PRICING AND INFORMATION

APPOINTMENT PRICING

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.

VETERINARY HOSPICE$450

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.

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

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

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

Dr. Tina

Tina Olivieri

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

***Dr. Baldwin is currently on maternity leave***

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

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 was referred to Lap of Love by my Vet as I didn't want to say good bye to my dog in an exam room. Making that call was incredibly difficult for me, but I knew it was the right time. The Lap of Love person on the phone was incredible. She was very sweet and kind during our call to schedule the appointment. She made it clear I could change my mind at any point, even right up until the appointment. That was very comforting. Dr. Olivieri arrived and greatly exceeded my expectations. She was in no rush at all, she took the time to get to know us and our dog. She explained how everything would go. She listened to his life story and what was recently going on. I felt as if she really cared about all of us and wanted to make the experience as great as it could be. And she did. I was really worried how the after could go. She wrapped him up in a quilt and could not have been more respectful. I'm so sorry if you're reading this and have to make a hard choice, but there is no other service I would go with."

Emma Brayfield
Topanga, California

"Obviously the experience of putting down your dog is completely heart-wrenching, and we had no idea what to expect. Dr. Tina arrived with her bag and our dogs met her at the gate. She came in and sat down, and was very much not in a rush, which was a relief. That is a little thing, but really, you want to put this off as long as possible, with respect to someone else's time, but you also don't want to feel rushed. She asked us about who our dog was and listened as we tearfully shared our stories. She ran us through the process and let us know what our dog would be going through, and that this time-line was up to us when we were ready. She was very genuine, caring, to both us and our dog. We thanked her for making this painful process so gentle. I would recommend her to anyone, and use her again, nature forbid."

Sonja Williams
Los Angeles, California

"Dr. Tina was so kind, and professional. She grieved along with us in a way that allowed us the space we needed as we put our cat Kismet asleep after 17 years of love and affection. It was the hardest thing to go through and Tina never rushed us to go faster than we were ready. She was gentle with each step and made sure to take care of our other cat during the process. She gave us the words of assurance we needed as he transitioned, and when he left with her we knew that he was in good hands and his remains would be respected. Dr. Tina is a professional and a true midwife to animals who are at the end of their life. You and your pet will be well cared for with someone like Dr. Tina providing compassionate end of life care when needed most. Thank you, Dr. Tina."

Cynthia Kelvin
LOS ANGELES, California

"Lap of Love provides an exceptional service. We were not sure if it was time for our Zorro to go, but Dr. Tina came out to our home and provided clarity. It was a moment we wished would never come, but we were at peace and with Zorro in the end. We know we did the right thing thanks to Dr. Tina’s outstanding compassion. Thank you, Lap of Love!"

Aurelio Alba
Long Beach, California

"This is the third time I have used Lap of Love. Putting my dogs to sleep is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do and it never gets any easier. This one had been in my life for 18 years. From the time Tina arrived at my home she was professional and helpful. She was not pushy, answered all of my questions, and provided information that I didn’t even know to ask. She was understanding of my tears and talked me step by step through the process. I highly recommend pap of love and Dr Tina to anyone who need to give their dogs a peaceful passing."

Robert Johnson
Cerritos, California

"Dr. Tina took wonderful care of sweet Callie in her last hour. Dr. Tina was incredibly kind and made sure Callie's passing was peaceful and without pain. She also helped me let go of the guilt I was feeling--it’s an extremely difficult decision to end the life of a pet even when it’s necessary. She helped me see I was the only one who could make this decision for Callie—giving her a loving gift. Dr. Tina’s words of wisdom and comfort were also a gift to me.

I miss my sweet girl every day and still find myself on auto pilot when it comes to her daily activities—prepping meals, cleaning the litter box, brushing her soft fur, waking up to her impatient meows. I still wait for the meows, look for her at the door when I come home from work, reach for her brush, and head to her room without thinking, only to sadly remind myself she is no longer here. She is so missed!

I’m very grateful to Dr. Tina for helping us through this sad moment in our lives. She is amazing!!!"

Lori Evans
Long Beach, 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
“Ming 'minky' Johannesson
Ming Ming, we love you forever! You were the bestest boy.”
Molly Johannesson
June 19, 2019
“My most beloved soul kitty companion, Shiva. I will miss you in your physical presence, holding you, kissing you, snuggling with you. You brought tremendous love into my life, opening my heart, holding me through some of my darkest times. Through you I could always anchor in what really mattered in life, in goodness and kindness, wisdom and ...
Reena Desai
June 4, 2019
“Junior was a gentle giant, a puppy by heart. He was very playful and lovable that my brother would risk his dog allergies just to hang out with him. Unfortunately he had to cross the rainbow bridge due to his health. You will be missed, Junior and I’ll see you on the other side.”
Pedro Santana
May 17, 2019
“My sweet little boy. My loyal companion and cuddle buddy. He had such a cute loving personality. He would quickly get comfortable with new faces and loved to be petted. I loved how he could be so gentle and docile and then crazy and playful. This boy could spin like a fidget spinner! He broke his own record once when he spinned 5 times none ...
May 7, 2019
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
12349 Magnolia Blvd #345
Valley Village, California 91607

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