Pricing and Information

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

Veterinary Hospice$350

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.

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.

Geriatric Consultation$350

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.

Additional Appointment 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), aggressive pets, and some exotic species.

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 14 pounds$275
Pets 15 - 49 pounds$300
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$325
Pets 100 - 124 pounds$350
Pets 125 - 150 pounds$400
Pets over 150 pounds will be quoted

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 14 pounds$175
Pets 15 - 49 pounds$200
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$225
Pets 100 - 124 pounds$250
Pets 125 - 150 pounds$300
Pets over 150 pounds will be quoted

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

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.

Meet the Doctors

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

Dr. Tina

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.

 

Dr. Christine

Christine Baldwin, DVM

Animals have been a major part of my life since I was very young. I was always surrounded by dogs, cats and horses. I started in the veterinary world working as a licensed technician in New York and knew that I was meant to be a part of this field. My experiences, both personal and professional, have forged a deep appreciation in me for the connection between animals and people.

After graduating veterinary school, I moved to rural upstate NY to practice as a mixed animal veterinarian working with all types of animals from dogs and cats to horses and goats. After 2 long winters, I moved back down to Long Island, where I worked in small animal practice. After working in different types of practices, I am honored to be able to work with pets and their dedicated families in the comfort of their own home.

About 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.

 

"I recently had to put down my beloved cat, Aslan. He became very sick very fast and it was a complete shock. I am so glad that I contacted lap of love and Dr. Tina for his final day. Dr. Tina made the worst day of my life the best it could be. She was so kind and so understanding. She gave me time to spend with him and answered all of our questions. Also, the service that lap of love offers is so great. I cannot imagine putting my next pet down at a vet. Being able to comfort my cat in his home and in my arms was priceless and significantly improved his final moments. I highly recommend Lap of Love and Dr. Tina."

Kara Miller
Los Angeles, California

"I don't even know where to begin? Dr. Tina was truly one of the most amazing people I've ever met in my life. My dog Sophie was nearing 15 and had so many ailments and although I wasn't prepared for this to be her last day on this planet, I knew that the time had come. She was in pain and declining on a daily basis. Dr. Tina was loving, compassionate, understanding, patient, thorough, helping me in so many ways to know that this was the right thing to do. I will miss Sophie every day of my life. But, I feel relieved that she is out of pain and I can stop worrying as I know that she is in a much better place.

Also, everyone I spoke to on the phone, especially Cindy, who was my first contact were just incredibly caring and supportive. Your organization has given me faith and hope again around human beings, because you all are simply the best. Peace & Love, Bill, Sophie's Dad. :)"

Bill Robertson
Culver City, California

"Once we realized "it was time" for our sweet 19 year old cat Mac Gregor, we knew we had to call Lap of Love and ask for Dr. Tina. Dr. Tina helped us several years ago when "it was time" with a very old stray cat we adopted, because our tabby cat fell in love with him and they were inseparable.

Dr. Tina comes to your house so there's no traumatic ride to the vet, no clinical vet visit and no taking away your pet and having them wonder where you are during their final moments.

She gives your pet an examination to confirm "it's time" and both times we've had to do this, our cats were at home and resting in their favorite spots.

The first time she came to our home, she explained the process: after the examination and when you're ready she'll give an injection which takes away all of your pet's pain and sometimes they feel so good, they seem to "perk up." After that, there will be an injection of anesthesia, which, if I understood correctly, they basically pass pain free of an overdose of anesthesia. She also explained that when their systems shut down, their body doesn't circulate the anesthesia, so she may have to inject in another area or two and not to worry, this can happen when their body shuts down. So we were very prepared on what to expect.

Dr. Tina seemed impressed that I remembered those details the 2nd time she came to our home. I remembered them because it helped me get over the trauma of losing a beloved Pomeranian whose system was shutting down. It was at the vet, very cold and clinical. The vet administered the first injection and our pom perked up and seemed to "fight it." Then they gave the injection of anesthesia. Then they gave her a 2nd dose of anesthesia (in the same spot, an IV tube) and she didn't pass. They told us we had to leave the room because they had given her twice the legal dosage and she wouldn't pass which left us devastated and thinking it wasn't her time. Once I realized she "perked up" because her first injection took away all her pain and the anesthesia didn't work because they kept injecting it in the same spot, but her body wasn't circulating it, it gave me immediate understand and closure (and I never went back to that vet again).

Please, if it's time for your pet to cross the rainbow bridge, there's no better way than in their home with you there with them, where they basically fall asleep in their favorite place pain free. At the end, our cats were put into a nice basket and tucked in with a blanket and looked like they were peacefully sleeping. You have the same options for your pet's remains as you would at the vet. The price is very similar as the vet also charges an exam fee, plus supplies and arranges the cremation, etc.

