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 lovely wooden urn (optional engraved nameplate) and will be available to pick . They can also be made available directly from the crematory or mailed to you for an additional fee of $25.
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 and ashes are scattered in a garden at the crematory.
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.
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.
"We met Dr. Tina two years ago when we had to say goodbye to our dear Greta Kitty. Dr. Tina was wonderful and put us at ease about the decision we made and explaining the process to us. It was a very sad occasion, but, Dr. Tina made it an easier one. We also knew that she would take good care of Greta Kitty once she was out of our care.
When it was time to say goodbye to our wonderful boy George, we knew that Dr. Tina was the right person to help us. I adopted George 14 years ago and he was the light of my life. Active, bright, hilarious, and just George. He was perfect. When George and I moved down to Southern California almost 7 years ago, he became a true beach hound and loved making new friends. In fact, it was through George that my partner and I got to know all of our neighbors. He was a unifier. A year ago, George was diagnosed with cancer and no one thought he would make it another month, let alone another 10. But, he did. He was a force to be reckoned with. The last month, however, it became obvious that the cancer was taking its toll. George became very lethargic, he was struggling more during our evening strolls, and his anxiety at night intensified. My partner and I did everything we could to keep him comfortable and took shifts to make sure someone was with him at all times, particularly at night. Eventually, no matter what we did - even taking shifts to stay up all night with him, he just could not be consoled and we so we knew it was time to seek Dr. Tina's consult to help us understand what was happening with George and why. She came to the house the following day and treated George with great care. We decided that we would take a few more days to give George the sendoff he deserved. We had a Celebrate George get-together with his friends and yesterday we gave George every one of his favorite foods and loved on him. Dr. Tina joined us at 7 yesterday evening. She made sure we were all comfortable, and explained the process yet again, and fielded yet another barrage of questions about what George would go through. She listened and answered every question again. She also watched a video we had of George at the beach with us. She was very gracious, stayed engaged, and said all the right things. And, it made us feel better. When it was time to say goodbye to George, she comforted us the entire way and made sure George felt safe. At the end, she gave us time to kiss his head for the last 1000 times and then gently placed him in a blanket. As she put him in the car, she did so with great care, and again gave us an opportunity to kiss him another 1000 times. We said goodbye. She checked in with us after she left and again today. We know we made the right decision in having her come. We know she helped George leave this world with dignity, peace, and comfort. Thank you Dr. Tina for making a very painful process less painful."
Mindy BaggishAltadena, California
"Mr. Pikle I can't put into words to express how much your missed, you've not only left an emptiness here at the house but in my heart too 💔 You were my first pup, my boy since you were 2 1/2 months and my joy... you're forever in my heart... rest easy Mr. Pikle.. 10-12-02 💔 6-5-17
Dr.Tina thank you for being so kind, sweet and loving to my boy, for helping us get through this tough time in our lives and for giving Mr.Pikle an honorable rest... we need more people like you... your truly an angel. ❤️❤️❤️
Love The Sherburns ❤️"
Ileana Duran-SherburnMar Vista, California
"Letting go of a beloved pet is a difficult decision to make and a painful one to experience. I only hope that others going through it have the blessing of doing so with Dr. Tina, as we did on April 7th when it was time to let our Alley go. Dr. Tina brought an enormous amount of grace and beauty to this moment in our lives...guiding Alley and our family through it with enormous patience, professionalism and compassion every step of the way.
We are deeply grateful to Dr. Tina and so honored to have met her. She is a very special light in this world."
Diane MurrayBeverly Hills, California
I love Rocky's Facebook Memorial! You expressed Rocky's life and our love for him so perfectly. I am mourning the loss. But at the same time feeling good about the way his life was honored. You provided such gentle and reassuring guidance through the entire process. The moment you stepped into our home there was relief, comfort and peace. I completely trusted you with our Rocky and with our hearts as you delivered us all to the other side with strength, patience, dignity and beauty. I will remember you always. I can't thank you enough for making the final farewell a time to gather as a family in love and support. Rocky's life was honored well!
God bless you!"
Sonya EngleSaugus, California
Thank you so much for helping our little sweet boy find peace yesterday.
Before you arrived, we felt lost. Your kind approach put us at ease in a most unbearable situation. The gentle way you touched Oliver.....your soothing words to him.........just meant the world to us.
He was our little ray of sunshine for so many years, and in so many ways he saved OUR lives and was there when we needed him. There are no words to explain how much we loved our little Ollie.
Thank you for allowing us to show him our love and respect by making sure he had a loving, gentle passage to The Rainbow Bridge.......in his favorite spot outside, with the wind blowing, the sunshine beaming upon him, and us drenching him with kisses.
Mark and I will never forget what you did for Oliver, and for our little family snuggled up warm here on Mt Washington.
You are truly an angel."
Reeta PiazzaLos Angeles, California
"Dr. Tina's calming presence made the difficult situation manageable. We appreciate Dr. Tina's compassion and patience which allowed each of our 3 young children to take their time to say their final goodbyes to Mocha. Dr. Tina's respect for Mocha in her last moments made it easier for the children to see Dr Tina taking Mocha to heaven.
Brian MatsuiSanta Monica, California
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Dr. Tina proudly offers 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.
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