North Carolina, The Triangle
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 pounds, 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 guinea pigs, rabbits, ferrets, and birds. Call for pricing and availability.
With this option, your pet is cremated privately at a licensed crematory. The cremains are contained in a lovely wooden urn and will be returned to your primary care veterinarian within 3 business days. They can also be made available for pickup directly from the crematory, or mailed to you for an additional fee.
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.
For pets over 35 pounds, the doctor will need your assistance to her car.
For pets over 99 pounds, special arrangements will need to be made for transport. Other fees apply for pets over 200 pounds.
Lap of Love veterinarians do their best to assist families when needed. We help families 7 days a week from 9am to 9pm. Dr. Dana, Dr. Betsy, Anna and Maureen, our administrative assistants, answer your calls from 8am to 8pm Monday through Thursday, and 9am to 5pm Friday to Sunday. We encourage you to avoid a crisis situation and schedule an appointment before your pet takes a downturn. But sometimes, pets take a turn for the worse overnight, so same day appointments are almost always possible with a few hours notice. If this is a medical emergency, please contact your local veterinarian or see Emergency Clinic information under Local Resources.
Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians in your area.
Dana Lewis, DVM
Growing up on Long Island, I was the kid taking care of the baby bird that fell from the nest, rescuing the turtles from the road, walking the neighbors’ dogs for fun, volunteering to clean cages at the shelter. I moved to North Carolina to attend Guilford College in Greensboro and have lived in the Triangle since graduating from Guilford. I have been a small animal veterinarian since 1997 after graduating from NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine. I am married and have two growing boys, one dog, three cats, and a snake.
As a small animal veterinarian, I am very fortunate to have a career that I enjoy. Positively impacting the lives of my clients and their pets gives me a great feeling of satisfaction. I take great pleasure in the relationships that I have built serving clients.
I am honored to serve my clients in a way that eases their grief and their pet’s life as peacefully as possible. Lap of Love allows me to help my patients move on to a place with no tears. Neither the family nor the pet should be in an anxious position at that very last moment. I try to create an experience so that it's the very best that a bad moment can be. If the pet can be kept comfortable and his or her quality of life maintained through nursing care and pain management, then pet owners may be able to extend the quality time they have with their cherished companions. Every being deserves a comfortable end. Having the pet at home enables the animal maximum comfort, hospice care allows the pet to enjoy the last days of life in familiar surroundings in the company of loved ones, and it allows the family to have more time with their pet and prepare for the loss of this beloved family member.
Betsy King, DVM
From the time I was very young, I was surrounded by four legged companions of all types including horses, dogs, cats, and pocket pets. My love for animals and science lead me to become a veterinarian. In 1987 I graduated from NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine.
After graduation, I enjoyed 17 years in small animal practice and 11 years as a shelter veterinarian. I have had the pleasure to care for many pets throughout their entire lives, and I have a special fondness for grey faced patients. I currently share my home with my husband, four dogs, and two cats.
Our animal companions add so much joy and warmth to our lives. Dealing with end of life decisions can be very difficult. I feel blessed to be in a position to help families be as comfortable as possible with their choices. Euthanasia should be, and can be peaceful and compassionate. Saying good bye at home is the ultimate gift of love.
Dana Lewis, DVM
"Dr King came to our house on Tuesday, 2/21 and euthanized our beloved dog Niki. She was very professional and empathetic. She explained the process and made Niki relax during the whole process. Both my wife and I want to thank Dr. King for the way she presented herself, but of most importance how she comforted Niki during her time with her. It was an experience we will never forget."
