Pricing and Information

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

Veterinary Hospice$275

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$275

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$275

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$275
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$300
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$325
Pets 150 pounds or more will be quoted
(pre-arranged)

With this option, your pet is cremated privately at a licensed crematory. The ashes are contained in a lovely cedar urn with an engraved nameplate and will be returned to your primary care veterinarian within two weeks. They can also be made available directly from the crematory or mailed to you.

Communal Cremation
Pets up to 39 pounds$125
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$150
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$175
Pets 150 pounds or more will be quoted
(prearranged)

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 a private farm with no visitation. 

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 5am - 8pm. 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 Doctors

Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians in your area!

Dr. Jordy

Jordy Merrifield, DVM

I’m a Phoenix native, an ardent connoisseur of Mexican food, and a “mom” to four crazy canines. My favorite hobbies are hiking, yoga, skiing, reading and good conversation. I attended Arizona State University for my bachelor’s degree in Biology. I briefly left my beloved state and attended the University of Florida in Gainesville. While I loved my time at UF for veterinary school, my dogs and I happily moved back to the Valley of the Sun in the summer of 2017. 

People often say to me “Your job must be awful” but I respectfully disagree. While end of life care comes with an inherent emotional “tax”, I truly feel I was called to this career. I find it both deeply fulfilling and a tremendous honor to help usher pets peacefully across the rainbow bridge. I’ve lost both human and animal loved ones so I know just how important those last days and moments are and I will do everything in my power to make them as good as they can be for you and your pet. No matter how hard or heavy, I love this work and feel blessed every day to do it. 

Dr. Scott

Scott Nichols, DVM

A lifelong Arizonan, my commitment to animals was fueled by exploring the diverse ecosystems of our local canyons, rivers, and mountains as a child. From these days, I learned to deeply respect and love nature, the bonds we share with animals, and the world that sustains and inspires us all.

I was raised in a small town by parents in the medical field. They instilled a philosophy that medicine is a career of service, of helping people and supporting a community. This was back in a time when family doctors in small towns made house calls to check on their patients and as a kid, I got to tag along. It was humbling to listen as families celebrated healing and talked openly about illness and aging. Sometimes my dad could help and sometimes all he could do was listen and give comfort. So, I learned early that it is an honor to be a guest in a person’s home and a privilege to lend a hand.

I attended veterinary school at Colorado State University, inspired to study the limitless bond we share with our pets and the loving homes we create for them. For love, a small bed, and a bowl of food, they give us all their joy and happiness and there is never a dull moment. How lucky we are to have and care for them!

For the past 20 years, I have happily served in animal welfare roles for universities and the government. Over the years, I have worked on projects pairing Veterans with PTSD to service dogs, breeding endangered species, tracking bats and skunks for rabies detection, and studying the health of Alaskan fishes. I’ve worked in animal emergency hospitals, volunteered in Mexico to reduce animal overpopulation and lectured to veterinary students. It’s been wonderfully rewarding, but an important part was missing.

I joined Lap of Love to answer a personal calling, a desire to spend the second half of my career helping people and their pets in their homes and to honor the old-fashioned way of making house calls. Our world is full of inspiring people and animals. Getting to help you both makes me thankful to be a veterinarian every day. 

About Jordy Merrifield, DVM

I’m a Phoenix native, an ardent connoisseur of Mexican food, and a “mom” to four crazy canines. My favorite hobbies are hiking, yoga, skiing, reading and good conversation. I attended Arizona State University for my bachelor’s degree in Biology. I briefly left my beloved state and attended the University of Florida in Gainesville. While I loved my time at UF for veterinary school, my dogs and I happily moved back to the Valley of the Sun in the summer of 2017. 

People often say to me “Your job must be awful” but I respectfully disagree. While end of life care comes with an inherent emotional “tax”, I truly feel I was called to this career. I find it both deeply fulfilling and a tremendous honor to help usher pets peacefully across the rainbow bridge. I’ve lost both human and animal loved ones so I know just how important those last days and moments are and I will do everything in my power to make them as good as they can be for you and your pet. No matter how hard or heavy, I love this work and feel blessed every day to do it. 

"Dr. Jordy is amazing. She walked us through each step, exactly what was going to happen to our Bella Bear. Was very patient with us because we weren't ready to say goodbye.

We have never had to do this and would never do it any other way, if needed in the future.

Thank you to Dr. Jordy and Lap of Love customer service for everything, we are truly grateful."

Sabrina Williams
Scottsdale, Arizona

"I like to think that angels walk among us... helping in trying times to see we carry on.

Faced with letting my Carson go, I reached out to Lap of Love at the recommendation of our doctor. The Lap of Love team was sensitive and accommodating as we planned for my last moments with Carson... allowing us to spend them in the grass beneath a shade tree on a warm spring day.

Having set ourselves down well before, Dr. Merrifield arrived to introduce herself to me and greet my two dogs... her compassion was made real from that first moment. Dr. Merrifield showed care for both my dogs as she shared how she would proceed... allowing for any questions and giving us time to share our last moments. With me by his side, Dr. Merrifield allowed me to say goodbye to Carson peacefully...hugging and petting him as tears streamed down my face.

