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.
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 is one of the most compassionate vets I've ever met. She immediately put Wolfgang and me at ease. She was not a stranger when she entered my home... she was a friend. She explained everything, took the time to get to know Wolfgang, and listened to me ramble on. She let everything proceed on my timeline. She is a true angel on this earth and I thank God for sending her to me and Wolfgang."
Shirley OrrellFort Worth, Texas
"On November 11, 2017 after a sleepless night, I attempted to end the suffering of my most beloved companion, Wolfgang. I struggled to get him loaded into my SUV and make the trip to the 24-hour clinic at 4:00 AM. He barked the entire way and it broke my heart. You see, Wolfgang HATED vehicles and being away from his home. When I pulled up in front of the clinic that I had used the previous year for another euthanasia, they were no longer open 24 hours. I knew then, that God had intervened. Rather than go to another 24-hour clinic, I brought him back home. I then searched the internet and came across Lap of Love. At 10:15 AM that morning, an earth angel known as Dr. Erica, came to my home. I knew immediately that my prayers were answered and the most compassionate vet had been sent by God to ease Wolfgang's transition. He was able to leave this world the way I had prayed he'd be able to... comfortably at home. Of all the euthansias I've had to go through over the years, Wolfgang's was the most dignified and peaceful one I've ever been a part of. Dr. Erica saw to his comfort and let the process be on my time. She'll never know how much her presence and assistance that morning meant to me. I'll forever be grateful to her."
"Jessica was so caring, gentle, wise, patient.
She is wonderful!!!!"
Angela HelmsArlington, Texas
"Dr. Jessica was so caring and compassionate with Maggie and my wife and I . It takes a special person to do what you do and we are forever thankful.
Dave McKelveyIrving, Texas
"Dr. Jessica was amazing. She explained everything and was so sweet with Dyson. She definitely made the experience better."
Kiki BaughmanOak Cliff, Texas
"Me and my wife Sue were struggling so hard as to what to do for our almost 13 year old Raja. We had taken her to the Vet to find out why she was tiring easy and just not wanting to eat. The diagnosis of Raja was not at all good. Everything that could go wrong was and we just could not put her through anymore and wanted her to pass at home. My wife is an RN and works with a woinderful doctor that is part of a group. She told Sue that she had this doctor in her group that was with Lap of Love. It was Dr. Erica Fry and she gave to my wife her contact information. What are the odds? Sue called the number and got in touch with Ashley Rasanen who was so helpful and kind on the phone and set up an appointment for us with Dr. Erica. Dr. Erica came out to our home after calling us saying she was on her way. She showed up and words just can not describe how kind and loving of a person. She talked with us and loved on our furry babies and instantly became part of our family. She gave us a gift that we hadn't seen in Raja for sometime. A very peaceful moment that we were able to embrace and love on her and Raja as always throwing kisses back at us. She allowed us to love on her as long as needed before she actually was put to rest. We could not have asked for a better warm felt experience during these difficult times. Our baby Raja girl is finally resting at peace."
Brian and Sue PetersonAledo, Texas
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
SPCA of Texas
Fort Worth Animal Emergency Hospital
Metro West Emergency Veterinary Center, Fort Worth
Animal Emegency Hospital of North Texas, Grapevine
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 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