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 wooden urn and returned to your primary care veterinarian. They can also be made available directly from the crematory or mailed to you.
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.
For pets over 30 pounds, we may ask your assistance moving your loved one if cremation has been requested. 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.
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.
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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.
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.
Tina Olivieri, DVM
"Dr. Tina was recommended by a close friend who had recently lost their beautiful cat. The changes in our pup, Dempsey, were sudden and we needed to make the hardest decision of our lives. My dear friend called Lap of Love and gave them my info. When I called they already had my name and I felt it was the right fit. When Dr. Tina arrived, we were a mess. She talked us through everything and didn't make us second guess our decision. She knew it was the right thing to do to save our Dempsey from more pain. The time and care she took with us will always be a cherished memory. This is the way to say goodbye to your loved one. Let them fall asleep in your arms and talk to them until they pass. Thank you, Dr. Tina for helping us on the saddest day. Much love, Suzanne, Jeff, Maebe Cat, and much love from our goofy, loving and brave boy, Dempsey."
Suzanne SladeNorth Hollywood, California
"I called Lap of Love on an early Sunday morning after realizing my sweet dog Irish's time had come. My call was answered by a person, not a service, who was very gentle with me. She gave me information about what services were available and anticipated costs. She was able to schedule a vet to come within 3 hours. Dr. Tina arrived within the time specified and was calm and compassionate not just to my dog but to me as well. She carefully assessed the situation and prepared me for what was to happen and how. She was so empathetic. My dog calmly and peacefully slipped away. I could not be more grateful for the services of Lap of Love and Dr. Tina's kindness."
Virginia SharpeLos Angeles, California
"Making the decision to say goodbye to my beloved molly brown was so so devestating and heartbreaking 💔😞😭🌈🐾🐶but I wouldn’t have wanted anyone else next to me during the euthanasia process but Dr. Tina❤️ She was so comforting and gentle , she gave us all the time to say our farewell, she was so gentle and kind and listened to me go on and in about my beloved molly and was so sweet and complimentary which was so comforting. After the procedure she just sat back and allowed us to have our moment to say our final goodbyes to her. She has followed up with loving and caring emails just to check in and see how I am doing, she is an angel and I will be referring all my dog loving friends to Dr Tina when it’s time for them to say goodbye to their furry best friends
I will never forget her gentle and kind way ❤️❤️❤️🐶🐶🐶🐾🐾🐾🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻✨✨✨"
Rosie NikuWest Hollywood, California
"Having to make one of the most difficult decisions in my life, I called Lap of Love at 5 am after a long night with Wasabi. I knew it was time, and he needed my help. When Dr. Christine arrived, her gentle spirit immediately put me at ease. Dr. Christine took her time and carefully explained what she would be doing and what might happen. As I had always promised my little boy, I was able to hold him and his little paw in my hand as he passed. I cannot put into words how relieving it was to have this done in my home not having to add additional stress for Wasabi and with an genuine soul such as Dr. Christine, to guide both of us through this difficult moment. I am incredibly grateful!"
Maranda BlantonWest Hollywood, California
"We recently had to make the very difficult decision to put down our oldest dog, Buddy. After going back and forth between taking him to the vet or getting in-home care, we decided to pay a little extra and have our little guy spend his last hours & minutes in the comfort of his own home. Dr. Jessica Spitzer came highly referred by a coworker but she was unavailable the day we had requested. The GREAT receptionists at Lap of Love recommended Dr. Tina as she was available the date and time we needed. I was a little hesitant due to the fact Dr. Spitzer came so highly referred but decided to proceed as Buddy's health was rapidly declining. Honestly, it was the BEST decision we made for our little guy. Dr. Tina clearly explained the process, was sincerely empathetic, and helped put our mind's at ease. She was great with Buddy and made him feel comfortable during his final moments. We could tell she loves animals and understands the pain and heartbreak that the parents are going through. Simply put, Dr. Tina was awesome. We cannot Thank Dr. Tina enough for the compassion she showed and for easing a bit of the pain on a very difficult day. Thank you, Dr. Tina."
Bill PareWoodland Hills, California
"We had the BEST experience EVER using Lap of Love! We had to make one of the hardest decisions anyone could make to send our baby boy Buddy to Heaven. Dr. Tina was so sweet and made Buddy and us very comfortable and at ease with our decision. This experience is something that we will never forget! It's like having an Angel sent over to us and holding all of our paws/hands guiding us through the process. We were worried about how our other dog, Brixton, would take it and she assured us being all together was the best possible thing and it was a beautiful experience we all shared sending our beautiful boy Buddy over the rainbow bridge. Thank you Dr. Tina Olivieri and Lap of Love for the most dignified send off to our Lil Buddy. We sure will miss him but will always cherish the memories.
Thank You Thank Thank You
The Hall Family"
Erica HallBurbank, California
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Dr. Sandra Grossman
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Grief Recovery Institute, Beverly Hills
City of Angels Veterinary
Animal Bereavement Support Group
Animal Surgical and Emergency Center
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.
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.
For Dr. Tina:6230 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 1185Los Angeles, CA 90048For Dr. Christine:18340 Yorba Linda BlvdSuite 107 #213Yorba Linda, CA 92886