Philadelphia & Surrounding Areas | South Jersey | Delaware

  (267) 317-8110

  Philadelphia@LapofLove.com

Pricing and Information

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

Veterinary Hospice$275

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.

Euthanasia$275

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.

Geriatric Consultation$275

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.

Additional Appointment Fees

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.

Other 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.

AFTERCARE PRICING

Private Cremation
Pets up to 29 pounds$225
Pets 30 - 69 pounds$285
Pets 70 - 149 pounds$325
Pets over 150 pounds will be quoted
Mailing of urn to your home or work$20

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 for an additional fee.

Communal Cremation
Pets up to 29 pounds$115
Pets 30 - 150 pounds$150
Pets over 150 pounds - call for pricing

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 Nonantum Vet Clinic in Landenberg, PA. 

Additional Aftercare Fees

There may be a fee if additional assistance to safely carry your pet out of your home is needed. 

Availability

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.

Meet the Doctors

Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians in your area. 

Brad Bates, VMD

People often ask me why I do what I do. For me, the ability to help pets and their loving families through a difficult time, and in doing so provide more comfort for everyone involved, is more than enough reason. It is a huge honor to help pets spend their last days or weeks or even months in more comfort, and with their families by their side. Everyone speaks of the difficulty of providing hospice care, but for me it is never difficult. Each and every pet and family I help shows me a deeper appreciation for the human animal bond. I feel the love between a family and a pet every time I step into a new home. It is a wonderful thing to be a part of, and to make a difficult situation better is exactly the reason I became a veterinarian. 

I received my veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Although I have experience in a wide array of small animal care, end-of-life and hospice care has truly been a calling for me. I'm so grateful that I can share my experience and understanding to you.

Like most veterinarians, my home consists of many pet children: I have 3 cats and a chinchilla. Like most pet parents, I understand the fear involved when they are sick. The fear of not knowing what to do, how to help, what is too much and most importantly when is it an appropriate time to let them pass peacefully. These are tough decisions, and you need the assistance of someone that will focus on you and your pet specifically. I offer the service I would want in return when those sad days happen to me. Being at home, surrounded by loved ones, and a peaceful goodbye.

One thing I’ve learned after being blessed with such great pets in the past, is that you have to enjoy the time you have with them. Time is less important than quality of time. I remember my little Laker. He was a sickly kitten, born with FeLV infection. He was sick with a severe respiratory infection due to his diminished immune system. His mother had to push him away from the litter. I cared for him and nursed him to health and he became a happy healthy kitten. But at aged 2 he developed lymphoma secondary to FeLV. Poor Laker was quite sick and I tried to help. But there was no medicine that could make him better. Once I thought his quality of life was diminishing and not improving, I let him pass peacefully with the help of my colleague. It was the most difficult day of my life, and that time was the most difficult time of my life to this day, and probably forever. But the thought of him suffering or becoming sicker was worse. I thank the stars every day that I was able to let him pass peacefully before he suffered to death.  He will be in my heart forever.

Spoil your pets and enjoy the laughs they bring when they are silly. Honor and remember them when they have passed. I never think of the day I will be without my pets. It helps that every day they make me laugh and smile. 


Dr. Brad - In the News:

About Brad Bates, VMD

People often ask me why I do what I do. For me, the ability to help pets and their loving families through a difficult time, and in doing so provide more comfort for everyone involved, is more than enough reason. It is a huge honor to help pets spend their last days or weeks or even months in more comfort, and with their families by their side. Everyone speaks of the difficulty of providing hospice care, but for me it is never difficult. Each and every pet and family I help shows me a deeper appreciation for the human animal bond. I feel the love between a family and a pet every time I step into a new home. It is a wonderful thing to be a part of, and to make a difficult situation better is exactly the reason I became a veterinarian. 

I received my veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Although I have experience in a wide array of small animal care, end-of-life and hospice care has truly been a calling for me. I'm so grateful that I can share my experience and understanding to you.

Like most veterinarians, my home consists of many pet children: I have 3 cats and a chinchilla. Like most pet parents, I understand the fear involved when they are sick. The fear of not knowing what to do, how to help, what is too much and most importantly when is it an appropriate time to let them pass peacefully. These are tough decisions, and you need the assistance of someone that will focus on you and your pet specifically. I offer the service I would want in return when those sad days happen to me. Being at home, surrounded by loved ones, and a peaceful goodbye.

One thing I’ve learned after being blessed with such great pets in the past, is that you have to enjoy the time you have with them. Time is less important than quality of time. I remember my little Laker. He was a sickly kitten, born with FeLV infection. He was sick with a severe respiratory infection due to his diminished immune system. His mother had to push him away from the litter. I cared for him and nursed him to health and he became a happy healthy kitten. But at aged 2 he developed lymphoma secondary to FeLV. Poor Laker was quite sick and I tried to help. But there was no medicine that could make him better. Once I thought his quality of life was diminishing and not improving, I let him pass peacefully with the help of my colleague. It was the most difficult day of my life, and that time was the most difficult time of my life to this day, and probably forever. But the thought of him suffering or becoming sicker was worse. I thank the stars every day that I was able to let him pass peacefully before he suffered to death.  He will be in my heart forever.

Spoil your pets and enjoy the laughs they bring when they are silly. Honor and remember them when they have passed. I never think of the day I will be without my pets. It helps that every day they make me laugh and smile. 


