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 veterinarians will be unavailable from September 19th through the 24th. Our Support Team is available everyday via phone or email to answer your questions and to schedule an appointment upon their return.
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.
Diane Chesebro, DVM
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
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.
Diane Chesebro, DVM
"I really want to thank Dr Sue for the amazing loving care she showed during this difficult time. From the moment she walked in the door I knew Pierre was in good hands. She was very patient and softly explained what would be happening which I really appreciated. I'm so grateful for Dr Sue and Lap of Love."
Christine FraserFolsom, California
"Dr. Sue was so helpful for what we were going through. She was the professional voice I needed to figure out how to proceed. Billy, my precious Boston Terrier, was suffering from cognitive dysfunction. He no longer had a manageable life. She helped me think through the steps; counseled and consoled me; offered alternatives and confirmed what I knew had to be done. She arrived at my home on time and prepared. Neither my beloved Billy nor I could have gotten through this without her. Billy is now at peace. I will be letting my own vet know about the Lap of Love services b/c regular vets just aren't prepared to deal with end of life issues. Thank you Dr. Sue"
Melisa McCampbellElk Grove, California
"Dr. Mowatt, thank you so much for your help with Lexie. You were just what I needed to help manage her through her illness. You totally respected my wishes and supported me in a couple of difficult decisions."
Debbie PuckettCarmichael, California
I wanted to let you know you were so amazing! The situation couldn't be any better for what it was! Thank you again!"
Nicole BeckerSacramento, California
"Dr. Sue Mowatt, You were so compassionate, kind and patient with my beautiful Sapphire and me during this loving and tranquil transition of helping My Beloved Sapphire cross over the Rainbow Bridge, at her loving home, Wednesday, June 21, 2017! Dr. Mowatt spent quality of time with Sapphire and me!
Dr. Mowatt's extra care, beautiful gifts and a precious Sympathy Card were greatly appreciated. I was Blessed when God brought Sapphire and Tango Wango into my life!
Nola Joy Carello June 27, 2017"
Nola Joy CarelloSacramento, California
"Dr Diane was so amazing. I am a ICU nurse and my boyfriend is a Critical Care MD. Both of us were touched by the sensitivity and respect Dr Diane showed Molly and our family. Her Euthanasia was the most beautiful and peaceful death we have ever witnessed. Our Molly received the respectful and loving end she deserved thanks to Dr Diane. I am so thankful there is a service like this available."
Allie MathesRoseville, 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.
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