PRICING AND INFORMATION

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

EUTHANASIA$285

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$385

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$285
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$315
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$335
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$385

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$135
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$165
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$185
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$235

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 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. Scott

Scott Nichols

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 Scott Nichols

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. 

"When I learned this service existed I knew when it came time for my girl, this is how I wanted her to go. When the time came I searched for the best this type of service has to offer, I chose Lap of Love. Dr. Scott was compassionate and kind. He explained the procedure so I knew what to expect at every step. I was given the time I needed to do the hardest thing I've had to do, say goodbye to my best friend of over 18 years. We had been through a lot, now it my turn to repay the unconditional love she had given me and let her go.

That was just over a week ago, and I still cry every day. But I am comforted in knowing I did the right thing for her. I only wish this service was around 20 - 30 years ago when I had to put down my other fur babies Jazz (1994 @9yrs old) & Brandy (1999 @17yrs old).

Thank you Dr. Scott and Lap of Love for providing the service that allows us humans to properly give our animals the peaceful exit they deserve.

Respectfully,

Lisa Casto"

Lisa Casto
Phoenix, Arizona

"Dr. Scott was wonderful & his soft spoken voice throughout was very calming. Thanks Dr. Scott."

Tiffany Falsafi
Litchfield Park, Arizona

"Dr. Scott was right out of a Norman Rockwell painting. He was kind, courteous, empathetic, and understanding. It is never easy to say good bye to a beloved pet, but Dr. Scott made our final moments with our wonderful dog so much easier and so much sweeter to remember than it would have been in a clinical setting. I am deeply appreciative that Dr. Scott was there to help us in our dog's final time of need. Thank you very much to Dr. Scott and all the folks at Lap of Love."

Elizabeth Walker
Phoenix, Arizona

"Dr. Scott - Words can’t fully convey how much we appreciated your kindness, patience and presence at the end of Marshmallow’s journey. As the “humans” of a dog with a terminal illness, it’s hard not to wonder what more we could have done to extend her life or what we could have done to prevent her illness in the first place. Though sending her over the rainbow bridge was heart crushing, the compassion and dignity you showed our precious girl gave us the peace to accept this end to her suffering. We know it’s not easy, but you’ve embraced a noble calling and we thank God for you and folks like you who guide the grieving through this final act of love."

Dave & Alicia Engel
Peoria, 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

"My family lost our cat of 15 years about a week ago. I had her since my days as a law student and she had been the one constant in my life for more than a decade through some very difficult times. She had suffered a few seizures in the past year and all of a sudden she just got worse. It was devastating to see her in such a bad condition but we knew it was time for us to say goodbye. I called Lap of Love and they had an opening the same day. Amanda (the receptionist) was incredibly warm and sympathetic. She tried to make the process as painless as possible. A few hours later, Dr. Scott arrived at our home. He very warmly talked through the process and was super patient in listening to us about our beloved kitty and why she meant so much to us. When it was time for us to put her to sleep, Dr. Scott was again, very patient in letting us grieve before we proceeded. I want to say that as sad as the circumstances were, I am glad there are people out there like Dr. Scott and his staff. They made the process much more bearable than it would have been otherwise. Additionally, we appreciated that they were able to accommodate us for that same day. Thank you Dr. Scott and Lap of Love!"

Rene Siqueiros
Phoenix, 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
“Lennon knows he was loved without a doubt he was loved by so many people. Always smiling & ready for any outing Lennon loved to go places. I was able to take Lennon with me every day to work for the first 4 years of his life. I don’t recall honestly leaving his side except for 1 vacation and honeymoon the first 4 years. Loving him so much he went ...
Tiffany Falsafi
June 26, 2019
“Marshmallow was a quintessential bully. Friendly, demanding, affectionate and stubborn she had us wrapped around her little paw! She always wanted to be where we were and if we got our faces too close to hers, would try to nibble our noses or ears. Whenever we got home after being out, she wiggled that whipped-cream tail, if she wasn’t napping of ...
Dave & Alicia Engel
June 20, 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 26, 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 84562
Phoenix, Arizona 85071

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