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.
For pets over 30 pounds, we may ask your assistance moving your loved one if cremation has been requested. 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.
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!
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.
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.
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 Boden, DVM
"Dr. Tangeman took such gentle care of JJ, I can't thank her enough. My only dream was that JJ could pass peacefully at home in his favorite spot and she was able to make this come true for him. She is simply the best and is a gift for the animals and people that she helps."
Carrie SommaDallas, Texas
"I prayed that when the time came, I would know. Yesterday morning when Kobi was hurting, I knew what we needed to do as a family, which was to give Kobi the kind of goodbye he so deserved. Prior to calling Lap of Love, I had placed other calls to places that didn't seem to understand the gravity and heartbreak we were feeling. But I called Lap of Love and Tiffany's calm and caring voice helped us to make this hard choice. We could not have done this without the help of Dr. Jessica Boden, who was so kind, trustworthy, empathetic, and most importantly, she understood the love we had for our sweet boy. And her thoughtful email that followed, along with her encouragement to share with others here. Thank you for giving us the chance to say goodbye in peace, and in the comfort of our home. And thank you for doing what you do."
Anna KimDallas, Texas
"Dr. Jessica was absolutely excellent at the difficult time of having to put our beloved Dickens to rest. Her empathy is so genuine. Her manner was perfect for the occasion.
This was our second use of their services this year and we will not hesitate to call them again when that time of need arrives (hopefully not soon).
To be able to avoid the stress of getting Dickens out of the house; to have him at home in a familiar, comfortable environment, was of utmost importance to us.
Lap of Love is perfect for this, and Dr. Jessica is perfect at making the family comfortable.
Rick and Carla"
Rick ThompsonProsper, Texas
"I had to do one of the most difficult things, put my beloved dog to sleep but Lap of Love and Dr. Sarah were great. Dr. Sarah showed my dog so much love and compassion. She was fantastic. I would recommend Lap of Love to anyone that is considering doing at home euthanasia. Thank you so much Lap of Love and Dr. Sarah."
Ashley MartinNorth Richland Hills, Texas
"As the time to let our Henry go, we heard about Lap of Love from a friend. Unfortunately, saying goodbye is the negative part of having years of love and friendship with our doggies. Henry was a proud and regal Goldendoodle whom we rescued nearly 13 years ago when he was one or two years old. He was the kindest, most gentle giant and loved by all. He (as all dogs do) deserved a compassionate and peaceful departure from this earth. That is exactly what he received with the help of Dr. Erica. She was beyond amazing -- making this most challenging time as positive and peaceful as possible. We have four other doggies and we know the time will come when we will have to do the same for them. I honestly can't imagine ever doing this any differently. Thank you, Dr. Erica."
Alex GeesbreghtFort Worth, Texas
"I had a unique situation - Dr. Jessica Boden had been to my home 4 months prior and set up hospice for all 4 of my over age 15 years cats for when their time came. She came to help Jaina pass on Nov 14. Just a week later, Wally age 16 started going downhill. I came home from work on Saturday Nov 24 and I saw that Wally would probably not make it through the night. I called Lap of Love a few times, and Gail worked with me over a couple hours period to get another doctor to come out, however none was available. Wally was not in distress and I knew he would probably pass on his own. I got in touch with Dr. Boden but she was out of town; however she emailed and called me several times to let me know what to watch for with him. At the same time Gail had arranged for Dr. Tangeman to come out Sunday morning to either help Wally pass or to take his body to be cremated. He passed while I slept by him on the couch between 4am-7am. Unfortunately I had to sing at church a couple hours later as I'm in an auditioned group and really couldn't not be there....had he not passed I would not have gone, but since he had died there was nothing more I could do. I cried the whole morning, but he was already gone so my wonderful neighbor who does rescue work with her husband graciously came to my house and let Dr. Tangeman in while I was at church. The doctor took care of everything as Dr. Boden had done, including a paw print impression, and she emailed me a follow up to let me know how things went. I cannot thank both doctors enough, and I also want to thank Gail and I believe it was Laurie the next morning after Wally died who helped coordinate Dr. Tangeman coming out. And of course my wonderful neighbor Erika who was there in my place. I'm eternally grateful to all of you."
Cheri RobertsonRichardson, Texas
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
SPCA of Texas
Fort Worth Animal Emergency Hospital
Diane Pomerance, PhD
Metro West Emergency Veterinary Center, Fort Worth
Animal Emegency Hospital of North Texas, Grapevine
Center for Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Care
Emergency Animal Hospital of Collin County
Frisco Emergency Pet Care
North Texas Emergency Pet Clinic
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.
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.
Lap of Love6387 Camp Bowie Blvd, B-405Ft. Worth TX 76116
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