Phoenix & 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 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.
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.
There may be a fee if additional assistance to safely carry your pet out of your home is needed.
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.
Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians in your area.
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 every 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.
Jordy Merrifield, DVM
"Dr. Merrifield was kind, comforting, and very gentle with Rumi. You can see how much she cares about what she does. Rumi and I were both blessed to have her with us and in his final moments."
Leigh KaplanPhoenix, Arizona
I cannot express enough how much you helped me and my family. You are so kind and compassionate and put us all at peace with one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make in my life. Kona was our rescue dog that we had for almost 9 amazing years. I have never met a personality like hers. She was so happy and full of life and energy. She had us laughing all the time. She loved jogging with me and chasing tennis balls. She would fetch them, but never bring them back. I could go on and on about her. She was diagnosed with kidney failure and within a couple days, we knew we had to do something right away. I didn't want her to have any pain or suffering. She never liked the vet, so I knew that wasn't an option. I found Lap of Love online and thought this would be the best for her. She deserved us to be surrounding her with lots of love and in our home, in her bed she loved, with her favorite blanket. Dr. Jordy was so incredible with Kona, she talked to her and gave her a ton of love. She helped put us at ease and was so patient with us. I could not be more happy with how such a sad day in our life, was yet calming and peaceful for us and our baby girl. Thank you for the beautiful card and extra paw prints you gave us for my kids. There are not enough thank yous in this world that could express how much we appreciate you. We are so blessed you were sent to us. Thank you XO
Michelle and Family"
Michelle SwankGoodyear, Arizona
"I cannot begin to explain how much love and care was involved in my experience with Dr. Jordy. This was an extremely difficult time for me and my wife needing to say goodbye to such an important piece of our lives because like most of you, our little Phoenix Mustachio (1 and a half year old Tabby) was so much more than just a pet. She showed up and completely showered us with love and respect and helped our little one just like if he was her own and stayed with us until we were ready. Dr. Jordy felt like a part of our family and I would recommend her for the rest of my life she is hands down an angel. Thank you again for all of your help."
Christopher HornScottsdale, Arizona
"My beloved dog was struggling with end stage liver disease. My vet knew that I wanted my dog to pass away at home so they recommended Lap of Love. I contacted them a couple of weeks ago as I was not sure when the "right" time would be. They offered some information on questions to answer under the "quality of life" heading. I found the information very helpful. After answering the questions I knew it sadly was time. I made the appointment for October 29. Dr. Jordy Merrifield (Dr. Jordy) came to my house. She was truly phenomenal. Dr. Jordy explained what to expect. She examined my dog and confirmed that I was making the right decision. I did not feel rushed. She took an amazing paw print and then wanted to make sure she captured all three of my dog's colors when she saved some of her fur for me. Dr. Jordy asked me how we got my precious dog and how we arrived at her unusual name. I could tell she truly cared. My dog was on her favorite chair in my room and I wanted to pet her and hug her in her final moments which did not leave Dr. Jordy much room but she said whatever we needed. After my dog passed she continued to help us. As she left she gave me a heartfelt hug and told me my dog was lucky to have had me. Her compassion was just what I needed. The way she handled this very painful time was just perfect. She was the utmost professional yet she deeply cared. I would not have wanted any other vet. She is truly an amazing, exceptional vet and person. Thank you Dr. Jordy from the bottom of my heart."
Pam SvobodaPHOENIX, Arizona
"Dr. Jordy was amazing and made Howdy's passing bearable, as we were able to hold him and love him until his last moments on earth. We were blessed to have that experience with him. Thankyou for your compassion and genuine care for what we were going through."
Kathleen CooperGlendale, Arizona
"We couldn't have been more blessed with Dr. Jordy Merrifield who helped send our sweet girl Roxie off to Heaven recently on 9/14/18. She was so incredibly compassionate and was a true God send for Roxie and us that day in so many ways. She cared for Roxie as if she were her own precious baby..it made all the difference in the world knowing Roxie passed in the most peaceful way and was comfortable in her own home with all of us around her. She even made special keepsakes of our pup to always treasure for our 7 year old daughter & us. The genuine love she expressed to us and Roxie that day...we are forever grateful. She was an amazing blessing to have in such a difficult time that day...we can never thank you enough Dr. Jordy. You took such great care of our baby of 13 years. We will never forget you. Thank you ever so much...From the Devahl family."
Melissa & Brandon DevahlSurprise, Arizona
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Phoenix
Pet Loss Support Group Phoenix Companion Animal Association of AZ
BluePearl Veterinary Partners, West Valley/Peoria
Deer Valley Counseling Pet Loss Counseling
VCA Animal Referral and Emergency Center of AZ, East Valley/Mesa
Pets Unlimited Grief Support (P.U.G.S.)
VCA Paradise Valley Emergency Animal Hospital
Paws Bereavement, Pet Grief TherapyDennily Lerner, LCSW
Helping families in the following areas:
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.
Preferred methods of payment are check (made to 'Lap of Love') or cash.
Most pet insurance companies cover Lap of Love services. Please have any paperwork ready for the veterinarian to complete so that you can submit it for reimbursement.
Lap of LovePO Box 84562Phoenix, AZ 85071