San Francisco North Bay Area
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 with a printed name label. They will be made available directly from the crematory within two weeks or mailed to your home or office for an additional fee of $25.
This option is for families that don't wish to have their pet's ashes returned or wish to bury at home. Pets are respectfully cremated with other pets at a licensed crematory and the ashes are buried in a private location with no visitation.
For pets over 30 pounds, we may ask your assistance moving your loved one if cremation has been requested. If additional help is needed outside what is available in the home, we may request that the crematory come to assist us. In this case, an additional fee will be needed to cover their charge.
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.
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I grew up in Southern California, a city girl. My pets were mice, small birds, a rabbit and lots and lots of goldfish. Neighbors would often bring me orphan baby birds and kittens to nurse back to health. My mother's family were farmers in South Dakota, and we would visit in the summer. I was the crazy cousin from California out playing with the barn cats and the calves!
I can't remember a time when I didn't want to be a veterinarian. I was always very focused, studied hard and graduated from UC Davis Veterinary school in 1989. I have worked at several small animal practices in the San Francisco Bay Area, and while the majority of my patients are cats and dogs, I also enjoy treating birds, reptiles and pocket pets.
I have done many euthanasias over the years, primarily in a clinic, but also have gone to the clients home,when possible. Home euthanasia is so much preferable, providing a calm and stress-free environment. My goal is to help both owners and their pets through a very difficult decision. I hope that providing this service with Lap of Love, I can help you honor and cherish your pets life when saying goodbye.
"Death is nothing at all. I have only slipped away to the next room. I am I and you are you. Whatever we were to each other, That, we still are." Henry Scott Holland
Rene Butler, DVM
"We first met with Dr Rene about a week before we had to put down our beloved dog, Moose. After meeting with a few different vets, she was the one who helped us feel comfortable (as comfortable as one can be) with our heartbreaking decision to let our dog go. She acknowledged Moose was in pain and dying and helped keep him- and us - as comfortable as possible in his last days. I am grateful for the time she spent with us on the phone before even meeting us, getting to know Moose and our situation. She didn’t push an initial consultation on us, we were the ones who requested it, but she was more than willing to come to our home (the next day!) to meet Moose, understand his health status and prescribe him with medicine to ease his pain. Upon this visit, was so great with Moose and our other dog, while being gentle but straightforward with us about his condition - which was exactly what we needed. She even kept in touch with me while she was out of town to check on us, ask how he was doing, and offer suggestions for keeping him comfortable.
The day of Moose’s final appointment was the most heartbreaking day of our lives, and even though it was impossibly hard for us, Dr.Rene made it comfortable for Moose and we wouldn’t have wanted to do it any other way. He hated going to the vet, even a simple checkup terrified him, so the fact that she came to us made the experience so much more peaceful for him, ultimately making it more peaceful for us too.
I can’t recommend working with Lap of Love (and specifically Dr.Rene) enough. She was so professional but she felt more like a comforting friend than a vet, with our Moose’s most important needs in mind. She always put his needs and comfort first. She also thought of so many small details we would never think of or plan for. Dr.Rene and everyone else we spoke to over the phone with Lap of Love were caring and compassionate and we are forever grateful for their service. To Dr. Rene, I hope you know what your small role in our lives means to us, thank you for all that you do."
Maureen HallNapa, California
"One of the hardest things to do is put down a beloved pet when you aren't quite sure if it's time. Our Maxie, who has been with us since she was 8 weeks old, started acting weird, stopped walking and kept meowing her little head off. We knew something was wrong since this happened so suddenly. We called Lap of Love and thankfully Dr. Rene was able to come out and see us within the hour. The minute she walked in, she looked at our Maxie and said that she had a stroke and was no longer able to walk or see. The tears between my children and I were immense, but we knew it was her time. Dr. Rene was so kind and sweet with Maxie and all of us. Even from the way she brought Maxie to the car in a basket with a little blanket covering her up, made it look like she was sleeping. 15 years didn't feel nearly long enough with Maxie, but I am happy she is no longer suffering. While I do not wish this on anyone, if you ever find yourself in this situation, Dr. Rene and Lap of Love are the best and will treat you and your animal with the utmost respect."
Erin FernandezBenicia, California
"Our beloved Buddy cat was with us for almost 19 years. He was involved in everything we did as a family at our home. He was like one of my kids and was my little sidekick who supervised everything I did which included gardening, cleaning the pool or just watching tv. He loved playing with our boys who are now grown with their own families. Everyone who met him loved him because he was so outgoing and friendly. He was such an integral part of our family and he was so very loved. It is so very hard to come home and not have him greet us at the door. I swear his little ghost is here at times. Maybe it’s just because we just all miss him so much.
The last five years of his life, he was dealing with renal failure which led to other complications such has becoming deaf and mostly blind. We had a few other complications after that which in turn led us to the decision that we had been dreading. His quality of life just wasn’t what we thought he should have. He could no longer climb trees, watch the birdies or play his favorite game which was ham and seek. He had not been allowed to play for quite some time as we found out he had high blood pressure and ham is loaded with sodium so, you know the rest, no more ham and seek. The object of the game was that Dad throws the ham treat in the lawn and Buddy chases it down. We know it was was getting close to the time to put him down so Dad went out and played one more round with him. Keep in mind, Buddy was blind at this point but he still managed to find that piece of ham. Nothing was wrong with his sniffer but I bet it just wasn’t the same for him.
