East Bay and Surrounding Areas

  (510) 900-3079

  [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$350

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$450

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$150

Using phone or Zoom, 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 39 pounds$275
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$300
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$350
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$400

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 39 pounds$125
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$175
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$225
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$275

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 4 am - 8 pm. 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 Doctors

Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians in your area!

Dr. Dianicia

Dianicia Kirton

I aim to be a bringer of light to all creatures that I encounter. Taking care of animals has always been my calling, and I answered it as soon as I could — from volunteering at animal hospitals and shelters, to trying to take in every stray animal I encountered! I am a native New Yorker who loves to explore and travel, which is reflected by the places that I have called home over the past several years, including North Carolina, Alabama, Massachusetts, and now California.

I am honored to have graduated from Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine and serve as a representative of a rich legacy. Prior to joining Lap of Love, my main focus was integrative veterinary medicine, providing a harmonious middle ground between holistic and conventional medicine. I hold compassion for every being on this earth, including (and especially) animals, and have felt a natural connection to them from a young age. I am grateful to serve them as an advocate and a healer.

While saying goodbye to a loved one is difficult, to be able to provide the gift of a peaceful transition for both pets and their families is nothing short of an honor. I am a Fear Free Certified Professional dedicated to reducing fear, anxiety, and stress in my patients and cultivating safe spaces and love-filled visits.

Dr. Matt

Matt Blanchong

I was born and raised in Ohio but am a California man at heart. I attended the University of Notre Dame, where I received undergraduate degrees in finance and Japanese. I spent almost three years in Japan studying business and language and developing a love of their culture. This was followed by four years in the Bay Area as a corporate finance investment banker for internet and technology companies in the late 90s and early 2000s. When I realized banking was not for me, I returned to Ohio for veterinary school to achieve my lifelong dream of becoming a veterinarian.

I attended Ohio State University where I received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree and a Master of Science with a focus in virology, completing a thesis titled “The role of HSP72 in Measles Virus Replication.” Following graduation, I worked exclusively at Emergency and Specialty hospitals, completing my residency in emergency and critical care. Since then, I have worked as a critical care specialist, helping people make difficult medical and sometime life-ending decisions regarding their four-legged family members.

In the uncertain times of the Covid-19 pandemic, I became more acutely aware of the significance of the human-animal bond as people were having to part with what may be their only lifeline to an otherwise quarantined world. It is through this that I further solidified what a crucial role euthanasia plays in providing relief to suffering pets and struggling owners. I am incredibly grateful to be able to provide a service that allows those final moments for both a pet and their family to be familiar and comfortable.

In my free time, I enjoy travel, foreign languages and spending time with my dog, Stoli, who is a rescued golden retriever. I’m also an avid swimmer and tri-athlete as well as a yoga enthusiast! 

Dr. Torie

Torie Neff

I grew up in the suburbs of Washington, DC where we had a few family cats and I took every chance I could to ride horses or even just hang out at the barn.   I rode horses extensively through high school and college, where I studied biology but without a definitive plan for using my science background.  I found a position working as an assistant in a veterinary practice after school, where I enjoyed being able to develop relationships with families that we saw frequently, and ultimately made my way to the University of Missouri for veterinary school.

Along the way, I adopted an 11-year-old beagle mix, who will always hold a special place in my heart as my first dog and fostered my continued love of all senior dogs.  Her spot on the couch is now filled, but never replaced, by a younger Corgi mix and the cat who tolerates her.  Since graduating from veterinary school, I’ve worked primarily in emergency medicine, through which I’ve realized how much it means to me to give families the chance to be with their best friends in a comforting way at challenging times, whether prior to hospitalization or to say a final good-bye.  I feel privileged to now be able to honor these special bonds we develop with our pets in a comfortable setting and in the most peaceful and loving way.

About Dianicia Kirton

I aim to be a bringer of light to all creatures that I encounter. Taking care of animals has always been my calling, and I answered it as soon as I could — from volunteering at animal hospitals and shelters, to trying to take in every stray animal I encountered! I am a native New Yorker who loves to explore and travel, which is reflected by the places that I have called home over the past several years, including North Carolina, Alabama, Massachusetts, and now California.

I am honored to have graduated from Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine and serve as a representative of a rich legacy. Prior to joining Lap of Love, my main focus was integrative veterinary medicine, providing a harmonious middle ground between holistic and conventional medicine. I hold compassion for every being on this earth, including (and especially) animals, and have felt a natural connection to them from a young age. I am grateful to serve them as an advocate and a healer.

While saying goodbye to a loved one is difficult, to be able to provide the gift of a peaceful transition for both pets and their families is nothing short of an honor. I am a Fear Free Certified Professional dedicated to reducing fear, anxiety, and stress in my patients and cultivating safe spaces and love-filled visits.

"Dr. Dianicia,

We can't express how much gratitude we have for how kind and gentle and patient you were yesterday. You truly were the perfect veterinarian. It was such a sad time, but you made it so much easier for all of us, most of all Zeke. We miss him deeply, but I am also relieved that my baby boy is no longer suffering. I love the idea of the Memorial that you sent, and we'll definitely do that after we've had a little more time to heal.

