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.
"We had to send our darling little Lilly away to be free of pain and old age. It was the hardest decision to come to but when it was finally made we were so blessed to find Dr Tina and the Lap of Love Family. Mary in the office helped to ease my pain at the very beginning during my first phone call when I was crying and so very confused.
This sad and painful circle of life experience was thankfully made better. It was like someone was holding my hand and walking with our family the entire time. Dr Tina looks like an angel when you meet her and she is not less in her composure and actions. Not only is she an angel but also she is professional and knowledgeable. We felt so comfortable with what we had to do. I show this picture of Dr Tina taking Lilly’s paw prints. This was a beautiful added event that was a surprise and now so treasured. See how she takes such care with Lilly’s little paw. Our hearts will be filled with love for a beautiful event that was the passing of Lilly and we can thank Dr Tina for guiding us and holding us all in her tender loving care."
Adrienne BlackmanLos Angeles, California
"Honestly, above and beyond doesn't begin to describe what Dr. Tina did for us. Being able to keep Murray at home for this process was an invaluable gift. More than that though, Dr. Tina was patient, gentle, loving, sensitive, and comforting. She made Murray's last moments so lovely and peaceful. I'll be forever grateful to her for that. From the Lap of Love phone staff all the way to the incredible Dr. Tina, this experience was made as painless as possible, for Murray and for us who loved him.
Thank you so very much for what you do."
sara ghaffarlos angeles, California
"Sent from Heaven!!! Dr. Tina and the Lap of love Veterinary Hospice service is. This is the exact feeling I got when after 16 1/2 years our little baby girl Bitts was called to leave this earth and Join God. I can not express the professionalism, the empathy, the kindness and compassion Dr. Tina and the Lap Of Love Hospice service gave us while caring for and treating our little girl.
We called Lap of Love after a good friend used their home Hospice service. Our friend said that their baby could not stand to go to the vet and they knew that was not how they wanted him to leave this earth, being scared in a place he hated to be. So she called Lap of love and their Doctor from the O.C. came to their house to administer euthanasia. After she told me how peaceful this was I called right away for a appointment knowing that our baby felt the same way about going to the vet. We called to have our baby evaluated and what Dr. Tina found we knew in our heart was right... our baby was sleeping 20 hours a day, hardly eating, she was incontinent and it had become very hard for her to move around with her arthritis and she had lost interest in her favorite things to do a long while ago.We tried one last effort with medication and her body rejected that. It was at that time we decided that euthanasia was what we would do.
It was a beautiful day in March, we bbq Bitts favorite meal, we gave her time with her brother and sister and loved, loved, loved on her. We asked Dr. Tina to come over at 3pm because we knew our baby would be tired and start to go to sleep around then. Our baby fell asleep in my arms and at that time Dr. Tina gave her the 1st injection and then I laid her in her bed and my wife and I said our peace, said good bye as we gave Dr. Tina the ok to give the final injection. This process was so incredible peaceful and I couldn't of ask for anything more then what I had already been given.. 16 1/2 wonderful years with truly the love of my life.
Thank you Lap of Love and thank you Dr. Tina for being able to help people like me and my wife go thru the hardest time in our life. Dr. Tina, you are truly an amazing human being!"
Stephanie & Carrie Rodgers-AndaDowney, California
"Literally the hardest thing a pet parent has to go through is being faced with making the decision to help usher their beloved companion out of their present life. Yes, we have all sorts of euphemisms for it, and no, none actually makes the process any easier.
If you’re lucky enough to have the purest kind of love there is in your life, then you also must be prepared for that inevitable heartache.
Our baby was diagnosed with an oral cancer that doesn’t leave much of a choice, as unbelievable as that kind of news is. I mean, being an adult and a logical person, you know that death is a part of the natural life cycle, but loving a pet means you wish it was just a horrible dream you would eventually wake up from.
I cried for two days straight, had trouble thinking, sleeping, functioning, and still couldn’t bring myself to make peace with the fact that the decision was relentlessly creeping up on us. How would we know when it would be the right time? Is there really some sort of sign? From the ailing animal? From the universe? How were you supposed to “just know”?
I questioned our rush, though the sympathetic oncologist advised a “sooner rather than later” approach, to prevent our love from suffering to the point of unbearable agony. I had never done this before. And if it had to happen, I wasn’t about to let my baby’s last moments be filled with the stress and discomfort of a trip to the vet.
Luckily, we found the Lap of Love website, scheduled an appointment with them, and were sent a true angel of mercy (not in the creepy, made-for-TV-movie sense) in the form of Dr. Tina. From the moment she appeared on our doorstep, Dr. Tina was nothing but soothing and compassionate. She brought a sense of peace to the horrible situation, and truly helped us through it with her kind words and calm, comforting demeanor. We were both immensely grateful to have someone like her with us.
She was very patient; we never felt rushed. And she spent some time getting to know our little guy, petting him and listening to us talk about his pre-illness personality. She even added a special touch of bringing a blanket to match our little guy’s coat.
This is honestly the hardest thing I have ever had to do, and I wish no one ever had to go through this. But in these horrible moments, I would wholeheartedly recommend Dr. Tina’s services. She made an impossibly difficult situation bearable."
Magdalena and Shannon LleximLos Angeles, California
"The hardest part of being a pet parent is saying good bye. My dogs are my children. And all of them are very near and dear to my heart. Janie and I had deep history and love with each other. She gave me an amazing life and I hope I made her proud. She always had health issues and we saw so many vets and specialist. Then an aggressive cancer appeared and she declined so fast. Dr. Tina arrived to help us all say goodbye. She was so kind and compassionate. I had other dogs in the room with us and they were very happy to see her and all settled down when it came time to say goodbye. After Janie passed, one of my dogs went over and kissed her. I'm so grateful that we could all be with Janie as she passed and say our goodbyes. She was in her most comfortable environment surrounded by the people and animals that loved her."
Linda GrunfeldSherman Oaks, California
"Dr. Tina Olivieri arrived quickly enough to spare my cat, Rusty, from the pain of his illness. She did this on very little notice, too. I am grateful to her for giving Rusty a peaceful and painless end at home, where he was comfortable. Thank you!!"
Carolyn SeemanValley Village, California
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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.
Lap of Love6230 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 1185Los Angeles, CA 90048