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. 

"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

"The entire process was handled professionally and compassionately--from our initial call to the office for information and scheduling the appointment with Jenny, to Dr. Jordy coming out to our home. Our prayer was that Rufus would just fall asleep. However, he started having more bad days then good. Dr. Jordy was most professional and compassionate with Rufus. She explained the procedure thoroughly and gave us as much as time as needed. She is a special soul and we can never repay her for her kindness.

Thank you."

Wendy & James Shank
Chandler, Arizona

"Our almost 13-year old Golden Retriever was diagnosed with hemangiosarcoma about a month ago. We were heart broken but tried our best to make his last days as comfortable and fun as possible. He wasn't the same "Jag" anymore but we loved him just the same. It was extremely difficult for his dad to let him go. They were best friends for 11 1/2 years. Lap of Love was recommended by a coworker of Jag's dad and when he finally realized that it was time to let go, he made the dreaded call. We had already decided to let his last time here be at home where he was the happiest. Dr. Jordy arrived and immediately Jag was in love. She is so kind and has such a soft-spoken spirit. I don't know how she does this everyday, but I am grateful that she was there for us. She guided us through the process and there was never any rush to move things any faster than what we could handle. Our boy was at peace and so were we. Coincidentally, the Queen song "You're My Best Friend" was playing quietly in the background for Jag's final moments before he joined all of the other pooches at Rainbow Bridge.

I would highly recommend "Lap of Love" and especially, Dr. Jordy to anyone contemplating euthanasia for their pet. Dr. Jordy helped put our minds at ease letting us know that we were doing the right thing at the right time.

Our Sincerest Thanks, Dr. Jordy!!"

Loretta Lauerman
Phoenix, Arizona

"Thank you Dr. Jordy, you made our heartbreaking decision to let our Angel - Blue Dog go so much better for Blue and us. Blue being at home with us is truly the best way to say Bye for Now! I miss him so!! You are Awesome, thank you for being so kind and caring!!!"

Tori Watson
Gilbert, Arizona

"The first impression of "Lap of Love" was inspiring. Our first impression specialist - Kristen - answered my call and she was warm, compassionate, professional and had all of the information needed to make the right decision. I cannot say enough about how important it is for your initial impression of an organization to replicate the culture of the company.

Dr. Jordy made this experience the warmest, considerate and compassionate as it could be. For Dr. Jordy,...it isn't what she does - it is who she is!!

She has a true servant's heart and loves on your fur baby in the most precious and tender way. She made our heart's smile at a time when they were broken and that was such a gift.

We came away feeling full of warmth and honor to have had shared our lives with and unconditional loving soul- Gracie.

Thank you Dr. Jordy - we need more people just like you on this planet. Blessed to have met you and have you be the one we shared this precious moment with.

Gracie deserved Dr. Jordy and for that I am forever grateful."

Nan Hamilton-Cole
Mesa, Arizona

"Dr. Jordy was an absolute angel. She was so gentle and kind. She was also professional, explaining everything she was going to do. She was gentle with our precious kitty. Words are not enough to express our gratitude for her kindness and compassion in one of our most difficult times. Our sweet kitty was traumatized with vet visits. What a blessing that Dr. Jordy allowed his last hours to be calm and peaceful. We would recommend Lap of Love to anyone facing end-of-life decisions for their pet."

Cynthia & David MINOR
SCOTTSDALE, 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
“Dear Archie, You were our sweet boy, and telling you goodbye is one of the hardest things we have ever done. We miss you every day - your cuddles and your antics. We miss your presence on the couch right between us, communicating with us that you wanted a treat, and waking us early so you could have breakfast. What a smart kitty you were! We ...
Cynthia & David MINOR
February 18, 2019
“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
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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