Pricing and Information

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

Veterinary Hospice$250

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$250

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$250

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 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 74 pounds$250
Pets 75 - 99 pounds$300
Pets 100 - 130 pounds$340
Pets over 130 pounds will be quoted

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.

Communal Cremation
Pets up to 74 pounds$160
Pets 75 - 99 pounds$180
Pets 100 - 130 pounds$200
Pets over 130 pounds will be quoted

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. 

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 no additional help is available from friends or family to move your pet, please let our team know so that we can schedule appropriately.  The most important thing is that your loved one does not suffer, arrangements for assistance with cremation can be made at a later time. 

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 Doctor

Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarian in your area. 

Dr. Casey

Casey Choate, DVM

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. 

About Casey Choate, DVM

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. 

"Thank you to Dr. Choate who made this whole experience a beautiful and peaceful one. God bless you. There is a special place in heaven surrounded by all the loving animals you have helped pass peacefully into their next phase of their journey. We appreciate the support and professionalism you showed during the most intimate time of our lives."

Diane Olsen
Vancouver, Washington

"Our deepest thanks to Dr. Casey Choate for helping us through the end of life decisions for our dear Molly. We were fortunate to have had Dr. Casey as Molly's primary vet before she dedicated herself to Lap of Love, and her fondness for Molly and intimate knowledge of her health history was so important to us as we faced the prospect of euthanasia. "The two most important things pet owners can give their pets are a good life, and a good death-" said Dr. Casey. She is absolutely right. We did all we could on the first part, and Dr. Casey, with her big heart, helped us with the second part. Many, many thanks."

Ruth Witteried
Vancouver, Washington

"Dr. Casey was such a important part of respectfully helping Max in his last days. She gave him a brownie (his first!) and helped us with how the process was going to go in such a warm and compassionate way. There was no rush, the time was difficult but beautiful. Max was never anxious and he was surrounded with our love the entire time. In the next days we were contacted by Dr. Casey and always felt her support."

Tammy Richert
Vancouver, Washington

"Today was a hard day for our family we put our dog Red to rest after 12 years of life. DR Casey was so wonderful and compassionate not only for Red but for us as well she explained everything as she was doing what she needed to do. Thank you so much for what you guys do and thank you for being able to come to our place.

Sincerely the Reynolds Family"

Robert Reynolds
La Center, Washington

"Dr. Casey was so kind and compassionate. She did not rush us, she allowed us to have our last moments with Timber with such gentleness. She explained every step which was so comforting. One thing she said to me was "you are doing right by Timber". I can't tell you how much it meant that she said that, it was a question that was tormenting me for weeks leading up. Thank you Dr. Casey for coming to our home to care for our sweet Timber."

Oana Nitu
Happy Valley, Oregon

"Dr. Casey was fantastic through the whole process. I really apricated her calm demeaner and honest answers."

Jayme Hayes
Gresham, Oregon

Local Resources

Pet Life and Loss Support Services

  (360) 694-3007

Columbia River Veterinary Specialist Center & ER

  (503) 228-7281

Dove Lewis Pet Loss Support Group

Service Area

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. 

Pet Memorials
“Our beautiful and loving Finnie passed away peacefully at home at 7:30pm April 1st. 2019. She lost her fight with lung cancer. Finnie has multiple health issues all her life but she was the most dignified, smart, loyal and loving pet we have ever owned. She is survived by he brother Huckleberry and Sister Melissa.. May you watch over us ...
Diane Olsen
April 3, 2019
“Our family was blessed to have Max come into our lives. He was such a "gentleman". I never thought I could love a dog like one of my human children. Of course, our beloved cat, Sweetie, was loved immensely as well. It is just not the same as with a dog, in my opinion. The impact he had on our family is so profound now that he is gone. Leaving the ...
Tammy Richert
February 26, 2019
“I miss you so much Timber. You were my most loyal friend. You were always happy to see me, when I was sad you knew it and I felt your compassion, and when I was happy you were excited with me. My sweet faithful pup. Even in your last days when your body would not work, you had joy on your face to just be with me. I am so blessed to have had you!! ...
Oana Nitu
January 28, 2019
“It's amazing how the day we thought was going to be our worst day ever, turned out to be so precious and peaceful. A few days prior we realized it was time to make the decision to give you your angel wings. During that process we didn't eat or sleep, we just cried. Because of course how were we going to survive everyday without you. Your decline ...
Jayme Hayes
January 20, 2019
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
PO Box 820754
Vancouver, WA 98682

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