PRICING AND INFORMATION

APPOINTMENT PRICING

EUTHANASIA$375

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$475

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.

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.

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.

AFTERCARE PRICING

PRIVATE CREMATION
Pets up to 49 pounds$320
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$340
Pets 100 - 150 pounds$400
Pets 151 - 200 pounds$425

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.

COMMUNAL CREMATION
Pets up to 49 pounds$160
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$185
Pets 100 - 150 pounds$235
Pets 151 - 200 pounds$260

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. 

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 6am - 10pm. 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 veterinarians in your area!

Dr. Sarah

Sarah Tangeman

Like many veterinarians, I have always adored animals and knew from a young age that this passion would drive my career path. As a Nebraska native, one of my most treasured childhood memories was helping my grandfather on his farm during farrowing season (the birth of piglets). Growing up, we always had family dogs as well. From a young age, I was fortunate enough to experience the unconditional love of a pet, as well as their miraculous abilities to perceive human feelings. I developed a fond appreciation of the human-animal bond through experiencing its beauty first-hand.

My desire to pursue a career in veterinary medicine not only stemmed from my eagerness to help and protect animals, but also from an inclination to honor the human-animal bond through client education and support. I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and participated in a cooperative veterinary program through the University of Nebraska and Iowa State University to obtain my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine.

While in veterinary school, I adopted my pride and joy, Riley. He is perfect for me, and an integral part of my success (and sanity) in school. Upon graduation, I got married and moved my little family from the Midwest to northeast Dallas to practice in a small animal hospital. After settling in, we decided to expand our family and adopted a second dog, Shae, who Riley became instant friends with!

My husband and I absolutely love living in the DFW area. Together, one of our greatest thrills is traveling the world and planning our next big adventure. In my free time, I also enjoy taking my pups for walks and to the lake to swim, reading, gardening, cooking, and hosting our family and friends from all over the country.

One of the most rewarding aspects of my job is educating pet parents. I am constantly in awe of how strong the human-animal bond is, and wish to support that bond to the best of my abilities. Early in my career, my family in Nebraska had to make the incredibly difficult decision to euthanize one of my childhood pets. She was considered to be “my” dog (I was her primary caretaker until I went to college), so my family consulted with me throughout her final weeks and days. My biggest regret was not being able to be there when she passed peacefully; however, I learned so much about the role of being a pet parent during the end of life process through this occurrence.

This experience led me to realize that one of the most humbling and precious gifts veterinarians are afforded is the ability to end or prevent suffering via euthanasia. It also inspired me to pursue end of life care. I believe every pet deserves to be surrounded by their loving family in the most comfortable space during their last moments. My goal is to compassionately support families throughout these final stages of their pet’s life and to assist with a peaceful passing in the most beautiful way possible.

Dr. Colleen

Colleen Lambo

For any nomad, the term “home” ceases to be about where you live and instead refers to the constants and companions in your life. I have moved 28 times and lived in 10 states and 6 countries, which has made the question “where are you from” one of my least favorite conversation starters!  My family has always consisted of more pets than people, and the furred and feathered friends trekked the globe with us.  They helped to make sense of the instability and were undeniable troopers.  As I watched our first gracefully aging feline, OC, start to lose her joie de vivre, the decision to help her pass comfortably felt like a gift we could provide to thank her for all her love.  Watching her ease away from the world while curled up in my mother’s lap gave me confidence in our choice, and I have been a strong supporter of compassionate euthanasia ever since.

My deep love for animals and interests in science and medicine made becoming a veterinarian an obvious career choice.  I attended vet school at Kansas State University, graduating in 2009.  During my veterinary internship at Louisiana State University, I took the responsibility of euthanasia as an honor, and would go well out of my way to help my clients as much as I was able.  We would take blankets to the front lawn and make clay paws for every family member when desired.  I understand the incredible importance of a fond farewell and am eager to provide that to any family in need.  

