Pittsburgh & 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 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.
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 in a rose garden.
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.
Erin Gorney, BVMS
I was born in Erie, Pennsylvania though I was raised in Florida. Animals have always been a fascination of mine from an extremely young age. While I cannot recall one specific event that fueled my desire to become a veterinarian, I have been working towards that goal for as long as I can remember. Dogs, cats, horses; you name the animal and I wanted to know everything about them. Coupled with this love of animals was an affinity for science. I have to know how things work!
I attended veterinary school at the University of Glasgow in Scotland from 2007-2012. Upon graduating, I started my career at a small animal clinic back home in Erie. In addition to the clinical setting, I have also enjoyed working with the horses at the Presque Isle Downs as one of the State Veterinarians. Zoo medicine was also an exciting avenue to explore. Even though I have enjoyed all of these areas of practice, I still felt like I had not found my niche.
The first time I heard about Lap of Love, I thought it was an incredible idea and an invaluable service. A few months later, I had the privilege of sitting through continuing education provided by Dr. Dani McVety and Dr. Mary Gardner. After hearing about their work and passion for Lap of Love, I knew this was the niche for me. Being able to provide hospice and in home euthanasia services for my patients and their families is an honor.
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with family, friends and my two furry children, Liam and Jethro. I enjoy a wide range of interests, including woodworking, cooking, and exercising, just to name a few. I recently relocated to Pittsburgh and am enjoying exploring a new city.
"Dr. Erin was wonderful. From the time she came in, she treated Sam with dignity, respect, compassion, and love. She wanted to know about him, gave him pets, and spent time with him. I am so happy that we chose to help him pass at home, surrounded by his brothers and the sounds and smells which were familiar to him. It was peaceful and compassionate. Thank you so much, Dr. Erin. Your compassion was a comfort during one of the most difficult times of my life. Sam and I thank you."
Jennifer WarnerPittsburgh, Pennsylvania
"Dr. Erin was wonderful. She guided us through our fur baby's final moments with love and caring. I would recommend Lap of Love for anyone having to face the difficult task of sending their beloved pet to the rainbow bridge. Dr. Erin helped our little Oliver be comfortable and in the midst of our family that loved him immensely. Thank you Dr. Erin."
Dianne BODNARPITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania
"Dr. Erin was amazing. I highly suggest if you are in this position you trust her. My Bayla loved her and felt safe."
Heather ShieldsPgh, Pennsylvania
"Dr. Erin was so wonderful in helping us with the passing of our dog Bay. My wife and I both remarked how Bay, as ill and sluggish as she was, responded to Erin with the most alert look of regard and friendship I had seen on her in a while. Having Bay put down at home was a great decision, it has made grieving so much easier, but we were so lucky someone as compassionate as Dr. Erin was the vet we got."
Troy BoonePittsburgh, Pennsylvania
"As I said in my memorial for Matouk, Dr. Erin was wonderful and we will always be tremendously thankful for the service she provided for us. To be able to hug our Matouk while he died at home--without disturbing him at all to bring him to the vet's office--was a true gift. She was very caring and kind to him and to us."
Lindsay BennettPittsburgh, Pennsylvania
"While the passing of our dear Violet girl yesterday morning was heartbreaking, we will be forever thankful for the almost twelve years of sheer joy and love she gave to us. We knew yesterday was going to be the day and were planning on taking Violet to an emergency clinic. She went to bed the night before able to walk and woke up yesterday morning barely able to move. The emergency clinic gave us Lap of Love's number and Dr. Erin was at our home within 90 minutes. Dr. Erin is one of the most kind and compassionate people we ever met. We are so thankful she was with us in Violet's last moments. Her words and actions during the entire process were beautiful, professional, and we will be forever grateful to Dr. Erin."
Deb Orr OrrMcKees Rocks, Pennsylvania
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Animal Friends' Pet Loss Support Group
Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center (PVSEC)
Heal From Pet Loss
VCA Castle Shannon Animal Hospital
Helping families in the following areas:
We proudly serve the greater Pittsburgh area, including Allegheny County and parts of Westmoreland, Indiana, Armstrong, Butler, Beaver, Washington, and Fayette Counties. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a travel fee of $50-$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 LovePO Box 14041Pittsburgh, PA 15239
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