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.
"My husband and I want to sincerely thank Dr. Leslie for your incredible kindness and care towards the love our lives, Denali. It means everything in the world to know she was able to pass away quietly and painlessly, at home with her people and all her familiar things.
You not only eased Denali of any suffering, pain and tension and off to sleep in a most peaceful and beautiful manner, but you have eased our minds and memories of her last moment on this earth.
Lap of Love is invaluable and so so so appreciated.....Thank you for all you do."
"I posted something on the Lap of Love FB page, but wanted to share my experience with Dr. Leslie here...She was a God send. I can't imagine having anyone else there to transition my girl to the rainbow bridge. She came back the next day to guide my sister's dog, Austin to the rainbow bridge. She was so understanding and compassionate. THANK YOU...It meant so much to have you explain the process and give us the time we needed to our good byes. The paw print, hair clippings and other mementos meant the world to me. Thank you again for all that you did. I'm so relieved and happy that Dr. Leslie was there. Amazing person..."
Pamela SamseyColumbus, Ohio
"Dr. Leslie, was so wonderful, such compassion, and sincere. She made a very difficult situation, one I can look back on with no regrets. She gave my sweet girl, her wings."
Angie FloydCOLUMBUS, Ohio
"Dr Leslie will forever have a special place in my heart. She will never know how much she helped me and my family in such a difficult moment. Even though it was so very hard, it somehow became a beautiful experience for us all."
Ellen RomerWesterville, Ohio
"I've shared my story with so many of my friends and family, my customers at my Barbershop too. Every Friday morning at 7:00 am I go to Eucharistic Adoration for an hour, I had someone cover for me, because I wanted to spend my time with Joy Joy. At 9:10 a.m. June 30, 2017 an Angel came to my front door and swooped in and softly spoke to Joy Joy and myself, putting us both at ease. I had planned to go in the back bedroom, I thought it would be comfortable, but Dr. Leslie took over and she sat down on the floor in the living room all the while talking to me I followed her lead so did Joy Joy, actually it was the same place my husband and I sat every night to spend time with our girls, Joy Joy laid down and was very calm, how did that Angel know that was our family spot? She knew when to tell me something or nothing, just quiet. I never dreamt I would be so at ease during this, it was hard but I would never be selfish and keep her here for me, I love both of my girls so much I can let them go home. I was lying quietly on the floor beside Joy Joy soothing her , I felt her last heartbeat, I knew, the Angel tapped my leg lightly, I looked over, she had tears and she said she's gone, I shook my head, yes. She left for about 10 minutes came back in, I helped her wrap Joy Joy gently in a cozy blanket. She cradled Joy in her arms and was gone. I turned around the house was so quiet and calm. All was right. I thanked Our Lord for sending this Angel to me to help make this experience beautiful, she treated my girl with such dignity, I would not have wanted it any other way. She left a little stuffed animal, flowers seeds to plant in her honor and a pamphlet , when did she put those there I didn't even see her do it. T hat beautiful Angel, God sent was Dr. Leslie from the Lap of Love. God certainly Blessed her with a special gift. May God Bless her the rest of her days here, and keep her safe. It was an honor and a pleasure to have made your acquaintance."
Twana SoudersGrove City, Ohio
"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
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