Orange County California
All services are provided in the comfort of your home.
Includes an 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, with prompt follow-up for any questions after the visit.
Includes a brief consultation by the veterinarian, medication to ensure comfort, gentle euthanasia, paw impression memorial keepsake, lock of fur, and a Lap of Love Pet Loss 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.
Holiday appointments can be accepted with approval. The following holidays incur a $100 fee when scheduled: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & New Years Day.
There may be an additional charge for pets over 99 lbs, extended travel (see Service Area below), appointments outside normal business hours (when arranged), and aggressive pets.
Although we mainly see dogs and cats, some of our veterinarians can assist you with other species such as rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, birds, fish, goats and pigs - call for pricing and availability.
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.
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.
There may be a fee if additional assistance to safely carry your pet out of your home is needed.
We are proud to offer Aquamation for aftercare in Orange County. Click here for more information about Aquamation. If you would like this type of aftercare for Private or Communal, please let us know.
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.
If this is a medical emergency, please contact your local veterinarian or one of the emergency clinics listed in the Local Resources section
Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians in your area.
Amanda Page, DVM
I grew up on the Central Coast of California & naturally gravitated to all animals that crossed my path. I would spend countless hours with our family cats and dogs. As I grew older I spent much of my time on ranches working with horses, cattle, goats, sheep & pigs. Some of my fondest memories are when my friend and I would take her goat on road trips and play soccer with my pig Cupcake. I always knew I would work with animals but it wasn’t until I started working at a small animal veterinary hospital that I realized veterinary medicine was my calling.
In the year 2000 I adopted a cat named Hank that would change my life forever. Our unique bond guided me to pursue feline veterinary medicine after my studies at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA. After graduation from veterinary school in 2009, I specialized in feline medicine for 7 years. In 2013, Hank was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Grieving Hank’s diagnosis and decline was one of my life’s greatest challenges as he had been my best friend through so much of my young adult life. I facilitated Hank’s passing at home surrounded by his family and our other pets. The loss I felt struck me to my core. Hank has taught me so much about the impermanence of life, unconditional love and that our bond continues in a more subtle way.
I hold a special place in my heart for providing comfortable and dignified end of life care for the beautiful pets I have been blessed to care for & have chosen to focus on this aspect of care. As we enter the transitional phases of our beloved pets life, it can be so difficult to know when it is time to make the selfless decision to provide the gift of a peaceful passing. Providing gentle guidance, unconditional support and compassion along with holding space for families to experience their emotions, grieve, remember and begin the path to healing is an honor I am blessed to fulfill.
Hannah Curtis, DVM
I grew up in northern Minnesota, at times a very cold yet beautiful place. As much as I loved living near lakes and having family nearby, I knew I was destined for a warm climate. It is no wonder why I love living here in Orange County. Growing up, I wanted to be around all kinds of animals. Over the years our family cared for ducks, rabbits, chickens, dogs, cats, hamsters, gerbils, mice, sugar gliders, snakes, frogs and lizards. By age 10, I had written my own veterinarian’s oath and kept it taped inside my dresser drawer where I could see it every day before school. It was my hope that someday I would become a veterinarian so that I could spend my days caring for animals.
When I was 16 years old, our family adopted a 3 year-old cocker spaniel named Lucy. She became my best friend. She was with me through high school, college, travels, relationships, loss and love. She was always there to lend an ear and to snuggle with after a rough day. When Lucy was 13 years old, she passed away suddenly due to a tumor on her spleen. The passing of my furry best friend helped me realize that I wanted to pursue my passion of becoming a veterinarian. I knew that I wanted to help people and their animals through stressful and difficult times.
I attended veterinary school in the West Indies on the island of St. Kitts. Living on the island was one of the most exciting and memorable experiences of my life. The island had an abundance of monkeys, mongoose and stray dogs. On a hike into the rainforest, my classmates and I came upon a stray dog that was nearly drowning in a concrete water reservoir. He was very tired from treading water for who knows how long and could not manage to climb his way out. After we all helped pull him out of the water safely, I felt a deeper understanding of the human-animal bond. I realized at that moment that all that was needed to help a suffering animal was a few humans who cared.
I love being a veterinarian because I help people help their pets. There is no greater feeling than knowing I can help turn a stressful time into a more peaceful one. I strongly believe that reducing unnecessary stress allows us to feel happy and thankful for whatever life hands us.
There is a special place in my heart for old dogs. I truly wish that when it is their time to go, the crossing over the rainbow bridge is the most painless, comfortable and relaxing experience possible. I am honored to be a part of this transition.