I chose to continue my education with a focus on conservation, and have completed a post-doc and a Master’s degree.  My research projects allowed me to produce ocelot and tiger babies using artificial techniques in zoos.  I worked with scientists at Cornell University as the surgeon who transferred the world’s first IVF puppies, and trained veterinarians to perform laparoscopic transfers of pet embryos.  I sincerely enjoy working to bring life into the world, especially endangered species, and find it equally rewarding to help our companions leave the world in peace. 

I moved to College Station to continue my education as a PhD student at Texas A&M University.  As a career student involved in conservation, I have missed interacting with and helping people and their pets.  Working for Lap of Love, and being there to help make the best of difficult situations, allows me to support my community here in Texas.

About Sarah Tangeman

Like many veterinarians, I have always adored animals and knew from a young age that this passion would drive my career path. As a Nebraska native, one of my most treasured childhood memories was helping my grandfather on his farm during farrowing season (the birth of piglets). Growing up, we always had family dogs as well. From a young age, I was fortunate enough to experience the unconditional love of a pet, as well as their miraculous abilities to perceive human feelings. I developed a fond appreciation of the human-animal bond through experiencing its beauty first-hand.

My desire to pursue a career in veterinary medicine not only stemmed from my eagerness to help and protect animals, but also from an inclination to honor the human-animal bond through client education and support. I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and participated in a cooperative veterinary program through the University of Nebraska and Iowa State University to obtain my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine.

While in veterinary school, I adopted my pride and joy, Riley. He is perfect for me, and an integral part of my success (and sanity) in school. Upon graduation, I got married and moved my little family from the Midwest to northeast Dallas to practice in a small animal hospital. After settling in, we decided to expand our family and adopted a second dog, Shae, who Riley became instant friends with!

My husband and I absolutely love living in the DFW area. Together, one of our greatest thrills is traveling the world and planning our next big adventure. In my free time, I also enjoy taking my pups for walks and to the lake to swim, reading, gardening, cooking, and hosting our family and friends from all over the country.

One of the most rewarding aspects of my job is educating pet parents. I am constantly in awe of how strong the human-animal bond is, and wish to support that bond to the best of my abilities. Early in my career, my family in Nebraska had to make the incredibly difficult decision to euthanize one of my childhood pets. She was considered to be “my” dog (I was her primary caretaker until I went to college), so my family consulted with me throughout her final weeks and days. My biggest regret was not being able to be there when she passed peacefully; however, I learned so much about the role of being a pet parent during the end of life process through this occurrence.

This experience led me to realize that one of the most humbling and precious gifts veterinarians are afforded is the ability to end or prevent suffering via euthanasia. It also inspired me to pursue end of life care. I believe every pet deserves to be surrounded by their loving family in the most comfortable space during their last moments. My goal is to compassionately support families throughout these final stages of their pet’s life and to assist with a peaceful passing in the most beautiful way possible.

"We needed to put our huge, cranky 15 year old cat to sleep a few days ago. Gracie. She WAS NOT a candidate to take to the vet. She had been in my downtown condo for 14 years and DID NOT like strangers even when she was feeling well. She could only have been described as a crazy wild animal, except to me. And on this day, she did not even want me. I did an internet search for home euthanasia and found Lap of Love. I was able to get this house call at noon the same day. The whole process was done in an amazing way, by an amazing doctor. Had this process been unavailable my kitty would be here suffering right now. She had severe diabetes , etc... This final hour amounted to with a spray in my kitties' mouth that allowed her to be relaxed enough for a shot. (a relaxing agent) Like 20 more minutes later my cat was completely relaxed and dreaming of chasing moths in heaven. She then took her final shot without a care in the world. She passed on super sweetly. There was nothing left but to box her up and bury her under a pretty tree. This process (home euthanasia) gets an A+ surely for a pet that will not put up with meds or strangers. My Vet, Sarah Tangeman, was like an angel. A+++ The most amazing combination of crazy smart, sweet and companionate. We will always be grateful to her."

