Orange County California

  (949) 310-0938

  [email protected]

COVID-19 Update: We are still honored to join you in the home so that your pet can be safely surrounded by loved ones during this time.

PRICING AND INFORMATION

APPOINTMENT PRICING

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.

VETERINARY HOSPICE$475

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.

TELEADVICE$100

Using phone or Skype, one of our wonderful doctors will walk you through our Quality of Life assessment. This 30 minute conversation is valuable for any family considering hospice care, euthanasia, or simply wanting to understand the end of life process with their pet.

ADDITIONAL 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 (normal business hours are 9:00am - 5:00pm), aggressive pets, and some exotic species.

HOLIDAYS

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 (normal business hours are 9:00am - 5:00pm), 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 49 pounds$275
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$300
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$375
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$475

With this option, your pet is cremated privately at a licensed crematory. The ashes are contained in a lovely engraved wooden urn and will be returned to your primary care veterinarian within two weeks. 

COMMUNAL CREMATION
Pets up to 49 pounds$125
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$175
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$225
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$300

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 out to sea. 

ADDITIONAL AFTERCARE FEES

To best honor your personal space, our doctors do not arrive with a vet technician.  Therefore, if your family has elected cremation for a pet over 30 pounds, we may ask your assistance moving your loved one after euthanasia has been performed.  If no additional help is available from friends or family to move your pet, please let our team know so that we can schedule appropriately.  The most important thing is that your loved one does not suffer, arrangements for assistance with cremation can be made at a later time.     

AVAILABILITY

COVID-19 Update: We are still honored to join you in the home so that your pet can be safely surrounded by loved ones during this time.

We are here to answer your questions every day, from 4am - 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, but cannot guarantee that.

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 Doctor
Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarian in your area!

Dr. Charlie

Charlie Deutsch

While I love my parents, my first word was our pet’s name. Our dog would let me pull on her hair to balance while I learned to walk, she was my pillow when we were on the floor, and my protection against the monsters under my bed. Pets have always been, and continue to be, a crucial part of my life.

Like many veterinarians, I had always wanted to be a veterinarian and was lucky enough to have opportunities to pursue and accomplish that dream. I was born in North Dakota but grew up in Southern California. I graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in psychology and pre-veterinary prerequisites before the University of Illinois drew me back to the Midwest. I completed a dual degree program, a doctorate in veterinary medicine (Urbana-Champaign) and a master’s degree in public health (Chicago) focusing on epidemiology and biostatistics. After graduation, I began teaching undergraduate courses and practicing clinical medicine in the Chicagoland area. Realizing it is difficult to shovel sunshine, I moved to Arizona, helping support multiple practices between Tucson and Phoenix. I am proud and grateful to be able to return to Southern California and work with Lap of Love to serve the area in such a meaningful way.

I love educating families and helping solve problems to help make lives better for families and their loved ones. I focus on quality-of-life and compassionate celebrations of memories and experiences for families and their pets. 

About Charlie Deutsch

While I love my parents, my first word was our pet’s name. Our dog would let me pull on her hair to balance while I learned to walk, she was my pillow when we were on the floor, and my protection against the monsters under my bed. Pets have always been, and continue to be, a crucial part of my life.

Like many veterinarians, I had always wanted to be a veterinarian and was lucky enough to have opportunities to pursue and accomplish that dream. I was born in North Dakota but grew up in Southern California. I graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in psychology and pre-veterinary prerequisites before the University of Illinois drew me back to the Midwest. I completed a dual degree program, a doctorate in veterinary medicine (Urbana-Champaign) and a master’s degree in public health (Chicago) focusing on epidemiology and biostatistics. After graduation, I began teaching undergraduate courses and practicing clinical medicine in the Chicagoland area. Realizing it is difficult to shovel sunshine, I moved to Arizona, helping support multiple practices between Tucson and Phoenix. I am proud and grateful to be able to return to Southern California and work with Lap of Love to serve the area in such a meaningful way.

I love educating families and helping solve problems to help make lives better for families and their loved ones. I focus on quality-of-life and compassionate celebrations of memories and experiences for families and their pets. 

"This is what we call making the best of the worst situation. Dr. Charlie went above and beyond to comfort us during this hard time. He took his time and patiently explained everything to us multiple times.m because we kept forgetting. He took his time to share kind and special worlds with my three young children and truly helping them heal from such a hard situation. It was the worst thing I’ve ever heard to do but at the same time it felt so right. My dog was home, peaceful and pain free. He passed with snuggles and whispers of what a good boy he was. Thank you Dr. Charlie for all you did for our family."

Heather B
Orange County, California

"It has taken me a while to be able to write this, I miss my Leila so much. I don't have actual 2 legged children, but she was my 4 legged child. When I got Leila almost 9 years ago, I had no idea that this pup would forever change my life. She was the one who made me a "mommy" and I will forever be grateful for that. She was the spunkiest pup with a personality bigger than she was, and with her being an Italian Mastiff, you know that's one big baby!