Dr. Brad - In the News:

"Dr Brad,

It was very difficult for my wife and I to make the decision to let our best friend leave us and go to rest. We really appreciated what you did for us yesterday and how kind, gentle, and professional you were. You and Lap of Love made a sad day bearable and actually peaceful. It was very comforting to be in our home and I'd recommend this compassionate service to everyone"

Robert Thomas
Springfield, Pennsylvania

"I'm thankful for so many things, but the three I was most thankful for on my Lexi's last day were:

1. The time I had with my sweet little bean.

2. The sunspot gifted by the universe to my little girl, keeping her warm and cozy.

and 3. Dr. Brad for being the most wonderful person to help my bean leave this world with all the dignity and grace that she carried all 14 years of her amazing life.

I can not say enough about this service and this man.

Thank you,

with all of my heart

Jennifer....and Lexi"

Jennifer Artman
Tabernacle, New Jersey

"Our sweet 9 year old Golden Retriever Bevy was diagnosed last Friday with a large mass on her spleen. After discussing treatment options and securing a second opinion it was clear that Bevy had litttle time left in this world with or without surgery. With the threat of an imminent catastrophic event on Tuesday we decided to call Lap of Love on the strong recommendations of two friends. Donna, who answered my initial call and set the appointment for first thing Wednesday morning, was immediately sympathetic, kind, supportive and gave me the information I needed. The followup emails allowed us to prepare for the appointment. Bevy and I woke up early to go for a walk. She enjoyed a breakfast of her dreams and had her ears scratched and face kissed incessantly. I brought her bed down to the front hall. When Dr. Brad arrived he was so kind, so professional, yet warm and supportive. He explained exactly what would happen. Bevy went to sleep in my arms, still wagging her tail. As hard as it was to let go of this dear, loyal, beloved friend we truly knew, and Dr. Brad affirmed, that we were doing the very best, most loving thing for Bevy. She left this life so peacefully feeling loved and happy in the home and with the people she was happiest with. No pain, no drama, no emergency, no clinical, unfamiliar vibes. What a remarkable and important calling Dr. Brad has assumed. We will be forever grateful advocates for this compassionate service to pets and their families."

Sally Williams
Blue Bell, Pennsylvania

"I would like to thank Dr. Brad from the bottom of my heart. Words can not express the kindness, compassion and professionalism Dr. Brad showed my Dad as he had to make the hard decision to put his beloved Sammi Girl to rest. I really don't think we would have been able to make this decision without the guidance and kindness from Lap of Love. Truly a God send! I can't say enough good things about Lap of Love & Dr. Brad. I would recommend them to everyone. Dr. Brad was so kind, gentle and efficient. You can tell that he truly loves animals. That really meant a lot to me & my Dad. So even though I can't put into works how grateful we are, please know how you really helped us!"

Karan Beaumont
Cinnaminson, New Jersey

"We are very grateful to Dr. Brad for his sincere compassion and kindness that made the difficult situation of saying goodbye to our beloved Howie much easier to bear. He was understanding of our grief, and so very gentle and sweet with Howie. We are truly appreciative of all he did for us - thank you, Dr. Brad."

Laura S
Medford, New Jersey

"We want to express how grateful we feel to have met you during such an emotional period in our lives. You were there for us and our beloved Dukie all the way to the final moments of his life. I could not think of anyone else I would even consider sharing such a personal moment in my family. YOU are a GODSEND and made Duke's passing so much easier on us. I will never forget your kindness, empathy and compassion during our loss.

Thank you again, Dr. Brad. You truly are a very special man"


Moorestown, New Jersey

Local Resources

Pet Life and Loss Support Services

Emergency Clinic

  (215) 746-8911

U Penn School of Veterinary Medicine

Pet Loss Support

  (215) 746-8247

U Penn School of Veterinary Medicine

Emergency Clinic

  (302) 322-6933

Veterinary Specialty Center of Delaware: Newcastle, DE

Emergency Clinic

  (610) 666-1050

Metropolitan Veterinary Associates: Norristown, PA

Emergency Clinic

  (484) 454-5412

Keystone Veterinary Emergency and Referral: Havertown, PA

Service Area

Helping families in the following areas:

We proudly serves the Greater Philadelphia area, including New Jersey and Delaware. Travel fees ($30-$75) may apply based on distance travelled from our veterinarian.

Pet Memorials
“My One-Eyed Jack. From the moment you laid at my feet and rolled over for a belly rub, to the last breath you took, I loved you more than words could ever express. You were by my side through so many changes in our lives and many times you gave me a reason to get up in the morning. I can't even imagine my life without you. My heart is broken ...
Nicole MacLean
March 9, 2017
“On February 27th, our English Bulldog, Linus passed away peacefully on our laps in our home and took the journey to cross rainbow bridge.

Not a day will go by where I don't think about you or hear you or see you. You were our first dog and the best decision we have ever made. You brought so much light and joy into our lives every single day. ...
Kelly & Nicolas Gannon
March 1, 2017
“Corey, You brought so much joy and happiness to our family and friends. You were always there with unconditional love and we gave it back to you as well. I will miss you so much and the greetings every morning and every day after work will be hard to not have, but we know that you are in a better place now and have crossed the rainbow bridge. I ...
Scott Eller
February 14, 2017
“I am lucky. I knew the best dog ever.

She brought more joy that I thought possible. And all she asked for in return was a little treat, a cuddle and a good belly rub. She shattered the myth that Westies are not lap dogs.

It was the little things that would melt your heart. Lying at the bottom of the hall stairs, her chin resting on the ...
Brian Durkin
February 11, 2017
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Preferred methods of payment are check (made to 'Lap of Love') or cash. All major credit cards are accepted.

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.

 

Mailing Address

Lap of Love
PO Box 63583
Philadelphia, PA 19147