Milwaukee & 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 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.
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.
For pets over 30 pounds, we may ask your assistance moving your loved one if cremation has been requested. 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.
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.
Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians in your area!
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.
Allison Bergin, DVM
"Dr Allison is a wonderful, compassionate, and caring person. She came to our home for our beloved cat Chloe, who had shared this home with us for 16.5 years.
Chloe was a cat that was found on a road in our community by the Humane Society. Our 3 kids were 14, 13, and 10 years old, and they loved Chloe dearly. And Chloe loved all 5 of us back, equally. She would gravitate towards whoever was ill, or feeling down. Chloe was like a caregiver for all of us !
The day Chloe passed, all three of our kids were present. The five of us surrounded our little friend with as much love as we could show. Chloe looked after all of us for so many years, we needed to pull together for her. Dr Allison was very kind to Chloe, and carefully guided us through this difficult process. She made sure everything was gentle, and compassionate, and we all had the time we needed to say goodbye to our furry friend.
The attached photo is of our Grandson Jaxon, with Chloe in one her favorite place's"
Jeff & Jane BargerWest Bend, Wisconsin
"Dr. Allison was so very very kind, patient and comforting. The decision was hard to make but I felt her support and caring. She just let me be with my Tweety and share my love and grief with her at the end.
Dr. Allison allowed Tweety to leave peacefully and in her own surroundings.
If and when I'm faced with this horrible decision again, I would definitely turn to Dr, Allison."
Jeanne WatsonBrookfield, Wisconsin
"Dr. Allison was calm and comforting for our family in this very difficult time. She was compassionate towards our family, and gave us time to say goodbye. Brandy was at ease being at home with her family, and we were grateful to have the opportunity to let go of our loved one this way."
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
"Making the decision to say goodbye was so difficult. However, her goodbye with the assistance of Dr. Allison was beautiful and peaceful."
Tracy WellnerGreendale, Wisconsin
"Absolutely a top notch service with a top notch vet from beginning to end. From my first call to our final moments with our boxer. Dr. Allison was a perfect fit for all of us!!"
Darsi MateickaFranksville, Wisconsin
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Lakeshore Veterinary Specialists
(262) 780 1020
Red Oak Counseling @ WVRC
Wisconsin Veterinary Referral Center
Horizon Grief Resource Center
Milwaukee Emergency Center for Animals
Red Oak Counseling @ LVS
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.
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 LoveP.O. Box 240593 Milwaukee, WI 53224
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