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.
"Literally the hardest thing a pet parent has to go through is being faced with making the decision to help usher their beloved companion out of their present life. Yes, we have all sorts of euphemisms for it, and no, none actually makes the process any easier.
If you’re lucky enough to have the purest kind of love there is in your life, then you also must be prepared for that inevitable heartache.
Our baby was diagnosed with an oral cancer that doesn’t leave much of a choice, as unbelievable as that kind of news is. I mean, being an adult and a logical person, you know that death is a part of the natural life cycle, but loving a pet means you wish it was just a horrible dream you would eventually wake up from.
I cried for two days straight, had trouble thinking, sleeping, functioning, and still couldn’t bring myself to make peace with the fact that the decision was relentlessly creeping up on us. How would we know when it would be the right time? Is there really some sort of sign? From the ailing animal? From the universe? How were you supposed to “just know”?
I questioned our rush, though the sympathetic oncologist advised a “sooner rather than later” approach, to prevent our love from suffering to the point of unbearable agony. I had never done this before. And if it had to happen, I wasn’t about to let my baby’s last moments be filled with the stress and discomfort of a trip to the vet.
Luckily, we found the Lap of Love website, scheduled an appointment with them, and were sent a true angel of mercy (not in the creepy, made-for-TV-movie sense) in the form of Dr. Tina. From the moment she appeared on our doorstep, Dr. Tina was nothing but soothing and compassionate. She brought a sense of peace to the horrible situation, and truly helped us through it with her kind words and calm, comforting demeanor. We were both immensely grateful to have someone like her with us.
She was very patient; we never felt rushed. And she spent some time getting to know our little guy, petting him and listening to us talk about his pre-illness personality. She even added a special touch of bringing a blanket to match our little guy’s coat.
This is honestly the hardest thing I have ever had to do, and I wish no one ever had to go through this. But in these horrible moments, I would wholeheartedly recommend Dr. Tina’s services. She made an impossibly difficult situation bearable."
Magdalena and Shannon LleximLos Angeles, California
"The hardest part of being a pet parent is saying good bye. My dogs are my children. And all of them are very near and dear to my heart. Janie and I had deep history and love with each other. She gave me an amazing life and I hope I made her proud. She always had health issues and we saw so many vets and specialist. Then an aggressive cancer appeared and she declined so fast. Dr. Tina arrived to help us all say goodbye. She was so kind and compassionate. I had other dogs in the room with us and they were very happy to see her and all settled down when it came time to say goodbye. After Janie passed, one of my dogs went over and kissed her. I'm so grateful that we could all be with Janie as she passed and say our goodbyes. She was in her most comfortable environment surrounded by the people and animals that loved her."
Linda GrunfeldSherman Oaks, California
"Dr. Tina Olivieri arrived quickly enough to spare my cat, Rusty, from the pain of his illness. She did this on very little notice, too. I am grateful to her for giving Rusty a peaceful and painless end at home, where he was comfortable. Thank you!!"
Carolyn SeemanValley Village, California
"So surprising that, such a tiny being could leave such an enormous void in my home and heart. Dr. Tina was here to help Twinkie leave all of her pain behind. Many thanks to her and the staff at Lap of Love, all of whom were kind from my first phone call to the hugs she gave us as she took Twinkie away. Several of my friends wept when I shared the story, wishing they had known of this service when they, as most pet parents must, helped their beloved dogs and cats get to the Rainbow Bridge.
Dr. Tina is truly my hero.
Jackie WhiteCovina, California
"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
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Grief Recovery Institute, Beverly Hills
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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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