North Penn - Montgomery, Bucks & Surrounding Counties
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 mailed to your home or office for an additional $30.
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 at the pet cemetary.
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 7am - 11pm. 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.
William Tancredi, DVM
When I first began pursuing a career in veterinary medicine, I believed it was a noble profession suited to my love of animals and knack for science. As an undergraduate at Penn State University, I never imagined I would enjoy being a veterinarian so much. I am incredibly fortunate to be a part of the lives of so many people and so many pets. The best part of being a veterinarian is seeing the unending love people and pets have for one another. It’s an honor to see those relationships up close. It’s very important to me to be able to provide end-of-life and hospice care to animals.
I completed my bachelor's at Penn State and I received my veterinary degree from St. George’s University in Grenada. After completing my clinical rotations at the University of Illinois I moved back to my home state of Pennsylvania - nothing like a few years abroad to make you appreciate home! It happens that my years abroad left me with more than just a veterinary degree, I also adopted two stray pups from the Caribbean. Nittany and Calabash are my pair of “pothounds” as they’re called in the islands. They came back from the Caribbean with me - not exactly your average souvenirs - and not a day goes by that I’m not grateful for them being with me.
Being a part of Lap of Love's mission of hospice care is very important to me. I make sure to treat every patient as though they were my own pet, with love and compassion.
"Our 5th bernese mountain dog, Justice, was diagnosed with lung cancer. She apparently had it for at least 5 months and they do such a great job of hiding if sick, and especially cancer, which is so common with this breed anymore. She only had a short time to live and we knew it would not be a good passing. She was beginning to have coughing fits, and was having more difficulty coming out of them. It was so hard to watch her struggle. We knew we had to do something, but the thought of that long drive to the vet office just was too overwhelming. (We have done it 4 times before). I searched and found "Lap of Love" and that they were available in our area (they were not with our last poor boy 4 years ago). I have to say that they were wonderful setting up the appointment. Dr. Bill came to the house and she passed in our arms, such a peaceful passing that I will never forget it. It was such a sad time, but he was great, and really gave us all the time to be with her. He suggested that we have her son, Nate, see her after she passed. He said he felt it always helps for them to see and smell them after they pass. We agreed, and Nate did just that, he went over, sniffed her, and then walked away as if to say, it's ok, I know now. So far, that was a good decision, he seems to not be excited when we leave and doesn't seem to be "looking" for her, even though he had been with her since he was born 4 years ago. I just want to thank Dr. Bill for everything he did for Justice and for his advice, especially with Nate. We are so grateful to have been able to have this service. Sincerely, Crista"
Crista M.Riegelsville, Pennsylvania
"To say Dr. Bill was incredible during our ordeal is an understatement. His demeanor was calming and reassuring, especially since I was filled with doubt and inner turmoil over making the decision to end my dog's life. It was an incredibly peaceful process, with Scout even leaning against him as she fell into her deep sleep. It's as if she knew he was there to bring her peace. He brought me peace, as well, and for that I am forever grateful."
Crystal WSellersville, Pennsylvania
Was so very kind, gentle and caring during our time of grief. He took the time to explain the procedure in a caring and respectful manner. We are so grateful to Dr. B and Lap of Love for allowing our family to honor Ozzie gracefully and with dignity during his time of passing.
The Baer Family"
Donna BaerBirdsboro, Pennsylvania
"On Friday, January 20th, 2017, we made the difficult decision to ease our beloved Cocoa's pain and help her cross the rainbow bridge. Dr. Bill was beyond caring, not only with my family, but with our Cocoa as well. His kindness and support meant so much to us during this difficult time. He allowed us to take our time and say our goodbyes, and our girl was able to cross the rainbow bridge peacefully and comfortably with her family by her side. My family would like to say thank you to Dr. Bill from the bottom our hearts.
