Milwaukee & Surrounding Areas

  (414) 909-8010

  [email protected]

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

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 Doctors
Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians 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.

Dr. Beth

Beth Ferguson

My story begins as many in my field: for as long as I can remember, all I have ever wanted to be was a veterinarian.  I was born and raised in rural Northeast Wisconsin, but unlike some raised in the country, I did not grow up with a menagerie of animals. Rather, my family had a black lab named Star, and I was able to persuade my parents into letting me have the occasional hamster (much to my mother’s dismay). Ultimately, it was our dog, and the unbreakable bond and unconditional love that we had, that led me to my very focused career path of veterinary medicine at the ripe age of 5.   

Fast forward 17 years later: I obtained my Bachelor of Science in Biology from Marian University in Fond du Lac, WI in 2003 and was fortunate enough to be accepted into veterinary school at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. After four years of veterinary school (which felt a little like dog years to me) I graduated in 2007 and pursued a career in small animal general practice.

For 13+ years I was honored to help thousands of animals (and their families) throughout all life stages. As with most veterinarians in general practice, I performed a wide array of services including wellness visits and vaccines, surgery and dentistry, and diagnosing illnesses and diseases of all sorts. It was the final end of life visit, however, that has always impacted me the most. Thinking back to my very first pet, Star, the only visit I can seem to remember is when we brought her to our veterinarian to be euthanized. I was 17 years old at the time. I remember we asked the vet to come out to our car since Star was unable to walk anymore, and he did. Although everything went very smoothly, I also remember the experience feeling cold, and it always saddened me that her last moments were in the back of our station wagon (a place she did not enjoy being in the first place). After my own experience so long ago, it has always been important to me to make sure those final moments for a pet and their loving family were as peaceful and dignified as they could be, even in a clinic setting. I have been fortunate since becoming a veterinarian, to be able to help my own pets, as well as those of family and close friends, to pass peacefully in their own home, the place where they had no fear and only felt love. Therefore, when I learned about Lap of Love, I was particularly passionate about the service they provide for so many families. The priceless opportunity of being able to be alongside one’s beloved pet, in the comfort of their own home until the very end. I am honored to be a part of the Lap of Love family now and provide the care that every animal deserves to have at the end of their lives.

When I’m not working, I enjoy camping, hiking and spending time with family. I live north of Milwaukee with my significant other, Jeremy, and his daughters Maddi and Estella. We also have a blended family of fur babies: a chihuahua mix named Keeda, an Airedale Terrier named Greta and two longed haired cats named Charlie and Izzy (proof that with good training, Airedales and cats can indeed live in harmony!). 

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 absolutely wonderful and we are so grateful to her. She was kind, gentle and helped us through an incredibly hard moment for our family - losing our sweet dog, Jesse. Being able to help Jesse move on at home where she was surrounded with love instead of having to make one last stressful trip to her vet's office was a gift that we will be endlessly thankful for. Jesse's passing was peaceful and calm and Dr. Allison treated her with such honor and respect. We will miss our sweet dog forever, but having that peaceful memory of her passing in love makes it easier to remember the best parts of Jesse's life, the devotion she gave our family and how lucky we were to have had her in our lives."

Valeri L.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

"This was Dr Allison's second visit with us and I was very happy it was she to help us again.

She is very kind and personable and I appreciate her calm and understanding nature.

The services she provides is the work of angels to help our angels in their times of need and assist when the time has come.

Thank you so very much for being you Dr Allison Bergin☆

Happy holidays,, Merry Christmas and have a great new year☆"

Jose Contreras Contreras
Mikwaukee, Wisconsin

"In this heartbreaking time Dr. Bergin was so understanding with our situation. She took time to explain what was going to happen and gave our son a dignified and peaceful passage in his passing. I am thankful she was so understanding and helped is through this. Thank you."

Michelle Franks
Kenosha, Wisconsin

"I cannot imagine what this experience would be without the kindness that she showed Violet , me and my dog Cricket. She is a genuinely loving and caring Vet and person. I had no worries about releasing my angel into her care."

Nita Burcham
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

"I cannot express my gratitude for the last minute urgent request to come and take our baby out of pain. We knew her time was getting close, as she had several health conditions. She suddenly collapsed and we were forced to make that final decision. Every single step was handled by Lap Of Love with such respect and love. My current vet whom we had been with for 35 years stopped making house calls due to Covid and travel time from her location, so I needed someone to come to my home and help us. She was never subjected to having to go to a clinic, and I wasn't going to place her under any of those stresses of being in a strange place especially when she was in distress. I had called other places, but they didn't exude compassion or even empathy during this trying time. Lap of Love did! We will be forever grateful to them for letting us openly grieve and allowing us to peacefully help her cross over. Wai"kiki", we will forever and ever miss you. You were the best big sister ever! We love you so much!"

Judith Dadtka
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

"Dr. Bergin has such a kind and gentle approach. She interacted/talked with Squeakers as I would have, like a friend. I am so grateful that my last memory was a peaceful one. Thank you."

Ericka Zahn
Pewaukee, 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
“Earlier this mid afternoon, the former young🐈‍⬛ Prince of Cats, Everett Tybalt Contreras, began his journey back to his kingdom to reign as the new Good👑King of Cats. He vows to rule honestly and true and treat his subjects with kindness, ✌🏽peaceful resolution andl💖love.
He is rejoining, very happily, with his witty, strong and courageous ...
Jose Contreras Contreras
December 14, 2020
“Rascal, what can I say except you saved my life...literally. This house is so quiet without you. You were a light for all of us and we mourn the loss of you. I just want you back to hear you bark at me one more time, to watch you lick your sisters ears and grumble when she did the same. You are an amazing friend and my heart is broken you are not ...
Michelle Franks
November 30, 2020
“There are no words to express how special that she was.”
Nita Burcham
November 17, 2020
“To our Tilly,
I am so lucky to have spent the last 19 years with you by my side. You are our sassy, silly, sweet girl, and are already so missed. The house feels emptier and quieter without your big personality filling the space. It’s hard to know that we won’t hear your demanding meow, or your purrs as we hold you close, again. You will forever ...
Hannah Goettsch
November 5, 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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