Dallas Ft. Worth & 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 wooden 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 by the crematory in a pet cemetery.
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 6am - 10pm. 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.
Jessica Webster-Boden DVM
Like many other veterinarians, I originally entered veterinary medicine to help animals. Having grown up on a farm, I had a knack for working with all of our animals and often would try to nurse the sick ones back to health. I made the decision to become a veterinarian in middle school.
As I progressed through veterinary school and started my career, the desire to help animals has continued to grow in my heart. I also realized that it’s not just animals that need help, but people as well. Practicing veterinary medicine enables me to help others in a very unique and special way.
As a veterinarian, I strive to help shape and develop the human-animal bond. I do this by helping people understand what their pet is going through in a disease process and being there for them through the grieving process. Having recently lost my 15-year-old dog, I have firsthand knowledge of how important it is to receive comfort during times of loss.
I attended Texas Tech for my Animal Science degree and then Texas A&M for veterinary school. Upon graduation, I moved to central Texas to practice medicine in a small animal clinic. Recently, my husband and I made the decision to move to the DFW area to be closer to family. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and my cat. I also enjoy living out my faith in Jesus, being outdoors, cooking, reading, and spending time with my friends.
Caitlin Dobecka, DVM
I grew up in North Texas with my parents and siblings, and our home was never complete without a dog (or three). When I moved out of my parents’ home for college, I left them with dogs, donkeys, a cat, a horse and goats that I had added to our family. I decided I wanted to be a veterinarian in high school because I always enjoyed the process of helping animals (any kind) back to health. As soon as I started studying for classes required before vet school in college, I never looked back!
I received my bachelor’s degree at Oklahoma State University while studying my pre-veterinary classes. During school breaks I rode along with an equine veterinarian who became a mentor and I worked as a technician at a local vet clinic. While I loved helping in the clinic with appointments and surgeries, my favorite job was working as a kennel tech. Taking care of families beloved pets while they were away for business, holidays or family emergencies was a really important job to me. I wanted them to feel comfortable while being boarded and couldn't be at home with their owners.
I completed veterinary school at Texas A&M University. After school I moved to Ocala, Florida because I was excited about working on as many horses as I possibly could right away! In the Fall of 2014 I completed a course in Animal Chiropractic and have loved using this tool to improve the lives of many horses and dogs ever since. I moved back to my hometown in the Dallas area after Animal Chiropractic School and have been using my skills to help protect the human animal bond for our families. What I love most about being a veterinarian is that by helping out someone's pet, I am also also helping a pet parent and their family. I am passionate about doing what is best for the animal in need, which is most impactful during the end of life stage. I believe a peaceful euthanasia at home is a gift we can give animals pets at the end of their life. Whether it is a horse, dog or cat, I feel called and it is my calling to serve animals as best as I possibly can through their last days with us.
In my time at home, I enjoy time with my husband and our families. We love to ride road bikes together when the weather cooperates. We live with our two dogs - Izzy and Pink, our cat named Kitten and my precious Irish Sport Horse named Bailey. It is never a dull moment around our little farm between my never-ending to-do list of home-improvement projects and our bucket-list of travel plans.
Erica Fry, DVM
Growing up, my family moved around very frequently (by the time I was a sophomore in high school, I had moved about 12 times) because my father served as an officer in the United States Army. Constantly being the “new kid” can be tough, but it certainly builds character and adaptability, which has served me well! It also led me to foster close relationships with the constants in my life: my family and my beloved childhood cats, Zoya and Lynx. Their unconditional love and affection was a source of joy, companionship, and comfort to me. The bond I shared with my pets coupled with a major interest in biological science made being a veterinarian a natural career choice for me.
I attended veterinary school at the University of Missouri (MIZ-ZOU!!) and graduated in 2005. Prior to joining Lap of Love, I worked in two different small animal clinics—one in northern Alabama, and the second in St. Louis, Missouri. I enjoyed many aspects of private practice, but always felt most fulfilled and helpful when I was interacting with clients, guiding them through making important health decisions for their pets, and witnessing the remarkable human-animal bond.
My family relocated to Texas in 2014 and shortly after we moved, we had to say goodbye to one of our cats. It was my first time experiencing pet loss from the other side and I was devastated. Simon had been with me through most of veterinary school, meeting my husband, several moves, the introduction of new pets, and the birth of two babies. He handled it all with as much grace as his goofy personality could muster, and he was an important member of our family. But amidst my grief, I was also relieved and grateful that Simon passed away peacefully at home, under the care of a hospice veterinarian. Although I had previously provided home euthanasia, experiencing it personally flipped a switch for me; I knew that I wanted to provide the best support possible to families going through the same inevitable phase with their own pets.
I live just outside of Ft. Worth, Texas with my husband, our two young children, and our four pets, three of which are seniors. It’s a busy (and admittedly, sometimes crazy!) household but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love watching my children with our pets and am grateful that they continually demonstrate their unconditional love for us as they age with grace. I’m inspired by my pets and the many pets and people I’ve interacted with through the years. It is my goal is to fully support families and their pets by providing professional care and compassionate guidance so that their pets can also age and die with grace and dignity.