The last year of Leila's life was a hard one for us all, with arthritis and hip dysplasia, she wasn't getting around as easily anymore. We had finally got a great pain medication to make her more comfortable. Unfortunately just a few days before thanksgiving, her health took a turn, she didn't want to eat, her back leg swelled to double the size, and could barely walk. Thanksgiving morning came, and it was even worse, my whole world turned upside down. It was that hard decision no one wants to make. I stumbled upon Lap of Love, called them, spoke with Annie who was hands down the best person I could have asked for, she was so sweet and sensitive and helped me with every step. Right then I knew I picked the right people to help my Leila. Just hours later Dr Charlie was at our door. He came in and sat down next to Leila, and it was like she knew that he was there to help her, she was so calm and relaxed. He talked and walked is through everything he was going to do, he allowed us all to be around her, loving her, kissing her and talking to her until her last breath. Before she took her last breath, he made an amazing paw print of her for us to keep. I will be forever grateful for Dr Charlie and Annie on helping me and my family on one of our hardest days. The love and compassion they had for us, on thanksgiving, on the hardest day for us was beyond anything I've ever experienced. I will highly recommend Lap of Love to everyone I know. I cant say this enough, but I am beyond thankful for Dr Charlie and Annie. You guys will always have a special place in my heart. THANK YOU!"

Stephanie Millard
Fountain Valley, California

"On Thanksgiving Dr. Deutsch came to my home to help my Leila Rose 🌹 crossover. He sat on the floor with us and told us everything about what he was doing. My Leila must have known he was there to help her she put her head on his knee, he gave comfort as we did he was not cold at all very warm person to be around made us all feel very comfortable and Leila too. It was so hard to say good bye to my girl, but if I had to do it again I would do it the same way with Lap of Love. I just want to say thank you from The bottom of my heart ❤️"

Lori Millard
Fountain Valley,, California

"We all know that we will probably out live our beloved pet, but when the time comes.....it is just so hard! I can’t say enough great things about Lap of Love and specifically, Dr. Charlie!

Our Abby had been battling lymphoma and we wanted to have her remain in our home, in a comfortable place, and surrounded by those that love her when she finally got her wings, and that is exactly what happened.

Dr. Charlie arrived and was kind, compassionate and not rushed with the process. He explained, in detail, what was going to happen and allowed us time to process and ask questions. Abby got to be in her favorite spot and we all said our good-byes, lots of tears, but no stress for her!

Thank you Lap of Love and Dr. Charlie for your compassionate service to families and their beloved pets."

Michelle DeHaven
Placentia, California

"Although making the decision to put your beloved pet down is one of the hardest things to do: Dr. Charlie's compassion made the experience beautiful. It gave our family the closure we needed.

Prior to the appt I had emailed Dr. Charlie b/c our dog seemed to be improving and we wondered if it was the right time. Dr. Charlie responded immediately that he would asses the situation first. By the time he arrived our family was confident that it was indeed our girls time to transition. Dr. Charlie took his time putting us and our baby at ease. He gave us as much as we needed to celebrate her life and say our goodbyes.

By the time the process was over it felt like Dr. Charlie cared as much as we did about our girl. He made her comfortable and when he removed her from the house he tenderly wrapped her up in a warm blanket. She truly appeared to be resting and content."

Robin Martinez
Laguna Beach, California

"Dr. Charlie helped us through a really difficult time - saying goodbye to Rufus. He was kind and wise and comforting. He gave the experience of saying goodbye value and peace. Thank you for helping our family through this very sad, but beautiful process.""

Jenn G
Aliso Viejo, California

LOCAL RESOURCES
Pet Life and Loss Support Services

  (949) 650-2442

Andrea Keith LMFT CEAP, Irvine

  (714) 537-3032

Orange County Emergency Pet Clinic in Garden Grove

  (949) 833-9020

Southern California Veterinary Speciality Hospital

  (949) 654-8950

VCA Orange County Veterinary Specialists (24h) - Tustin, CA

  (714) 779-1400

AM/PM Veterinary Hospital -

  (909) 843-5454

Mandi Pratt Artist at Greyboy Pet Prints

  949-724-6000

Irvine Animal Care Center

  714-935-6848

Orange County Animal Care Services

  562-430-4993

Seal Beach Animal Care Center

SERVICE AREA

Helping families in the following areas:

Our doctors proudly offer services to families in Orange County and Long Beach. Due to the expansive area covered, there might be a $30-$100 fee assessed for travel time. Please call to learn more.

Pet Memorials
“You broke the mold, Ruf. You showed us just how cool a lil' dog could be. We miss you and all the snuggles. You were such the best little lovebug. Have fun with Dex.”
Jenn Graney
November 16, 2020
“Buster McBusterton our soul dog! Our sweet boy, always wanting to run fast and free! Now you can make sure to say to Angel and Felix the cat. We miss you, your hunting for possums and alerting us for ever! We miss your gorgeous smile welcoming us home and begging for walks. That guilty look you would give us to walk more. I miss how you would ...
Rosie Romo
September 30, 2020
“Our Angel my soul dog,
I will forever love you Angel baby, I hope your running free with Buster and Fellix the cat.
We miss you and the house is so quiet without you here. Thank you for always being our
protector, you can be confident that Momma D is doing this now and we will be OK.
Love you forever and a day, run free baby!
Love your ...
Rosie Romo
September 30, 2020
“Sami - I want to thank you for being the best kitty in the whole world. I will always love you, and I will always honor your memory, by going out there and taking life by the horns. I will never forget your soft, gorgeous coat, your sweet purr, nor your plaintive howl, little baby! Rest in peace, my little love!”
Clarice Ross
September 18, 2020
PAYMENT OPTIONS

To make the experience as peaceful 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.

Mailing Address

Lap of Love
PO Box 162
Orange, California 92856

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