I so appreciate how you handled everything at the end too, including giving us all the time we needed, and also for taking Zeke's remains to handle his cremation. It was so hard for me to say goodbye to even his body, but I knew he was safe in your care, and that meant the world to me.

Ever in your debt,

Al and Omar"

Allen Rosenthal
Vallejo, California

"Dr Kirton,

Thank you so much for helping me and Penny yesterday. You do hard work, but it is so appreciated. I can’t imagine having to say goodbye to Penny in a parking lot. She was comfortable and loved to the last second she was alive.

As I mentioned, I lost my Dad at the end of 2019, he was 91 and had been suffering for a bit. During his last few years, I was so thankful of the support and care from his care-workers. I think there are some very special people in our world that care for the elderly and for animals with complete commitment and understanding. You are one of those people and I can’t have imagined a better person to help me and Penny through this.

Thank you again for the hard work you do, you can tell it comes from love."

Zoe Brizzolara
Oakland, California

"I feel very fortunate to have been able to send Milo to his resting place from home. Dr Dianicia made it as comfortable and peaceful as could be expected. I appreciated all the little details; the full explanation, her calm demeanor, the sound healing and her empathy. She noted it was her honor to help us through this effort - it was an honor to have her provide this service for Milo and me."

Alexandra Vondeling
Berkeley, California

"Dr. Torie made a painful goodbye as gentle as it could be, and full of love. It began with her assistant on the phone who asked me a few questions in contrast with the first place I called where I was required to fill forms on line, the assistant was so much gentler and helpful. Dr. Torie was able to come the next day, I was grateful as my dog Luli was not in good shape.

Every step of the process was gentle and respectful, I was so glad we went with Dr. Torie, thank you, Arbel and familly."

Arbel Shemesh
Berkeley, California

"Dr. Torie was very patient, kind, and conscientious. Her compassionate approach made the difficult end of life experience more bearable and meaningful. Years ago, we had a doula guide us and our newborn son through the birth process, and we felt that we had another doula in Dr. Torie, easing us and our Junebug through the other great mysterious doorway of life."

Scott Waters
Oakland, California

"Dear Lap of Love,

I want to thank everyone we came into contact with at Lap of Love, from anyone we spoke to on the phone to the return of our dear Donut's ashes, you were all so very compassionate, attentive and caring. We are so very grateful and I want you to know that every little gesture from the way you answered the phone to the sensitive notifications you sent means everything.

Dr. Neff is quite frankly, an angel. I could not have imagined that this moment that I have dreaded for over a year, could have been carried out in a more loving and peaceful way for our girl. Our endless gratitude to Dr. Neff.

The pain still lingers and the emptiness feels never ending but eventually I know we will be able to carry our grief for Donut as part of us, but we'll not forget what you did for our family.

Annie and Daniel."

Anne Owens
Richmond, California

LOCAL RESOURCES
Pet Life and Loss Support Services

  (510) 879-4888

OakVet Animal Specialty Hospital - Oakland

  (925) 887-5678

Animal Rescue Foundation Pet Loss Support Group - Walnut Creek

  (510) 483-7387

VCA Bay Area Veterinary Specialists - San Leandro

  (510) 393-1359

Berkeley Humane Pet Loss & Grief Counseling - Berkeley

  (510) 548-6684

PETS Referral Center - Berkeley

  (415) 554-3000

San Francisco SPCA Pet Loss Support - San Francisco

SERVICE AREA

Helping families in the following areas:

Our veterinarian proudly serves East Bay. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a travel fee of $30-$100 based on your location. 

Pet Memorials
“Milo, buddy, how I will miss you – your sleeping on the bed with me, your snoring and violent dreaming, your silent steady gaze, your constant, quiet shadowing of me, and your filling me with happiness and love. I like thinking that you and Mom are hanging out happily together, waiting for me to reunite with you both one day. What a great life ...
Alexandra Vondeling
February 15, 2021
“Junebug was a one in a lifetime dog. Her spirit was gentle, gracious and always generous. She had a large extended family of friends and neighbors both two and four legged. Her life was very full of joy and love. She will be greatly missed.

Below is a poem that captures our journey with Junebug.

AGAIN

Start with finding
something to ...
Scott Waters
January 24, 2021
“Lily is my light, my angel, and my most loving companion. She has been there through every moment in my adult life, both the bad times and the good, and sure knows how to keep a secret! Lily has provided unconditional love, with plenty of lap time cuddles, and always by my side following me around everywhere, giving her the nickname "Shadow". ...
Bethany Baker
January 18, 2021
“To know Minnie is to know an earth angel.

She loved chasing squirrels and getting belly rubs. She hated getting wet. Her favorite food was rabbit (or bacon since she scarfed an entire packet before passing). She began life scared of bridges, skateboards and frogs. She never lost fear of loud alarm sounds, smells of smoke or drainage grates. ...
Brittany Thomas
January 3, 2021
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 2351
Berkeley, California 94702

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