San Fernando Valley and Surrounding Areas

  (818) 946-1188

  [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$375

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$475

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 Eve, 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$325
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$400
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$500

With this option, your pet is cremated privately at a licensed crematory. The ashes are contained in a wooden urn and returned to your primary care veterinarian. They can also be made available directly from the crematory or mailed to you.

COMMUNAL CREMATION
Pets up to 49 pounds$150
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$200
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$250
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$350

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. Depending on the aftercare provider, ashes are either scattered in a garden at the crematory or scattered at sea.

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 5am - 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. Marlene

Marlene Anschultz

I grew up in the Santa Clarita Valley (California), and traveled away for both my Undergraduate Degree and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. After finishing college, I returned to my hometown to raise my own family, and with the desire to give back to the same wonderful community I was raised in. I wanted to use the knowledge and skills I acquired as a veterinarian to make a meaningful impact on those around me. 

I will never forget my first experience with an in-home euthanasia and the impact it made on my life over 20 years ago. He was my first love and heart dog, Zacky. The moment was quiet, peaceful and beautiful, the exact opposite of what I had anticipated it would be. The veterinarian who helped Zacky maintained an impeccably calm demeanor and devotion throughout the entire visit, leaving an everlasting imprint that I’ve carried with me all throughout my career, and ultimately leading me down the path of veterinary end of life care. To this day, the memories of those final moments with Zacky inspire me to assure that each family receives the same attentiveness, dedication, and care we felt that day. It is an honor to provide this gift to families and their beloved pets.  

In addition to my passion for veterinary medicine, I can be found enjoying my own (two-legged and four-legged) family, and exploring the beautiful world around us through camping, hiking, and boating.  

About Marlene Anschultz

I grew up in the Santa Clarita Valley (California), and traveled away for both my Undergraduate Degree and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. After finishing college, I returned to my hometown to raise my own family, and with the desire to give back to the same wonderful community I was raised in. I wanted to use the knowledge and skills I acquired as a veterinarian to make a meaningful impact on those around me. 

I will never forget my first experience with an in-home euthanasia and the impact it made on my life over 20 years ago. He was my first love and heart dog, Zacky. The moment was quiet, peaceful and beautiful, the exact opposite of what I had anticipated it would be. The veterinarian who helped Zacky maintained an impeccably calm demeanor and devotion throughout the entire visit, leaving an everlasting imprint that I’ve carried with me all throughout my career, and ultimately leading me down the path of veterinary end of life care. To this day, the memories of those final moments with Zacky inspire me to assure that each family receives the same attentiveness, dedication, and care we felt that day. It is an honor to provide this gift to families and their beloved pets.  

In addition to my passion for veterinary medicine, I can be found enjoying my own (two-legged and four-legged) family, and exploring the beautiful world around us through camping, hiking, and boating.  

LOCAL RESOURCES
Pet Life and Loss Support Services

  (661) 291-1121

All Creatures Veterinary Center - Newhall

  (818) 881-5102

VCA McClave Animal Hospital - Reseda

  (818) 363-7444

VCA Chatoak Animal Hospital - Granada Hills

SERVICE AREA

Helping families in the following areas:

Our doctors proudly offer services to families in San Fernando Valley and surrounding areas. Due to the expansive area covered, there might be a $30-$100 fee assessed for travel time. Please call to learn more.

Pet Memorials
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 964
San Fernando, California 91341

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