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 had such a tough time trying to decide what was right for Chloe. I had made an appointment with Dr Leslie because Chloe was having a very bad evening and didn't think she could make another day. At the time of the appointment Chloe was showing some good signs and once again gave me a glimmer of hope. So after much deliberation we decided to give Chloe some more time. Dr. Leslie had been so caring about the situation and had offered to come back at anytime if Chloe needed her. I had a fairly good evening with Chloe. She got extra love and chin scratches and anything she wanted. After another day, it was apparent Chloe was suffering again and I knew we needed Dr Leslie. She was true to her word and came right away! And thankfully so, as Chloe was really struggling. Dr.Leslie was very kind to me and Chloe through the whole process. I'm thankful to her for helping us through such a painful time. Couldn't have asked for better care for my sweet Chloe. Thank you Dr Leslie."
Larry BartholomewGrove city, Ohio
"Dr. Leslie emanates empathy and compassion not only for your beloved family pet, but also for you as a person, and a family. She is soft spoken, gentle handed, and treated our fur baby with such love, tenderness, and kindness. It was one of the greatest pleasures in life to make her acquaintance, and it is my hope to one day meet her when it isn't an emotional situation that brings us together. I will choose her again and again to care for my 4 legged babies in the late stages of their lives to the very end. Words simply cannot express our deep gratitude for such a wonderful person and Veterinarian. Many heartfelt thanks to Dr. Leslie."
Rebekaah HarklessGalloway, Ohio
"Dr. Leslie was the most compassionate person I have ever met. She made this difficult time for our family easier, and had a way of putting our Lucky and the family at ease. I can not imagine taking this journey without her. We will forever be indebted to this sweet, kind, and caring person. She entered our home a stranger, but left as a member of our family. Thank you Dr. Leslie."
Toby McCoyWesterville, Ohio
"My little Violet (a rescue kitty that had been with me for 7 years) was only 8 when she was diagnosed with renal failure. The vet told us that she was sick just three weeks before she declined. She had her shots at the visit because I didn't know she was ill.
She soon began limping, then wouldn't eat, then wouldn't drink, and I could tell that even breathing was painful. The shock of her quick decline is difficult to understate. I flew home from an academic conference early and was able to comfort her and be with her for one last night. She purred and blinked at me but her decline was horrible. I made the decision at daybreak. There is a small chance that taking her to the hospital would have helped for a short time but she had such a fear of traveling in the car and being around strangers that I just couldn't hurt her in that way.
I called Lap of Love on the dot at 7:00 a.m. when they opened and someone was there to calmly and compassionately take the call and help me. I cannot be more grateful. Dr. Leslie was at my home in less than two hours to help my sweet kitty be relieved of her suffering. The sadness was so raw but I felt at peace as Violet was no longer hurting.
Lap of Love provides an important and needed service to pet owners who want to help their babies have a peaceful end of life.
Dr. Leslie was compassionate, warm, kind, and loving to me and my pets. She was even so attentive to my other cat, Lily, who was there on the bed with us as Violet was put down. Thankfully, I take away from that hard time peaceful memories because I was able to play classical music for Violet, put her on her favorite towel, have her toys nearby and just sing to her and pet her. She was not stressed or upset and Dr. Leslie just melted into the scenario perfectly. While losing a pet is so horrible, I wish this more peaceful, guided end-of-life experience for all pet owners. Dr. Leslie made it comfortable for me (I cried openly and she didn't blink an eye) and easy for Violet. I will be forever grateful for her services and professional warmth. Thank you, Dr. Leslie, for your kindness and care for our special friends."
Denae D'ArcyColumbus, Ohio
"Our thanks to Dr. Leslie for making the hardest thing in the world to do loving and very special. Our Stitch loved you the moment you walked in and you handle everything with such compassion! We are so glad you were here with us during his passing.
You made things so peaceful and quiet. The way it should be. We miss him everyday and the other dogs do to but you included them also in his passing which we are most grateful for!
Thanks for listening to our stories and for posting our hearts for Stitch in your write up. Again you made it all the more special and loving for all of us!
With our deepest gratitude,
Jerry, Debbie, Cappuccino and Lily Bowman"
Deborah BowmanWEsterville, Ohio
"I couldn't imagine having a more peaceful, caring, and respectful Vet join us. You made the situation a little more bearable. I didn't know what to expect in a situation like ours, but my husband and I are very pleased we chose Lap of Love for their services, and even more pleased we had you as our fur babies in home Vet. Your compassion and dignity made the situation as peaceful as it could possibly be."
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