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
"I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason for the ultimate good. That was certainly the case when Dr. Erica came to assist us with Ginger. It was a God send that our vet was out of town and recommended Lap of Love. My husband and I both had experienced euthanasia with other pets, but never at home and not with such a beloved one as Ginger. Dr. Erica put us at ease, but more importantly, she put Ginger at ease as soon as she arrived. Ginger sensed that she was there to help her. No one could have been more compassionate, considerate and caring as Dr. Erica. I am so grateful she was there for us and for our sweet girl. God bless you, Erica."
Barbara and Bobby MoffettCedar Hill, Texas
"My Lap of Love Veterinarian was Dr. Jessica Webster who showed great compassion and love throughout our difficult journey. Her gentleness and sweet spirit was a great benefit to us both, helping us both to remain calm. Lap of Love is fortunate to have Dr. Jessica on their staff as she has excellent skills for helping animals and humans alike through such an important and profound experience."
Laura UtrechtDallas, Texas
"Dr. Jessica has a heart of gold, just like our beloved dog Ginger. She was patient, kind, gentle and made a difficult day into something compassionate and meaningful. We can’t thank you enough for guiding us through this difficult time."
Lynne HoganPlano, Texas
"Dr. Jessica was so understanding, compassionate & helpful. I am so grateful for her help in helping me make sure Obi went to sleep feeling safe, content & comfortable in my arms in her home. It was a beautiful gift, a blessing for me to have the help I needed to do that. And Dr. Jessica helped me, too. I wanted to be calm, to keep Obi calm so she could go peacefully. It was very difficult. And having Dr. Jessica there to help made something so difficult easier, it's never easy. I am very thankful for her help."
Sue EllisDallas, Texas
"The hardest part about losing a dog you’ve loved isn’t about saying goodbye, it’s about how your whole world changes and the emptiness that’s left in your heart when they go. My Fred was a member of my family for over 15 years and my most well behaved child. He lived a wonderful life with a cup of coffee and 2 walks every day. There will never be another boy like him. Dr. Jessica Webster-Boden and Lynn Gipprich were outstanding with their empathy and compassion for my family in this tragic time. Dr Jessica took the time to explain everything in detail and made sure we understood how the procedure would go. She truly has a gift in her profession. We will be forever grateful to you for making our Fred's last moments comfortable."
Annie FensterDallas, Texas
"We are so lucky to have had Dr. Jessica here with us for Dante’s last moments. She showed true compassion for our loving boy, Dante, and for us. She knew what we were going through and was both professional and loving throughout. We will be forever thankful for her kindness and for helping us through a time of almost unbearable grief. Thank you for what you do, Dr. Jessica, it means so much to us and certainly to many other people."
Sam & Lacey BernalIrving, Texas
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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