I will always opt for Lap of Love over taking my pet to the vet "when it's time" and I will always ask for Dr. Tina as she has been so gentle and loving with our pets during their final hour."

Cheryl Frees
Glendale, California

"Today Dr. Tina came to step in to help us put our 16 year old kitty to sleep. She was incredibly genuine, thoughtful and kind throughout the process. She greeted and acknowledged our other pets and came to the back yard to meet our chickens. She noticed the fragrance of the grapefruit blossoms. She met my kitty and spent time with us talking about her and reassuring us that we were doing the right thing. She explained the process to us, and when she thought it was the right time she asked, "Are you as ready as you'll ever be?" She was affectionate with her and gave us time to pet her and connect with her as everything went on. I came away feeling at peace and sure that my kitty had been loved, comforted and pain free. Dr. Tina brought a basket with a beautiful quilt in it, and tucked my kitty in to take her away. Very classy and respectful of how we were feeling. She told us she was honored to help us today and thanked us for doing the right thing for our kitty. I hope I don't have to make this sort of choice again, but if I do I will 100% call Lap of Love again."

Jen Petrovich
Valley Village, California

"Thank you Lap of Love for being you! Dr. Christine was so kind and made the process so easy. She was so loving towards our Jack and so cognizant of our feelings and our pace of the process."

Katie Camarena
Glendora, California

"There are no words to express what I feel in my heart for the experience my husband and I had with Lap of Love and Dr. Tina Olivieri. Our 13 year old Rhodesian Ridgeback was a beautiful member of our family and when it was time to let him go, we knew we wanted it to be at home. From the people we spoke to over the phone to Dr. Tina, the whole experience was a gift to us. When we started out, we were anxious about the process because we didn't know what to expect. We didn't know if we were doing the right thing. When Dr. Tina arrived, she explained the entire process to us and asked if we had any questions. We really only had one: were we doing the right thing? She explained what the signs were and explained to us what the future would look like if we were to let our boy live on, the way he was. She explained that we were "giving him a gift" and explained why it was a gift. She could never know how that comforted us. The entire process, she would ask "Are you as ready as you are ever going to be to proceed?" -and that was just pain medication she was asking about! The point being: she never rushed us. She never did anything without asking us what we were comfortable with at each stage. Our boy was 113 pounds so it took some time for pain medication to work with him and all the while, she petted him lovingly and waited patiently for him to be as pain free as possible. There are many more little, yet, huge-to-us, things she did. She honored his life, and in turn, us, with her love, kindness and unique spirit. As I opened with, there are not enough words to describe what Dr. Tina gave our family that day. She has a true gift. She IS a true gift. -Tammy Peters, La Verne Ca"

Tammy Peters
La Verne, California

Local Resources

Pet Life and Loss Support Services

  (310)-859-4852

VCA TLC Animal Hospital

Pet Loss Group

  (888) 773-2683

Grief Recovery Institute, Beverly Hills

  (310) 558-6111

City of Angels Veterinary

Pet Loss Group

  (310) 348-1260

Animal Bereavement Support Group

Emergency Clinic

  (310) 473-1561

Animal Surgical and Emergency Center

Pet Loss Resource

  (888) 773-2683

Grief Recovery Institute, Beverly Hills

Service Area

Helping families in the following areas:

Our doctors proudly offer 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. 

Pet Memorials
“Jack came to us when he was 6 years old. It was love at first sight. He had the kindest soul. He is a retired therapy dog and made people smile when he would visit. He always knew when you needed a snuggle and would let you know when he wanted to play. Jack was an IVDD survivor and recently suffered with kidney disease. He is survived by his 5 ...
Katie Camarena
April 2, 2019
“It's been one month since we lost our funny behemoth cat. We are still heartbroken but grateful for the happiness and love he brought to our lives. We were glad to give him a furever home and to be there for him until the end. We will always love you Goomba. We miss you every day.”
Amy LaBranche
January 26, 2019
“Wasabi, you were truly one of a kind and loved immensely. Your mommy misses you but is so grateful for the many years and adventures we shared together. Thank you for always loving me and being my little man of the house, you always ran a tight ship! I will continue our walks to feel close to you... I hope that rainbow bridge is as beautiful ...
Maranda Blanton
November 29, 2018
“Woody, your courage and faith taught us about forgiveness and patience. Though you were small, you were mighty. Your physical presence is missed, though your heart and spirit will forever remain with us. It was so hard saying good-bye to you, my stubborn and grumpy old man... but I know it was the right thing to do... to send you on your way to ...
Lisa Furry
October 30, 2018
Payment Options

To make the experience as peacful 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

For Dr. Tina:
6230 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 1185
Los Angeles, CA 90048

For Dr. Christine:
18340 Yorba Linda Blvd
Suite 107 #213
Yorba Linda, CA 92886

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