Sacramento & Surrounding Areas
All services are provided in the comfort of your home.
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.
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.
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.
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), aggressive pets, and some exotic 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.
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.
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.
There may be a fee if additional assistance to safely carry your pet out of your home is needed.
Our understanding Care Coordinators answer your calls every day, from 4:00 am - 8:00 pm. 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 refer to our local resources below.
Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians in your area.
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.
I was always drawn to animals, feeling a kindred spirit with them. My upbringing started in the San Francisco bay area where our pets were definitely part of the family. After receiving my undergraduate degree in nursing from UCLA I specialized in caring for patients in the ICU. I learned a great deal about suffering, compassion and healing of the body and soul. Throughout my life I had many wonderful canine companions but I was transformed after losing a beloved dog to cancer. The depth of my loss changed my perspective on the profound human animal bond. My passion for animals prompted me to pursue my veterinary degree at Washington State University, graduating in 1986.
After veterinary school my love of scuba diving lead me to Key West, Florida where I owned All Animal Veterinary Clinic for 13 years. I returned to California to be close to my family and practice in a Roseville veterinary clinic. During this time I witnessed my father decline and pass with the kind guidance of hospice.
My other interests include raising service puppies for Canine Companions for Independence, skiing, cycling, and contra dancing. I also enjoy helping Veterinary students with a Healer’s Art course. I have devoted my life to the compassionate care of both people and their beloved pets. It is my desire to make the final days of your pets life as stress free and comfortable as possible. End of life is difficult for everyone. I can guide you and your beloved pet through this transition.
Sue Mowatt, DVM
"Dr. Sue exceeded all of our expectations. She took good care of our Lucius and good care of us. She did not hesitate to honor our every wish including preparing him for transition on our patio. We applaud you!"
Dave and Del OwenSacramento, California
"At the outset, we were unsure about what to expect, not ever before having hired Lap of Love or any other visiting vet to administer euthanasia to our pet. In this case, it was our beloved basset hound, Dudley. But we were soon set at ease.
Dr. Sue Mowatt provided us superlative service in all aspects of the final care of our dear pet. She explained all the procedures carefully and clearly so that there would be no surprises. She also gave us tips on which would be the right questions to ask a veterinarian in the future if we ever have to euthanize another pet. Throughout, the level of care, empathy, and professionalism she exuded were simply superlative; that is the best adjective I can think of to apply to her. In short, we are glad as can be that we selected Lap of Love."
Robert CervantesCARMICHAEL, California
"I am so grateful to Lap of Love as I had just had surgery on June 1, and was unable to get Zeus to the vet. They came to my home and made a very difficult decision, less difficult through kindness. Bethany, Mary, and Sue there are no words.
Julie ThompsonSacramento, California
"Dr. Sue was so compassionate and we are so glad that she was the one to help us say goodbye to our Ruby girl. It was very difficult and she made it easier for us. Thank you Dr. Sue"
Doug MemelRoseville, California
"Thank you Dr. Sue. Losing Syd was one of hardest things I’ve been through. The one thing that made it bearable was the way we chose to say goodbye. Your work is so important. I hope you know how much it meant to me to send my sweet dog off with love and respect in her own home surrounded by the things she loved and the people who loved her. You will always hold a special place in my heart for giving me that."
Kelly CarrSheridan, California
"I cannot say enough about our experience with Lap of Love.
My husband found lap of love from calling our vet clinic and the receptionist was simply amazing, so compassionate and kind and we instantly felt comfortable with our decision. When Dr. Sue arrived, she was so warm, kind,caring,soft spoken and truly carried herself wonderfully, she made the whole process so much easier and was absolutely the perfect person for the job.
I really feel blessed that she was with us during this process as she made things so much more comfortable and peaceful, I am forever grateful!"
Jessica ArrostutoLincoln, California
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
MarQueen Pet Emergency Clinic, Roseville
UC Davis Pet Loss Support Hotline, Davis
Atlantic Street Veterinary Clinic
VCA Hospital, Loomis Basin
Vista Veterinary Specialists, Sacramento
Yolo Hospice Pet Loss Support Group, Davis
The Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement Chat Room
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.
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 LoveP.O. Box 6994Folsom, CA 95763