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.
Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians in your area.
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 came to our house on a a Sunday to help us put our beautiful and brave German Shepherd, Marcus, to sleep. She was so compassionate and kind. We all sat on Marcus's favorite fluffy rug. Marcus was lying in the middle of us with his head on my lap and his toys in front of him and we talked and talked and talked about him while stroking him and rubbing his tummy. No rushing, she seemed genuinely interested in our boy. When we were ready, she gave him a sedative. He gently fell asleep and appeared to be smiling. When he no longer responded to his leg being shaved, she gave him an iv injection and his breathing gradually slowed until it stopped. So peaceful. We cried and kissed him goodbye. Even then, Dr. Tina never rushed us. One couldn't ask for a more gentle and dignified passing. Thank you Dr. Tina for making such a sad event as good as it could be."
Eve NorelLos Angeles, California
"Dr. Tina was incredibly professional, caring and sensitive to the needs of our pet, Abigail and to the emotional pain we felt as we said goodbye. She offered clear information about the entire process and throughout the process she was deeply compassionate. Despite our grief we are grateful to Dr. Tina and Lap of Love and we will highly recommend Dr. Tina to other pet owners."
Paula ThomsonStudio City, California
"We adopted Lulu at age 13 (after she was thrown into a shelter and left to die by the previous owner); we bonded quickly and showered her with love, pampering and the best veterinary care a bulldog could have. Unfortunately after short 10 months Lulu's 14 year old failing heart worsened and the quality of her life was the priority before the excruciating pain of losing our baby. Having Dr. Tina come into our home with such heartfelt compassion, care and respect of Lulu's condition and our own feelings as pet parents meant the world to us. Despite the heavy hearts in losing Lulu her transition was very private, loving and peaceful giving us time to honor the life of our beloved girl one last time. I am forever grateful for Lap of Love and Dr. Tina for taking care of Lulu with tenderness and compassion as she so deserved."
Jacqueline SchuckLos Angeles, California
"Tina came to our home to make an assessment on our 14-year old English Bulldog Lulu. Lulu was suffering with cardio-respiratory insufficiencies. Tina listened to our concerns and demonstrated so much compassion and medical knowledge in this difficult situation. No pet parent should make a decision without the expertise of a professional and I really needed Tina to reassure me that transitioning was the best and most fair decision for our beloved Lulu. With Tina, we were surrounded by love and understanding that anyone going thru this experience needs and we are very thankful we found her to help us out. Lulu was a little being full of love and curiosity; wanted to play like a 2-year old and we miss her so much. Thanks, Tina; after we all leave this life what is left behind on everyone's mind is how much love we were able to give and receive and for that you have an immense credit."
Antonio SchuckLos Angeles, California
"My husband and I could not say enough about how much we appreciate not only this service but Dr. Tina. Our last moments with our sweet Rosie were special. Dr. Tina was so caring and compassionate and we were treated with the utmost respect and admiration. We were given the opportunity to say goodbye to a special member of our family in the comfort of her own home surrounded by all her toys and the people who loved her so very much. It was our last gift to our sweet Rosie, and it was made possible by Dr. Tina and Lap of Love."
Carla SpitzLos Angeles, California
"I made the very difficult call to Lap of Love on June 10, 2018, for my beloved dog, Lukas. From the initial phone call, to the end, every person at Lap of Love was caring, compassionate and supportive. I would like to thank the staff who took the first phone call, including Annie. Annie was kind and supportive, she consoled and helped me when I could hardly utter any words as I just cried. I would also like to thank Dr. Tina Olivieri who was so kind and gentle. Dr. Tina helped make a very difficult process much better by taking her time to explain things to me, asking me questions and showing heartfelt compassion. I am so thankful I had the help and support of Lap of Love when it came time for Lukas to leave us. Love and Miss You my little Lukas."
Diana TalposDowney, 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