Ventura, Santa Barbara, and NW LA Counties
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 cedar 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 office 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 at sea by Ocean Defenders.
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 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.
Jessica Spitzer, DVM
I grew up in New York with Great Danes who were part of the family and although my family was full of doctors and nurses, I (unlike most veterinarians) had not considered veterinary medicine as a career. After graduating from Harvard College, I worked at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C, assisting the research and conservation staff. There I found myself increasingly drawn to what the veterinarians were doing and eventually left the zoo and went to work for a mixed animal vet who worked with dairy cattle, horses, dogs and cats. I knew I had found what I was meant to do.
After graduating from Cornell University School of Veterinary Medicine, I fled to the warm weather of Southern California, married a native Californian, and settled in to small animal practice. After my daughter was born, I began to work part-time for a housecall practice. There I discovered how peaceful at-home euthanasia could be. The anxiety and discomfort that sometimes accompanies moving a very ill animal could be eliminated and the euthanasia itself could be tailored to the unique needs of each family. Having had to say good-bye to several dogs and cats I have shared my life which has made me keenly aware of how difficult a decision euthanasia is. I recognize how fortunate I have been to be able to be able to provide at-home hospice care and euthanasia for my own special pets, and would like to be able to provide that service for others.
My hope is that providing hospice care will extend the quality time a pet and his/her family can enjoy together. When it is time for euthanasia, I would like to make the experience as peaceful and stress free as possible, so that it’s more about appreciating the family bond and the time shared with your pet than just about loss.
"My 17 year old tabby cat's quality of life due to disease had been declining for some time and it was time for her to be free once again. Dr. Jessica was wonderfully heartfelt, respectful, and knowledgeable, and it was clear from the first phone call that this time encompassed far more than just a doctor visit and a procedure.
Ally and I took the time we needed throughout without pressure. After she peacefully passed, Dr. Jessica lovingly placed her in her final resting box, covered her with another blanket, and folded the top back, so my last image was my girl sweetly resting in a soft bed. I am so thankful our last moments were tenderly shared in the peace of our own home.
Thank you, Dr. Jessica 🐈"
Katie SCalabasas, California
"At almost 15 years old, we called our sweet lab, Chase, our "little old man". He was devoted to us until his last day and making the decision to let him go was gut wrenching. When you live so closely with an animal for such a long time, it's almost an out of body experience to chose their last day. We knew it had to be done with respect and dignity. It was the least he deserved for giving us almost a decade and a half of unconditional love and companionship. He was terrified of going to the vet ... you know ... the shakes and panting with his nose sniffing the exit door. But when Dr. Jessica came to our house, he loved on her like any other friend we might invite in for a visit. Since it hurt him too much to stand, she plopped down on the floor to rub his belly and get some friendly kisses. He left us wagging his tail and licking our hands like it was just a regular day ... no stress, no fear, surrounded by love. Thank you Lap of Love.
Marcia & Doug Frost"
Marcia FrostSimi Valley, California
"Dr Spitzer was fantastic during a very difficult time. She neither rushed nor dawdled and explained every step in the process of helping our dog pass painlessly and anxiety free. Although my vet is great, I did not want to subject my dog to the fear of the vet's office in his last moments. He passed in lying his favorite spot on the grass in the sun, completely unaware and pain free. Thank you Dr Spitzer. You are professional, compasionate and a credit to your profession.
Woodland Hills, Ca"
Alex FreitaWoodland Hills, California
"Jessica was our angel of mercy when we needed her most. I had contacted her a few weeks before we had to put our sweet 18-year-old kitty to sleep. Just talking to her made the eventual crisis easier to bear. I know that she had to rearrange her schedule in order to help our critter when he had gotten to the point where he was unable to go on any longer. She was so loving and kind to all of us. We will never forget her kindness and professionalism and sincere sympathy. I would recommend her to anyone faced with the end-of-life decision."
Cynthia HamiltonSummerland, California
"A better experience could only have been no experience. Jessica was so compassionate so profoundly kind to me and my lovely sweet girl Ita. Although crossing the rainbow bridge is never easy for pet parents, Jessica made me feel confident and supportive in my decision. She is professional and my dog Ita never felt any pain and was treated so kindly before during and after. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping me in the most difficult time Dear Dr Jessica. I just found the paw print you made for me and will cherish it for many years to come. Bless you sweet woman for doing this job and making me feel as best as could be expected. Many thanks."
Elizabeth ChaseEncino, California
"I am so incredibly grateful to Dr. Jessica Spitzer for the wonderful compassion and care she gave to me and my Jack kitty. My experience with choosing to let my Jack kitty go, was made easier with Dr. Jessica's thoughtful care and tenderness during such an immensely sad and difficult time. Someone asked me how much the service cost, and my response was "I would buy Dr. Jessica a HOUSE, she was so amazing".
If anyone is struggling with this choice, please know that I did as well, but once I spoke with Rita at Lap of Love, and connected with Dr. Jessica Spitzer, my worries were all addressed and I felt confident in my choice.
I would recommend Dr. Jessica Spitzer to anyone, with 100% confidence.
Thank you so much."
Mika AltfeldVentura, California
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
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Dr. Deena Case-Pall, Ph.D
Conejo Valley Veterinary Hospital - Thousand Oaks
Veterinary Medical & Surgical Group (VMSG) - Ventura
ACCESS - Woodland Hills
Veterinary Specialists of the Valley - Woodland Hills
Dr. Dominic Coppola
Dr. Kathleen Ayl, Psy.D.
Helping families in the following areas:
Other locations will be quoted individually.
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.
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