Helping me set Carson's body in a basket, Dr. Merrifield seemed to understand as I declined her offer of assistance in the solemn duty of carrying him to her car.

Throughout what had to have been a tough scene... and in the brief follow up communication that followed... Dr. Merrifield showed care and compassion balanced with a professionalism that I rarely see these days... I will remember her warmly for years to come."

Karl Waelder
Phoenix, Arizona

"We knew for a few days that Scratcher was ready. I found Lap of Love online and called Easter Sunday. The gentleman on the phone showed such great compassion, taking time to get my pet’s name and the family that would be with us. He let me know Dr. Merrifield would be by in two hours. She called shortly after my initial call and when speaking to her I knew Scratcher and our family would be in good hands. When she arrived she was so amazing to us and Scratcher’s four legged siblings. She spent an hour with us, explaining the process, confirming what we knew: our boy was old and tired and yes we could hospitalize him, possibly still stress him out, but his life would not be of quality or extended. She joined us in petting him, making him as comfortable as possible. And allowing us to grieve freely. She made the entire process so much easier. Truly, Dr. Merrifield has a gift and we consider her an angel."

Corinne Bostick
Glendale, Arizona

"Dr. Nichols is one special doctor. He has a gift and we are so lucky that he entered our lives during Capone’s last weeks. He listened and cared and supported us and helped guide us in times that we felt anxious, scared and lost. When Capone told us he was ready, we called Dr. Nichols, and on Easter, he came to our home within one hour, to lay our love to Rest In Peace. He let Capone lead the way and we felt at peace. Dr. Nichols gave Capone the most dignified path on his next journey and although we were in pain, we were not scared. We are eternally grateful to Dr. Nichols for his care, his support (many emails after to checkup on us) and his love for animals."

Natasha Keric
Paradise Valley, Arizona

"When we learned our poor Worm did not have any cure to the ailments that prevented him from a healthy life, it was devastating. I contacted Lap of Love to assist us with the hardest choice we ever make and felt very comforted every step of the way. Each person I interacted with was kind and understanding beyond measure. When it came time to say goodbye to our sweet boy, Dr. Jordy was extremely gentle, thoughtful and kind. I know that no part of this scenario is easy but I felt like I was being genuinely comforted and supported throughout the process. It has been one day shy of a week since our Worm passed and he has already been returned to our home in a handsome, cedar box complete with engraved name plate. Thank you again to all of the Lap of Love staff and to Dr. Jordy, who made the most gentle passage for our dear Worm."

Kelly Zahara
Mesa, Arizona

"I want to take the time to thank Dr. Jordy Merrifield for being there for our family. We appreciate you giving us the opportunity to give Miles a peaceful end in his familiar surroundings. Dr. Jordy was sweet, sensitive and extremely kind during this difficult time. She respected our space and took her time and explained everything."

Lou, Diane and Shali Jackson
Peoria, Arizona

Local Resources

Pet Life and Loss Support Services

  (602) 995-3757

BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Phoenix

  (602) 995-5885

Pet Loss Support Group Phoenix Companion Animal Association of AZ

  (623) 974-1520

BluePearl Veterinary Partners, West Valley/Peoria

  (602) 750-8051

Deer Valley Counseling Pet Loss Counseling

  (480) 898-0001

VCA Animal Referral and Emergency Center of AZ, East Valley/Mesa

  (602) 866-0713

Pets Unlimited Grief Support (P.U.G.S.)

  (480) 991-1845

VCA Paradise Valley Emergency Animal Hospital

  (480) 382-4320

Paws Bereavement, Pet Grief Therapy
Dennily Lerner, LCSW

Service Area

Helping families in the following areas:

Maricopa County

We proudly serve the greater Phoenix area. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be an additional drive fee of $50-$75 depending on your location. Please call for more information. 

Pet Memorials
“Bella Bear was a gift to ourselves after the passing of our daughter; she was a blessing in disguise.

She was always there for us, no matter what. When we got home, she was there. When we were at the dining table, she was there (begging for food from her sister's). When we went to bed, she was right there. When the girls were playing, she was ...
Sabrina Williams
May 25, 2019
“To our first love Capone ❤️

Thank you for enriching our lives with your big personality and never ending love.

You will never be replaced and we will cherish your soul in our hearts forever.

Mommy, Daddy, Teddy, Auntie Emily, Nana Vera and brother Tito”
Natasha Keric
April 25, 2019
“I love you Stoot and will miss you terribly. Thank you for eight wonderful years.”
Glenn Keys
April 25, 2019
“In loving memory of my precious Miles, my beautiful black lab. Oh Miles, what can I say about the sweetest, happiest, craziest boy with a heart of gold. He was our happy pants, his tale was always on the move knocking everything over. He was my shadow, my cling sheet, always following me upstairs even if it was for a minute. He loved to go in ...
Lou, Diane and Shali Jackson
April 25, 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. 

Mailing Address

Lap of Love
PO Box 84562
Phoenix, AZ 85071

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