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.
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.
Jessica Webster-Boden DVM
"I occasionally think of you and Lap of Love with gratitude! [just passed the one year anniversary of saying goodbye to Garrett] You were so warm, friendly, and professional you actually made a sad time more bearable. I had watched Garrett being born and it was only fitting that I be there when he passed. You gave him a peaceful, painless passing, free of fear. I am so thankful that Lap of Love exists.
I have a 14 year old kitty that may need your services in a year or two. When her time comes, I will be sure to contact Lap of Love and request you.
Again, I can't say enough about how your kind, calm, caring demeanor helped me through this-you simply have the touch! Please feel free to share this so others who might feel anxious about calling, will feel less stress - even the young lady who answered the phone when I called was warm and caring-so appreciated!"
Marcia ThomasFort Worth, Texas
"This was the most dignified and peaceful way for Duke to go. He was in our home, with familiar surroundings and Jessica was so understanding and empathetic about the whole process. She took her cues from me and let me have the time I needed to baby him, spoil him and say goodbye all while he was comfortable and surrounded by his blanket, bed and familiar sounds and smells. It's never easy to let go of a part of the family but when it is done so gently it makes all the difference in the world. Thank you Jessica, it was a blessing to have you in our home and entrusting our sweet Duke to your very able hands."
Laura FosterFort Worth, Texas
"Dr. Jessica gently and kindly helped Sadie achieve the peace and rest she earned. We are very grateful for her support in this incredibly difficult moment."
Tom KeeneColleyville, Texas
"Caitlin was very supportive to me and kind. She treated SuzieQ with love
and affection and she was very gentle and quite as she gave Suz the 'fatil
dose'. She left alone after SuzieQ was passed so that I could express my
grief. Though it will take me a very long time to go through the grieving
process, Caitlin was very understanding and I would recommend her to anyone
in need of her service."
Jackie JenkinsEuless, Texas
"Dr. Caitlin was wonderful. She explained everything
and made the journey to the Rainbow Bridge a peaceful one for
Jolie. I am so grateful for this service."
Carla ParvisPlano, Texas
"Dr. Erica--We feel so blessed by the way you took care of Buddy to allow him to pass from here to eternity without him feeling any worse and unhappy. My wife shared with me how you did a this in a very caring and compassionate manner. Your services at our home allowed Buddy to spend his last moments in the calm and and peace of being where he felt comfortable and happy.
Your care did comfort us as well in dealing with this difficult life event. Buddy always had the best of care and we are thankful he had that up to his last breath
When I called to arrange for your services, Tina Hatin took my call. Tina was incredible as she was very compassionate and provided comforting words as she collected information needed to schedule Lap Of Love services for Buddy.
As you know Buddy came to us as a rescue dog and from that point forward he gave us much love and companionship for over 9 years. The first time I saw him when his foster family introduced me to him, Buddy came to me and sat down with his head on my thigh as if to say "are you going to take me home". I picked him and never had a second thought. He immediately fit into our family. My wife had a special attachment to Buddy as he saved her from a home invasion. As gentle as he was, he would not let anyone harm his family. What a great pet. Buddy loved riding on our boat on the lake on the seat in bow. His very large Labrador ears would stand out in the wind as if he was flying. Buddy shared time with us with another rescued Lab named Jack and two cats named Ace and Bucky. He loved being with each and always enjoyed their companionship. Buddy was so easy to like as he always had on a good dog smile and loved being petted.
Thank you for your great care for Buddy and our family. Again your care was a blessing."
Philip MeadersIrving, 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