Columbus and 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 your home or work.
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.
There may be a fee if addtional 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.
Leslie Peltier, DVM
I graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2012 and started my career in small animal general practice. As my career developed I found the most wonderful part of my job was connecting with the entire family in my exam room. Helping owners understand the different ailments their pets are facing and what we, as a team, can do to make life better or more comfortable is the very best part of my job. I never want a client to feel overwhelmed, confused, rushed, or pressured. It is important that they understand all the factors at hand and make informed choices for their loved one.
Immediately after graduating veterinary school, my personal dog Zoey, of 15 years, became very ill overnight. By morning I knew it was time for us to part. She was my very first euthanasia as a doctor and I will be forever grateful to her for that gift. Right there in the comfort of our home, we laid nose to nose and said goodbye peacefully.
Most recently I lost my father after a 3 year battle with a brain tumor. His desire was to pass away at home surrounded by his family. And that is exactly how it happened with the help of hospice.
I read several books during his final weeks and one written by a collection of hospice nurses, stuck with me. A nurse noted that prior to modern medicine, birth and death took place in the home. They were normal life events that the entire family was involved with. This notion shifted my thinking. So with enormous gratitude I thank my father, human hospice and my dog Zoey for sending me on my path to Lap of Love.
I currently live in central Columbus with my husband Daniel and our two dogs, Gunnar and Lola. We are avid Blue Jackets fans, crazy aunt and uncle to 5 nephews, all-weather outdoor adventurers, and Walt Disney World gurus. Please know it is my pleasure and honor to travel anywhere in the central Ohio area to assist you and your family as you face this most difficult part of your pet's journey.
"I can't thank you enough for giving us the goodbye we wanted. It allowed me to see Mako at peace and comfortable for the first time in months. It can't be an easy job that you have so I want you to know how much we appreciated it. It made all the difference. Our phone conversation gave me the courage I needed to do the right thing.
Thank you so much,
Jessica D'OnofrioColumbus, Ohio
"I just wanted to thank you for coming out for Tweek. You really helped make it as good an event as possible. I really felt that you cared about her too and I trusted you completely. I'm so glad that we could share that time together.
I'm doing fine, I know it was her time and both of us had given everything to each other. Thank you for your love and strength."
"Dr. Leslie encompassed grace throughout the entire course of this experience. Prompt and kind service from the support staff started with Lap of Love. The initial phone call from the doctor was warm and considerate. She demonstrated exemplary patience in thoroughly sharing information for care options, listening intently to my responses, offering support, encouragement and guidance, and allowing a natural pace during her visit. Dr. Leslie was tender and nurturing with Poof. She provided a peaceful transition. The doctor followed up with a personal letter the next day. It included a link to a heartfelt memorial she posted of Poof. https://www.facebook.com/lapoflove/posts/10155052051411450 Dr. Leslie is a phenomenal physician and person. I am immensely grateful for the profound services she provided. Thank you for participating in Poof’s beautiful life."
Veronika RoweColumbus, Ohio
"Our dog, Roscoe was a 180 lb. Mastiff who was suffering from bone cancer for over two years. Everything went wrong at once. The front leg with the tumor broke causing him great pain. Then both his rear legs would not hold his weight. Attempting to get him into the car was not an option. I called several places on the weekend without finding any help. Then I called “Lap of Love “and they committed to arrive at 8:00 am the next morning. When she called, I told Dr. Leslie Peltier that my Roscoe was in great pain. She actually arrived early. As incredible as it sounds, Roscoe actually stopped panting and moaning in pain a soon as Dr. Peltier spoke to him and began her examination. She treated Roscoe and us with kindness and respect. Dr. Peltier is a true caring professional and we highly recommend her."
bruce andersonWorthington, Ohio
"Today is probably one of the most difficult days in my life. Our dog, Sassy, did not have a long illness, but instead we had a very short time to make a decision once we found out what was wrong. Sassy would be gone in less than 12 hours. We made the decision to bring her home from the emergency vet, not do a surgery that would maybe give her three more months, and instead let Sassy have a dignified death at home surrounded by her family. We had a final afternoon with Sassy to say goodbye. Dr. Leslie took care of Sassy and also took care of us, the humans who were about to lose beloved part of our family. Dr. Leslie helped us understand that we were making the right decision for Sassy by allowing her to die at home with us, her stuffed animals and not suffer.
My heart is broken, but I know that we made the right choice by bringing her home to die surrounded by love and caring.
Thank you Dr. Leslie. Thank you."
Sonia AlcottColumbus, Ohio
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Restore Counseling, Worthington
Directions Counseling Group, Columbus
MedVet Medical & Cancer Center for Pets, Worthington
The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center - Main Campus Veterinary Medical Center, Columbus
The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center, Dublin
Helping families in the following areas:
We proudly serve the greater Columbus area. 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 LoveP.O. Box 344Worthington, OH 43085