Lexington & 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 crematorium and returned in a cedar box. The cremains (ashes) will be ready in approximately 10-14 days and delivered to you by Dr. Kendra or they can be certified mailed to your home. Please speak to the vet directly for more information.
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.
There may be a fee if additional assistance to safely carry your pet out of your home is needed.
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 refer to our local resources section.
Kendra L. Healy, DVM
Having been in general practice for over 25 years, I’ve had the joy of seeing many fluffy young babies become faithful and beloved companions. As they’ve aged, I have been there to help many of them live happy and healthy lives, long into their golden years. I truly believe that no one wishes to have their time end in an unfamiliar environment. Sharing those last moments in a favorite place, where both the pet and the owners are comfortable, should be available to everyone. This is why I have chosen to devote the remainder of my career to helping our furry friends live out their golden years comfortably in the warmth and love of their homes.
I became a vet in 1987, when I earned my degree from Ross University. I’ve wanted to be a veterinarian ever since I can remember. I’ve always loved animals, biology and just “icky” things, so it’s the perfect fit. I grew up in Cincinnati and have lived in South Florida as well as Colorado Springs. I am happy to be with family here in Lexington, and love being back in this part of the country where the grass is green.
I share my home with two house cats; Maui, the DSH who loves to spend her time in a bowl and Sparkle, the regal Bengal who prefers to be glued to a lap. The two cats earning their keep in the barn are James Bond and Pussy Galore along with 4 beloved horses who only sometimes earn their keep.
"Dr. Kendra was very supportive during our final weekend with Bella. I struggled with thoughts of maybe this was too soon for end of life since my dog was only 10 years old however, Dr. Kendra reassured me that my girl was getting progressively weaker. When I met her, she made me feel comfortable that I was making an appropriate and unselfish decision. Thank you from the bottom of my heart."
Trudy FreesLexington, Kentucky
"Dr, Healy was very gentle and compassionate and I was so relieved that she was available Thanksgiving weekend.
I would recommend Lap of Love to anyone who needs to put their pet to sleep. I was glad I did not have to inflict another trip to the vet on my poor sick little girl."
Tina KrogdahlLexington, Kentucky
"I would like to thank Dr. Kendra for her kindness and compassion at a most difficult time for me. My 16 year old cat, Jinx (AKA Kitty-Boy), was diagnosed earlier this year with kidney failure, a terminal diagnosis. I have had two other cats die from kidney failure, and I know just how bad the end can be for them. I chose to end Jinx's life before he got to the point of complete debilitation and pain. That was extremely hard for me- choosing to have him euthanized while he was still 'himself.' His appetite was failing, he had lost a lot of weight, he would occasionally vomit up his meals, and he was drinking water all the time. He had begun to cry sometimes in a way that indicated pain BUT, he still loved to sit on my lap, lay in his favorite sun spots, and beg for cheese treats. His last few hours with me involved a tuna dinner, some cheese, a good scratch in the litter box, and a 45 minute nap on my lap. When Dr. Kendra got there, he was stretched out on the back of chair in front of the window, a favorite nap spot, with me petting him. She talked to me and petted Jinx, and explained everything. She waited for me to indicate I was ready, then gave him a quick shot that he barely reacted to. In about 60 seconds, he was asleep but still breathing. I brought him down on my lap, kissed him goodbye, and she gave him the final shot. I have had to suffer through taking many of my pets to the vets office over the years for euthanasia. This was nothing at all like that. It was quiet, peaceful, and most of all- HE WAS NOT AFRAID in the last moments of his life. He was with his Momma, in his favorite sleeping spot, and all was well in his world. I cannot recommend this approach to euthanasia enough. It was worth every penny, and I highly recommend taking this route with your pet. Their ending will be wonderful, and you will not have to suffer through memories of their pain and fear. I wish I had had access to this service sooner, and Dr. Kendra was just wonderful."
Felicia ReavesLawrenceburg, Kentucky
"Dr. Kendra was genuinely caring of Misty and the grieving pet owners. She was thorough in her assessment of Misty and gentle and loving in her approach. She made a difficult time a lot easier for all of us! I am so glad we were able to have an in-home intervention. It was a lot less stressful on the whole family."
Sandra VeltkampLexington,, Kentucky
"I simply cannot say enough wonderful things about Dr. Healy. Dala was not our dog, but our girl and part of our family. The loss of her and making the difficult decision was so greatly comforted by Dr. Healy and how she handled the entire moment. She loved on our girl with hugs and kisses right there with us and showed a level of compassion I had never seen from a doctor. These moments are so very difficult and Dr. Healy was an angel that was there to help us through this time. Thank you Dr. Healy. You helped us more than you can ever know."
Caralee BrownLexington, Kentucky
"Thank you Dr. Kendra. I always knew when the time came to make the hard decision I wanted Bart to be at home. He hated going to the vet and would tremble and shake. Bart’s regular vet was not available to perform the end of life service due to a family emergency. I found Lap of Love online. Dr. Kendra was so very kind, compassionate and gentle. I couldn't have asked for anyone better suited to do this. Bart was able to stay in my lap in our home in a very peaceful atmosphere. He never shook or even stirred. I am so thankful for this. I adopted Bart when he was 10 and he has been my constant companion for the last five and a half years. I am heartbroken, but take comfort in knowing his last memories were peaceful and that he was loved."
Deb JacksonLexington, Kentucky
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
BGVS + Animal Emergency
University of Florida-Gainesville
The Ohio State University
University of California-Davis
Helping families in the following areas:
Local Service Area: 0 - 20 miles (no additional fee): Georgetown, Paris, Lexington - North of Man O War Blvd, Stamping Ground, Midway
Extended Service Area 1: 20 - 30 miles ($30 additional fee): Lexington - South of Man O War Blvd, Corinth, Sadieville, Cynthiana, Frankfort, Versailles, Nicholasville
Extended Service Area 2: 30 - 40 miles ($60 additional fee): Carlisle, Dry Ridge, Lawrenceburg, Mt Sterling, Owenton, Wilmore, Winchester
Extended Service Area 3: Greater than 40 miles (to be quoted): Berea, Danville, Elizabethtown, Lancaster, Harrodsburg, Morehead, Shelbyville
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 Love1088 Nandino Boulevard # 11611Lexington, Kentucky 40576
Lexington Herald-Leader: Veterinarian specializes in expanding field of end-of-life care for pets