Sacramento & Surrounding Areas

  (916) 318-7078

  [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

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

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

Holiday appointments can be accepted with approval. The following holidays incur a $100 fee when scheduled: Thanksgiving, Christmas Day & New Years Day. A $50 fee is incurred for 4th of July, Memorial Day or Labor Day.

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$300
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$330
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$380
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$430

With this option, your pet is cremated privately at a licensed crematory. The ashes are contained in a lovely rosewood urn  and are available directly from the crematory within two weeks.

COMMUNAL CREMATION
Pets up to 49 pounds$175
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$200
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$280
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$330

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 at 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 4 am - 8 pm. Appointments are scheduled throughout the week, please call for availability.

Sometimes pets take a turn for the worse overnight or in a short amount of time, so we do our best to accommodate same day appointments with a few hours notice, 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. Sue

Sue Mowatt

I have loved, respected, and been fascinated by animals and nature all my life. Pets have been an important addition to my family. We had cats, dogs, and tortoises growing up in the suburbs. Later on, when I moved to the country, I added horses to my life.

When I attended veterinary school at Western University of Health Sciences in southern California, my most constant and faithful roommates were my cats, Jazmine and Blanco and, later, Jasper.  They were always there to help me read or study for an exam. They always “listened” when I would explain to them in detail how their organs functioned!

It is never easy to say good-bye to an animal friend. Knowing this from personal experience, I wish to provide comfort for pets and peace for their families when it is time to say good-bye. Watching, observing and being with nature and animals provides a peace and comfort to me. In my free time, I like to hike and photograph nature.

Dr. Caroline

Caroline Kiert

I grew up in Southern California as the youngest of 2 children. Although my parents didn’t love animals, they did allow us to have hamsters and eventually dogs and cats. There was never a time when we weren’t surrounded by animals and though it wasn’t a direct path, I fulfilled my childhood dream of becoming a veterinarian by graduating from the University of California at Davis School of Veterinary Medicine! 

Throughout the journey to obtain my degree, my heart dog Duchess, a gorgeous and ridiculous 140-pound Great Dane, has accompanied me through all the ups and downs. She has been a constant companion and my reason and inspiration for pursuing this path of veterinary medicine. It is because of her that I understand the depth and strength of the human-animal bond which is deeper and stronger than anything in this world. 

During my years as a general practitioner, it was my honor to help families give the greatest gift to their beloved pets; the gift of a peaceful passing. The bond between pets and their parents is precious and I am beyond blessed to pay tribute to and honor that bond through Lap of Love.

Dr. Michelle

Michelle Latham

I grew up in a small town on the Arizona/Utah border where I was very involved with 4-H and raising animals.  I knew I wanted to be a veterinarian since I was 7 years old and I obtained my bachelor's degree at Arizona State University. While there, I worked at a zoo and was convinced I wanted a professional career in zoo animal medicine. My time in veterinary school at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine made me realize that small animal companion medicine is where I was meant to be! One of the most important things I learned in veterinary school is that, as a veterinarian, sometimes our job is to relieve suffering and give a peaceful passing when necessary.  I am grateful we’re able to do this for our beloved pet family members.

Throughout my years as a general practitioner in Hanford, California, I enjoyed the care I delivered to my clients but, while I, of course, loved the new puppy appointments, I received the most satisfaction and fulfillment from giving families peace by helping their pets pass with dignity and love. I recently lost 2 of my wonderful dogs, Moose and Brutus.  I was so fortunate to have the opportunity to say goodbye to them at home. They both had the last day that included everything that made their hearts happy.  Their passing was peaceful because both were able to lay on their favorite human’s lap, Moose outside watching the sunset and Brutus on his favorite couch surrounded by all that loved them.   Moose and Brutus gave me one last gift, knowing that Lap of Love is my true calling. Being able to help guide families through this tough time and give pets the same peaceful passing my Brutus and Moose received is an honor and privilege.  

My husband and I have 4 dogs (including a new puppy who is reminding us what trouble makers puppies are!) and 5 chickens.  In my free time, I enjoy camping and hiking with our dogs, Broadway musicals, and laying on the couch reading a good book.

About Sue Mowatt

I have loved, respected, and been fascinated by animals and nature all my life. Pets have been an important addition to my family. We had cats, dogs, and tortoises growing up in the suburbs. Later on, when I moved to the country, I added horses to my life.

When I attended veterinary school at Western University of Health Sciences in southern California, my most constant and faithful roommates were my cats, Jazmine and Blanco and, later, Jasper.  They were always there to help me read or study for an exam. They always “listened” when I would explain to them in detail how their organs functioned!

It is never easy to say good-bye to an animal friend. Knowing this from personal experience, I wish to provide comfort for pets and peace for their families when it is time to say good-bye. Watching, observing and being with nature and animals provides a peace and comfort to me. In my free time, I like to hike and photograph nature.

