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 (optional engraved nameplate) and will be available to pick . They can also be made available directly from the crematory or mailed to you for an additional fee of $25.
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 garden at 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 5am - 8pm. 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.
Tina Olivieri, DVM
Growing up in St. Petersburg, Florida, my family never had a shortage of animals. Whether it was kitties, doggies, pot-bellied pigs, iguanas, guinea pigs, gerbils, sugar gliders, parakeets, cockatoos, rabbits, mice, turtles, or chickens…I have loved them all . Animals have always had such a special place in my heart since childhood, so becoming a veterinarian wasn’t even a choice…it was just the next step.
After Vet School graduation, I began an internship in Reproduction at Oklahoma State University. Studying the reproductive aspect of veterinary medicine gave me a profound respect for the gift of life. Being able to hand deliver calves, kids, foals, and puppies gave me an overwhelming appreciation for the life cycle of animals. The opportunity to assist with the magic of birth was a truly priceless experience that I am forever grateful for.
When I completed my internship, I moved into small animal private practice, relief medicine, and wellness clinics in both Oklahoma and Southern California. I have continued to study predominantly small animals, but not a day goes by that my Mom doesn’t ask for help in Oklahoma with her horses, mules, donkeys, sheep, birds, and of course…her beloved dogs and cats!! No animal will ever be off limits for me…I truly love them all.
Throughout my life, I have known all kinds of animals, both old and new. But one thing that I have grown to understand and respect, above all, is the bond between owners and their beloved pets. In my opinion, there is no greater unconditional love or everlasting friendship. That is what brought me to Lap of Love. I consider it a privilege to know each animal I have ever met, and I have extreme respect and compassion for YOU… their owner. To me, there is no greater honor than being able to comfort, acknowledge, support and understand both pets and their loving owners through such difficult times.
I myself have experienced pet loss many times in my life, and it doesn’t get any easier or any less heartbreaking. Being able to provide pain relief, peace, and comfort to our babies when they need it most…is everything. I truly believe that the love and compassion we give to our pets during their life should be given to them in their final moments, and I am forever honored to be a part of that process.
To all of the wonderful families that have allowed me to be a part of their beloved baby’s journey: I am honored, touched, and forever inspired by your selflessness.
"Letting go of a beloved pet is a difficult decision to make and a painful one to experience. I only hope that others going through it have the blessing of doing so with Dr. Tina, as we did on April 7th when it was time to let our Alley go. Dr. Tina brought an enormous amount of grace and beauty to this moment in our lives...guiding Alley and our family through it with enormous patience, professionalism and compassion every step of the way.
We are deeply grateful to Dr. Tina and so honored to have met her. She is a very special light in this world."
Diane MurrayBeverly Hills, California
I love Rocky's Facebook Memorial! You expressed Rocky's life and our love for him so perfectly. I am mourning the loss. But at the same time feeling good about the way his life was honored. You provided such gentle and reassuring guidance through the entire process. The moment you stepped into our home there was relief, comfort and peace. I completely trusted you with our Rocky and with our hearts as you delivered us all to the other side with strength, patience, dignity and beauty. I will remember you always. I can't thank you enough for making the final farewell a time to gather as a family in love and support. Rocky's life was honored well!
God bless you!"
Sonya EngleSaugus, California
Thank you so much for helping our little sweet boy find peace yesterday.
Before you arrived, we felt lost. Your kind approach put us at ease in a most unbearable situation. The gentle way you touched Oliver.....your soothing words to him.........just meant the world to us.
He was our little ray of sunshine for so many years, and in so many ways he saved OUR lives and was there when we needed him. There are no words to explain how much we loved our little Ollie.
Thank you for allowing us to show him our love and respect by making sure he had a loving, gentle passage to The Rainbow Bridge.......in his favorite spot outside, with the wind blowing, the sunshine beaming upon him, and us drenching him with kisses.
Mark and I will never forget what you did for Oliver, and for our little family snuggled up warm here on Mt Washington.
You are truly an angel."
Reeta PiazzaLos Angeles, California
"Dr. Tina's calming presence made the difficult situation manageable. We appreciate Dr. Tina's compassion and patience which allowed each of our 3 young children to take their time to say their final goodbyes to Mocha. Dr. Tina's respect for Mocha in her last moments made it easier for the children to see Dr Tina taking Mocha to heaven.
Brian MatsuiSanta Monica, California
"Dr Tina; Thank you so much for your kind beautiful words. It has been a difficult time to not have our Luna here at home but we feel better knowing that she was able to transition with dignity and grace. We take some comfort knowing that Luna's angel came to us in the form of Dr Tina who was not only compassionate, loving and caring, but helped us understand and process the sadness and to allow us all to mourn the loss. Our other fur babies Oreo and Ellie have also noticed a change in the household but at least we are all together trying to process our feelings, one moment at a time. We are so grateful to you Dr Tina for your words, help, and the humane way of treating Luna and our family. Although every time we come home we feel such an emptiness, we rejoice knowing that in the end, Luna had her dignity and love, and was able to enjoy her last day in comfort, basking in the beautiful sun and warmth, surrounded by her human family (with a lot of wetness from tears, kisses, whispers, and hugs, and her furry family (Oreo and Ellie), sitting on comfortable grass with a blanket and her favorite toys. I will completely recommend Lap of Love and doing this process at home where dogs are familiar (as opposed to a medical office which can be scary to them) to any or all friends that have come to this point in their fur babies lives. Thank you again Dr. Tina for all your support and love.
With our love-
John, Leslie, and Madison Ruddock "
Leslie RuddockShadow Hills, California
"It's taken me over a month to finally put into writing my gratitude to Dr. Tina Olivieri for guiding my husband and I through the difficult decision we had to make a little over a month ago. There's so much to say about our girl, Jango. She was independent, smart, loyal, fun, obsessed with tennis balls, loved to swim, loved car rides, loved steak...I could go on and on. She was with us for 12 & a half of her 13 years. She was always by our side, spoke the truth when we needed to hear it, and brought us so much pride and joy. When she was diagnosed with cancer, my husband and I came to the hard realization that her invincible and strong life in this world wouldn't last forever.
I feel so much better about our decision because of you, Dr. Tina. I'm so thankful you came into our life for this purpose. You took your time with us and we never, ever felt rushed. You talked us through the process and made us feel confident of our decision. I also feel like the minute you walked into our room, Jango was relaxed and looking back I know she was telling us, she was ready - although she did have to bark at you for old times sake. I'll never forget the sound of her strong snore, as you explained the pain had washed away from her body at that moment :)
I was floored at the care you took, giving her a Princess send off to the Rainbow Bridge. I'll never forget the beautiful dog bone covered blanket you wrapped her in. I felt like she was our own version of Cleopatra leaving the house. She was finally at peace after months of fighting through the pain.
We are eternally grateful for your help and will not hesitate recommending you, to help guide others through difficult this journey. Thank you, thank you, thank you. It was truly a peaceful and compassionate experience."
Eileen RiveraLos Angeles, California
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Dr. Sandra Grossman
VCA TLC Animal Hospital
City of Angels Veterinary
Animal Surgical and Emergency Center
Grief Recovery Institute, Beverly Hills
Animal Bereavement Support Group
Helping families in the following areas:
Dr. Tina proudly offers services to families in the Los Angeles area and most cities in Los Angeles County. A travel fee may be assessed based on distance and travel time from the veterinarian's home.
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.
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