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.
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.
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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
"Thank you Dr. Tina for the love and compassion you gave me during this horrible process. Putting my 3 year old baby to sleep has been devastating and I find myself still going through the grieving process.
There is no easy way around these feelings other than taking the minutes and hours as they come by. Thank you for your professionalism and knowledge.
Cynthia and Azucar"
Cynthia VidaurreLos Angeles, California
"What a very sad experience it was to have to say goodbye to my little Bowie. We had 11 years together and we were the best of pals. I got him when he was 6 months old and I was embarking on a long medical journey with breast cancer. He licked my tears when I was disheartened by the process, he wagged his whole body with joy every time I walked in the door, and he gave me a great and very happy life purpose during that hard time. It was such a joy to have him to love and to be loved by him. Over the healthy and happy years that followed, I had no idea that such a sweet and deep bond could take hold of our every day life. Bowie was an absolute darling. He was my darling and I'm lucky to have been his one person in life. It was cancer that brought us together and his cancer that took us apart. Dr. Tina came to my house and assured me, given his conditions, that this was the right time for Bowie to move on. She helped me appreciate the personality that he was still showing and yet the pain that was very present. He did his job until the very end and he went out on top. Dr. Tina made sure that his passing was as peaceful as possible. For me and for him. She really shepherded us through the next phase of our journey together, and I am grateful for her guidance, expertise, and emotional support. It was the best ending that it ever could have been."
Channing HenryLos Angeles, California
"I could not be more grateful for Dr. Tina. She helped me through an incredibly difficult time and allowed me to make sure my dear cat Hermione's last moments were full of love and gentleness. I will never forget it."
Dahlia MetchisLos Angeles, California
"As heartbroken as we were to say goodbye to our precious kitty Neko, Dr. Tina provided exactly what we wished for her. Neko was able to spend her last moments at home, in total comfort and peace. Losing a pet is horrible no matter how it happens, but doing it this way provided a bittersweetness and beauty to the memory of saying goodbye to her that we wouldn't have had in a pet ER or vet's office. We will always be grateful to Dr. Tina, who is as skilled and professional as she is compassionate. I couldn't imagine a better person for the job. Thank you, Dr. Tina."
Rachel YondaCulver City, California
"Lap of Love made the most painful experience, a very smooth one. The love and care that she showed for our baby was beyond perfect. They were very timely and helpful and answered all of our questions. Extremely helpful and treated our pup with respect and love. Dr. Tina was the best person who could've done this and we felt that willy was safe in her hands. We can't express how grateful we are for your help in this transition."
Michelle MendezLos Angeles, California
"Words cannot express my overwhelming gratitude to Lap of Love and especially for Dr. Tina! I do not wish the experience of having to say goodbye to your baby on my worst enemy. I spent the last 8 years with my Rottweiler baby, Aphrodite. She was my whole world, I would have given my life to save hers, in the blink of an eye. She brought so much joy into my husband and I’s life. Unfortunately, the time came, when we had to say goodbye. It started with, what I thought, was a simple cold/flu like illness. She was under the weather for about a week, which I had taken time off of work to stay home to care for her during this time. The “illness” that plagued my baby continued to progress, acquiring one more ailment after another. Until one morning, I woke up to take her out to potty and when I looked into her eyes, I didn’t see the baby I had loved for the past 8 years. It was almost if she wasn’t there, her eyes were very glossy and she seemed to look thru me instead of at me. By the grace of whatever higher power there is, I came across Lap of Love and Dr. Tina. The only word I can think to use to describe Dr. Tina is, AMAZING! She was so friendly, compassionate and caring from the beginning. She was very sympathetic to my situation and could see the pain it was causing me to have to do this. Dr. Tina could tell that the bond I had with Aphrodite was very strong and my heart was breaking. She sat on my living room floor with me and Aphrodite and consoled me as the tears ran down my face. She explained the process and said that we could go a slow as I needed, allowing myself to get to the point where I was ready, as ready as one could possibly be in this situation. Eventually, I said it was ready and Dr. Tina did her job, all while comforting me and Aphrodite. Then she sat with me on the floor, waiting for me to have the strength to stand up and take my baby out to her car where she would then transport her to the crematorium. Dr. Tina even went out of her was to call me when she reached the destination to inform me that my baby had made it there safely. This whole experience was a little easier solely because of Dr. Tina, She is truly a Godsend and was put on this earth to help our furry babies to leave this world in peace! Anyone who has to go through this unfortunate experience, I would 100% recommend Lap of Love and specifically Dr. Tina! I feel nothing but extreme gratitude towards Dr. Tina and hope when the time may come for other furry kid parents to go through this, that Dr. Tina is available to assist because its as close as one can get to having an angel aid their baby in their final transition! Thank you so much Dr. Tina! Much love and respect!!"
Kimora BelisleHollywood, California
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Dr. Sandra Grossman
VCA TLC Animal Hospital
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.
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.
For Dr. Tina:6230 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 1185Los Angeles, CA 90048For Dr. Christine:18340 Yorba Linda BlvdSuite 107 #213Yorba Linda, CA 92886