Brian Luenser
Fort Worth, Texas

"Dear Dr. Sarah, our family is so grateful that you came to our door for Trot. You were professional, let our Trot pass peacefully and most of all, caring. You will always be part of Trot's life because of the loving tears you shed in his memory. You brought peace for him and us, to which we will always be grateful. Trot was ready to go to that land of forever playing ball and chasing squirrels... thank you for being there."


Arlington, Texas

"There couldn't be a better person to do such a tough job."

Lindz Tesla
Arlington, Texas

"This was one of the hardest things we have ever had to do. But having Dr. Sarah there was such a blessing. She led us through the entire process, giving us the time we needed to say goodbye. She was very compassionate and did everything she could to keep our boy comfortable and send him off peacefully. We couldn't imagine having to do it any other way. With her attitude, kind words, and soft approach, she made our last moments with our sweet boy as peaceful and comforting as we could have hoped for."

Milo and Rachel Harrison
Fort Worth, Texas

"Dr. Sarah Tangeman was such a blessing to my family on one of the hardest days She was incredibly compassionate, very patient, calm and thoughtful. When she carried by precious pooch out of my house in a basket filled with a pillow and blanket it looked like he was sleeping. And that will be the last memory I have of him....what an incredible comfort that will be."

Nancy Wright
Dallas, Texas

"We are so very thankful we decided to check into Lap of Love for our precious baby KC! Although our family was heartbroken as KC neared death, the entire experience with Dr Tangeman was peaceful and helped our hearts be at rest. From the moment she entered our home she was respectful and empathetic. She wanted to hear KC’ story and gave us all time to share. She showed KC she cared about her and gave her pets and love. She was patient and thoroughly explained everything to us and allowed for questions. KC was able to be on HER bed surrounded by all of us who loved her instead of in a cold animal hospital room or alone. We were able to say our good-byes and pet her and love on her (our youngest is in California and face timed with us during the entire process but was able to talk to KC and tell her his love). The entire experiences comforted our hearts and we will forever be grateful."

Mike and Gina, Justin, Cody, Tom A
Fort Worth, Texas

LOCAL RESOURCES
Pet Life and Loss Support Services

  (817) 263-2901

Fort Worth Animal Emergency Hospital

Pet Loss Support

  (469) 919-8248

Diane Pomerance, PhD

  (817) 731-3734

Metro West Emergency Veterinary Center, Fort Worth

  (817) 410-2273

Animal Emegency Hospital of North Texas, Grapevine

  (972) 820-7099

Center for Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Care

  (214) 547-9900

Emergency Animal Hospital of Collin County

  (469) 287-6767

Frisco Emergency Pet Care

  (972) 323-1310

North Texas Emergency Pet Clinic

SERVICE AREA

Helping families in the following areas:

We proudly serve the greater Dallas Fort Worth area, including all or parts of Dallas, Tarrant, Collin, and Denton Counties. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a travel fee of $50 - $150 based on your location. 

Pet Memorials
“T.r.o.t. (the Republic Of Texas). What can our family say other than we miss our Trot so much! It was so hard to let our big, goofy Lab go. We adopted Trot for Christmas 2008 as a little brand new puppy... so clumsy, playful, sharp little baby teeth and cute puppy breath. Our boy grew, loved playing ball and tug of war. I still remember one ...
August 13, 2019
“Mama dog Tess. Best dog ever! She lived the best life!”
Lindz Tesla
August 9, 2019
“Thank you Charlie boy for being the best companion we could ask for. For giving us all of the love that you had to give. You taught us lessons in patience, empathy, happiness, and love. We love you and you will always be our best boy.”
Milo and Rachel Harrison
August 4, 2019
“Dallas truly loved to go. He traveled across the U.S. on road trips with us, he joined us for patio dining at our favorite restaurants and joined me on many shopping trips. We often called him our hotel dog. Dallas understood several words and would pop his head up if he heard either my husband or I saying one of his words. Our favorite phrase ...
Nancy Wright
August 2, 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
PO Box 16882
Fort Worth, Texas 76162

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