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 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 Boden, DVM
"We lost our Moo cat to gastric cancer and two weeks later our Rosie dog to renal failure and dementia. I have never used in-home euthanasia, but couldn't bear for Moo and Rosie's last moments to be frightening and traumatic. My Rosie dog was always a bit nervous and all she knew was that she got to eat a big chicken pot pie at home, and then she fell asleep. Moo got to eat vanilla ice cream. I couldn't have asked for a kinder end to their cherished lives.
Dr. Erica was so patient and informative. She cared for our pets like they were part of her own family and cared for our well-being as well. I can't even put into words how much I value this service and Dr. Erica."
Meredyth WilliamsDallas, Texas
"We want to thank Dr Fry. She and her assistant were amazing from beginning to the end. They comforted us and made sure we were okay and that Dexter was comfortable. It was a peaceful and humane way to say goodbye and release our sweet baby to peace. We will never be able to say thank you enough for guiding us through everything you guided us through!
I do recommend Lap of Love to anyone who is stuggleing with the decision of letting go of their very special fur baby. It’s a hard decision to make, but the professionals at Lap of Love know what they are doing and they make it a very smooth and easy transition.
God bless you Dr Fry. The work you are doing isn’t easy, but know it is appreciated and it will forever be remembered. ❤️"
Julie Lawless-DillonGrapevine, Texas
"Faith was my first pet. After having her for 14 years, making a decision on when it was time to let go was extremely difficult. For three days, my stomach was in knots over what I should do. From the moment Dr. Erica started talking, I felt the knots start to fade and an overwhelming sense of peace with my decision. The process was so much more peaceful than I had imagined. Dr. Erica explained everything step by step and made sure Faith and I had the time we needed together. I am so grateful that Faith’s last moments were at home where she loved to be. Thank you Dr. Erica."
Kristi RushFort Worth, Texas
"Dr Jessica was so comforting...this was so hard for us to do...Dr Jessica came into our home and Lucky was surrounded by his loving family...she was kind and gentle! Thank you so much!"
Debbie BarnesLucas, Texas
"My lovely Tiger Brindle French Bulldog Cielle (pronounced "CL" ) was 11-1/2 years old and sadly it was time she made the transition to Rainbow Bridge. I love that girl! She was mine and I was her's and I did everything possible to extend her life.
I found Lap of Love in a google search, called them and they were great. Dr. Erica Fry came out. She was kind, understanding and not in a hurry. She helped Cielle make the transition to Rainbow Bridge while I held Cielle tight in my arms.
As you can imagine, I'm so very sad. I miss her so, so much.
Thanks you Dr. Fry for being so kind and gentle."
Mark LelandKeller, Texas
"Drs Jessica and Erica were very kind during a difficult time. Dr Erica took the time to love on JoJo and explain what my options were. Through her kindness, I was able to spend some time with JoJo and try and give my pup some final indulgences that her health had not afforded her. I will always cherish those memories and time. Dr Jessica then allowed me to give JoJo a gentle and dignified death, without painfully dragging her to a clinic waiting room. My little girl was already finding it difficult to get comfortable in her doggie bed, I didn't want to have her final hours be in discomfort in a vet clinic. I will always have the memory of Jojo softly snoring on my lap. Thank you Dr. Jessica, that means the world to me."
Dorinda RuizDallas, 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
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