Vancouver & Surrounding Areas
All services are provided in the comfort of your home.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With this option, your pet is cremated privately at a licensed crematory. The ashes are contained in a lovely wooden urn and will be returned to your primary care veterinarian within two weeks. They can also be made available directly from the crematory or mailed to you for an additional fee.
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 on private property.
There may be a fee of $50-$100 if additional assistance to safely carry your pet out of your home is needed.
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.
Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarian in your area.
As a child, growing up in Bellevue, WA, my dream was to become a veterinarian. I always had an inherent, deep compassion for animals. When I was in second grade, I volunteered to take home the one-legged chick from the brood another class was raising. Not a single student wanted it and the other chicks were mean to it. In my eyes, there seemed to be an obvious solution. Much to my parent’s dismay, we successfully raised a chicken! I’m proud to say, my parents experienced several other episodes like this from me throughout my childhood. If nothing else, it certainly kept their life interesting!
Although I could never deny my love for animals, my path wavered when I started college. I ended up graduating with an undergraduate degree in Equine Business and Management from Rocky Mountain College in Billings, MT. My goal was to become a breeding farm manager, however, other opportunities afforded me the ability to relocate to California to work with high-school aged autistic students.
I later moved back to Bellevue, where I decided to revive my childhood dream. I first went to work as a vet assistant and within a few months announced to my family that I was going back to school to become a veterinarian. They were not surprised at all; in fact, they knew it was only a matter of time. I completed the necessary prerequisites at Washington State University and advanced into their Veterinary Medicine program thereafter. Although those 4 years of vet school were some of the toughest years of my life, they were also the most rewarding, as I knew I was finally where I was supposed to be.
Upon graduating, I worked in a couple different small animal practices where I found the greatest fulfillment in helping with senior and hospice care, as well as guiding families through the process of saying goodbye to their beloved pets. When I discovered Lap of Love, it was clear that my calling was to become a hospice veterinarian.
Today, I am the parent of a lively little Chihuahua, Little Man, and a long-haired cat, Nigel, with hopes of adding a pug to the family someday soon! I spend my free time reading, writing, with family, and riding my thoroughbred horse, Sparty, in dressage.
Casey Choate, DVM
"Dr. Casey Choate was absolutely wonderful. She was extremely compassionate. She knew exactly what to say and do to make this experience the best that it could be. She was very reassuring through the whole process and understood how each of us needed to grieve. I was so extremely thankful for her availability and thoughtfulness during the whole process. I will definitely be recommending her to everyone who is in a similar situation and cannot thank her enough for everything."
Kailyn MillerVancouver, Washington
"This was such a hard decision to make to put our dog to sleep. Dr. Casey was wonderful! She was so understanding and patient with us. She let us take our time to say goodbye. She made this experience a lot easier on all of us. I would definitely recommend this wonderful company to anyone that has to make this decision.
Thank you for helping us through this horrible time.
The Turner Family"
Maria TurnerBattle Ground, Washington
"We are so thankful for Dr. Casey Choate. She was the most kind and genuinely compassionate veterinarian and person that I have ever met. I could not have asked for a better or more comforting experience, considering the situation. She was very professional, yet her gentle compassion with Bailey was heartfelt. We are eternally grateful."
Doug and Claudia DvorakVancouver, Washington
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Columbia River Veterinary Specialist Center & ER
WSU Pet Loss Hotline
Dove Lewis Pet Loss Support Group
Helping families in the following areas:
We proudly serve the greater Vancouver area, including areas in and around Portland. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a travel fee of $50-$100 based on your location.
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.
Lap of LovePO Box 820754Vancouver, WA 98682