Maribel FaneWarminster, Pennsylvania
"I learned of this kind of in home pet service through a dear friend. Lap of Love was the first I called. I called 4 days before the date that I'd chosen to be my Tenny's final day. Dr. Bill wasn't scheduled to be on call that day. However, he made an exception for us. He called me when he was an hour away. Tenny and I were playing frisbee right up until Dr. Bill came to the door. I'd asked if he could please text me when he got here so as not to startle my other dogs and create a barking frenzy (my husband and I chose to keep them upstairs). Dr. Bill called instead, which I later looked at as more a testament of his personal service to me, my family, and the whole process. Tenny treated him exactly like he treated everyone who came over, with barking, and extensive sniffing of him and his bag. Tenny had no idea why Dr. Bill was here. Nor did he seem to care. Dr. Bill was extremely nice, and greeted all of us warmly and kindly. His voice was soft and full of empathy. He asked me if I knew what was going to happen, and then proceeded to explain the process. He reassured us that we would not be rushed, and we were the ones who said when we were ready for Tenny's final sleep. As per Tenny's normal reaction, he was not pleased with me gently holding him close. He kept trying to get up to run around. The first injection startled Tenny, and Dr. Bill calmly said that was normal. When I felt Tenny's body relax, like I never had before, I knew it was time for the final step. I was able to squeak out a barely audible "OK." Dr. Bill quietly let us know the moment when Tenny was finally at peace. I cannot recall his exact words, but they were perfect, and his delivery could not have been more appropriate at the somber moment. Dr. Bill asked permission to make a mold of Tenny's paw as a keepsake. I nodded. It turned out beautiful. He, then, said that he'd give us some private time with Tenny while he went to his vehicle to get the basket to carry him in. Again, I managed a faint nod. His delivery of everything was wonderful. I have no idea how long I held Tenny. Part of it felt like hours; part felt like minutes. Not once did I feel rushed to part with him. I asked for a lock of his fur, and he said that he'd be more than happy to accommodate me. Along with an extra for Tenny's lifelong groomer. Finally, I said, mostly to Tenny, but also to Dr. Bill, "You'd better take him now, because I don't think I can stop petting him." Dr. Bill's look let me know that he understood. He gently removed Tenny's harness and gave it to me. I wrapped it around my arm, and still haven't removed it. I watched as Dr. Bill gently and lovingly lay Tenny's body in the basket. Dr. Bill didn't rush out the door with it. He didn't make me stand up to see him out, because he knew I couldn't. I sat crumpled on the floor exactly where I'd just held my boy. He held my hand in both of his and told me to feel free to call him any time to talk about anything. He said I could tell stories about Tenny, cry, or 'complain about the Eagles.' I know he was trying to be kind, and I tried to smile. He let himself out, guided by my husband, as I was still distraught. I did hear his comforting voice as he closed our front door. Dr. Bill was only in our home for about 45 minutes, maybe less, but in that time, his presence and demeanor made a lasting impression on me during my final moments with my beloved Tenny. Though the sadness and pain are still raw and fresh, everything about my experience with Dr. Bill was nothing short of a comforting blessing."
Kim leinadbethlehem, Pennsylvania
"Dr. Bill was beyond sweet, he was the rock for us helping ease our boy to relief from pain and help him cross the rainbow bridge peacefully with his family by his side. His kindness and support meant so much to myself and my family. We just want to tell him thank you from the bottom our hearts."
Tracy BerardMorrisville, Pennsylvania
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Day by Day Pet Support
Metropolitan Veterinary Associates: Norristown, PA
U Penn School of Veterinary Medicine
Keystone Veterinary Emergency and Referral: Havertown, PA
Pet Loss Remembrance Circle: Philadelphia, PA
Helping families in the following areas:
We proudly serve families in Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Northampton Counties including Souderton, Telford, Lansdale, Lehigh, Harleysville, Hatfield, Doylestown, and Quakertown. A travel fee ranging from $30-$100 may apply based on distance travelled from the veterinarian.
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 LovePO Box 168Kulpsville, PA 19443-0168