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.
"Our beloved 12 year old red and tan Doberman, Rocco, passed away last week in our arms in the comfort of his bed at home. Thank you, Dr. Tina, for being so kind, supportive, gentle, and loving towards Rocco (and us). He was in late-stage congestive heart failure and was in respiratory distress, and I take comfort in knowing he is not suffering anymore, and that you helped make his transition pain free for him. We miss him so much. Thank you for rushing over after-hours to help us after he became in distress. You helped save him from dying in the vet's office, which he hated. I so appreciate the care and attention you took and your gentle nature with him. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts."
Noelle M.Sherman Oaks, California
"It has been over six weeks since we put our beloved dog, Pepper, down and I want to say how much we appreciated Dr. Tina!!
She was loving and patient throughout the process and spent several hours with us. Her warmth, compassion and expertise was evident in the course of assessment of Pepper and the sensitive process that followed.
I do not have enough superlatives for Dr. Tina and the wonderful care that Lap of Love provides. I have told all of my neighbors about your services and will not hesitate to use you in the future!
Polly, Jamie, Ellie & Joni Anderson"
Polly AndersonGlendale, California
"The hardest part of helping a pet we love is knowing when it is time to let them go. Elvis was 16 years old and we were honored to care for him as his world was reduced to mostly sleeping and being carried outside. He was blind and arthritic but still had a good appetite and seemed content with what was pretty much palliative care. Then the day came when that changed - and it was time to ask for help. Once you acknowledge that, time is of the essence. We were so fortunate that we were referred to Dr. Tina. We were emotional wrecks and she brought us much needed peace, calm and comfort. Her love of animals - and of people - shines through brightly. She gave us time to surround Elvis with love and let us include our other pets - respecting their need for closure. She clearly explained each step, letting us know what might occur, and gave us time to love Elvis just a little longer. We are so grateful and feel so blessed that she came into our family to share this very intimate moment. Elvis left us with no pain, no surprises and surrounded by love. It was incredibly peaceful."
Sherri AkersMar Vista, California
"Ladybird had fought a losing battle with cancer after getting surgery on a large tumor. When it became clear that it was finally time to let my baby go, I got in touch with Lap of Love and Dr. Tina arrived to take care of my girl. I couldn't imagine a better way to handle such a difficult situation. She was very gentle, professional and had absolute patience and compassion for my pup and myself. What could have been a terrible situation became more of a beautiful ceremony and Lady didn't have to experience one negative moment in her final time. I would wholeheartedly recommend Dr. Tina and Lap of Love to anyone needing to go through these hard times."
Trevor WadeLos Angeles, California
"Our poor Magoo was suffering from a mast cell tumor that only intensified in its inflammation after our vet attempted to get rid of it through surgery. His breathing became more labored, his stomach swelled, and he was on multiple daily meds including a dose of chemo. We knew that he wasn't getting any better.
The decision to call upon a veterinary hospice service was not an easy one, but we knew we wanted a peaceful, loving, comfortable environment for our Magoo in his final moments with his family.
Doctor Tina arrived and the fear of the experience slowly went away. She connected with us on our terms. She was kind, patient, and tender toward us, our Magoo, and our other pup Sammie. It was in conversation with her, combining our experiences with her expertise, that it became clear what needed to be done for Magoo's sake. And when the time came, Magoo passed on being held, stroked, and kissed by us on his favorite blanket as we told him we loved him, cried, and shared our most cherished stories.
It's been only one day without him, and it hurts like we haven't hurt before, but there is no doubt in our minds that we ushered him into the afterlife in a proper place, at a proper time, with the proper guide, Doctor Tina."
Steve & Clare PhelanLos Angeles, California
"I'll echo what the other pet parents have said: Dr. Tina is an angel, sent to help bring peace, love, and a sense of sacredness to what otherwise might be a frightening and traumatic event. She was incredibly gentle, kind and comforting with both our elderly kitty Arya and her human caretakers. She honored Arya's life, and also helped us to understand that choosing a quick and painless transition for her at home was absolutely the right thing to do.
When Dr. Tina was getting ready to leave, we noticed that she put on a baseball cap with a picture of the "The Last Unicorn" on it. A great favorite from childhood, the book and film tell the tale of a unicorn who briefly becomes a mortal human, forgetting her true identity, until at last she's set free and can run as a unicorn once again. I feel that Dr. Tina's work and life is all about releasing our beloved animal companions from their sick bodies so that their spirits can run free, like the unicorn in that story.
Dr. Tina is a beautiful, magical soul and I'd wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone seeking help for their animal friends in the most difficult time."
Stacy CharitonLos Angeles, California
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
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City of Angels Veterinary
Animal Surgical and Emergency Center
Grief Recovery Institute, Beverly Hills
Animal Bereavement Support Group
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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.
Lap of Love6230 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 1185Los Angeles, CA 90048