Milwaukee & Surrounding Areas

  (414) 909-8010

  [email protected]

Our veterinarian will be unavailable from August 7th - 10th.  Our Support Center is available everyday via phone or email to answer your questions and to schedule an appointment upon her return.

COVID-19 Update: We are still honored to join you in the home so that your pet can be safely surrounded by loved ones during this time.

PRICING AND INFORMATION

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

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.

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.

TELEADVICE$100

Using phone or Skype, one of our wonderful doctors will walk you through our Quality of Life assessment. This 30 minute conversation is valuable for any family considering hospice care, euthanasia, or simply wanting to understand the end of life process with their pet.

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 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 - 99 pounds$295
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$325
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$350

With this option, your pet is cremated privately at a licensed crematory. The ashes are contained in a lovely flower box wooden urn with a laser engraving directly on the urn. It will be returned to your primary care veterinarian or mailed to you within two weeks. 

COMMUNAL CREMATION
Pets up to 39 pounds$150
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$195
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$225
Pets 150 - 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 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 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

Our veterinarian will be unavailable from August 7th - 10th.  Our Support Center is available everyday via phone or email to answer your questions and to schedule an appointment upon her return.

COVID-19 Update: We are still honored to join you in the home so that your pet can be safely surrounded by loved ones during this time.

We are here to answer your questions every day, from 6am - 10pm. 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 veterinarian in your area!

Dr. Allison

Allison Bergin

From a very young age, I always knew I wanted to have a career helping animals. My family farm always had a plethora of pets which included cats, dogs, geese, cattle, and a horse. I knew I wanted to help pets with end-of-life care after my dad's beloved Tucker passed away. Tucker was a German Shepherd who was the ultimate farm dog. Everywhere my dad went, Tucker was close behind. From feeding the cattle to mowing the lawn to splitting wood, Tucker was always there to supervise. As Tucker aged, his hip dysplasia and arthritis began to slow him down more and more. One day, my dad knew it was Tucker's time. Our local veterinarian was able to come out and help Tucker pass peacefully and respectfully at home under his favorite shade tree. My dad still talks about how thankful and appreciative he is that someone was able to come out and help Tucker pass at home where he was happiest.

As I got older, I wanted to merge my love for animals and biology into a career. I went on to study biology and chemistry at Sweet Briar College in Virginia before starting veterinary school at the University of Illinois. After graduating from veterinary school, I worked in a rural, mixed animal practice with emergency hours. There, I was able to help families and their pets at every stage of life and discovered my passion for end-of-life care. While there, multiple families requested an in-home appointment for their pet's passing and I was able to witness firsthand how much more comfortable it was for the pet and their caregivers. My goal as a Lap of Love Veterinarian is to help pets pass gracefully, painlessly, and with dignity.

About Allison Bergin

From a very young age, I always knew I wanted to have a career helping animals. My family farm always had a plethora of pets which included cats, dogs, geese, cattle, and a horse. I knew I wanted to help pets with end-of-life care after my dad's beloved Tucker passed away. Tucker was a German Shepherd who was the ultimate farm dog. Everywhere my dad went, Tucker was close behind. From feeding the cattle to mowing the lawn to splitting wood, Tucker was always there to supervise. As Tucker aged, his hip dysplasia and arthritis began to slow him down more and more. One day, my dad knew it was Tucker's time. Our local veterinarian was able to come out and help Tucker pass peacefully and respectfully at home under his favorite shade tree. My dad still talks about how thankful and appreciative he is that someone was able to come out and help Tucker pass at home where he was happiest.

As I got older, I wanted to merge my love for animals and biology into a career. I went on to study biology and chemistry at Sweet Briar College in Virginia before starting veterinary school at the University of Illinois. After graduating from veterinary school, I worked in a rural, mixed animal practice with emergency hours. There, I was able to help families and their pets at every stage of life and discovered my passion for end-of-life care. While there, multiple families requested an in-home appointment for their pet's passing and I was able to witness firsthand how much more comfortable it was for the pet and their caregivers. My goal as a Lap of Love Veterinarian is to help pets pass gracefully, painlessly, and with dignity.

"Dr Allison was outstanding!!"

Melinda Czarnyszka
Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin

"Putting down our best friend Buddy was the hardest decision I’ve ever made. We miss him terribly but glad he’s pain free now. Thank you Dr. Allison for being so comforting, gentle, and compassionate. I am so grateful to Lap of Love- thank you for doing what you do. We are forever grateful for such a peaceful passing and in the comfort of our home."