My family and I want to thank everyone at Lap of Love for helping us through a very difficult time. Even though deciding to put our beloved Buddy down was the hardest decision to make, they made everything so much easier than it would have been from beginning to end. Everyone was so kind and really put our minds at ease which made us feel much better about the decision we had made. We had originally had a set date to have him laid to rest, but as it turned out, Buddy had a stroke so we had to move things along several days sooner than planned. Within a few hours of our call they were able to send someone over to help Buddy out. With that said, we especially want to thank Dr. Rene from the bottom of our hearts. She came very quickly and we absolutely could not have had a better person to help us through this. When she came to our home, I honestly did not know what to expect as I have never had to do this before but she let us know ahead of time what was going to happen each step of the way. She was warm and very compassionate. She saw how very much we loved our boy and reassured us that we had made the best decision for Buddy. We can never thank her enough.
If you haven’t checked out the website for Lap of Love, you really should. It is very informational and describes everything perfectly which includes costs and what other arrangements you can make after your furry pet is gone. We chose cremation which is done by Bubbling Well in Napa and we could not have been happier when our Buddy came home to us in a beautiful wooden urn with his name on it. Keep in mind that this same company has other service options for your pet as well.
For those of you contemplating putting your furry family member to rest or feeling guilty about your decision, DON’T. Think of it as you are helping to ease their suffering. Your pet loved you as much as you loved them if not more so. Helping them to feel less pain is the most humane and loving thing you could ever do for them.
Once again, from the bottom of our hearts to everyone at Lap of Love, we thank you for everything. We truly appreciate what you do.
With warmest wishes,
Christine, Rick and the entire Carlsen Family"
Christine CarlsenFairfield, California
"Unfortunately, I am not new to the experience of having to have a pet put down. I am however new to having it done in my home.
Rex was an 115# Tibetan Mastiff that was only eight years young, which surprisingly is not old for that particular breed. I have been married for over 30 years now and we never had children so as you can imagine our pets are our "children". Making that final call to a vet is always a struggle, even when you think you're doing the right thing. Dr. Rene came to my house and made an unbearable process almost tolerable. She was incredibly sympathetic and compassionate while remaining professional and informative. While I miss him everyday, there is peace in knowing that I did the right thing and he isn't suffering.
This experience has solidified that when I have to make that call again, and I know I will, I will call Lap of Love as I can't imagine it any other way."
Cherine GeorgeFairfield, California
"Dr. Rene was as kind and compassionate as could be. Given the situation, if there was anything that helped us to make this decision and get through the moments that ushered our sweet girl into a better place, Dr. Rene met us where we needed it most. From the moment she stepped into our home to the moment she left, she was genuinely concerned for all of us. Blondie and my family are grateful for her love and the gift of compassion she has been so generously blessed with. I couldn’t imagine having a different experience."
Maria CunningVacaville, California
"This service and Dr. Rene went way beyond my expectations. Dr. Rene put me and Keiko at ease as soon as she sat down with us under the tree with her giant animal loving heart and knowledge of canine behavior. She understood immediately our dilemma, and I found her to be very accommodating to my need to talk it all out. I loved how I never felt rushed throughout working out the decision. Although I knew it was time, I still possessed doubt and confusion based on Keiko rallying for treats, pets, hellos, etc. Dr. Rene carefully examined him and along with the documented information she already had from my two prior calls to their phone counselor, she confirmed my assessment and vanquished any doubt that I had had. Using Lap of Love was the best decision ever and I highly recommend this service. I had made those two calls, one about 4 weeks prior and the second about one week prior and the woman that took my call listened to me go on an on about Keiko and his timeline of geriatric change and decline. I was impressed how compassionate, kind and professional the phone counselors were to me never once adding any kind of rush or pressure, but merely informing me of choices and possibilities. Dr. Rene happened to be a bonus. I would seek her out for vet care in the future if/when I ever adopt again. They truly helped make Keiko's journey to the rainbow bridge gentle, loving and peaceful. Please call them when you find your fur baby changed by age or disease and they will help guide you through a difficult time. You will not regret using Lap of Love. I'm truly thankful!"
Anne Evansfairfield, California
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Solano-Napa Pet Emergency Clinic: Fairfield
SAGE Emergency Care: Concord
Animal Care Center: Rohnert Park
Helping families in the following areas:
We proudly serve our neighbors in the following counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, Solano, Sonoma, and Yolo. Extended service areas are over 25 miles from veterinarian's home and can be quoted upon request.
To make the experience as peacful as possible, credit card over the phone (before the appointment) is generally preferred. We are also more than happy to accept a check (made to 'Lap of Love') or cash during our time with you.
Most pet insurance companies cover Lap of Love services. We are happy to help complete any paperwork needed to submit for reimbursement.
We also accept Care Credit.
Lap of Love2401-A Waterman Blvd Ste 4Fairfield, CA 94533