Central Valley: Stockton, Modesto and Surrounding Areas

  (209) 645-5105

  [email protected]

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$300
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$330
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$380
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$430

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$175
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$200
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$280
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$330

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

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.

"Dr. Michelle did more for me in this moment then I can even express. Her empathy and kindness was unbelievable. I can’t imagine saying goodbye to my first born any other way.

Thank you so much."

Britney B.
Stockton, California

"Dr Michelle has a genuine and kind heart, we are grateful for her help in letting Oscar pass peacefully at home."

Ilena Finocchi
Stockton, California

"Dr. Michelle Latham was so compassionate and thoughtful. We knew it was Hogan’s time but couldn’t bear to take that drive to the vets office to leave him to face the end alone with strangers because of COVID-19 . She came to our home and explained everything and made sure that we were comfortable with the experience. Hogan was at peace, laying on his favorite blanket on our laps. She made a very difficult day a lot easier. Thank you Dr. Michelle."

Michael Jacobson
Stockton, California

"Dr. Michelle was so very caring and comforting during this difficult time. I really didn't know how I was going to get through saying goodbye to my beautiful Gingie. Dr. Michelle helped me through the whole process and made sure there were no surprises. She explained everything and made sure it was on my time and only when I was ready. She is so caring and compassionate. I hate that we have to make these decisions when we have companions, but I will always look to Lap of Love and Dr. Michelle in the future. Thank you for your kindness."

Kelly Machado
Modesto, California

"Dr. Michelle is the absolute BEST! She was so kind and had the best bedside manners - as if our pet were her own. I can not express my heartfelt appreciation enough to her during this time - she made something so hard SO much easier. Thank you Dr. Michelle!"

Karen Minick
Lodi CA, California

"Dr. Michelle came to our home to help us say goodbye to our beloved Cooper. Her professionalism, sensitivity and guidance was tremendous, truly beyond words. Lap of Love enabled us to lovingly, peacefully, and meaningfully attend the passing of our old friend. Cooper was at the beginning of what we anticipated was going to be his final decline. The decision to release Cooper was fatefully difficult, wrought with heavy emotion and self-doubt. The experience with Dr. Michelle, as she masterfully cared for us humans, and our little dog, was nothing short of extraordinary. Looking back, taking into account the overall ordeal, I am certain that we made an honorable decision. We're grateful for these tender final moments and are so pleased that, in spite of the difficulty, this went so well for all involved."

Tim Dougherty
Lodi, 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
“My loyal green eyed freckled nose first born. I’ll love you forever and always.”
Britney B.
January 9, 2021
“OSCAR
AKA: King, Quality Control Manager, Oscar-Leeney (his Italian name), Oscoooooor, Houdini-Leeney (his escape artist name), Oscar-leeeeney beany, Angel Boy, Sweat pea, Oscar-leen, OSCAR LEEEEEEN, Big bluueee eyed boy, leeny do, WE's A-COMIN' LEEEENY (yelled to him at a great distance from a car window on a trip back home), Panchen Lama (you ...
Ilena Finocchi
January 6, 2021
“You came to us as a stray and became a part of our family. You comforted us during trying times. We miss the jingle of your tags, your snoring, your paws coming down the hallway on your way to your bed. We still look for you in all of your favorite lounging spots and I still expect you to be sitting by the front door to greet me when I get home. ...
Michael Jacobson
January 4, 2021
“My Gingie was as beautiful and as sweet as one could ever wish to have in a dog. When I cried she hugged me and would lick my tears, when I was happy she would jump up and down like she was happy even though she had no idea why. It didn't matter to her because as long as I was laughing she was jumping for joy. My true spirit animal. I love and ...
Kelly Machado
December 8, 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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