Amy Pringle
South Milwaukee, Wisconsin

"Our greyhound, Frank, was diagnosed with kidney disease four years ago so we knew our time with him would be shorter than we had hoped. Over the years his disease meant frequent trips to both his primary and specialist veterinarians where despite their best efforts to set him at ease he always found the visits to be incredibly stressful. We knew when it was his time we wanted him to pass at home, peacefully and surrounded by love. This is exactly how his passing went this week with the help of Dr. Allison. She was so kind and compassionate as she sat with Frank and us around his favorite bed in the living room where he went to sleep with his head in my hands. We could not have wished that such a hard thing for us could have been more easy for him. Although we miss his big, kind, presence terribly we know we did right by him having Dr. Allison come for that final visit. How very fortunate we are to have Lap Of Love in our area so we could give this final gift to our Frankie."

Sandra Malott
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

"My family made the incredibly hard decision to lay to rest our cat Munch, who was suffering from a cancerous oral tumor. I found Munch (she found me) almost 10 years ago, while I was a college student. I kept her in my apartment for a few weeks and then took her to my parents home, where she lived a happy (and spoiled!) life. Munch was the absolute sweetest cat, and meant a lot to my family, especially my mom. Dr. Bergin was nothing short of an angel - she was patient, caring, professional, and kind during the entire visit, explained in detail her process and what was going to happen. We had such a hard time letting Munch go, and Dr. Bergin never rushed us. She allowed our family the time we needed, to soak up every last moment that we could with our baby. My mom received a very touching email from Dr. Bergin the following day. Making this choice for a pet we love so much was traumatic, but Dr. Bergin did everything to make not only Munch comfortable, but my family as well. Every vet should be like Dr. Bergin. Thank you to Dr. Bergin and to Lap of Love for the support during this difficult time."

Samantha Todey
South Milwaukee, Wisconsin

"We were very pleased with Dr. Allison. She was compassionate and helpful, guiding us through such a difficult time. Thank you."

Michelle Dempsey
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

"We could not imagine ever having to put down our beloved 12 yr old cockapoo. But, the day we reached out to Lap of Love, we were frantic and confused about what to do, as his cancer diagnosis and decline had come on so rapidly. From the first person we spoke to on the phone we knew we had come to the right place for help and support. They helped us determine our options and provided informtion in great detail and with tender concern for our family and dog. We realized we had to make the difficult decision to release our wonderful and precious pup from his rapidly increasing decline. They sent over Dr Allison in the late afternoon and it was the most gentle, calm and loving experience we could have ever imagined. Dr Allison was sent from heaven to provide this service to pets and their families. She had the most kind and loving demeanor and our experience to say goodbye in the comfort of home was a blessing to both our family and most importantly to our beloved dog, Tucker. We will be forever grateful for this service and for Dr Allison."


Elm grove, Wisconsin

LOCAL RESOURCES
Pet Life and Loss Support Services

  (414) 540-6710

Lakeshore Veterinary Specialists

  (414) 540-6710

Lakeshore Veterinary Specialists Grief Counseling

  (262) 542-3241

Wisconsin Veterinary Referral Center

  (262) 780 1020

Red Oak Counseling @ WVRC

  (414) 543-7387

Milwaukee Emergency Center for Animals

  (414) 586-8383

Horizon Grief Resource Center

SERVICE AREA

Helping families in the following areas:

We proudly serve the greater Milwaukee area, including Milwaukee County and some parts of Ozaukee, Racine, Washington, and Waukesha Counties. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a travel fee based on your location. Please call for more information.

Pet Memorials
“I've had my baby Vegas for 14 years. She became very sick and knew it was time to say goodbye. My heart is as broken as the imprints she left in my heart.
She will be forever missed. My home feels empty. Her sister Bella mourns with me.
I originally went to the shelter to adopt Bella. They advised me that Vegas time was up and would be ...
Melinda Czarnyszka
August 2, 2020
“"When tomorrow starts without me, don't think we're far apart. For every time you think of me, I'm right here inside your heart"

Paige passed peacefully with all of her family by her side. For fourteen-and-a-half years she loved us unconditionally. She always greeted us at the door with a wagging tail and lots of kisses. Paige was the best ...
Michelle Dempsey
June 16, 2020
“Robyn it was amazing how much love you filled this house with. We miss you so much and you will be forever in our hearts! We love you!”
Billie Harrington
June 15, 2020
“Winnie Cooper was a Chocolate Lab who loved eating, swimming, and fetching tennis balls. She was my first baby before we had two daughters. She was a devoted, loving dog who always welcomed us home with a wagging tail and who cozied up with us at night in bed. I miss petting her, throwing a ball for her, seeing her get excited when anyone came ...
Sara Roloff
June 10, 2020
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
P.O. Box 240593
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53224

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