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.
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.
Caitlin Dobecka, DVM
"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
"Dr. Erica was truly amazing! She documented our dog's story perfectly without ever taking a single note. Her demeanor was so appropriate and she was so kind to our two girls, even giving them a keep sake. She even followed up with a personal note a week after we had to put our dog down due to kidney failure. I can't think of any more appropriate way to send a dog out of this world than with Lap of Love. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for an in-home euthanasia service."
Beth AndersonDallas, Texas
"This was as wonderful an experience as it could possibly be. Dr. Erica was amazing throughout the whole process. She was willing to work with our busy schedule and find a time that worked for us. She was compassionate and caring and was there for us every step of the way.
Our sweet Darwin was a 15 year old lab/collie mix. He suffered from arthritis and dementia, and we knew it was his time to go. He was in so much pain, but he still loved his family. Even on his final day, he was playing and cuddling and enjoying his biscuits!
We are SO grateful that we were able to do this at home. Because Darwin suffered from dementia (and anxiety his entire life), the thought of bringing him to a strange, scary place to die just broke my heart. Instead, he crossed the rainbow bridge at home, in his own bed, surrounded by his loving family.
I am so incredibly thankful for Dr. Erica and Lap of Love for giving our Darwin a painless, comfortable passing. I would recommend this to everyone!"
Kayla SwartzArlington, Texas
"I would highly recommend Lap of Love and Dr. Erica, if unfortunately you are needing to make this difficult decision. I'd like to take a moment and thank Dr. Erica. She made saying good-bye to Snickers as peaceful as possible. Dr. Erica has strong clinical skills, but just as important, she has an amazing bed-side manner. It is apparent that she has a gift of compassion that can't be taught in school. She is using her God given talents in a special way to those that need her."
Eileen WadeMcKinney, Texas
"As I type this I'm still crying as this was the first day in many years I woke up w/ a pet or two or three in my bed. Petey was the last pet I had and he had an unbelievably extensive health history including multiple cancer surgeries, radiation... the whole 9 yards. But he was like a Timex. He took a lickin' and kept on tickin'. Speaking of "lickin' " this was the first morning in years I didn't wake up to a face full of dog kisses.
However, I want to say that if I could have kept Petey around longer and healthier I would have done anything and everything, but the last 48 hours of his life saw him failing fast. Lap of Love and Dr. Erica worked hard to move my appointment up from a Friday to a Tuesday. By the time she arrived, Petey's health had decompensated so rapidly it was frightening for me. I made several frantic calls to the Lap of Love number that morning and the gals I spoke with were so helpful in "talking me down from a ledge" so to speak.
Dr. Erica arrived and I immediately felt calmer. The actual procedure and passing was as calm, kind, dignified and "safe" for my little guy. I think for him, at least, it seemed stress free and he was able to pass in his home instead of the impersonal and anxiety producing atmosphere of even the best veterinary facilities.
I had no idea Lap of Love existed, and am ever so glad that I did my due diligence and found it. It made an unbelievably sad experience as positive as humanly possible. I am grateful. My heart may be empty but I know Petey had the best possible passing as anyone could want."
Sharon BarkerFrisco, Texas
"We were so fortunate to have Dr. Caitlin guide us through this very difficult day. Dr. Caitlin was kind and patient, and she explained every step and allowed us to take as much time as we needed as we said good-bye. We were able to give our Mocha Bear the departure she deserved, full of dignity, security and love. Thank you Dr. Caitlin for the wonderful work you do."
Vanessa ZertucheIrving, Texas
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
SPCA of Texas
Helping families in the following areas:
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
The Dallas Morning News: Saying goodbye to a dying pet can be less painful