Increasingly, owners are choosing at-home euthanasia for their pets, and companies such as Lap of Love provide house-call veterinarians for this sad step in a pet's life. Veterinarian Dawnetta Woodruff, one of 70 veterinarians with Lap of Love, which operates in 20 states, said she euthanizes 15 to 20 animals at clients' homes each month and notes that euthanasia at home is a peaceful experience for owners and pets. "I realized that being able to help people through that very difficult time is a big honor," said Dr. Woodruff.

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