PRICING AND INFORMATION

APPOINTMENT PRICING

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.

VETERINARY HOSPICE$350

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.

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 Eve, 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

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 and Lap of Love helped make one of the most difficult things we have to do as pet parents bearable. My dog was comfortable and stress-free, in his home, surrounded by his favorite people. When it was over, I knew did the best I could for him, and that meant the world to me."

Kris Kampa
St. Francis, Wisconsin

"I cannot say enough great things about Lap of Love. They were there for me in ever way I needed them during this difficult time. Thank you for all you do."

Emily Kotowski
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

"Dr. Bergin was amazing. She was compassionate and gentle with Gizmo, as well as respectful. Thank you, Dr. Bergin, for making a difficult situation far more bearable."

Angela Nelson
Grafton, Wisconsin

"I had a very hard time letting my precious cat pass on. However, he had begun declining very fast, and it was likely that he would suffer physically. I wanted the best farewell for my fur baby, and a friend at work recommended in-home hospice. I did some research and chose Lap of Love because of excellent reviews. I was not disappointed; moreover, starting with the call to the call center through preparation and the vet's visit, I felt confident that this was the best decision for the circumstances. This is an outstanding service, worth every penny. Everything seemed to have been designed to create a warming and peaceful experience and keep precious memories - the tiny paw print... Dr. Bergin was attentive and understanding and allowed us to have the time we needed to say good-by. The quality of this service was the silver lining to losing a priceless companion."

Olga Kozlova
Grafton, Wisconsin

"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

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
“Eli was one of a kind. He was so loved (still is), and will be missed and remembered always.”
Kris Kampa
August 1, 2019
“Today my heart has broken in a way it will never be whole again. I had to do what’s best for my best friend and let her walk over that rainbow bridge. I will miss her little face everyday I walk through the door, and our lazy day cuddles. I will miss your cold wet nose nuzzles and stinky breath kisses. I hope you know how much you are loved and ...
Emily Kotowski
June 29, 2019
“Always in our hearts”
Angela Nelson
June 12, 2019
“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
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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