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.

"Letting our beloved companion of 14+ years go was excruciating, but I am so thankful that, because of Lap of Love, he was able to pass away calmly, in his own home. Dr Caroline was so gentle with him - and with my husband and me. She was truly empathetic, carefully explained everything, made helpful recommendations, and made the experience much more bearable. With the COVID-19 pandemic, we were nervous about letting someone in our house, but she took all possible precautions. We truly appreciated her kindness and professionalism, and most of all that our dog didn’t have to die alone or afraid."

Amanda Meeker
Sacramento, California

"Our beloved Dexter started to have a very rapid decline after being diagnosed with intestinal lymphoma in the Summer. Over the course of a couple days he stopped eating and started to have worsening shortness of breath. Lap of Love was able to schedule Dr. Caroline to come to our home the same day we called.

As painful as it is to say goodbye, being able to do it at home in comfortable surroundings is such a gift. Dr. Caroline was very kind and gentle. She gave us plenty of space and time alone with Dexter in his final moments. After Dr. Caroline administered the sedative, Dexter looked to be relaxed and breathing comfortably for the first time in days. We got to spend a lot of time with him like this. She gave a second dose of sedative before the euthanasia to make sure he was feeling absolutely nothing. His passing was very peaceful. Dr. Caroline took Dexter away tucked into a bed in a nice basket. We chose the private cremation option and his ashes were ready for pickup three days later.

We are very thankful for Dr. Caroline. She brought a lot of comfort to us and Dexter during this very difficult time."

Michael Heiby
Sacramento, California

"We had Dr. Caroline Kiert come to our home to help our 15 year old dachshund cross the rainbow bridge. Dr. Caroline was so kind, patient, and comforting during this process. Dr. Caroline calmly explained every step to us ahead of time so we knew what to expect and Dr. Caroline gave us privacy so we could properly say goodbye to our companion. The process was very calm and peaceful and we could not have had a better experience during this heartbreaking time."


Sacramento, California

"Dr. Michelle did more for me in this moment then I can even express. Her empathy and kindness was unbelievable. I can’t imagine saying goodbye to my first born any other way.

Thank you so much."

Britney B.
Stockton, California

"Dr Michelle has a genuine and kind heart, we are grateful for her help in letting Oscar pass peacefully at home."

Ilena Finocchi
Stockton, California

"Dr. Michelle Latham was so compassionate and thoughtful. We knew it was Hogan’s time but couldn’t bear to take that drive to the vets office to leave him to face the end alone with strangers because of COVID-19 . She came to our home and explained everything and made sure that we were comfortable with the experience. Hogan was at peace, laying on his favorite blanket on our laps. She made a very difficult day a lot easier. Thank you Dr. Michelle."

Michael Jacobson
Stockton, 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
“My loyal green eyed freckled nose first born. I’ll love you forever and always.”
Britney B.
January 9, 2021
“OSCAR
AKA: King, Quality Control Manager, Oscar-Leeney (his Italian name), Oscoooooor, Houdini-Leeney (his escape artist name), Oscar-leeeeney beany, Angel Boy, Sweat pea, Oscar-leen, OSCAR LEEEEEEN, Big bluueee eyed boy, leeny do, WE's A-COMIN' LEEEENY (yelled to him at a great distance from a car window on a trip back home), Panchen Lama (you ...
Ilena Finocchi
January 6, 2021
“You came to us as a stray and became a part of our family. You comforted us during trying times. We miss the jingle of your tags, your snoring, your paws coming down the hallway on your way to your bed. We still look for you in all of your favorite lounging spots and I still expect you to be sitting by the front door to greet me when I get home. ...
Michael Jacobson
January 4, 2021
“He had a great life. He got to live in 12 different houses, four cities, and two states! I got to hang out with him for his whole 17 years. And for the last two months he got daily fresh cooked chicken or raw salmon! Even in the last couple days when he didn't really want to eat much he would still come meow at me while I was cooking and jump up ...
Hilary Glenn
January 2, 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
P.O. Box 6994
Folsom, California 95763

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