Central Valley: Stockton, Modesto and Surrounding Areas

  (209) 645-5105

  [email protected]

Our veterinarian will be unavailable from October 22nd - 26th.  Our Support Team is available everyday via phone or email to answer your questions and to schedule an appointment upon her return.

COVID-19 Update: We are still honored to join you in the home so that your pet can be safely surrounded by loved ones during this time.

PRICING AND INFORMATION

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

EUTHANASIA$325

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.

VETERINARY HOSPICE$425

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.

TELEADVICE$100

Using phone or Skype, one of our wonderful doctors will walk you through our Quality of Life assessment. This 30 minute conversation is valuable for any family considering hospice care, euthanasia, or simply wanting to understand the end of life process with their pet.

ADDITIONAL FEES

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 (normal business hours are 9:00am - 5:00pm), aggressive pets, and some exotic species.

HOLIDAYS

Holiday appointments can be accepted with approval. The following holidays incur a $100 fee when scheduled: Thanksgiving, Christmas Day & New Years Day. A $50 fee is incurred for 4th of July, Memorial Day or Labor Day.

OTHER 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.

AFTERCARE PRICING

PRIVATE CREMATION
Pets up to 49 pounds$285
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$315
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$365
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$415

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 you.

COMMUNAL CREMATION
Pets up to 49 pounds$160
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$175
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$265
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$315

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 private location with no visitation. 

ADDITIONAL AFTERCARE FEES

To best honor your personal space, our doctors do not arrive with a vet technician.  Therefore, if your family has elected cremation for a pet over 30 pounds, we may ask your assistance moving your loved one after euthanasia has been performed.  If additional help is needed outside what is available in the home, we may request that the crematory come to assist us.  In this case, an additional fee will be needed to cover their charge. 

AVAILABILITY

Our veterinarian will be unavailable from October 22nd - 26th.  Our Support Team is available everyday via phone or email to answer your questions and to schedule an appointment upon her return.

COVID-19 Update: We are still honored to join you in the home so that your pet can be safely surrounded by loved ones during this time.

We are here to answer your questions every day, from 4am - 8pm. Appointments are scheduled throughout the week, please call for availability. Sometimes pets take a turn for the worse overnight or in a short amount of time, so we do our best to accommodate same day appointments with a few hours notice, but cannot guarantee that. If this is a medical emergency, please contact your local veterinarian or one of the emergency clinics listed in the Local Resources section.
Meet The Doctor
Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarian in your area!

Dr. Michelle

Michelle Latham

I grew up in a small town on the Arizona/Utah border where I was very involved with 4-H and raising animals.  I knew I wanted to be a veterinarian since I was 7 years old and I obtained my bachelor's degree at Arizona State University. While there, I worked at a zoo and was convinced I wanted a professional career in zoo animal medicine. My time in veterinary school at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine made me realize that small animal companion medicine is where I was meant to be! One of the most important things I learned in veterinary school is that, as a veterinarian, sometimes our job is to relieve suffering and give a peaceful passing when necessary.  I am grateful we’re able to do this for our beloved pet family members.

Throughout my years as a general practitioner in Hanford, California, I enjoyed the care I delivered to my clients but, while I, of course, loved the new puppy appointments, I received the most satisfaction and fulfillment from giving families peace by helping their pets pass with dignity and love. I recently lost 2 of my wonderful dogs, Moose and Brutus.  I was so fortunate to have the opportunity to say goodbye to them at home. They both had the last day that included everything that made their hearts happy.  Their passing was peaceful because both were able to lay on their favorite human’s lap, Moose outside watching the sunset and Brutus on his favorite couch surrounded by all that loved them.   Moose and Brutus gave me one last gift, knowing that Lap of Love is my true calling. Being able to help guide families through this tough time and give pets the same peaceful passing my Brutus and Moose received is an honor and privilege.  

My husband and I have 4 dogs (including a new puppy who is reminding us what trouble makers puppies are!) and 5 chickens.  In my free time, I enjoy camping and hiking with our dogs, Broadway musicals, and laying on the couch reading a good book.

About Michelle Latham

I grew up in a small town on the Arizona/Utah border where I was very involved with 4-H and raising animals.  I knew I wanted to be a veterinarian since I was 7 years old and I obtained my bachelor's degree at Arizona State University. While there, I worked at a zoo and was convinced I wanted a professional career in zoo animal medicine. My time in veterinary school at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine made me realize that small animal companion medicine is where I was meant to be! One of the most important things I learned in veterinary school is that, as a veterinarian, sometimes our job is to relieve suffering and give a peaceful passing when necessary.  I am grateful we’re able to do this for our beloved pet family members.

Throughout my years as a general practitioner in Hanford, California, I enjoyed the care I delivered to my clients but, while I, of course, loved the new puppy appointments, I received the most satisfaction and fulfillment from giving families peace by helping their pets pass with dignity and love. I recently lost 2 of my wonderful dogs, Moose and Brutus.  I was so fortunate to have the opportunity to say goodbye to them at home. They both had the last day that included everything that made their hearts happy.  Their passing was peaceful because both were able to lay on their favorite human’s lap, Moose outside watching the sunset and Brutus on his favorite couch surrounded by all that loved them.   Moose and Brutus gave me one last gift, knowing that Lap of Love is my true calling. Being able to help guide families through this tough time and give pets the same peaceful passing my Brutus and Moose received is an honor and privilege.  

