Dallas Ft. Worth & 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.
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 in a pet cemetery.
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 6am - 10pm. 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.
Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians in your area.
Erica Fry, DVM
Growing up, my family moved around very frequently (by the time I was a sophomore in high school, I had moved about 12 times) because my father served as an officer in the United States Army. Constantly being the “new kid” can be tough, but it certainly builds character and adaptability, which has served me well! It also led me to foster close relationships with the constants in my life: my family and my beloved childhood cats, Zoya and Lynx. Their unconditional love and affection was a source of joy, companionship, and comfort to me. The bond I shared with my pets coupled with a major interest in biological science made being a veterinarian a natural career choice for me.
I attended veterinary school at the University of Missouri (MIZ-ZOU!!) and graduated in 2005. Prior to joining Lap of Love, I worked in two different small animal clinics—one in northern Alabama, and the second in St. Louis, Missouri. I enjoyed many aspects of private practice, but always felt most fulfilled and helpful when I was interacting with clients, guiding them through making important health decisions for their pets, and witnessing the remarkable human-animal bond.
My family relocated to Texas in 2014 and shortly after we moved, we had to say goodbye to one of our cats. It was my first time experiencing pet loss from the other side and I was devastated. Simon had been with me through most of veterinary school, meeting my husband, several moves, the introduction of new pets, and the birth of two babies. He handled it all with as much grace as his goofy personality could muster, and he was an important member of our family. But amidst my grief, I was also relieved and grateful that Simon passed away peacefully at home, under the care of a hospice veterinarian. Although I had previously provided home euthanasia, experiencing it personally flipped a switch for me; I knew that I wanted to provide the best support possible to families going through the same inevitable phase with their own pets.
I live just outside of Ft. Worth, Texas with my husband, our two young children, and our four pets, three of which are seniors. It’s a busy (and admittedly, sometimes crazy!) household but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love watching my children with our pets and am grateful that they continually demonstrate their unconditional love for us as they age with grace. I’m inspired by my pets and the many pets and people I’ve interacted with through the years. It is my goal is to fully support families and their pets by providing professional care and compassionate guidance so that their pets can also age and die with grace and dignity.
Erica Fry, DVM
"Last Saturday was by far the hardest day ever...
We sent our sweet girl Valentine to heaven. Valentine was a very spunky 18 year old tabby cat that melted our hearts from the first time we saw her. She was our princess. She loved to lay as close to the fireplace as possible on cold days...she loved to lay in the sun for hours....she'd snuggle with our 9 year old son for hours each night when he'd go to bed....she loved to be held in our arms like a baby and would stroke our faces with her little paws. She'd purr when you looked at her from across the room.... We love her and miss her so much.
She started to age drastically over the past year to the point where she wasn't eating and drinking...we think she might have had cancer (the regular doc said she had internal bleeding). She was such a blessing in our family that we wanted to give her the gift of passing peacefully in her own home with her family. We didn't want her to be scared at all. Luckily, we came across Lap of Love by a medical assistant at our vets office. We were extremely pleased with Dr. Erica. Under such hard circumstances, she knew exactly what to say...she was very professional, kind, empathetic, warm and caring. What a wonderful doctor for my sweet girl to have in her final moments. Dr. Erica let sweet Valentine go to heaven while in my arms & the gift of that is priceless. It was so wonderful to have a clay paw print too..it was a nice touch during a difficult time. Further, Dr. Erica followed up with an email, a facebook post and a condolence letter. I had an extremely difficult time in the days following our girls passing and Dr. Erica was nice enough to lend and ear and let me express my grief.
It must be a very difficult job to send such beloved pets to heaven and Dr. Erica is the most perfect, heaven sent, veterinarian for the job. I'd recommend her to anyone! Thank you Dr. Erica for giving our sweet girl her angel wings and being so kind and gentle with these beloved pets."
Brooke MettesFort Worth, Texas
"Tonight we had to do the hardest thing a pet owner has to do. We had to make the decision to put our 9 year old sweet Bella to rest. We opted for an at home vet to come evaluate Bella and do at home euthanasia if indicated. During a difficult night for Bella last Sunday, I started browsing for guidance online and that is when I found Lap of Love. Dr Erica arrived at our door tonight and gave us a priceless experience, to lay our sweet Girl to rest in the comfort of her own home surrounded by the humans that love her. Dr. Erica gave her sedation to relax her and let us take as long as we needed f to say goodbye before releasing her to rest. Her two brothers got to say goodbye too which meant a lot to us. Dr. Erica, you will forever have a special place in our hearts."
Elizabeth RhodesFort Worth, Texas
"I dont know where to start. I will continue to add on to this review as I heal. However, If anyone is thinking about putting a pet to rest and you are questioning if you should do it at home , you are safe here. I had to say goodbye to my Zooey and this was the hardest call I had to make. I knew that with what Zooey had , her passing would not be an easy or painfree one unless I made sure it was . Erica.... what an amazing gracious , compassionate and gentle person she is.
