PRICING AND INFORMATION

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

EUTHANASIA$315

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$415

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$285
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$315
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$365
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$415

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$160
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$175
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$265
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$315

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

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.

"Thank you so much, Michelle and all at Lap of Love! It was heartbreaking to see our Molly deteriorate so quickly. We knew we had to give her peace and release from pain. Of course, it was a week-end and our vet was closed. Looking for someone to assist us to help our Molly with her painful struggle, we discovered Lap of Love. It was a blessing to all that the staff and vet was available and that they would come to our home to take care of the euthanasia. To keep Molly at home until the end was so important to us - to not add to her pain and anxiety by taking her to an emergency vet office. The call was easy and comforting to us. The vet was so tender and caring and gentle with Molly. We were able to sit with her under the tree in our backyard until the end and to take all the time with her we needed. She was pain-free and at peace. The cost of a home visit was reasonable and worth the money to keep our sweet friend at home until the end. Thanks again, Dr. Michelle and Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice staff. I would recommend these care-givers to anyone who is facing this difficult decision."

Randy and Karen LaCoste
Modesto, California

"Our senior dog suffered from several illnesses and over the last few years developed severe fear and anxiety going to any vet office. When we learned of his cancer diagnosis last week he began to quickly decline. It was very important to us that he pass in the comfort of his home surrounded by his family. I want to start by saying I was impressed with Lap of Love from my first call to set up an appointment. As soon as the person on the phone began to take my information I broke down crying so hard I could not speak. She could not have been more kind and compassionate. I was able to get through the call and she told me that if I changed my mind I could cancel at any time. We had set an appointment for the next day, which I ended up canceling as my dog seemed much better (this was before I knew he had cancer) the next morning. 2 weeks later I learned of his cancer diagnosis and he began to quickly decline. I then made another appointment and that’s when Dr. Sue came over. She is very kind and calm. We all became overcome with emotion. It was nice to have her calm presence. I felt Corbu was treated with respect and dignity.

As awful as this is, being able to do this for him in the comfort of his home meant everything. I’m so glad this service is here."

Sybil Slavin
Roseville, California

"It’s been a few days since Dr. Caroline came to our home and helped our sweet pug, Lulu, cross over the Rainbow Bridge. Considering we currently have shelter in place orders in CA, we had to meet in the backyard. I had never thought I would make the call to let Lulu go. I always thought we would get lucky and she would pass in her sleep as a little old lady. Well Lulu was definitely an old lady at thirteen, but her multiple conditions became critical and I was forced to call to Lap of Love on May 5th. Knowing that was the last morning I would have with my girl absolutely gutted me. I kept trying to find ways to convince myself she was fine. I had multiple vets tell me we were getting close to having to make a decision. I knew Lulu would let me know. You will know when it’s time. It’s a pit in your stomach and you feel like you can’t breathe. You know. Lulu hated the vet. She had frequented many vet offices and ER vets over the years from being a pug with chronic health issues. I wanted her to be where she felt safe and loved. Lulu passed in her bed with my arms wrapped around her. We were in the shade on a beautiful day with the birds chirping and a cooling breeze. Dr. Caroline assessed Lulu first and discussed what she saw and where we were at. It was time. Caroline was kind and patient. She walked me through the process and gave me privacy. She gently made sure Lulu was comfortable before sending her off to heaven. She answered all my questions. She consoled me with stories of her sweet pup she lost recently. We talked about signs after our loved ones pass. I appreciate Caroline so much and would absolutely recommend her. Later that day, we were visited by a hummingbird family. The mama hummingbird perched in from of our sliding glass door and watched us have dinner. Lulu never missed a family meal and I found the timing funny. There have been many other signs since each day. Usually they come when I am beside myself with grief and sometimes guilt. They bring me comfort. This will be one of the most difficult decisions you ever make. I will say I have peace knowing my baby wasn’t scared or anxious when it was time. She was home with her family. This also allowed our other pug to see Lulu after she had passed. I found it has helped Billie tremendously. She doesn’t wander around looking for Lulu. She knows. Today I was able to pick up Lulu’s ashes. They were in a beautiful wooden box. Now that Lulu’s remains are back home our family feels more whole than it did. If you’re reading our story, I would like to say how sorry I am you are having to research this. I remember bawling as I read testimonials like this one. I promise you will not regret spending the extra money to have this beautiful company come to you. Caroline provided my girls with coloring books to help navigate the loss of Lulu. She asked where Lulu loved to have her pets and gave me a lock of her fur. She made paw prints for us. This was one of the most awful, sad, heartbreaking, but also beautiful days of my life. I hope you find solace in the days ahead and if it is time for your fur baby, my Lulu will watch over them."

