Pricing and Information

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

Veterinary Hospice$375

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.

Euthanasia$375

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.

Geriatric Consultation$375

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.

Additional Appointment 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), aggressive pets, and some exotic species.

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
Pets over 150 pounds will be quoted

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
Pets over 150 pounds will be quoted

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

There may be a fee if addtional assistance to safely carry your pet out of your home is needed. 

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, 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.

Meet the Doctors

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

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.

 

Christine Baldwin, DVM

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, 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.

 

"Christine was wonderful. She spent time explaining the process and made me feel comfortable about my decision. Her compassion for both Fritz and myself was touching. I can't say enough about how impressed I was with the way she took care of Fritz. Thank you Christine!"

Karen Kennedy
Sherman Oaks, California

"LilyKat was more than just a pet to Beverly and I. We treated her as if she were a child, and we were blessed with a deep, meaningful relationship for seven wonderful years. Whenever we woke up in the morning or went to bed at night, LilyKat was right there with us, purring up a storm. It was a wonderful way to begin and end every day.

LilyKat possessed a gentle, kind and loving spirit, with an inner strength and she never fussed even when her health took a turn for the worse. She loved being with us whoever we were at home, whether sitting next to Beverly while she played piano, singing along while Beverly played harmonica to sprawling all over my homework to tell me she wanted a tummy and butt massage.

LilyKat was more than a pet, we called her our baby and even though we had only seven short years together, she made a profoundly positive impact in our lives and she will always be missed and we have many, many great memories that will last us the rest of our lives."

Beverly Williams
los ángeles, California

"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!

In Gratitude,

Polly, Jamie, Ellie & Joni Anderson"

Polly Anderson
Glendale, 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 Akers
Mar 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 Wade
Los Angeles, 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
“My favorite memory is how much he loved going for walks.”
Karen Kennedy
January 13, 2018
“Sasha you were such a wonderful pet. You always kept me company and protected me when I was alone at home. You were also a good guard dog and protected our house well. I loved how loyal you were to us. You never got angry at us and was always happy to see us. We miss you're smile and how you snored so loud at night. I miss watching you play with ...
Claudia Rodriguez
September 13, 2017
“Twinkie was my friend and companion for nearly eighteen years. It was clear that she no longer had a good quality of life.”
Jackie White
June 28, 2017
“COOKIE, It's almost two months since you were rushed to the pet ER by your second Moma Liz. She called to tell me something was wrong, and she needed to know if she had permission to take you in. I rushed to get to your side in the middle of the night. Lynda's husband Jim, was kind enough to accompany me. When we arrived we still had to wait ...
ROSEMARY HILDEN
June 28, 2017
Payment Options

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.

Mailing Address

For Dr. Tina:
6230 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 1185
Los Angeles, CA 90048

For Dr. Christina:
18340 Yorba Linda Blvd
Suite 107 #213
Yorba Linda, CA 92886

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