My husband and I have 4 dogs (including a new puppy who is reminding us what trouble makers puppies are!) and 5 chickens.  In my free time, I enjoy camping and hiking with our dogs, Broadway musicals, and laying on the couch reading a good book.

"I cannot thank Michelle Latham enough. She was great with Duke, my husband and I. We were beyond heart broken and she was so ensuring that this was a blessing. It was time and Duke has been suffering for some time. I felt her compassion and love for animals. The complete Lap of Love team made the process easy and peaceful."

Kim Hulsey
Manteca, California

"We had the very difficult decision of letting go of our 18 year old baby cat Punkin. She lived a Great long life with us she was so loved and she loved us back so much. I have to say that we contacted Lap of Love and got a referral of Dr. Michelle. She was of the ut most professionasl and the whole process while very painful for us humans it was done so well and peaceful. She was a wonderful Vet, knew exactly what she was doing and was very comforting in assuring us we were doing the right thing.. I highly recommend this company and Doctor 5 STARS. When it concluded she allowed us to sit with Punkin a bit more Then she packed her in a basket in a beautiful blanket as if she were just napping. Took her away and assured us she would take good care of her. And she was Punkin was back with us in a week.. all the services were taking care of. I can't tell you how much I appreciate her being there for us and Lap of Love services. Thank you, Diane and Mike"

Diane Wallace
Lathrop, California

"Dr Michelle made the process so beautiful.

This was the first time we experienced a pet passing in our lives and she made it Into such a calming and beautiful experience.

We thank you so much Dr Michelle.

This was the hardest decision we ever had to make, but we know he is in doggy heaven with no more pain and nothing but love."

Briana Campos
Lodi, California

"It's always tough making the decision to put a best friend down but we knew she was in pain and wanted to take that away for our dog Dixie. All of the Lap of Love staff I talked to and vet Michelle were amazingly kind and reacted in such a genuine way. The staff made me feel the compassion they have for their customers and the vet was very personal and her actions showed she really cared about our dog and us. Vet Michelle explained and made sure we were okay with every step of the process."

Chelsea G
Lodi, California

"I want to thank Michelle for her absolutely positive disposition. She was kind and gentle to my sweet Payton and to me. She helped me through a very rough time. I have two other dogs and if I have to do this again, I want her to be the one."

Eileen Thorpe
Valley Springs, California

"Michelle was absolutely amazing. She made the passing of our Chevelle very peaceful and stress free. And she put up with our zoo of animals. I can’t thank her enough for putting me at ease and explaining everything along the way. I would definitely use her services again, I hope not for a while. Thank you again!"

Lauren Hover
Tracy, California

LOCAL RESOURCES
Pet Life and Loss Support Services

  (209) 467-8727

Stockton Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center

  (530) 758-5566

Yolo Hospice - Sacramento - Pet Loss Support Group

  (209) 472-7387

All Creatures Veterinary Emergency Clinic

SERVICE AREA
Helping families in the following areas:

Our veterinarians proudly serve Central Valley. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a travel fee of $50-$75 based on your location. 

Pet Memorials
“Our Duke blessed our lives in so many ways. He was an active Lab that loved the beach, swimming, motorhome trips, playing ball and going on long drives. He was a great travel companion and love everyone. I guess it’s safe to say he wasn’t much of a watch dog. Lol! He was a lover and the best dog ever! I will love him forever and cherish all the ...
Kim Hulsey
September 10, 2020
“8/25/2020 was the hardest day of our lives.
We said goodbye to our family dog of 14 years, Bingo.
Bingo was the sweetest boy and all who met him fell I love with him.
He loved to play fetch, he was a pro, and could even do back flips.
He was more than a pet, to us he was our family member.”
Briana Campos
August 26, 2020
“I see that loving look you have, you carry it in your eyes
When I say, "Let's take a walk," you dance before the skies
Of all the dogs we have on earth, you seem to be a star
A star whose heart is just so large, it shines from afar
You had a really wonderful life, you gave us that as well
We will miss you, sweet big dog, my aching heart does ...
Eileen Thorpe
August 10, 2020
“My dearest Chevelle,

You were one of the most funnest dogs I have ever met. Between you howling when greeting anyone or your love for booty scratches. We got you when you were only 7 weeks old and I remember going to the airport to get you and you were the most perfect little angel. We brought you home to meet your sister Bailey and it was an ...
Lauren Hover
July 30, 2020
PAYMENT OPTIONS

To make the experience as peaceful as possible, credit card over the phone (before the appointment) is generally preferred. We are also more than happy to accept a check (made to 'Lap of Love') or cash during our time with you.

Most pet insurance companies cover Lap of Love services. We are happy to help complete any paperwork needed to submit for reimbursement.

We also accept Care Credit.

Mailing Address

Lap of Love
PO Box 5897
Stockton, California 95205

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