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. 

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. 

"Our Casey girl was diagnosed with skin cancer in December and we knew we did not have long with her. I contacted my veterinary to see if he would come to the house ...when it was time... to put Casey to sleep. He didnt do that but referred me to Lap of Love. From the first phone call until the day Casey died they were nothing but compassionate and loving towards me. So much support!!

On February 9th the time had come. Dr. Jordy came to our home and she was understanding , compassionate and caring. She treated Casey as one of her own. Casey went peacefully with her family surrounding her . The Dr. Jordy treated Casey with so much respect. We put her on the stretcher and Dr. Jordy covered her with a nice purple blanket. Since purple is my favorite color, I am sure it was Casey's too. We felt comfortable and at peace with the whole process.

The next day I received a follow up email from Dr. Jordy.

Its one of the worst decisions you have to make for your pet and one of the hardest days when you have to let them go. But Dr. Jordy and everybody at Lap of Love made it easier."

Shirley Hughes
Litchfield Park, Arizona

"Dr. Jordy Merrifield came to help us say goodbye to Kipling and Uma on Friday.

Dr Jordy was a gentle and compassionate guide who soothed and comforted all of us.

She made our saddest day a sacred event.

We were so fortunate to find Dr. Jordy, and appreciate the empathy and genuine caring she brought us."

Kim Simmons
Phoenix, Arizona

"Dr. Jordy assisted us in saying goodbye to our beloved Jake, who was taken from us much too soon. Her caring and compassionate manner made it easier to deal with a difficult and emotional situation. Thank you, Dr. Jordy, for treating Jake with the dignity, respect and love he so richly deserved. And thank you for providing such an amazing service."

Alice Blondell
Tempe, Arizona

"My husband and I would like to thank you for sending Dr. Merrifield (Dr.Jordy) to us yesterday (1/29/19). She was very knowledgeable and helpful to us in sorting out what was the best course to take with our dog Poky. Once it was clear that Poky needed to be put to sleep her compassionate handling of her and us was just what we needed. Dr. Jordy is a treasure. She made our experience less traumatic for both us and our dog.

We are very pleased with how she handled it. We will recommend Dr. Jordy to anyone who is in need of Lap of Love services."

Virginia Schragel
Sun City West, Arizona

"I cannot say enough nice things about this program and Dr. Jordy Merrifield. During such a painful experience to have someone be so kind and patient is priceless. I hesitated thinking natural death would be the best thing for my baby, thinking she would go quietly. Unfortunately, things weren't going that way. Without the assistance of Lap of Love...by the way, the gentleman that handled us on the phone, sorry, I cannot remember his name, but he had the kindness and gentleness of an IDEAL grandfather. He made the most difference out the gate. Please if you are considering ways to say goodbye to one of your greatest loves, please, please, please...do not hesitate to contact these folks. Kindness is priceless.

Thank you so much Dr. Merrifield for being a wonderful human being and showing such kindness to strangers at a time they are so, so, so in need of it. I will be forever grateful for helping me through this terrible time. Jelly Bean was the littlest boxer I've ever seen, little alone had the please of spending my life with, and she will never ever -- EVER -- be forgotten. I miss her with my every breath, but know that because of you her suffering was a little less. Thank you.

I have added a picture of my little girl. May she run free and be her happy goofy little self. Love, love, love...Miss you Jelly-Belly-Bean!"

Angela Fritts
Phoenix, Arizona

"Dr. Merrifield was so kind to us in this hard time. She explained everything to us and reassured us that we were doing the right thing. She is such a kind and compassionate person, and if needed, we would use her again."

Linda Bayless
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
“We said goodbye to Poky this Tuesday after seven years of living with us.. She was a shy, sensitive, loving, eager, friendly, playful lab mix. With her one blue eye and one brown eye she always drew folks to say hello. She liked to think she was hiding out in her bed in the living room but we could always see her. She enjoyed her walks and ...
Virginia Schragel
January 31, 2019
“We loved our Joey very much.. He was such a sweet boy that would always love everyone. We will miss our sweet little boy so much.”
Linda Bayless
January 29, 2019
“Lucy was gently laid to rest on January 16, 2019, by Lap of Love's Dr. Jordy Merrifield. Our precious Lucy blessed our lives for over 14 years with her open heart and love for people. She'll always be remembered by her endearing habit whenever people came to the door: instead of jumping up on people, she would pick up a shoe and run excitedly ...
Vicki Barbour
January 26, 2019
“Our sweet Sadie, we will miss your sweet Husky smile and your silly goof ball ways that always brought us laughter! You will be in our hearts forever”
Vicki Klingman
January 18, 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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