Alecia Pusateri
Roseville, California

"Having Floyd get an aggressive cancer during the shelter-in-place was challenging. The procedure had to be done outside and with physical distancing, but at no time did it feel awkward or different from what it should be. Dr. Caroline was gracious and calm, and carefully explained what was going on the entire time. She knew when to give me time with Floyd.

I wouldn't have been able to have been present for Floyd in any other scenario with the COVID precautions in place at veterinary hospitals, and I can't imagine him being anxious and without me in his final moments. I'm grateful that Dr. Caroline was able to attend to him."

Ben Nicholson
Sacramento, California

"Though our cat Tootsie was almost 21 years old and clearly suffered with kidney issues and arthritic pain, I nonetheless struggled greatly with the decision to ‘assist her passing’. I had three days to anticipate the arrival of Dr Caroline from Lap of Love and was very emotional and anxious by the time of the appointment. From the first words of the phone call Dr Caroline initially made to explain how the visit would go, I knew she would take care of our girl in a loving and professional manner. She did not disappoint. What I feared most - the initial injection to ease her pain and sedate Tootsie - went off without Tootsie even being aware. Dr Caroline offered Tootsie a salmon paste treat in her bedside food dish and Tootsie was so distracted by the deliciousness of the treat she didn’t feel the injection as Dr Caroline quickly and adeptly administered it. This woman clearly knew what she was doing! It took Tootsie about 5 minutes to finish the delicious salmon treat - just long enough for the drug to take effect. Tootsie quietly settled in to her bed - pain-free, peaceful, sleepy, and content with a full tummy. Dr Caroline proceeded to complete the series of necessary injections, all the while stroking Tootsie and speaking to her in a calm, caring voice. I could not have asked for a more perfect send-off for our girl. Dr Caroline allowed me full access to Tootsie throughout. She listened to my Tootsie stories as I wept and petted her. She gave us all the time we needed to say our good-byes. She even allowed our dog to be present for the passing of her ‘little sister’. In a word, Dr Caroline was perfect. I am forever indebted to her for making our last moments with our beloved Tootsie so beautiful and peaceful. Thank you, Dr Caroline💗."

Kitty Esposto
Sacramento, California

"Having to terminate the life of a beloved pet is a heart-wrenching experience that we've gone through many times over the years. This last one was the hardest of them all as our dog, Riley, loved everyone, lived life to the fullest, and was our constant companion for almost 14 years. Dr. Caroline made a painful moment bearable with her gentle touch, genuine concern for our feelings, and respect for our Riley. We called our veterinarian to thank them for recommending Lap of Love."

Dallas & Connie Carlock
Cameron Park, 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
“Corbu faced several health challenges they past few years. He suffered from chronic kidney disease and partial paralysis from degenerative myelopathy, as well as some other issues. He used a wheelchair to walk since last summer. But despite it all he persisted. His determination was an inspiration to many who knew him and saw him on his daily ...
Sybil Slavin
May 24, 2020
“We said good bye yesterday to our beloved Riley. He truly was the best dog , with such a sweet and gentle disposition.
He was the Patriarch of our Corgi group. He loved to socialize and beg from everyone, He loved people and people loved him.
His kind eyes were what made Riley such a special boy. He loved to spend time in his backyard and ...
Glenda Tofsrud
March 26, 2020
“It has been a week since we suddenly lost out beloved Lucy. We miss her everyday, the routines, the playing the looks of love. There will forever be a void until we meet again on the other side.”
Naomi Jacobson
March 25, 2020
“Chance, you will never be forgotten. Though you lived a good long life in “dog years” your time with me was short. I know that you were loved by many & are now with your Mom before me. We squeezed some really fun adventures into a short period of time. I am grateful that you came to live with me, Jax & Ike when you did. We will miss you!”
Jennifer Fisher
March 7, 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.

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Lap of Love
P.O. Box 6994
Folsom, California 95763

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