PRICING AND INFORMATION

APPOINTMENT PRICING

EUTHANASIA$350

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$450

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

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. 

"Dr. Charlie made a dreadful day peaceful and magical. My dear Kimo as well as my family felt very comfortable around him. He was incredibly knowledgeable and removed any anxiety present in the room. We all found it extremely heart warming that Kimo road shot gun with Dr Charlie as he left. Although having to go through something like this is never fun, I found this to be a reassuring and calming experience. Thank you, Dr Charlie and laps of love, for making every step in this process comfortable and safe."

Audrey Sauvey
Anaheim, California

"Dr. Charlie thoughtfully balances explanation, humor, and compassion in a way rare to find. I don't exaggerate or embellish. I hope I find my calling someday as he has."

Robbie Gread
Fullerton, California

"Dr. Charlie is a kind man. He was invited into our home when we were at our most vulnerable to euthanize our beloved family member. He was respectful of our sorrow while gently handling our precious boy. He quietly explained what he was doing and what our pet was feeling. Dr. Charlie allowed us the time to say goodbye and took our boy away with dignity. Our pet left us, we didn't have to walk away from him on a cold table in a vet's office. Thank you Dr. Charlie for making one of the worst days of our lives a little less painful."

Lynda Gordon
Lalewood, California

"I am without words for the gift Dr. Charlie and Lap of Love provided to give my beautiful girl a peaceful, dignified passing. Dr. Charlie was gentle and calming. Every detail was done with loving respect. Eternally grateful."

Heather Matthew
Seal Beach, California

"Dr. Charlie,

We are so grateful for who you are and what you did for us, this past Monday. You lead us to a place, physically and emotionally, where we could say goodbye to our beloved Oso-in peace. You supported us throughout the entirety of it. From beginning-to end, you allowed us to mourn and guided us with tenderness and patience.

I can't tell you how grateful I am. The kids said that you made it better for us, as well. That detail might be the sweetest of all.

Many blessings upon you, your family, your profession and your heart.

The Orozco Family"

Rafael Orozco
Santa Ana, California

"When it came time to lay my sweet girl down it was the most devastating realization of my life. My beautiful girl had been with me since I was a little girl for 15 years and the thought of parting with her was too much. I knew that I could never put her down in a vet's office. She immensely hated the vet and I couldn't bear to have her last moments in a place she hated so much. Every time she went to the vet she would get so scared and would shake so bad. The thought of having her be so scared and sad in her final moments were too much. Although it was hard deciding that we wanted her to pass away at home because I was scared that the memories would be too painful afterwards, I knew it was the right choice for her. My family was equally as devastated as me and if it weren't for the unfortunate circumstances right now my apartment would have been filled to the brim with people that were all touched by my sweet lady's heart. When Dr.Charlie arrived I was shocked to see my dog so happy to him, almost like she was telling us that she knew it was her time to go. Dr.Charlie was very kind and was able to keep the atmosphere light with jokes. He was very considerate of our emotional needs and in her last moments we were able to say our good byes to her. She looked so peaceful and I'm happy that she was able to leave surrounded by loved ones without any pain. I would definitely recommend this service if your unsure of how to let your pet go."

Wendy Navarrete
Westminster, 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:

Orange County

Entire county

Los Angeles County

Long Beach and Whittier

Normal service areas include Orange County California and Long Beach. 

Pet Memorials
“A Love Letter to My Soul Dog,
I know, Raja, you’re already rolling your eyes. But as much as every part of me doesn’t want to be writing this, I need to. So, humor me. Do you know how much I miss you? 15 years, my heart. I knew one day I would have to pay for how much I love you, yet knowing it’d be worth it. And it so was…
We had a bit of a ...
Heather Matthew
June 29, 2020
“No longer by my side.
Forever in our hearts.”
Nancy Izumi
June 15, 2020
“No longer by my side.
Forever in our hearts.”
Nancy Izumi
June 15, 2020
“Gordo was a ball of energy that entered our family. At the time, we had no idea that we needed this little guy in our lives. We quickly got attached and had many great adventures. He was the best listener, therapist, and midnight snack buddy. Gordo was always down to eat, and he was our partner in crime to get food. He would give 110% to make you ...
Sandra Sanchez
June 12, 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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