She helped me give Zooey her wings and for that I will be eternally grateful. Zooey passed so gently and she passed exactly how she slept.. little paws crossed and her beautiful face resting on them. Erica gave me the time I needed and has been very supportive ... I am not handling the loss very well at all. But this is about Erica and what was able to do for my Zooey. No stress...no pain... and not on a cold table or being rushed to an emergency room...Zooeys disease would have forced her to take her last breath in a way no furbaby should have to. My little Zooey.."
Lyssa ZooeyAllen, Texas
"Our beloved cat, Bullet, has passed away at the grand ole age of 20. Her passing has my wife and I are greatly saddened but know that her most recent physical struggles have ended and she is at peace. Up until the very end Bullet always wanted to be near us, either in her cozy bed next to her personal heater or up in my lap every evening.
We knew we would have to euthanize her at some point and were dreading having to take her to the vet like we had done in the past with our other cats. We viewed taking pets to the veterinarian's office for the purpose of ending their life was to some degree a cruel event...heightening their level of anxiety during the last moments of their life.
In Bullet's case, she was a very anxious cat and always had to be sedated when brought to the vet's office for regular checkups or treatments. Otherwise she would be very aggressive to the technicians, doctor, and unfortunately to us at times. Clearly we did not want that kind of episode to play out in the event we needed to take her in during her last moments of life.
So my wife and I began exploring in-home euthanasia as an alternative. And thankfully we heard about Lap of Love so gave them a call. Dr. Erica came to our house for an initial visit and described the process. We were so taken with Dr. Erica's "bedside manner" ...straightforward description with compassion and understanding. Six weeks later, Bullet was struggling with mobility and we knew the time was near so we contacted Dr. Erica.
Bullet's passing was a very peaceful event. Her last moments were spent on my lap with both my wife and I comforting her. Dr. Erica caring and compassion was the reason for Bullet's passing to be so peaceful. Dr. Erica referred to Bullet as our little angel. While that may be true, Dr. Erica is an angel as well.
Should we ever have need of these services again with future pets we will always choose in-home euthanasia. It means the world of difference to the pet..and the pet owner.
Thanks so much Dr. Erica and Lap of Love."
Scott RichardsonLucas, Texas
"Appreciated Dr Erica who kept me informed of her arrival time & most of all with her treatment of Sam and she was very considerate of my Daughter & I. Sam was covered with a blanket and put into Dr Erica's car which I thought was very dignitised. I would recommend Dr Erica to any who find it the time has come to put your pet at rest. RN Ahlstrom"
Richard AhlstromSouthlake, Texas
"We had to say goodbye to our beloved dog Grace the week before Thanksgiving. She would have turned 13 on Thanksgiving day. For the last year of her life she had gradually been slowing down and we began to see changes in her personality. She began to be irritable with her dog brothers.....a combination of pain and frustration. She had trouble getting up and although we could manage her pain somewhat it never truly went away. About a month before she died we would take her out for a walk but after just a few hundred ft she decided she would like to come home. We knew the end was coming but we didn't know when would be the right time. We hoped that she would just go one night in her sleep. She still had plenty of great days. She still loved her food, her treats, collecting her daddies socks from the dirty laundry! Grace let us know when it was time. She needed to use the bathroom so I helped her up and let her outside. I stayed with her outside and although she managed to go she couldn't push herself up and fell down . She looked at me as if to say she was sorry. I helped her up, cleaned her up, told her I loved her and then cried because I knew it was time.
When my husband came home I told him what had happened. Grace was very much his dog. They had always been super close from when we got her at 8 weeks old. 2 years previously we lost our first dog Zoe. Taking her to the vets was the hardest thing I have ever done. I stayed with her and although the vet was very nice I really didn't like the clinical aspect of it all. My husband called our vet and they told us about Dr.Erica.
Making the decision to say goodbye is incredibly difficult. Dr Erica made the situation so much better for us with Grace. She is an incredible person who comes in the door as a stranger ,about to end the life of your dog, to leaving as somebody who I felt I had known forever, who really understood what we were going through. Grace died peacefully, at home, in her bed with the sun shining on her and a belly fully of treats. We snuggled with her, told her we loved her, stroked her and thanked her for being such an incredible dog for 13 years.
Dr Erica gave us the time we needed with Grace both before and afterwards. I wish I had known about her with Zoe. We have 3 furry family members left. One day, hopefully not for a while, we will have to make decisions about them too. I know who to call. Thank you Dr Erica for making what was one of the most difficult days of our lives more bearable."
Deb PasswatersProsper, Texas
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
SPCA of Texas
Helping families in the following areas:
We proudly serve the greater Dallas Fort Worth area, including Dallas, Tarrant, Collin, and Denton Counties. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a travel fee of $50 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 Love6387 Camp Bowie Blvd, B-405Ft. Worth TX 76116
The Dallas Morning News: Saying goodbye to a dying pet can be less painful