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 crematorium, and then your pet's ashes are hand delivered back to your family in an engraved wooden urn the day after the appointment. Please speak to the veterinarian directly for more information.
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 buried at a pet memorial park.
There may be a fee if additional assistance to safely carry your pet out of your home is needed.
Lap of Love veterinarians do their best to assist families when needed. Availability will vary with location, time of day, and prior commitments. Dr. Courtney is available from Monday-Friday 9AM to 8PM. Dr. Courtney is available by phone and for appointments on both Saturdays and Sundays. Weekend hours will vary.
If this is a medical emergency, please contact your local veterinarian or one of the emergency clinics listed in the Local Resources section.
Courtney Brookens Graham, DVM
I grew up in a dog and cat-loving family in Metamora, Michigan. After graduating from high school, I attended Michigan State University for both my undergraduate and veterinary medicine degree, which I attained in 2000. I have been practicing in the Rochester area for nearly my entire veterinary career. My husband and I, along with our son and daughter, share our home with a mischievous little Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Chief, and our "misunderstood" cat, Sarah.
During my last year of veterinary school, I adopted a tiny little black kitten, who had been found on the streets of Lansing and brought to the veterinary teaching hospital at MSU. I named him Simon, and he quickly ingrained himself into my life, growing up to be a big handsome boy. He was there for me through thick and thin, from vet school graduation to meeting my husband, getting married, and having my two beautiful children. He never once complained about the new dog, the new cat, having to move, or the babies that would pull at his fur. His love was unconditional. When I realized that his time on this earth was nearing its conclusion, I knew that he would want to be at home with me. Even though it was extremely heartbreaking, I performed his euthanasia at home, and I knew that this was the final act of love that I could give to my Simon.
I feel there is no greater gift that I can give to my clients than a peaceful goodbye for their beloved pet. I am honored to be able to offer in-home hospice and euthanasia services. By allowing my patients to remain in the comfort of their homes and with their families around them, I can help to ensure a calm and pain free transition when their time here is at an end. The death of a pet is devastating, but I pledge to treat your pet with as much care as I would my own.
Dr. Courtney is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association as well as a member of the International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care.
"Words cannot express how grateful and thankful we are for Dr. Courtney. We were blessed to have 15 & ½ years with Fasbie and Dr. Courtney helped us express that gratitude right to the end. Dr. Courtney was patient, kind and loving to our little girl and to us. Thank you for helping make the most difficult decision and process a peaceful one and for having her brought back to us the next morning."
Loretta McCormickMacomb, Michigan
"We cannot express our gratitude to Dr. Courtney. She helped us to understand that letting her go was our way of protecting her and allowing her to once again to be young and do everything she once did when she was young.
It was also very comforting to get her back the following day. How wonderful they brought her home to us."
Christine CuckseyFenton, Michigan
"This was by far the easiest way for me to let go. I will miss Ty. Courtney was so compassionate and consoling I could not have made a sad situation better. From coming in to see her to the reassuring me it was TY's time to go and end her suffering. I cannot thank you enough. Patrick Hohner"
Patrick HohnerTroy, Michigan
"I have to say at a very difficult time Dr. Graham was great, very sweet and caring. She made the experience so calming, I couldn't have asked for a better person than Dr. Graham. I can't thank her enough for making this hard time into something special. To be able to spend those last moments with you fur baby and see them go in peace is a blessing."
Jody ConnWaterford, Michigan
"Dr Graham came to our home today for our sick kitty. She was in pain so moving her to the car to take her to the vet for the service would have been even more miserable than I could imagine. Dr Graham was amazing. She treated us as if our little Kisses was one of her own and made it easier on us as well as for Kisses. My wife and I are so thankful for this service and Dr Graham that no words could ever describe. Thank you Courtney!!"
Phil HatleyOakland, Michigan
"Dr. Courtney Graham was empathetic sensitive respectful and compassionate gentle and patient it was a blessing to have her undertake the most difficult task that a pet owner has to face she made us feel at ease and comfortable with the whole process she treated the whole process in a dignified and respectful way I would recommend her to anyone facing this difficult decision whole heartedly."
Fran BachmannGrosse Pointe Shores, Michigan
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
MSU's College of Veterinary Medicine
Oakland Veterinary Referral Services - Bloomfield Hills
Blue Pearl - Auburn Hills
Blue Pearl - Southfield
Animal Emergency Center - Rochester
East Lansing: MSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital
Oakland Veterinary Referral Services
Helping families in the following areas:
Local Service Area (no additional travel fee): Addison, Almont, Attica, Auburn Hills, Berkley, Beverly Hills, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Clarkston, Clawson, Ferndale, Franklin, Huntington Woods, Lake Orion, Lakeville, Macomb, Madison Heights, Metamora, Oakland, Ortonville, Oxford, Ray, Pleasant Ridge, Richmond, Rochester, Rochester Hills, Romeo, Royal Oak, Shelby Township, Sterling Heights, Troy, Utica, Washington, Waterford.
Extended Service Area 1 (additional $30): Center Line, Clinton Twp., Chesterfield Township, Commerce Twp., Davisburg, Farmington, Farmington Hills, Fraser, Goodrich, Harrison Twp., Hazel Park, Holly, Imlay City, Keego Harbor, Lapeer, Mount Clemens, New Baltimore, Oak Park, Pleasant Ridge, Roseville, Southfield, Union Lake, Warren, West Bloomfield, White Lake.
Extended Service Area 2 (additional $60): Columbiaville, Davison, Eastpointe, Fenton, Grand Blanc, Grosse Pointe, Harper Woods, Highland, Livonia, North Branch, Redford, St. Clair Shores, Walled Lake, Wolverine Lake.
Extended Service Area 3 (additional $90): Burton, Canton, Dearborn, East China, Garden City, Marine City, Milford, Northville, Novi, St. Clair, Westland, Wixom.
Preferred methods of payment are check (made to 'Lap of Love') or cash. Credit cards are also accepted.
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 Love145 South Livernois Road, #276Rochester Hills, Michigan 48307
The Oakland Press: Oakland County Veterinarian Offers In-Home Hospice
WDIV Local 4 News: Pet Owners Have Option to Say Goodbye
Click On Detroit: Families Finding Ways to Comfort Older Dogs, Cats
This location is owned and operated by Courtney Graham, DVM.