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
"Lap of Love was extremely compassionate, loving, professional, and accommodating to our needs. We were so fortunate to have found Dr. Sue and Lap of Love. Blessings to all."
Julie HavelockSACRAMENTO, California
"Dr. Sue was very sweet. It was nice swapping kitty stories with her."
Stacey LundyEl Dorado Hills, California
"Knowing that Bella was losing her zest for life and that she only had a few months to live if that, we decided to help her before the pain grew too intense and her spark had gone away. We called Lap of Love and Dr. Sue Mowatt came to our home. She was very caring and delicate with Bella and us. She administered a sedative and then the drugs that caused Bella to pass peacefully. She was so kind and compassionate and helped to make a very difficult time more bearable. She was truly the perfect person to help Bella end her journey here with us."
Jamie & Mike SusslinLoomis, California
"There is a picture of you framed and hanging over the rainbow bridge... thank-you for Lap of Love."
Sam Driscollcarmichael, California
"Dr. Sue Mowatt is one of the gentlest, kindest, most genuinely caring people I have ever met. She made the last hour of our beloved dogs life calm and stress-free. Our dog was a rescue and usually very scared of new people. But he immediately nuzzled up to Dr. Sue and seemed to know she was there to help ease his pain. She made one of the most difficult times peaceful and memorable. Buddy died peacefully at home, in his own bed, nestled in my arms. We are forever grateful."
Jill BlodgetCameron Park, California
"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
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