When I’m not caring for pets, I enjoy spending time with my husband, also a veterinarian, and our two cocker spaniels, Harley and Gussy
Mary Gardner, DVM
Born and raised in Orange County, NY, I was one of those children that attracted stray animals like bees to honey, and I loved it! Of course my heart-wrenching story telling became legendary as I created saga after saga about why it was imperative that my parents allow these animals to join our family. One of the most cherished additions was a Samoyed that I had rescued at the Humane Society and named Snow White. The 12 years we shared together were wonderful, and we had grown to be intricate parts of one another's lives.
But in 1999 fate dealt me a shattering blow as she unexpectedly passed due to a systemic infection. The only positive I can take away from this tragic event is that I was able to say good-bye to my best friend as she lay in my arms and breathed her last breath. I was her last glimpse of a life that was filled with love, compassion and companionship. Although stricken with grief as I mourned my loss, I knew at that very moment that I wanted to follow a long held dream of becoming a veterinarian in order to help people care for their cherished animal friends.
While practicing small animal medicine, my most enjoyable moments are creating close relationships with the families of the pets I treat. Early on I had recognized this dynamic kinship between animal, owner and practitioner and was bestowed with the most distinguished Human-Animal Bond award in Veterinary school. The awareness of this bond makes the task of assisting clients with the difficult decision to euthanize their pets all the more arduous. I've come to appreciate the very fragile balance of a pet having a good quality of life and knowing when it's time to be selfless and let your pet pass with dignity and without suffering. Although a difficult task, I am always honored to be a part of the family's last moments with their beloved pets.
Over 10 years later, I still think of and miss my lovely Snow White every time I must help a family say goodbye to their pet. I've chosen to focus on this aspect of Veterinary medicine because helping families say goodbye to a beloved pet is a difficult yet important part of the human-animal bond. Creating a loving and nurturing environment for both pets and owners is instrumental in helping them to find closure at such a difficult time. While I comfort the families left behind, I like to think that every pet that I help is greeted by my Snow White as they cross the rainbow bridge.
Jeni Price, BVM&S, MRCVS
My name is Jenevieve Price, but most people call me Dr. Jeni. I grew up in Los Angeles, but I’ve been fortunate enough to live in several amazing places, including eastern Washington, Scotland, and rural Colorado, before moving here to Orange County.
I told my mom I was going to be a veterinarian when I was four years old, and I guess nobody ever thought to talk me out of it, so here I am! When I was in high school, my superlative childhood kitty Cuddles passed away. Our veterinarian was so kind and thoughtful during that heartbreaking decision, and it truly cemented my desire to provide that same kind of compassionate care wherever and however I could.
Before veterinary school, I spent all my time with a menagerie of animals as well as competing in equestrian events. I was lucky enough to attend vet school in Edinburgh, Scotland, where I loved every minute of all four years (even the rain). Once I graduated, I spent several years in equine and rural mixed (large and small animal) practice, before coming back to California.
I love being a veterinarian, especially when I get to help pets and their families in stressful or intense situations feel a little more peaceful and at ease. I love our older pet friends, especially grumpy old cats! Doing house call euthanasia and hospice care is an amazing way to experience the profound and wonderful bond that pets share with their people, and to help in easing the transition at the end of life.
When I’m not helping pets, I love spending time with my husband and two young children, as well as my own sweet dog and 3 nutty cats.
Amanda Page, DVM
"Kiki was nearly 15 years old when her congestive heart failure began to slow her down. The other pet owners in the vet's office always told me I would know when it was time, but I didn't believe them because I couldn't tell. Until that is when on a Saturday night in the middle of the night I could tell she was panicky and struggling to breathe. Our family was all here Sunday and we had a Kiki Love Up day that was sad but nice. I found Lap of Love online Monday morning and they called me back right away to say Dr. Amanda would come to our house. Dr. Amanda sat on our floor and let Kiki get to know her. Dr Amanda took the time to get to know all of us, then gently explained what would happen before and during the process. It was soft, quiet, peaceful, and loving. We knew we had done the right thing for Kiki and had done it the right way thanks to the magical Dr. Amanda."
Madson BuchbinderLong Beach, California
""It was, sadly, time to acknowledge the need to take action. After nearly 14 years in our lives, our dear Golden Retriever, Abby, was so ridden with arthritis, and her muscles had withered to the point that she could barely raise and support herself. Finally, determined to do the right thing for her, we called Lap of Love, whom were very warm, kind and sympathetic, as the conversation was not easy.
When Dr. Amanda arrived, it was like a friend stopping by to visit us, and say hi to Abby. Abby was immediately put at ease, nothing like the usual trips to the vet when she'd start hyperventilating as we stopped. After a few greeting pets, and treats, she went back to sleep, which is basically how she spent her last week.
Dr. Amanda explained the medications, and processes that would be involved, and all of our questions were patiently answered.
There is no doubt she has a consummate love of animals, and in her experience, I'm certain she has shared in numerous tearful departures, and as we were recounting memories and mannerisms of our dear Abby, we saw her getting a bit emotional, right along with us. It was very easy to connect with her.