Jessica Webster-Boden DVM
"Dr. Erica with Lap of Love did a tremendous job with the entire process of assisting our Pugs with passing on. She was patient, explained everything to us, what to expect and finally giving us the time and flexibility to say good bye without being rushed or making us feel uncomfortable. It was everything we expected it to be when decided to go through the process in the comfort of our own home where Pugs was familiar and comfortable. We did not want him to stress, did not want him to go through the anxiety of knowing something is going to happen.
Instead, Erica came armed with liver treats which Pugs consumed even after the big steak we prepared for him earlier that day.
It was a hard day for me and the family and we are glad that organizations such as Lap of Love exist with such caring people to make this process go as easy as possible."
John SamayoaMansfield, Texas
"Our 15 tear old Border Collie mix was unable to stand up -( his hips would not function) and he was in a good bit of pain. We contacted Lap of Love and Dr. Jessica came to the house and put Bailey down very gently. She explained the procedure and was wonderful and caring the entire time. We were extremely satisfied with the entire process. I would give Lap of Love and Dr. Jessica the highest rating."
Bill HildebrandCarrollton, Texas
"It's taken a bit of time to process such a great loss, but I'd like to share my experience with anyone who has questions. Dr. Erica Fry will always hold a very special spot in our hearts. She helped us do one of the things we dreaded most in the whole world, saying goodbye to our first fur baby, Dante. She was flexible with our schedule and communicated seamlessly. Erica is extremely caring and warm. She walked us through the process in a calm manner. Erica answered all of our questions, many before we asked them and others that we hadn't event thought of asking. I was doubting my decision even to the last day because I never wanted to have to say goodbye to my best friend. Erica helped me have peace of mind in my decision. The most powerful thing that she said to me to put my mind at ease was, "You'd rather say goodbye one day too early than one day too late." We never wanted to see our best guy suffer. It was time. She led us carefully and patiently through what was by far the hardest hour of our lives. Rest in peace, Dante. Thank you, Dr. Erica for making his last minutes on earth so peaceful. We are forever grateful.
If you are someone who is grappling with this dreadful decision, please consider doing some reading on their website https://www.lapoflove.com/ and if the time is now, I would highly recommend Dr. Erica Fry."
Alexis IsaacsAledo, Texas
"A very special thanks to Dr. Jessica for helping our sweet baby cross over so lovingly and peacefully. Best way to let your furbaby go, at home, at peace, surrounded by love ❤🐾 @ Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice, Inc."
Lore WebsterMcKinney, Texas
"Lap of Love was the last kindness we were able to give our almost 17 year old cat Salsa. After over two weeks of illness from kidney failure, our cat Salsa passed away at home with the help of a very kind vet, Dr. Erica Fry from Lap of Love, at our request. Salsa had been with us for almost 17 years. After medical issues in her early years, she was not trusting of most people most of her life, most visitors barely caught a glimpse of her, but she was the sweetest kitty to her family, especially her mommy and daddy. She was never really healthy once she became hyperthyroid, she did not have a good tolerance to medication and was not a candidate for other treatments due to kidney issues. Her kidneys finally gave up, and our vet told us that we would know when it was time. Her last few weeks were hard, giving her IV fluids and trying to get her to eat, trying to warm her little body as she was always cold, watching her slowly fade into a cat of only just over 4 pounds, but still purring when she would hear our voices and trying to climb into bed even when she couldn't do it on her own anymore and we had to help her. Once she showed signs of not being able to lie comfortably in her favorite positions and stopped eating completely, we knew it was time. We had hoped she would go on her own, peacefully in her sleep, but I think in a way she was holding on to comfort us, trying her best to purr when we would touch her and love on her. Our desire to hold on to her so that we could have every last moment wasn’t fair to her, she deserved the best, and we didn’t want her to suffer anymore. The decision was not easy, but we knew we wanted her to be able to pass in the comfort of her own home. We found Lap of Love online, and the availability of the online form was much appreciated. Just minutes after filling out the form, Lap of Love called and offered an appointment for the next day. Dr. Erica arrived as arranged, calling to let us know when she was on her way. She was simply wonderful, and so much appreciated in our time of need and sorrow. It is so obvious she has a gift, she knew just what to say and do, she prepared us and answered all our questions and comforted us. We had everything done the way we were comfortable with. We miss Salsa terribly, but know she is not suffering anymore, and is at peace. Looking back, we have no regrets, and would recommend this path to anyone who has a pet who deserves only the best."
Rebecca TaylorForney, Texas
"I am so thankful that I learned of Lap of Love. Our kitty Furby was one month short of his 18th birthday and had dealt with kidney failure for the past year. He put up a valiant fight, but he was so weak and tired that we knew it was time to say goodbye. It was the hardest thing to make that call, but immediately, I was put at ease. Dr. Caitlin is an angel that was sent to us. She made Furby's passing so easy and peaceful. She spent some time with us and heard Furby's life story and how he came to be our kitty.
Dr. Caitlin, we are so grateful to you for all you did for us."
Bonnie CookDuncanville, Texas
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We proudly serve the greater Dallas Fort Worth area, including Dallas, Tarrant, Collin, and Denton Counties. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a travel fee of $50 based on your location.
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 Love6387 Camp Bowie Blvd, B-405Ft. Worth TX 76116
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