Tom PlataniaRaleigh, North Carolina
"We are so grateful for the kindness, knowledge and experience of Dr. Lewis during a very difficult time. She was patient and caring and treated Anabelle with compassion and dignity. If we're ever in this situation again we'll ask for her help without hesitation. (Jeff)"
Christina UrdanetaCary, North Carolina
"Dr. Dana was wonderfully helpful during this painful and sad time. She gave us time to say goodbye and let us set up in the backyard where we always sit and let the dogs snooze in the gardens. There really is no better, more loving way to let your fur kids go then where they are comfortable. The after care Dr. Dana provided, the loving streatcher and blanket to carry our boy to her car, the foot print and lock of fur. None of that mattered at the time, but it did as soon as we watched her drive away with our boy's old, broken body. We knew he was out of pain, but we so appreciated the care she took of us who were left with a whole in our hearts, but a new believe we let him go when he was ready. Thank you Dr. Dana."
Georgia DaibnettDurham, North Carolina
"Dr. Betsy's continued kindness is a great comfort to David and me. I cannot express the gratitude we feel towards her and the help she gave us. The process was one of the most caring, loving acts I have been a part of. We both felt such peace about the way we were able to let go of her. We knew it was the right thing and we feel we spared her from the pain that was right around the corner. That is truly one of the greatest gifts we can give. This work is so meaningful.
Thank you for all that you did for our family, especially Sophie. She died like she lived, peacefully and surrounded by love. Lucky girl!"
Mary PinaulaRaleigh, North Carolina
"In our time of need with our dog's Sophie sudden decline, Dr Betsy came to our house to help us through Sophie's final passage. She was gentle, caring and understanding of our needs.
She made the process smooth and as comfortable as possible given the situation.
I discovered this service by internet search and took a chance calling almost in desperation and am glad I did.
I would highly recommend Dr Betsy and Lap of Love to any family needing such services."
Tom HowardApex, North Carolina
"Baxter was a sweet Boston Terrier that brought fun to our lives even when my husband was fighting the cancer that finally killed him. Too soon after that Baxter was himself diagnosed with cancer. When it was time to let go I turned to Lap of Love to give Baxter the gentle ending he deserved. Dr. Lewis gave him exactly the kind and peaceful ending I wanted for my loved companion."
Durham, North Carolina
Pet Loss Support and Emergency Hospitals
APEX: Amy Benton Moulds, MEd, NCC, Lifescapes Counseling
CARRBORO: Bree Kalb, LCSW
CARY: Tracie Barton-Barrett, MS, NCC, LPC
DURHAM: Center for All Seasons, Steve Bradley-Bull, LPC, MEd, MA
HILLSBOROUGH: Unicorn Bereavement Center Triangle Hospice
HOLLY SPRINGS: Hugh Willard, MEd, LPC
RALEIGH: Jeannine Moga, MA, MSW, LCSW, NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine
Wake SPCA Pet Loss Support Group
WAKE FOREST: Sophie’s Gift Animal Loss Support, Amy Pierce, MA
Quartet Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Hospital, Cary
Animal Emergency Hospital and Urgent Care, Raleigh
NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine Small Animal Emergency Service, Raleigh
Triangle Veterinary Referral Hospitals, Durham: (919) 489-0615, Holly Springs
Veterinary Specialty Hospitals of the Carolinas, Cary
Eastern Carolina Vet Emergency, Wilson
Veterinary Specialty Hospitals of the Carolinas, Durham
Veterinary Specialty Hospitals of the Carolinas, Raleigh
Helping families in the following areas without additional drive fees, however planning for pets over 100 pounds will need to be discussed if aftercare is requested.:
Extended Service Area: There is generally a $50-$100 drive fee for the greater Triangle area. Planning for pets over 100 pounds will need to be discussed if aftercare is requested.
If you do not see your town on this list, just ask us for assistance.
Preferred methods of payment are check (made to 'Lap of Love') or cash.
Credit card (VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Discover) is accepted.
Many Pet Insurance companies cover euthanasia services, just have any paper-work ready for the veterinarian to complete so that you can submit it for reimbursement.
Lap of LovePO BOX 1305Morrisville, NC 27560
This Lap of Love location is owned and operated by Dr. Dana Lewis.