PRICING AND INFORMATION

APPOINTMENT PRICING

EUTHANASIA$280

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$380

Includes an 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, with prompt follow-up for any questions after the visit.

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 Eve, 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 14 pounds$240
Pets 15 - 49 pounds$265
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$290
Pets 100 - 124 pounds$320
Pets 125 - 150 pounds$375
Pets 151 - 200 pounds$425

With this option, your pet is cremated privately at a licensed crematory. The ashes are contained in a lovely engraved wooden urn and will be returned to your primary care veterinarian within two weeks. They can also be made available directly to you.

COMMUNAL CREMATION
Pets up to 14 pounds$100
Pets 15 - 49 pounds$120
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$140
Pets 100 - 124 pounds$160
Pets 125 - 150 pounds$200
Pets 151 - 200 pounds$250

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 out to 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 additional help is needed outside what is available in the home, we may request that the crematory come to assist us.  In this case, an additional fee will be needed to cover their charge. 

AVAILABILITY

We are here to answer your questions every day, from 5am - 8pm. 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 Doctor
Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarian in your area!

Dr. Lauren

Lauren Chapman

I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and attended The Ohio State University. Initially, my focus was not veterinary medicine, but I realized my calling after I found myself spending more time at the local animal shelter. Although I was pursuing a finance degree when I started, I quickly changed my major and never looked back.  I went on to earn my undergraduate and doctoral degrees in animal sciences and veterinary medicine, respectively.

After graduation, my internship year was spent in Albuquerque, New Mexico and I went on to practice emergency and general medicine in Sacramento and San Diego for six years. After losing my own Irish Setter, Molly, to cancer I found a passion in hospice and palliative care. That passion took me to Lap of Love. I’m honored to serve the area as a mobile hospice veterinarian. I have always felt that pets are most comfortable at home with family and friends, so I feel grateful to be able to provide this gift to the wonderful pets and their families in San Diego.

About Lauren Chapman

I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and attended The Ohio State University. Initially, my focus was not veterinary medicine, but I realized my calling after I found myself spending more time at the local animal shelter. Although I was pursuing a finance degree when I started, I quickly changed my major and never looked back.  I went on to earn my undergraduate and doctoral degrees in animal sciences and veterinary medicine, respectively.

After graduation, my internship year was spent in Albuquerque, New Mexico and I went on to practice emergency and general medicine in Sacramento and San Diego for six years. After losing my own Irish Setter, Molly, to cancer I found a passion in hospice and palliative care. That passion took me to Lap of Love. I’m honored to serve the area as a mobile hospice veterinarian. I have always felt that pets are most comfortable at home with family and friends, so I feel grateful to be able to provide this gift to the wonderful pets and their families in San Diego.

"Dr. Chapman and all at Lap of Love,

Thank you so much for your compassion, patience, and obvious great love for dogs. You helped me make the right, albeit very difficult, decision to help Molly pass to the next place. I very much appreciated being able to help Molly pass on while she lay in my lap at our home with Molly's brother, Nelson, and my husband next to her.

Thank you so much.

Claire Merrin"

Claire Merrin
San Diego, California

LOCAL RESOURCES
Pet Life and Loss Support Services

  (858) 560-8006

VCA Animal Specialty Group - Kearny Mesa

  (619) 299-7012

San Diego Humane Society Pet Loss Support

  (619) 299-2400

VCA Emergency Animal Hospital & Referral Center

Pet Loss Support Group

  (760) 436-6798

San Diego County Pet Bereavement Program - Cardiff

  (858) 875-7500

Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego - Sorrento Valley

  (858) 909-0009

Rancho Coastal Humane Society Pet Loss Support Group

  (760) 291-8510

VCA California Veterinary Specialists

Pet Loss Support Group

  (858) 566-3333

Pet Loss Counseling - Meg Kaufman, Licensed MFCC

SERVICE AREA

Helping families in the following areas:

We proudly service all of San Diego County, including Escondido and Oceanside. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a travel fee of $50 based on your location.

Pet Memorials
“Molly, thank you for your love and for being part of our family. We miss you sweet girl so much. Love, Claire, Andrew, and Nelson.”
Claire Merrin
May 22, 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.

Mailing Address

Lap of Love
PO Box 153891
San Diego, California 92195

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