there for us and Bryce."

Jeremy Thompson
Kent, Washington

"Dr. Rhoades was able to make this process, not about an abrupt end, but a peaceful transition through to the end of Bob's life. She is compassionate, clearly understands the process of grieving and combines that with veterinary medicine. We are so thankful we found Lap of Love and they sent us Dr. Rhoades. She made us feel we gave Bob the best life possible all the way through to the end."

Theresa Swartz
Tacoma, Washington

"Dr. Christina was so sweet and thoughtful. She made Eve and all of us feel as calm and safe as possible. She really loves animals, and Eve could feel that. Thank you so much, Dr. Christina Howard!"

Lynda Livingston
Seattle, WA, Washington

"I want to thank Dr. Christina for the kindness and compassion ensuring that our little Heidi's passing was peaceful."

Sharon Schimke
Kent, 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, Tacoma and surrounding areas. There may be a travel fee of $30-$75 based on the time and distance from our veterinarian.

Pet Memorials
“Our buddy, Darwin, has finally found his way to peace. The only dog with nine lives - he lived through several rounds of Halloween candy (wrappers and all), swimming in a rushing river so fast we had to fish him out, a self induced leg wound which healed after months of doctors assistance, diabetes and blindness. To all our camping and hiking ...
Dawne Radcliffe
December 28, 2018
“Bob was loving, faithful, fun to watch, and playful. He could read my moods and respond appropriately. I never wanted the day to arrive, the day I woke up without him, but I also wanted him to be at peace. He has been with me ever since I moved from my parents home, adopted from a shelter. Bob was my confidant, I will never forget the furry love ...
Theresa Swartz
December 23, 2018
“Eve, our angel. We got you from one of Chris’s friends when he was a senior in high school. You were the runt, and the only one left. You were a scared little thing. Even after you grew into a 100-pound dog, it still took you a while to realize that you could be fierce! Half bull mastiff, you patrolled the perimeter and kept us safe. Now, ...
Lynda Livingston
December 17, 2018
“I fell in love with the little bundle of golden fur the moment she was in my arms, she batted her little eye lashes at me and melted my heart. I was so blessed to have Heidi in my life for 13 years. She was happiest chasing, jumping and retrieving the last few years this was not possible for her but that didn't stop her from picking up a ball ...
Sharon Schimke
December 9, 2018
Payment Options

To make the experience as peacful 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
10002 Aurora Ave North Suite 36
PMB 261
Seattle, WA 98133

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