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 (optional engraved nameplate) and will be available to pick . They can also be made available directly from the crematory or mailed to you for an additional fee of $25.
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 garden at 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 5am - 8pm. 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.
Tina Olivieri, DVM
Growing up in St. Petersburg, Florida, my family never had a shortage of animals. Whether it was kitties, doggies, pot-bellied pigs, iguanas, guinea pigs, gerbils, sugar gliders, parakeets, cockatoos, rabbits, mice, turtles, or chickens…I have loved them all . Animals have always had such a special place in my heart since childhood, so becoming a veterinarian wasn’t even a choice…it was just the next step.
After Vet School graduation, I began an internship in Reproduction at Oklahoma State University. Studying the reproductive aspect of veterinary medicine gave me a profound respect for the gift of life. Being able to hand deliver calves, kids, foals, and puppies gave me an overwhelming appreciation for the life cycle of animals. The opportunity to assist with the magic of birth was a truly priceless experience that I am forever grateful for.
When I completed my internship, I moved into small animal private practice, relief medicine, and wellness clinics in both Oklahoma and Southern California. I have continued to study predominantly small animals, but not a day goes by that my Mom doesn’t ask for help in Oklahoma with her horses, mules, donkeys, sheep, birds, and of course…her beloved dogs and cats!! No animal will ever be off limits for me…I truly love them all.
Throughout my life, I have known all kinds of animals, both old and new. But one thing that I have grown to understand and respect, above all, is the bond between owners and their beloved pets. In my opinion, there is no greater unconditional love or everlasting friendship. That is what brought me to Lap of Love. I consider it a privilege to know each animal I have ever met, and I have extreme respect and compassion for YOU… their owner. To me, there is no greater honor than being able to comfort, acknowledge, support and understand both pets and their loving owners through such difficult times.
I myself have experienced pet loss many times in my life, and it doesn’t get any easier or any less heartbreaking. Being able to provide pain relief, peace, and comfort to our babies when they need it most…is everything. I truly believe that the love and compassion we give to our pets during their life should be given to them in their final moments, and I am forever honored to be a part of that process.
To all of the wonderful families that have allowed me to be a part of their beloved baby’s journey: I am honored, touched, and forever inspired by your selflessness.
"Dr Tina; Thank you so much for your kind beautiful words. It has been a difficult time to not have our Luna here at home but we feel better knowing that she was able to transition with dignity and grace. We take some comfort knowing that Luna's angel came to us in the form of Dr Tina who was not only compassionate, loving and caring, but helped us understand and process the sadness and to allow us all to mourn the loss. Our other fur babies Oreo and Ellie have also noticed a change in the household but at least we are all together trying to process our feelings, one moment at a time. We are so grateful to you Dr Tina for your words, help, and the humane way of treating Luna and our family. Although every time we come home we feel such an emptiness, we rejoice knowing that in the end, Luna had her dignity and love, and was able to enjoy her last day in comfort, basking in the beautiful sun and warmth, surrounded by her human family (with a lot of wetness from tears, kisses, whispers, and hugs, and her furry family (Oreo and Ellie), sitting on comfortable grass with a blanket and her favorite toys. I will completely recommend Lap of Love and doing this process at home where dogs are familiar (as opposed to a medical office which can be scary to them) to any or all friends that have come to this point in their fur babies lives. Thank you again Dr. Tina for all your support and love.
With our love-
John, Leslie, and Madison Ruddock "
Leslie RuddockShadow Hills, California
"It's taken me over a month to finally put into writing my gratitude to Dr. Tina Olivieri for guiding my husband and I through the difficult decision we had to make a little over a month ago. There's so much to say about our girl, Jango. She was independent, smart, loyal, fun, obsessed with tennis balls, loved to swim, loved car rides, loved steak...I could go on and on. She was with us for 12 & a half of her 13 years. She was always by our side, spoke the truth when we needed to hear it, and brought us so much pride and joy. When she was diagnosed with cancer, my husband and I came to the hard realization that her invincible and strong life in this world wouldn't last forever.
I feel so much better about our decision because of you, Dr. Tina. I'm so thankful you came into our life for this purpose. You took your time with us and we never, ever felt rushed. You talked us through the process and made us feel confident of our decision. I also feel like the minute you walked into our room, Jango was relaxed and looking back I know she was telling us, she was ready - although she did have to bark at you for old times sake. I'll never forget the sound of her strong snore, as you explained the pain had washed away from her body at that moment :)
I was floored at the care you took, giving her a Princess send off to the Rainbow Bridge. I'll never forget the beautiful dog bone covered blanket you wrapped her in. I felt like she was our own version of Cleopatra leaving the house. She was finally at peace after months of fighting through the pain.
We are eternally grateful for your help and will not hesitate recommending you, to help guide others through difficult this journey. Thank you, thank you, thank you. It was truly a peaceful and compassionate experience."
Eileen RiveraLos Angeles, California
"It was a blessing to find Dr Tina. I couldn't feel more grateful for her presence at the end of my boy Saza's time here. She treated him and his life and the process with honor. A moment that I had anticipated with so much dread and fear was beautiful and loving."
Jesse SternHollywood, California
"Dr. Tina was kind and compassionate.
My dog Julio was a 13 years old basset hound and was nearing the end. I thought about taking him to the veterinarian’s office; however, I wanted him to feel the most comfortable he could be on his last day. Through a friend I found Dr. Tina. What brought me to Dr. Tina, was the fact that I wanted Julio to be at home where he lives, and I wanted him to be as comfortable as he could be. I knew that the trip to the veterinarian’s office would have placed stress on him, and also the procedure would have stressed him as well.