"Dr. Caroline was the perfect choice for us to help Rico cross to Rainbow Bridge. She was calming, patient, and comforting to both Rico and his people. She gave us plenty of private time to say goodbye, and we never felt rushed.

She treated us and Rico with tremendous dignity, even as she wrapped him up in a blanket, she was very careful with his body.

She made a really gut-wrenching day easier, and while I hope it is a LONG time before we need to see her again, I would call again without hesitation.

Dr. Caroline has our deepest gratitude for helping our Rico gain his wings as he left a giant hole in our hearts."

Deborah Saks
Elk Grove, California

"Thank you Ms. Mowatt for your loving care in helping us put our Little Avery to a peaceful rest. You made it so much easier during this difficult time."

Karen Simon
Antelope, California

"Michelle was absolutely amazing. She made the passing of our Chevelle very peaceful and stress free. And she put up with our zoo of animals. I can’t thank her enough for putting me at ease and explaining everything along the way. I would definitely use her services again, I hope not for a while. Thank you again!"

Lauren Hover
Tracy, California

"As hard as an experience it is to have to make the decision to give our Gracie peace, Lap of Love veterinarian Dr. Sue Mowatt who came to our home was the best decision. She was so gentle, caring and compassionate with Gracie and with my husband and I. She made the process bearable and helped guide us with kind words and such a soothing voice. We cried and never felt uncomfortable for a minute. You have to be a very special person to do her job, I appreciate her and the time she spent with us helping us through this most difficult time."

Donna DiMercurio
El Dorado Hills, California

"We had to say goodbye to our beloved Boo Boo Bear, Brody this past weekend. To say this was one of the hardest things we've ever gone through is an understatement. We are just heartbroken. We are so appreciative of the support and kindness of Dr. Caroline, however. She helped make an unbearable situation a little easier. Thank you for explaining the process, thank you for giving us comfort in our decision, thank you for giving us time to spend with him and make it a little bit easier for us to say goodbye. We also appreciate you checking in with us after. I would recommend Lap of Love to anyone that needs to go through this awful time in their life. Our precious Pei always had anxiety going to the vet, even though they loved him so, but probably because he has been there so often and had been through so much leading up to this time. It was nice knowing he could be in the comfort of his home and backyard. He was such a sweet, sweet boy who will be missed every second of every day."

Caroline Gonzalez
Fair Oaks, California

"Our family is so grateful for this service. Being able to do this in our home was so much better for our Trisha. Dr. Sue Mowatt was so professional, empathetic, and compassionate throughout the entire process. We also really appreciate that the service was available during this time of shut-downs and closures."

Julie Papa
ROSEVILLE, California

LOCAL RESOURCES
Pet Life and Loss Support Services

  (916) 757-6600

MarQueen Pet Emergency Clinic, Roseville

  (707) 448-7722

SPCA Solano Pet Loss, Vacaville

  (916) 783-4655

Atlantic Street Veterinary Clinic

  (800) 491-7711

Yolo Hospice Pet Loss Support Group, Davis

  (916) 652-5816

VCA Hospital, Loomis Basin

  (916) 231-4445

Vista Veterinary Specialists, Sacramento

SERVICE AREA

Helping families in the following areas:

Our veterinarians proudly serve families in the greater Sacramento area including, but not limited to, the following towns: Fair Oaks, Orangevale, Roseville, Sacramento, Folsom, West Sacramento, Cameron Park, Placerville, Rocklin, Loomis, and Carmicheal. A travel fee of $30-$60 may be assessed based on distance travelled by veterinarian. Pease inquire to learn more.

Pet Memorials
“We miss you Rico. The house is so quiet without you here to warn us about the trash being picked up, the people walking by on the sidewalk, and to help me find our house at the end of my walks (just listen for the barking). After over 12 years of sharing our lives, there's a giant hole where you should be.

We know you were ready to go and ...
Deborah Saks
August 5, 2020
“Thank you Avery for giving us almost 13 wonderful years, I know you are with your brother Cooper now. The house is empty now and I look for you often. I miss tucking you in bed at night. I miss you sitting there looking at me wanting love. Thank you for giving us your love. MIss you little one”
Karen Simon
August 2, 2020
“My dearest Chevelle,

You were one of the most funnest dogs I have ever met. Between you howling when greeting anyone or your love for booty scratches. We got you when you were only 7 weeks old and I remember going to the airport to get you and you were the most perfect little angel. We brought you home to meet your sister Bailey and it was an ...
Lauren Hover
July 30, 2020
“We lost our beloved Gracie on Monday July 27. Our hearts are broken. Anyone that has met Gracie knows how special she was, our Gentle Giant. Twelve years doesn’t seem long enough, but it is more years than we ever expected. Gracie had so many issues since she was 2 years old with seizures and hip dysplasia. Later years she had thyroid issues and ...
Donna DiMercurio
July 29, 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
P.O. Box 6994
Folsom, California 95763

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