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 39 pounds$250
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$295
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$325
Pets 150 pounds or more will be quoted

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 pounds or more 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 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 6 am - 10 pm. 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 veterinarians in your area!

Dr. Allison

Allison Bergin, DVM

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, DVM

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 Bergin, thank you for your compassion, patience in giving us our time to say goodbye, and gentle manner in which you cared for Maverick. Letting Mav go wasn't easy but I knew he was in goods hands with you. Thank you for being here for all of us and Mav! There was a rainbow in the sky that night after Mav's passing, we miss him everyday❤ Thank you again!!!"

Tammy Baumann
Oak Creek, Wisconsin

"Dr. Allison was wonderful. She was caring and compassionate. She treated Daisy like she knew her forever and gave her excellent care in her final moments."

Dave Basting
Franklin, Wisconsin

"Dr. Bergin was beyond amazing. We had an appointment for 5:00pm, but our poor Lola was doing horribly and couldn't hold out until then. We called Dr. Bergin, and she rushed over to assist us at 8:30am. She was comforting, calm, and very kind."

Heather Land
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

"We were not looking forward to this day, but Dr. Allison made us all feel at peace. She was wonderful, explaining the process step by step and allowing us to say our final goodbyes in a very special way which was the best thing for our Woodstock. We appreciated her so much during this difficult time. She was extremely kind and gentle with our beloved cat, as if she knew exactly what to say and do to make him comfortable. We are blessed to have found her. Thank You!"

Sue Binter
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

"Dr. Allison was amazing. She was so great with Pella and our other 2 dogs. I couldn't ask for a better experience."

Angie Johnson
Waukesha, Wisconsin

"Dr. Allison was so wonderful. She was so comforting and reassuring in the tough decision we had to make. She explained everything compassionately. She took gentle care of taking our precious pup away after she passed. I would highly recommend. I hope that I do not need to do this anytime soon, but if I do, I will definitely call again, and will refer to others in need.

Thank you for your compassion."

Michele Allen
Greenfield, 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
“We were blessed to have this sweet girl in our lives for 14 years. No more pain for you, the only the pain left is the pain in our hearts from losing you. We will miss you every day.”
Dave Basting
April 16, 2019
“Lola Bear, Mommy and Daddy are going to miss you so much. The house feels empty and incomplete without you here. You gave us 14 amazing years, but it wasn't long enough. We will always treasure the memories we have together. We will remember playing Hide and Seek, your games of "lazy fetch", hearing you snoring at night, and your sweet smile. Life ...
Heather Land
March 24, 2019
“We miss you, Woodstock! The house seems so lonely without you greeting us at the back door. You were our one and only cat for 18 years. You were a big part of our family.

P.S. We found one of your Greenies in the kitchen today. You must be letting us know that you're enjoying all of your favorite treats on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge. ...
Sue Binter
March 19, 2019
“Pella loved animals especially kitty cats. She was a great little sister and a great big sister. She loved the color yellow and giraffes. I know Pella is with her big sister Jersey roaming through tall grass exploring and napping in the sun.”
Angie Johnson
March 9, 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. 

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Lap of Love
P.O. Box 240593
Milwaukee, WI 53224

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