When Dr. Tina arrived, she was warm and full of compassion. Julio usually barks at people he does not now or want to touch him; however, he only barked once at Dr. Tina. Dr. Tina took her time and explained everything to us. She wanted to make sure that we were comfortable, and most of all, she wanted to make Julio comfortable.
After the process had ended, I was pleased that she offered to personally take Julio into her vehicle. I was surprised with the cast of his paw print and a lock of his fur. In the end, Dr. Tina made the entire process humane and easy. Her compassion and genuineness showed.
I recommend anyone who is in the same situation to turn to Dr. Tina, because she will treat you and your pet with humility and respect."
Santa Fe Springs, California
"Words can not express how grateful my husband and I are to Dr. Tina. Our beloved labrador, Petey, was diagnosed with TCC (transitional cell carcinoma) affecting his prostate in September 2016. He underwent 5 rounds of radiation and was put on piroxicam to alleviate his symptoms. Unfortunately, by the end of January 2017 he developed an ulcer from his medication and we had to stop giving him the only medication that was keeping him feeling well and alive. By this time we knew the end was near. We began spending more time with him and spoiling him as much as possible, while closely monitoring him for signs of critical complications. It was then we noticed that he was beginning to have problems urinating and rushed him to the emergency vet. As it turns out his bladder was full and they had to use a catheter to help him expel the urine. We were told that he, most likely, would no longer be able to urinate on his own, and although some options were given to us, we did not feel that any were appropriate for Petey since they would only further prolong his agony. We felt that he had fought long and hard and we needed to let him go. We knew we wanted it to be as painless and peaceful as possible, since he deserved only the best.
We contacted Lap of Love, and specifically asked for Dr. Tina. We had previously met Dr. Tina when she had helped our other dog, Momma, an extremely loyal and kindhearted pitiful mix, peacefully pass about a year before. At the time we were so distraught. Momma was our first dog and she was our shadow. She had suffered from liver disease for a few years and was on medications but eventually even with medication she got to the point were she was experiencing the signs and symptoms of end stage liver failure. So when we saw she was feeling unwell and refused to eat for a few days we contacted Lap of Love and that's how we first met Dr. Tina.
Dr. Tina made us feel very secure in our decision and reassured us that we were in fact doing the right thing for Momma. Thanks to Dr. Tina, Momma passed very peacefully and we were so happy to be able to give her that. So when it was time to help Petey along we knew we wanted Dr. Tina to be the one to help him.
Both of our dogs had very peaceful and painless passings. Dr. Tina takes her time explaining everything to you so you know what to expect. She doesn't rush you and gives you all the time you need to say good bye. She also closely listens to any concerns you may have and answers all of your questions. This is such a difficult things to go through, as pet owners, so it helps to have a knowledgable, experienced veterinarian like Dr. Tina by your side.
We are forever grateful to Dr. Tina. She demonstrated true kindness and compassion towards us, and more importantly towards both our dogs in our time of need. She is truly great soul. We are so lucky and honored to know her. Thank you Dr. Tina."
Leidy DiazGlendale, California
"Where do I even begin, my gratitude for Dr. Tina and all she does is so beyond words. It began before I even met her, from the moment I called Lap of Love the woman I spoke with on the phone knew Dr. Tina would be the prefect soul to come help my fur baby become an angel. On the day of, that morning I needed a little extra time and Dr. Tina was kind enough to push back her arrival to give me the time I needed. When she came to my home immediately I felt the deep love and compassion she has for her patients and their families. We sat together and talked about Lenny she took some time to show Lenny the love she so deserved. Her calm demeanor put me at such ease. There is nothing but love, peace and comfort that comes from Dr. Tina's soul. She truly was heaven sent to help guide my baby to the next part of her soul's journey. Dr. Tina gave me all the time I needed and was so very gentle in describing the procedure and how it would all go. The whole process couldn't have been more loving and peaceful. Dr. Tina was so delicate with my frail baby and put us all at such ease that my sweet Lenny cat was able to passed on so comfortably because we were all so calm. I've had prior experience with transitioning pets and nothing even came close to Dr. Tina! The stress you feel your animals absorb so being able to feel so calm and at peace is everything! Once she had passed Dr. Tina again did not rush the process of saying good bye and was so kind. No rush ever, no pressure, everything was just perfect. In the days and weeks following Dr. Tina continued to offer me unconditional support, care and comfort, thru her kind follow up emails, condolence cards and text, this woman is just full of light and love. Always there to calm and ease my heart and soul. In all the heartbreak and pain of losing my dear friend the one thing that truly continues to bring me peace and comfort is the way her passing went. I honestly can not imagine a more wonderful way for an animal to make their transition then with Dr. Tina. I have since told every local pet lover about her, including my vet, chiropractor, grocer, teachers and in various Facebook groups as I truly believe Dr. Tina has been sent from above to help our furry ones gain their wings. Thank you Dr. Tina and Lap of Love for all you do!"
Cyan SattinLos Angeles, California
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Animal Surgical and Emergency Center
Grief Recovery Institute, Beverly Hills
Animal Bereavement Support Group
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Dr. Tina proudly offers services to families in the Los Angeles area and most cities in Los Angeles County. A travel fee may be assessed based on distance and travel time from the veterinarian's home.
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 Love6230 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 1185Los Angeles, CA 90048