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$150

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 Doctors
Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians 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. 

Dr. Willie

Willie Bidot

I was born and raised on the island of Puerto Rico and have wanted to be a veterinarian for as long as I can remember. During my childhood we raised multiple pets of different species at home which sparked my interest in working with animals. I went to the University of Puerto Rico for my undergraduate studies and later went to Tuskegee University where I obtained my veterinary degree. 

I love the warm weather, as I am from a tropical island, and to this day enjoy beach vacations with my wife. Traveling is one of my greatest passions, and most of all, I enjoy traveling back home to provide veterinary services through a non-profit, Veterinarians for Puerto Rico, which I currently serve as the president for. 

As a veterinarian, I enjoy helping families and their pets, and have also found a passion in helping stray animals. I've always felt a close bond to senior and geriatric pets, and understand the delicacies of walking a family through the final stages of their pet's life. Understanding when it is time and choosing euthanasia is one of the toughest decisions a pet parent will ever make; yet, honoring a pet's life by providing the gift of a peaceful passing in the comfort of their own home creates an everlasting final memory. It is a privilege to have the opportunity to help make these final moments as gentle and dignified as possible for pets and their families. 

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. 

"I can’t thank Dr. Charlie Deutsch enough for helping my family through this difficult time. Our dog Lily was my daughter from another species and we loved her very much. Though it was one of the hardest decisions we ever had to make, we know euthanasia was the right one under the circumstances and Lap of Love handled everything with compassion and sympathy."

Elissa Jhunjhnuwala
Costa Mesa, California

"Having to say goodbye to our furry family member may have been one of the hardest things we have had to do, but Lap of Love made sure our experience was as peaceful as possible. Their kindness and empathy radiated out to our family from the minute we consulted with them over the phone: they recognized the difficulty and severity of the decision we were making to say goodbye to our dog, and they spoke to us with great compassion and kindness every step of the way. The telehealth appointment alone brought us security and clarity that this was the right decision, and never once did we feel like Lap of Love didn’t want the best for us. When it came time to the actual meeting with them, we were lucky enough to have an appointment with Dr. Charlie, and there are no words to describe how compassionate and empathetic he was with all of us. He was so patient with our Bella, giving her time to warm up to him so she could feel comfortable and at peace (she didn’t always like new people right away). He was extremely compassionate yet informative: Dr. Charlie told us everything we needed to know about what would happen, which helped us understand what was logistically happening, but he also spoke such kind, understanding words to us; he managed to make the hardest of moments feel more eased and at peace. He gave us all the time and space we needed in order to grieve and say goodbye, allowing us to sit in silence or talk to him if we needed to. He handled everything with such delicacy and care, even after the whole process was over: it was clear that he respected everything we were going through and the love we have for our dog. Even after everything was done, he put her in the front seat of the car and rolled the windows down, just like she always loved. It was one of the most difficult and heartbreaking decisions our family has had to make, but working with Lap of Love and Dr. Charlie made it into an experience that left us and Bella with peace and comfort. It’s hard to find the words to describe how they were able to bring us such ease during such a difficult situation, but they managed to do so. We’re happy we found such an empathetic and understanding company to hold our hand during this time."

Tiffany Guardado
Yorba Linda, California

"Our entire experience with Lap of Love was exactly what we needed, even though at the time we had no clue what we needed. Sadly we had reached the point where it was time to put down our cat Charlie who was 15 years old. The time, encouragement and compassion we were shown from the first phone call to our home visit with Dr. Charlie brought us through this very difficult time peacefully. We felt educated and supported which gave us the courage to say goodbye before Charlie’s suffering reached an unnecessary point. Dr. Charlie was the best! He was so attentive and gracious with us and our cat Charlie. I felt certain that our little guy was in the best hands for his final moments. I’m forever grateful to Dr. Charlie and Lap of Love for helping create such beautiful memories for us with our cat Charlie up until his last breath."

Tiffany Vartanyan
Costa Mesa, California

"Dr. Charlie is an amazing man. He showed such love for our ailing Aussie, Brody, and compassion for my husband and me as we spent our last moments with Brody. Dr. Charlie made our final goodbyes as sweet as could be. He explained everything involved in the process and compassionately listened and acknowledged our grief. I wish everyone who has to make this hard decision to free their loved pet from their pain could experience the loving-kindness Dr. Charlie gives.

We will forever be grateful to him."

Christine Robinson
Huntington Beach, California

"I couldn't be happier about the experience provided by Lap of Love. the entire process was unbelievably comforting. It began with Elizabeth who first answered my call. She was so patient and informative and really cared about us. When the visit happened Dr. Willie as such a kind man. He explained the entire process and was very sensitive to our situation. He truly was an angel during one of the most difficult times of our lives. Our other pups were present and I really felt like they understood what was happening and were not confused about his absence in the subsequent days. Initially we chose Lap of Love because, during Covid, we were not allowed into the room during the process at our normal vet but now I would never do it any other way. I am so thankful we found them."

Barqs Cortes
Huntington Beach, California

"Saying your last goodbyes to a beloved four legged family member is not an easy thing to do...Sadly we had to experience this recently.

A dear friend referred us to "Lap of Love" when we were in need of direction and wanted an intimate in home experience. The phone call was a difficult one to make but the best decision we could have ever made. Our sweet girl was ready to go and it was time. Dr. Charlie was available that same day to join us in our goodbye.

In what would seem to be a very awkward and tragic situation ended up being a very comfortable and almost beautiful ending to our sweet girls time here. Dr. Charlie was very comforting and compassionate but also very informative. In other words, he turned something that would have been so sad and heart breaking into a peaceful and positive experience.

We are truly thankful for Dr. Charlie & "Lap of Love"

"Love you Halay Girl...Always & Forever""

Richley Family
Costa Mesa, 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
“Georgie was such a great girl the best lab in the world so sweet compassionate playful she was the light of my life and she will be so missed. The loss is so hard but I truly believe God has a special place for her.”
Donna Dostalik
February 16, 2021
“Lucky,

You were the best thing to ever happen to us. You really were the light of our lives and our favorite wiggle butt. You had such a kind soul and loved everyone you met. You will be in our hearts forever. We rescued you a decade ago, but let's be real. Who rescued who? We love you sweet girl. I know you're running around and playing with ...
Nicole Rorick
February 4, 2021
“Delilah, you were such a special kitty! We loved you so much. The way you showed tenderness to both your dad and I was so special, each one of us got to do certain things for you that no one else could. You loved being loved on while I was on the couch just laying down, you loved going outside in the yard and roaming around and you loved it when ...
Jane Wheeler
January 31, 2021
“Sweet Ella was the kindest most gentle cat she loved everyone dogs, cats, adults and children she will be greatly missed by all who loved her”
Mary Doyle
January 30, 2021
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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