Denver & 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 indian rosewood 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 your home or work.
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 at Monument Lake.
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 5am - 9pm. 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.
Lauren Dosal, DVM
I'm a midwestern girl at heart - being born and raised in Minneapolis! Even from an early age, I have always loved animals, but knew I wanted to become a veterinarian while volunteering at low cost spay/neuter clinics in northern Minnesota. While most of the volunteers loved playing with the puppies and kittens, I found myself drawn to the older dogs and cats. Right before veterinary school, I adopted a geriatric dog who I met in Thailand while volunteering at an animal sanctuary. He was an old street dog who had recently been rescued after major flooding in Bangkok. As soon as I met him, I felt a connection and knew he had to come home with me. We spent over 4 wonderful years together before his level of pain became too great and we had to say goodbye. He taught me so much about love and patience and I am forever grateful for our time together. Although graduating from University of Minnesota's College of Veterinary Medicine taught me the veterinary skills I needed, loving Ping taught me about the importance of that human-animal bond and how my job as a veterinarian is to try to protect it until that final day.
I enjoy many aspects of veterinary medicine, but my favorite has to be the human-animal bond. Witnessing the relationship that is formed between pets and their owners is truly amazing. Animals can bring so much joy, support and well-being into humans lives (and vice versa!). Getting to hear their story, about their personality, and how much their pet means to them is priceless.
I also understand the importance of protecting the final days that you may have together and I am honored that I can offer that final gift to your pet - a peaceful passing at home with their loved ones by their side.
I currently have full house of adopted pets: 2 dogs (Madison and Olivia) and 5 cats (Minky, Beatrix, Maverick, Butters and Mocha). They bring me so much happiness – words cannot even express my love for them!
"Lauren was very affectionate and comforting to my family and I, as well as to George. She informed of us what was going to happen and she didn't proceed with anything unless we were ready. She let us say goodbye and to cuddle him all that we wanted. She was very gentle with the process, which allowed us to have a sense of peace when it was time to say goodbye to our sweet George. She assured as that George was well loved and that we did the best thing for him. Thank you for being there for us and for helping us thru this very rough time in our lives."
Renee and Michael MecomberAurora, Colorado
"After 17+ years of amazing companionship I had to make a very difficult decision. Dr. Lauren's soft, caring, kind approach to both my sweet Ellie and our family made this experience not as awful as I had anticipated. She explained everything to us in a calm caring voice and then very gently gave Ellie a heavy seditive. In no time at all, Ellie was the most relaxed we had seen her in months. After tears and talk, Dr. Lauren injected the overdose and Ellie peacefully left. After making a paw impression and clipping her tail hair, Dr. Lauren gently placed her body in a basket bed snuggled in her blanket and we said our final "I love yous". I would not hestitate to recommend Lap of Love to anyone!"
Barbara Herbel HendricksEnglewood, Colorado
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
The Human Animal Bond Trust, Denver
VCA Alameda East Veterinary Hospital, Denver
Individual Pet Grief Counseling, Denver
VRCC - Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Hospital, Englewood
Pet Loss Support Group, Boulder
Denver Pet Urgent Care - Emergency Veterinary Hospital, Wheat Ridge
Helping families in the following areas:
We proudly serve the greater Denver area, including all or parts of Denver, Arapahoe, Jefferson, Adams, Douglas, and Broomfield Counties. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a travel fee of $30-$75 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 LoveP.O. Box 440574Aurora, CO 80044