The procedure was slow, smooth, uneventful, allowing a calm, easy transition for our long-time family member. We were tremendously grateful she didn't have to endure any of the trauma associated with a vet visit, in her final hours.
If you are considering in-home euthanasia as an alternative for your beloved pet's final hour, I would certainly recommend Lap of Love, and, if she is available, I would definitely suggest Dr. Amanda Page.
This warm and comforting experience will be far less devastating than the days that will follow your pet's absence.
Thank you, Dr. Amanda Page, and Lap of Love."
Jane and Victor Dresser
August 5, 2017"
Victor & Jane DresserOrange, California
"Dr Amanda Page thank you for guiding us through this difficult process that we had never done before. We were dreading the day but, You were a blessing and a compassionate heart to my dogs and family that were there and you made a impossible day a little less painful. We are very grateful for the peaceful last moments we had with Roxy. Thank you"
mary lazarFullerton, California
"We met Dr. Amanda Page at a vet clinic prior to her working with Lap of Love. When it came time to put our cat, Nick, down, we called upon Amanda at Lap of Love to help him pass. Nick had a very loving and special relationship with Amanda as his vet, so we felt honored to have her come to our house and be with Nick to help him pass. Amanda had cared for Nora, also, helping to save her from bladder cancer. We consider Amanda a part of our family; she truly cares for our loved ones (our pets) as much as we do. When Nora's time came, she, too, deserved the love and kindness that Amanda brings to a loved one's final moments. Amanda is very comforting, genuine, and altruistic. She is an angel on earth. Thank you for providing love and comfort in Nick and Nora's final moments."
Karen IversPlacentia, California
"Before Dr. Page joined Lap of Love, our Annie was very fortunate to have Dr. Page as her regular veterinarian. Annie’s kidney disease diagnosis was heartbreaking news, but Dr. Page worked with us to keep Annie happy and comfortable for as long as possible. She was, and is, an incredible support system for our family.
The first week of July, it became very apparent that Annie’s health had taken a turn for the worse. We made an appointment with Dr. Page through Lap of Love for July 8, 2017. It was a highly emotional week, as the grief took over our every thought.
It’s hard to put into words what Dr. Page did for Annie and us that night. She comforted us as we cried, listened to our concerns (and silly stories) about Annie and most important treated Annie, as she always had, like her own baby.
As difficult and painful as it was to say goodbye, we knew we had to give Annie the peace and dignity she deserved. Dr. Page gave our little girl “her wings” in the kindest way possible. We miss Annie every day, but we know she’s no longer in pain and struggling. For that, we are truly grateful."
Marianne & Robert SteedmanOrange, California
"In all our lives, there are tough choices to be made, and when our pets are ready to leave us, it can be incredibly difficult. For us, it was heartbreaking. Our beloved 8 year old boxer Bella became rapidly ill in June with brain and spinal cord swelling. We took her to the best neurologist and her condition couldn't be healed. She deteriorated before our eyes in six short weeks.
We knew that we wanted her to pass comfortably at home and luckily we found Lap of Love. My husband called to set up the appointment and they could tell he was upset, they were very comforting right from the start. Their entire process is set up to make your priority being with your pet and they take care of the rest.
Our appointment time came and an angel named Dr. Amanda Page showed up at our door. She talked us through the process and had only the most comforting things to say. She assured us we were making the best decision for Bella, and in that moment, we really needed to hear that. She really took her time and took care of all three of us!
Dr. Page truly ensured that all went smoothly and that our sweet girl was comfortable and treated with so much love. She made us a paw print, and wrapped our baby up with such care. We have only good memories of Bella's final moments though it was quite difficult. I wouldn't change one thing about the way Bella passed, and when grief sets in that's one thing you want on your side...knowing you did the very best you could for your fur baby.
Thank you Dr. Amanda Page & Lap of Love."
Tori WilbyCosta Mesa, California
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Ellie Freedman, MFT heads this wonderful group meeting on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month (6:00pm - 7:30pm)
Southern California Veterinary Speciality Hospital
Orange County Veterinary Specialists (24h)
Orange County Emergency Pet Clinic in Garden Grove
Mandi Pratt Artist at Greyboy Pet Prints
Orange County Animal Care Services
Irvine Animal Care Center
Seal Beach Animal Care Center
Helping families in the following areas:
Los Angeles County
Long Beach and Whittier
Normal service areas include the majority of Orange County California and a few sections of LA County. Extended Service areas may be in Los Angeles, Inland Empirer or Ft. Pendleton when pre-arranged and veterinarains are available to travel that far.
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.
Lap of Love18340 Yorba Linda BlvdSuite 107 #213Yorba Linda, CA 92886
This Lap of Love location is owned and operated by Dr. Mary Gardner