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.
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
"First of all, I feel that you are doing a great service and I am so happy that we found you to help ease our sweet Apache into his next life. Dr. Sarah assisted us today and I can only say I am grateful there are people in the world with as much compassion and empathy during such trying times. There is a special place in heaven for our sweet Apache and I can only imagine the same for you!"
Flower Mound, Texas
"As horrible as the concept is having to let go of a true member of the family, Dr. Boden felt like a true friend while walking us through this process. It was the most peaceful for Lucy and we will never regret the decision to have this very personal event done at home. Dr. Boden walked us through everything and showed such compassion and love to Lucy, we will never forget her even though we will probably never see her again. What a wonderful concept and knowing that this was her last moment on earth in our home and with all of our love - you can't replace it. Thanks Dr. Boden - we will never forget how you took care of our Lucy."
Carol DearingDALLAS, Texas
"Dr. Jessica was truly an answered prayer. I got to spend 18 years with Pal, but I wouldn't have been ready to say goodbye if he lived to be 30. After his stroke, he got so weak. I waited to see if he would pass on his own, but he lingered. He was afraid of the vet and it broke my heart to think of his last moments being lived in fear and anxiety. Dr. Jessica came in and had such a way with him. He didn't seem nervous at all and he passed so gently, I did not realize he had quit breathing. She explained everything and pet him so he would feel at ease. She helped my Pal go in the most peaceful way possible. Pal was no longer struggling and he died with his head in my lap. Thank you Dr. Jessica. Thank you for giving me peace and for giving Pal the passing he deserved. This was the hardest decision of my life but I know it was the right one. Dr. Jessica you are a Godsend."
Leah OrdonezDallas, Texas
"Monday July 9th, we as a family decided to let our beloved Blizzard head on to Rainbow Bridge.
It's never an easy call to make (toughest decision ever), but we knew it was time.
And we were/are so fortunate to have had Dr. Sarah here to help, and what a great help she was/is.
We feel like she was a GOD sent Angel.
Thank You, Dr. Sarah
Also, lots of thanks to Lap of Love, what a great company/family/organization, very passionate, very professional, we are so touched.
We would have not been able to proceed without you all.
Fernando MorinArlington, Texas
"On 01 July Dr Erica Fry visited our home to assist in our final goodbye to our beloved Cooper. Cooper was 14+ years old and always the light of our lives. He dealt with cancer last year and underwent surgery to remove the mass. Every checkup, for many months, confirmed the cancer had not reappeared. But, on 27 June he collapsed and would not move. We took him to the vet's emergency room. Over the next thirty-six hours we received the news that the cancer had reappeared and spread. We were told he needed to go home and spend his final days with us. We took him home on 29 June and made the call to Lap of Love scheduling a visit for two days later. We wanted that one more day to spend with him. There was no way he was going to leave us anywhere else but home. This was the least we could do for him. Additionally, we feel he was more comfortable than being in a cold vet's office. Dr Erica Fry arrived and conversed with us for a while letting us know we could take all the time we needed. She explained everything and listened to us relay many stories of Cooper as well as viewing many pictures of his life. I remember telling her I was glad she was here with us. She was professional yet kind. Thank you Dr. Fry."
"As I reflect almost two weeks after the passing of our sweet baby, Bella, I am overwhelmed with gratitude for Dr. Fry. She came to our home with 4 hours notice on a Sunday which also happened to be Father's Day. She was so respectful and gave us a thorough assessment of our girls current state to make sure we were well informed and equipped to make a difficult decision. She showed us the most genuine compassion. She did not rush our goodbye and allowed us the time we so desperately needed. Words cannot express how much we appreciate this service. It makes a very difficult situation a little easier as our beloved family member was able to go in peace in the comfort of her safe space in my arms and surrounded by those who loved her. Thank you Dr. Fry for your compassion, love, and support. You will never know how much we respect and appreciate your selflessness in choosing this profession. The world could use a few more Dr. Frys."
Eryn ZellerDallas, Texas
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Animal Emegency Hospital of North Texas, Grapevine
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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
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